On a forest walk last year, a friend and I encountered what looked like a small construction trailer from afar.
From closer up it looked more like someone had made it their home, what with the postbox attached to it.
I have no idea whether it’s the forester’s inofficial office trailer, or his go-to place for his coffee break. Or maybe it’s the place where he meets with his hipflask.
As you can see I’ve somewhat gotten over my reluctance to photograph people. In Germany the law is that you need to ask someone before you take their picture, and as I’m someone who doesn’t want her picture taken by strangers either, I’m all for that law, especially if the picture might end up on the internet.
The more time I spend behind the camera, though, the more intriguing I find taking people pictures. Since attending the photo workshop I’ve become slightly more unscrupulous, daring myself to just do it! , and telling myself that people will let me know if it’s not OK to take their picture.
Anyway, in these pictures the focus is more on the autumn leaves, the woman just happened to come along and I decided to take advantage.
From the time I took up running at the beginning of March until my last run this past Friday the changes in the forest where I run have been incredible. Watching the forest come to life, I always wish I could bring my camera on these runs.
What I really regret is not having it made into the forest on a non-running day to see and shoot the ferns in their state of unfurling. A shame really, it’s so beautiful. Then after our Friday run I just snapped off a stem (I know, I shouldn’t have…), took it home and put it in a vase. As I came home late at night, I had to wait until the other morning to take pictures, so it was almost all the way unfurled (at least it survived in my vase).
These were taken using the borrowed 105 mm lens again.
Three weeks ago I got my first jogging lesson from a friend. Although I had been looking forward to it, I had also been dreading it because I’m so not the kind of person to get enthusiastic about sports. However, I surprised myself both by doing really well and looking forward to our twice-a-week jog.
One thing my friend tells me whenever we jog uphill is “Don’t look ahead up the hill – keep your eyes to the ground!” Which I did in the beginning, but then realised my eyes were straying to both sides of the path seeing lots of stuff I could take pictures of.
So this morning I walked our jogging path, equipped with my cameras. I decided to walk in the opposite direction so I could avoid the uphill parts and concentrate on what’s in the woods. Surprisingly, it was a totally different perspective, at some points I felt like I had never walked there before, and unfortunately I couldn’t exactly remember where I’d seen what. There was also a lot of wood cutting going on today, so a lot of the logs I might have seen stuff like shelf fungi on were already hacked to pieces.
Nevertheless, I got a few shots that I’m quite content with. What you see below is a mixture of shots from my Nikon and my Point & Shoot, hence the difference in colour.
I used to walk past this pavilion with my grandmother when I was a child. Amid the forest is a huge playground and we used to take afternoon walks there. The pavilion was always the most fascinating thing, mainly because it was locked and no one I know has ever had a look inside. Right next to it is a forester’s house, so my guess is there’s either nothing inside, or tools… But still, to this day I would love to take a peek inside.
All I know of its history is that in 1765 the then duke built a pheasant house in the nearby fields, then the hunting pavilion was built in 1818, and a golden pheasant can be seen on top of the pavilion.
What I’ve never consciously noticed before is the artwork looking up at the roof. You can see painted acorn leaves with actual wooden acorns in the middle.
Debris. Mostly beautiful debris, in my eyes at least…
I just had to delete this post and re-publish it because on my system it was showing up all weird. On the homepage, no pic shows up for today, and although it’s tagged “photography” I can’t see it in the WP overview. Hope everyone else can see everything alright.
To everyone who “liked” this post when the 1st version was published – thank you! It won’t automatically show up on this 2nd version, unfortunately.
I passed a lot of fences and gates having taken the path between the forest and the gardens. The amount of barbed wire I encountered was amazing. When I happened upon the green gate I had to snap it because it was the only colourful one. And then I saw the one with the horseshoes, and I realised the connotations the mind makes are a funny thing sometimes. See horseshoe on gate – expect hoof tracks behind it. It was almost disappointing to see there were only tire tracks…
The forest I took my walk in and around is surrounded on two opposite sides by fields, and on the other two sides are very large privately owned gardens on one side, and rented allotments on the other.
The keeping of allotments can be heavily regulated in Germany, and we tend to joke that someone’s going around every allotment with a ruler to see if the grass is the same height in each one. 🙂 Walking past the allotments didn’t seem very interesting at first, because I was thinking that if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I did discover a few differences, though. Most of the gates had normal door-locks whereas a handful of others had padlocks. What I also noticed was that some of the owners seemed to have some trouble with unwanted gifts left at their gates by another species…
My walk took me not only through the forest but also around it. When I found my third tree, there was the forest to the left of the paved way and privately owned gardens (much larger than your usual allotment) to the right, all properly fenced in and gated. I noticed a lot of barbed wire along the way, but this particular bit of barbed wire caught my attention. It looked like the tree either didn’t like it and decided to trap it, or liked it so much it started to chew on it…
The next tree that caught my eye was a rotting one, across from the forest just inside the fence of a large allotment. I found the various stages of rot quite interesting, and – ignorant that I am – thought immediately of termites when I saw the nicely drilled holes in that tree. Of course, we don’t have termites here, and the holes were the work of woodworms.
The majority of these pics were shot with my D70, the last four with the point & shoot.
Welcome to my very first post on my photography blog. Running two food blogs, I am by no means new to blogging, but I’m definitely a little nervous entering into a domain I am less experienced in than in the kitchen.
Giving me the final kick I needed to dare doing this was this post by Sarah Takes Pictures because I also love taking walks in the woods, something that’s fairly new to me, too.
My intention is to show all kinds of pictures here – nature, objects, food. At the moment I’m quite interested in taking pictures of plants, especially what some people might see as boring dead plants. So this post mentioned above got me to take a walk in a nearby forest equipped with rubber boots and camera, both my Point & Shoot and my Nikon (see my ABOUT page for camera info.) For the first half hour I felt a little weird what with people looking at me strangely – at least that’s how it felt to me – while I was clicking away like a maniac. Thankfully I quickly got over that and felt more relaxed snapping away. And before I knew it, one and a half hours had passed before I went home a happy snapper.
I only have sort of a plan on how to run this blog, how many pictures to show in a post, so I decided today would be part one of a little February Forest Walk series, starting out with Trees.
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So here’s the first installment of my February Forest Walk – Trees
The first two were shot with my Nikon, the other two with my point & shoot. All four pics are of the same tree.