stone pine caterpillars

We have four Stone Pine trees in our garden, which are native to this part of Southern Europe. Pretty though they are, they are the perfect home for the dangerous Processionary Caterpillar

One of our larger pine trees with many nests as it faces the sun

One of our larger pine trees with many nests as it faces the sun

From late last year we noticed the nests starting to grow so it was time to turf the caterpillars out of our lovely trees. 

Once they hatch in Spring, they climb down the tree in a ‘processionary’ line and if disturbed they can shoot spikes at you which are, at best, an irritant and at worst, fatal to your pets.

The caterpillars, still quite dormant but looking scary!

The caterpillars, still quite dormant but looking scary!

Having acquired a new puppy recently, we weren’t taking any chances.  I’m happy to say the pine trees are clear for another year!

Girl with a Pearl Earring

 

Further to my trip to The Hague last year, the highlight for me was seeing this very famous painting by Vermeer in the flesh.  I was amazed you were allowed to take photos in the Mauritshuis and I only had my phone camera which didn’t really do the painting (any of them) justice.  Oh well, I’ll take my Canon on my next trip!

Girl with a Peal Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

girl with a pearl earring 2

The painting was smaller than I expected.

A close up with my unfocused camera!

A close up with my unfocused camera!

Oh, there were a few Rembrandts as well. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.

Oh, there were a few Rembrandts as well.
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.

The Mauritshuis Museum

The Mauritshuis Museum

And the neighbouring building: The Binnenhof

And the neighbouring building: The Binnenhof

To see my previous post from Den Haag, please visit Panorama Mesdag.