I am Leon M. F. Barthel, I am a Biologist with a broad spectrum of interest. Until now I participated in different projects and excursions exploring the biodiversity of our planet. These include a bunch of different habitats from the Deserts and Savanna in Africa, over the karst forest in Vietnam to aquatic and terrestrial systems in Europe.
I started this kind of homepage to share some stuff including pictures, information and also some small R code. I am not a professional photographer, but after spending time in nature taking pictures of different situations, I don’t want to leave them on my hard drive. I also have an Instagram account where I post pictures from time to time.
I want to share them and like if somebody like them, too. But my intention is not that you spend your time in front of your screen. Moreover, I want you to explore nature. You don’t have to go to remote areas to discover nature. Sometimes the old plants of the neighbour or „dirty“ gardens or areas nearby are an excellent place to explore. Just go out and spend some time searching for insects or nice small worlds. Only if you spend time outside you can make great outside experiences. Even if you look at the common boring plants in detail, you will find a new world.
It is not always about knowing what you look at but teaching the eye to explore the small differences and details because if you recognize them, you can differentiate things (or species in a biological context). Learning about these differences comes semi-automatically and if you want to find out more about that just go to the determining part of this page and start exploring.
I hope you enjoy the website and keep in mind
It’s all about the details