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Monday, May 28, 2012

Skiathos, Greece (Skiathos, Griechenland) (Skiathos, Görögország) 07.2008.

Back in 2008 we were in Greece with friends and we visited the isle of Skiathos for a day in the form of a ship cruise, a small island of the Northern Sporades group. Of course I payed attention not just to the beautiful sea, landscape and greek villages, but also to the flora and fauna.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gardermoen, Norway (Gardermoen, Norwegen) (Gardermoen, Norvégia) 07.2011

As we traveled to Finnmark via Oslo in July, 2011, I spent a day by the Airport of Oslo in Gardermoen. I went out to take some photos, as the weather was nice. But than a heavy shower came and I returned to the bread-and-breakfast hotel, so there are only a few photos to show. Regardless of the short time I spent there, I found the Southern-Norwegian boreal pine forest to be a really interesting habitat, that differed quite a lot from the forests of Finnmark.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Szeged, South Hungary (Szeged, Süd-Ungarn) (Szeged, Dél-Magyarország) 09.2009.

In September, 2009 I spent two days in the city of Szeged, South Hungary. I went out for taking photos along the rivers Tisa and Maros (Mureș), my main goal was to find the unique European Stalke-Eyed fly, Sphyracephala europaea, that was quite recently described from this location, as the first European member of this peculiar family. While searching for this creature, I managed to find many other interesting species as well.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Central Bükk mts., Hungary (Zentrales Bükk-Gebirge, Ungarn) (Bükk-hgys. középső része, Magyarország) 06.2009

During the university field trip in June, 2009 we spent some time in the middle part of the Bükk mts. The most interesting landscape here is the Nagymező on the Bükk Plateau, a mountain pasture/meadow that was formed some hundreds of years ago when a part of the forest was chopped down. Grazing animals, mainly horses helped to maintain the treeless landscape and later this area became a refuge for many rare plants that need the cool mountain climate but can not grow in the forest. Nowadays, a herd of Lipizzans are kept here by the Bükk National Park. Of course, the arthropod fauna is also very interesting here.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Western Bükk mts., Hungary (Westliches Bükk-Gebirge, Ungarn) (Bükk-hgys. nyugati része, Magyarország) 06.2009.

As a biologist student in June, 2009 I took part on a field trip into the Bükk mts. (almost entirely a National Park) in North-East Hungary. We traveled through much of the Western part of this mountain range and we also made a long trip in the central part. The weather was unusually wet for this time of the year in 2009 but this fact resulted in many flowers that were still in blossom, so, after all we had luck. Here are some photos, mainly of plants, made on that week.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cave in Bükk National Park, Hungary (Höhle im Bükk Nationalpark) (Barlang a Bükki Nemzeti Parkban) 11.2010.

In November 2010, I visited a cave in the Bükk mts. in North-East Hungary that has a large, about 6 x 6 m opening, located about 256 metres a.s.l. Its lenght is about 460 ms and it is home to numerous arthropods and many protected bat species. Sadly, many tourists come here (not with the guided tour organised by the NP) and littering around the cave and disturbing the local fauna is not uncommon.