Seen from above

The Haaksbergerveen is a moorland area close to the town where I grew up, Eibergen. During my youth, it was more or less my local patch (even though it was a 1-hour bike ride to get there, but hey, we’re Dutch). This time of year isn’t the most interesting, bird-wise. That will start in a few weeks when the passerines from Africa return and start singing to attract a mate. This is also when the trees start to get leaves and the landscape is covered in a fresh green colour.

Haaksbergerveen from above


Today, the weather was spring-like, with the sun’s rays warming up the area nicely. As I’m back in Eibergen for a while, we decided to make the best of this nice weather and go back to my old home patch. As I already expected to find little birds that I could photograph, I decided to bring my drone and have a look at this area from above. Taking aerial shots with a drone isn’t that easy, as it is very hard to find a nice composition from the ground. Patterns that are obvious from the ground, are far less visible from above and lines or structures that you don’t notice from the ground, suddenly stick out from the air. So it always takes some time in the air, looking and turning around before you find the interesting angle. I hope I managed here. Soon I’ll be back, when the fresh green of the spring leaves are coming out, giving this area a completely different appearance.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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