The weather is always a part of a photographer’s thinking. At this time of year we are all hoping to see the first rays of sunshine break through the clouds.
I headed out, camera bag on my shoulder and a tripod strapped to my back. My intentions were to go into the forest and take photos of groups of trees.
At this time of year, you see trees that are bare branched, but often the stems and trunks are wrapped in evergreen ivy that creates a shock of colour against the sombre tones of winter woodlands.
As I entered the area around the lake, I gasped at the beautiful sight of the water, ripples, and misty peninsula in the distance.
A raft floated on its lonesome far out in the middle. Because of my intentions about the woodlands, I didn’t want to hang around the lake too long.
So, I took a few shots — which got me into it — I realised how gorgeous it all looked.
These are the results, despite the freezing cold.
The little boat above, it came along the river, then entered the lake area and started to push out into the middle towards the raft.
When I see people on a boat that moves slowly, motor putting away, I always wonder where the fun part is; it was cold, my fingers were numb, and on the water it was surely icy cold too.
Bird life in and around Berlin has flourished in recent years. Above is a jetty to moor small boats, at the end I saw this bird which I believe is a Cormorant. You see a lot of them about the lakes and even in the city centre park lakes, these days.
During the 1990s, the Government believed that the German Eagle, Adler International, was doomed to extinction. Only a few pairs were sighted, not enough to make a comeback; but eagles are hardy birds.
As soon as the ban on chemical crop control was enforced, we saw more and more of them. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet got a good photo of one, but I will, when lady luck is on my side.
Below, I think this is where lady luck invoked her magic for me. A single raft on the water. Thin mists warmed by the March sun behind created a slight yellow tint to the heavens.
When you’re out in the open, the woodlands or down by a lake, your brain cells start to light up and register every nuance of light.
I visited the same spot one day later, to actually enter the forest and take shots. The light had changed from a slight glow behind the clouds, to a strange mixture of yellow and reds, with streaks of blue that punctuated the sky.
“Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Don’t be afraid of getting lost!”
– Mehmet Murat Ildan
I hope you enjoy the photos which I ‘ll use to make a shortish YouTube video.
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