Today was a really, nice warm day, that made me believe Spring is coming.
I didn't realize I missed all the smells and sounds of nature so much. Birds in the trees, the smell of wet dirt .. it was a very calming day today :)
The perfect weather to explore the little worlds on the forest floor.
I tried out putting some "macro rings" on my camera, so I can get a better magnification with my lens/camera. It's really fascinating to look at things this close, gives you a whole another perspective.
This for example is a species of moss, that is a few centimeters tall. As you can see it looks kind of dark and wrinkled. That's because it was a bit dried out - this species folds together it leaves, to lose less water. And once it gets wet, the leaves expand again. Really fascinating!
Here is a tiny bug on top of such a moss plant.
This little fellow decided to sit down on my camera as I was photographing and stayed there a couple of minutes. I wondered what made him do that - maybe the black camera was a nice, warm surface or maybe he just was curious.
When I was done photographing and wanted to leave again, he even got on my backpack, as if he wanted to come with me. Felt like having a little bug buddy ^^
But I thought the forest was nicer than my garden, so I put him back in the moss.
As I really enjoyed this warm, first day of Spring, I wanted to make a little terrarium to remind me of this moment.
In the terrarium you can see some of the little moss "trees" the bug climbed on. And I also put in there a little snail shell I had collected earlier.
If you want to make your own terrarium, I made a little video about it some time ago: Tiny World DIY.It's really easy to make and if the glass jar you put it in is air-tight, you don't need to add any water. It's like a little ecosystem on it's own, with it's own air and water cycles.
Has Spring come at your place yet too? How did you spend the first warm days in nature?