The photo shows a typical beech forest in spring at Wulfshagen near Kiel.
Ancient beech forests covered 40 per cent of mainland Europe 6,500 years ago. Today unspoilt lowland beech forests are found nowhere in the world but Germany and many of the trees are centuries old. Their dead wood and natural hollows offer ideal habitats for bats, hole-nesting birds and other animals, and thereby promote biodiversity. The beech forests are home to around 10,000 different species of animals, plants and fungi. Walkers and nature lovers will find a peaceful haven.
The waterhole however is man-made, it is a bomb crater, a remnant of world war II, partially overgrown during the last 68 years. Because of its status as a naval port and as production site for submarines, Kiel was heavily bombed by the Allies during World War II.
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besnard (57256) 2012-04-20 2:37
Une belle image printanière. Celà doit être agréable de se promener dans cette forêt. Une note d'accompagnement intéressante.
papagolf21 (110378) 2012-04-20 2:49
Bonjour, chère Harriet,
Très jolie composition printanière. La nature revit et les feuilles mortes formeront de l'humus pour nourrir les arbres.
J'aime cette composition, où l'eau s'amuse à refléter la nature.
C'est beau, la nature !
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-20 3:30
Very nice shoot with great composition.This place on the forest is also very wonderful,and i could happy spend my free yime there.Very nice result.TFS
Have a nice day,
ourania (51103) 2012-04-20 4:46
I like very much the way the "waterhole" is placed in the frame, the reflections on its brown water and the delightful, clear view into the forest. This is a careful and lovely composition lit in a marvellous, well balanced way. I love the colours and atmosphere but who would have guessed the story of the creation of this ordinary pond so many years ago! Well done and thank you!
All the best,
pajaran (66338) 2012-04-20 7:03
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o staroj sumi ...
Lepo mesto u sumi sa vodom i palim drvetom, dobra kompozicija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, perspektiva i prikaz lepim bojama.
Cuvajmo sume, one su pluca coveka.
Prijatno popodne i sve najbolje za vikend.
Guter Text mit den gegebenen Daten zu den alten Wäldern ...
Schöner Ort in den Wäldern mit Wasser und umgestürzten Baum, eine gute Zusammensetzung.
Gute Bildschärfe, Kontrast, perspektivische Ansicht und schönen Farben.
Cuvajmo Summe sind sie die Lunge des Menschen.
Ein schöner Nachmittag und alles Gute für das Wochenende.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-04-20 8:17
The undergrowth is beautiful with the small pool of standing water. The trunks of beech trees are beautiful in the light. The picture is very nice. exposure, light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ikeharel (79211) 2012-04-20 8:46
Good evening Harriet,
Fine light management through the lovely forest, with excelent clearity and depth.
Also a nice mirror effect on water.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-04-20 10:04
interesting landscape and notes. good light management and natural colors.
mauro61 (52887) 2012-04-20 11:32
un tranquillo angolo di bosco con il piccolo specchio d'acqua a riflettere la natura intorno.
Buona l'inquadratura e la resa naturale dei colori,
Royaldevon (43931) 2012-04-20 13:24
A really tranquil scene; it's hard to link this with a war background.
You have used a good pov, where the line of the waterhole follows a r/l diagonal across the frame, leaving a strong f/g triangle to anchor the shot. The reflections in the water and the shadows on the far bank are lovely details, adding depth and interest to the shot.
Have a lovely w/e,
bayno (18344) 2012-04-21 0:59
I like the image with the lovely stream that divides the framework, very beautiful reflections especially that of the sky, great natural colors and light management, is always a pleasure to wach your peaceful pictures...have a lovely WE...
MJR (3360) 2012-04-21 3:08
A different shot from you today, not a seascape in sight. But water still features predominantly !
A restful scene, that belies the story you tell. It is hard to begin to imagine what it must have been like. ( I have spent some little time exploring the battle sites of WW1; much the same story, peaceful beauty hiding shocking stories..
But your picture: it works well, the dappled sunlight providing a foil for the main detail of your post, the shell hole and its dark depths...
PS thanks for the comment on my gallery, flattering indeed.
B.t.w., we will not be coming over this spring time - too much works against us really. But next year....
Buin (42522) 2012-04-21 4:10
Wieder einmal ein sehens- und lesenswerter Beitrag. Diese Löcher gibt es hier auch noch massenweise. Diese Bombe, die offenbar kein Unheil angerichtet hat, hat sogar noch ein kleines Biotop hinterlassen.
Dein Foto bringt eine schöne Frühlingsstimmung rüber. Der blaue Himmel, der sich im Wasser spiegelt, ist ein schönes Detail.
Grüße aus dem Siegerländer Aprilwetter - und ein schönes Wochenende!
Nicou (152062) 2012-04-21 6:10
Merveilleus eiamge et compo sueprbe reflet de ces troncs fantastique vue quel grpahsime avec ce tpouffes d'herbes vertes, grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-04-21 7:12
sembra proprio un angolo di paradiso, una pozzanghera immersa in un luogo incontaminato, dove la natura si esprime ai suoi massimi livelli, dove penso domini il silenzio (e purtroppo ce n'è sempre meno attorno a noi), e dove sarà bellissimo cercare di ritrovare il contatto col proprio io. La foto mi piace moltissimo perché riesce a trasmettere tutto questo, perché è ben bilanciata sia nella luce che nei colori, ed ha come sempre una grande qualità.
Buon WE mia cara amica.
notrap (6167) 2012-04-21 9:02
....und keıne Frühblüher rıngsrum?
oder sınd dıe S.-H. etwas spaeter als beı uns ın Niedersachsen? Ich meıne, beı uns blühen Anfang April schon dıe Buschwindröschen, dıe auch sehr typisch für Buchenwald sind.
Roland steht hıter mır und konstatıert, dass ich wohl TE-süchtig seın muss.....
vıele Grüsse aus der Hotellobby
maloutim (9747) 2012-04-21 12:14
Very good note (as always !) on beech forests in Germany. Your post shows how you can arouse interest in what seems to be a rather ordinary wood.
I too like exploring the surroundings of my house and never tire of it !
Strangely enough, We have a bomb hole in the nearby wood, but somehow the water seems to have dried out of it. However, water lilies grow in it !
In your picture, I like the reflection of the blue sky and of the trees. Good management of light in the forest, which is not always easy, perhaps a little easier before the leaves sprout !
Have a good weekend.
golus (2893) 2012-04-22 0:55
First of all, a big thank you for your sensitive and informative notes, I've read it with great interest. I strongly think that in order to appraise an art object the artist must find a way to build empathy with the viewer. Your notes highly achive this. And I believe the most important aspect of this platform is this. Regarding your photo, I liked your low level POV focusing on the man made! crater. It is fascinating to see that the world we live in keeps spinning against all odds and turns almost all adversity to opportunities. Thanks for reminding us the hope that still exists for our world. Have a nice Sunday.
vasilpro (41661) 2012-04-22 2:24
Wonderful composition, beautiful natural scenery with reflections, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
delpeoples (59880) 2012-04-22 6:03
Hello dear Harriet
This photo is superb, certainly among your best. The cool colours, the luminous reflections and the effect of the trees are truly beautiful. Congratulations, I could lose myself in this photo for ages.
mvdisco (17796) 2012-04-22 7:47
Very nice presentation of a typical beech forest in spring with these old trees,
Nice reflection on water and great details.
beautiful colors and light in a sharp picture,
very well done.
jhm (160941) 2012-04-22 9:40
The small creek middle of the forest between the trees gives a quiet place.
Lovely reflections and beginning of a new live with the nice vegetation.
Splendid presentation, excellent composed and captured.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
holmertz (59752) 2012-04-22 11:34
I think I have only walked in a beech forest in southern Sweden as a child but I remember the special light and the "clean" ground, everything so different from the dense and dark forests where I grew up. So this is a pleasant view, which as usual is accompanied by an interesting note giving us also a short lesson in the modern history of manmade waterholes in northern Germany.
Glint (6171) 2012-04-23 2:11
this perfectly compliments your note (or vis versa). The waterhole a reminder of war in a peaceful setting.Your note immediately brought to mind a recording made during the second world war I heard recently, of a lark singing against a background drone of Lancaster bomber.It was beautiful and poignant.
Here the water, seta round with trees and their reflections reminds me of the birch woods of Deeside, Aberdeenshire. The atmosphere is so similar.You have catured this well and the diagonal line of the water is helpful compositionally.
danos (103212) 2012-04-23 2:32
nice the view of this typical beech forest during the Spring time.The narrow waterhole with the reflections of the trees on its calmly surface, completes perfectly the image.I like the light as the colour maangement of the image.
Have a good week,Danos
wolf38 (31296) 2012-04-23 22:38
Hallo Harriet. Heute zeigst Du eine liebliche Waldlandschaft im Frühjahr. Das Photo ist ganz nach meinem Geschmack, denn ich mag die schönen Wälder unserer Heimat sehr. Insgesamt ein stimmungsvolles Photo mit sehr schönem Licht und natürlichen Farben. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
COSTANTINO (70230) 2012-05-01 10:37
nice and lovely composition in green
a forest that has everything
freshness,very nice picture indeed
with delicate details very
Silvio1953 (154133) 2012-05-04 3:06
Ciao Harriet, lovely composition with fantastic reflections in a beautiful forest, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
shevchenko (20548) 2012-05-07 1:14
Good frame to show a little pond at the ground of forest, it is function as a mirror and reflecting well the view from surrounding environemnt, indeed growing of human population lead to the extinction of some other species, informative note, distinct image, good shoot.
jmdias (69250) 2012-06-12 7:47
I can imagine how damage the bombs created in your country in that time,including in the natural landscape. I am happy nature is hiding the damages too, I hope there wasn't more bombs forgot in the underground how we can see sometimes in your towns. few months ago a city of our seashore discovered 2 big naval bombs (from II war) in the middle of the city, for some reason they were buried there and forget and the city growth arrived in the place. nice image showing the place and its details. TFS,
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-06-28 5:36
Interessante foto nesta floresta com este lago artificial feito pelo homem , gostei dos reflexos das árvores na agua , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo