KISSMYARTS
// text and photography by Marjolein den Hartog
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Fauna

't Broek, Waardenburg, Betuwe, Netherlands

't Broek, Waardenburg, Betuwe, Netherlands

Early-morning encounters

Wijk bij Duurstede, Utrecht, Netherlands

Wijk bij Duurstede, Utrecht, Netherlands

A mallard bathing in autumn colour

Berlin Aquarium, Germany

Berlin Aquarium, Germany

Colourful creatures

Båstad, Skåne, Sweden

Båstad, Skåne, Sweden

A hasty swallow

Berlin Zoo, Germany

Berlin Zoo, Germany

A hippo takes the plunge

Oosterheide, North Brabant, Netherlands

Oosterheide, North Brabant, Netherlands

A dragonfly takes a rest

St James's Park, London, England

St James's Park, London, England

This grey squirrel decides to keep a low profile among the hustle and bustle of the capital's city life

Balloërveld Heath, Drenthe, Netherlands

Balloërveld Heath, Drenthe, Netherlands

A flock of sheep and their shepherd

Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England

Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England

Two beautiful bees that sadly died – together with about 30 of their friends – in a mysterious event in our spare bedroom

Skaftafell National Park, Suðurland, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park, Suðurland, Iceland

A redwing treats listeners to a loud concert

Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England

Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England

A little starling being fed by one of its parents, just hours before it left the nest

near Berlin, Germany

near Berlin, Germany

An ant can't resist this bright yellow euphorbia's attractions

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany

A hooded crow keeps a close watch

Linumer Teiche, Brandenburg, Germany

Linumer Teiche, Brandenburg, Germany

Around 60,000 cranes stop off near the town of Linum every year. Once rested, they will continue to Spain to spend the winter. The short flight from foraging spot to their overnight stopover is a fascinating sight to behold – and a loud one to hear as well!

Cairngorms, Highlands, Scotland

Cairngorms, Highlands, Scotland

Red deer

Wandlitz, Brandenburg, Germany

Wandlitz, Brandenburg, Germany

Crawling bright-orange firebugs on a tree

 A spider performs a gracious ballet while spinning its web

A spider performs a gracious ballet while spinning its web

Tierpark Berlin, Germany

Tierpark Berlin, Germany

The green tree python curls its long green body around a tree to create its own 'hammock'

Tierpark Berlin, Germany

Tierpark Berlin, Germany

A polar bear relaxes in the snow

Chaamse Beek, North Brabant, Netherlands

Chaamse Beek, North Brabant, Netherlands

Blonde d'Aquitaine cows doze in the flowery fields

Benington, Hertfordshire, England

Benington, Hertfordshire, England

A common blue butterfly gets some nectar from a knapweed flower