Snakes, butterflies, birds and places

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Long time since my last post…

For the last two months (June-July) I’ve been very busy exploring places and finding new species, and not photographing as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are some shots.

First, some shots from the Retezat Mountains:

Bucura Lake at an altitude of 2040 m:

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-A remote location with plenty of rare butterfly species:

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-The Retezat mountains in the morning, as seen from some distance:

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-The Moon and some flowers, from 2000 meters above sea level; our natural satellite doesn’t seem larger from that altitude unfortunately :). The shot is a composition from two differently focused images.

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-And an inspiring location, the Sarmizegetusa Regia capital:




And now for some butterflies:

Apatura iris:

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Aglais urticae (a female with open wings, laying eggs, and the eggs):



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Neptis rivularis:

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Limenitis populi (with an “old” female up in a tree photographed by my wife, and a male on a dead frog; both male and female are of the form tremulae):

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And some shots from the Cheile Nerei area:

Argynnis paphia:


Heteropterus morpheus:

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Polygonia c-album:

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Pieris napi:

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And some snakes:

Zamenis longissimus:

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-The horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes):

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And a large beetle, Carabus gigas:



Finally, the last visited region, Dobrogea, with the superb area of the Macin mountains:


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A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia):

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A young Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo):

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Eudia (Saturnia) pavonia larva:


And one of the most restricted butterflies of Europe, Apatura metis. Despite being restricted to a few locations in Romania, this individual was one of more than 80+ individuals flying around us in one small area near the Danube river.

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And with slightly opened wings, next to a dead frog:

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Nice way (this last species) to end the holiday (for now) 🙂

2 Replies to “Snakes, butterflies, birds and places”

  1. wow, I didn’t know coz sarmizegetusa looks so interesting
    nice pics , stay away of those snakes:)

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