Two weeks ago I visited the Emelaar Estate to photograph the Banded Darter dragonfly. I was shocked when I arrived there yesterday morning. The field where I saw those beautiful dragonflies was no more, gone!
I could not believe my eyes, my expectations were harshly corrected by the cold reality. I had not entered the wrong field, had I? Wasn’t this the place where I managed to immortalize those graceful dragonflies?
Yes, this was the same field, but neat, tidy, called to order, curtailed. The field was mowed, it looked desolate. Tractor tracks showed a robust approach, take no prisoners. In a corner of the field, the harvest of this violence lay in the morning sun.
De Emelaar is a private site and I am very grateful for the access to this estate, but I do not understand this kind of management. Admittedly, I have no knowledge of managing an estate. But when I first visited the estate, I was pleasantly surprised to see this field. Bravo, this manager understood, “learn from nature by doing nothing” the adage seemed. But unfortunately, it may not be the case here either, the ground level must be restored.
I read on waarnemingen.nl that the field had already been mowed last year. Perhaps the recovery is going better than one would expect. But if you only pruned the young trees, wouldn’t that be very valuable for this area? If the owner is looking for volunteers for this type of work, I am available.
More macro photography in my portfolio.