There are different ways to make images more interesting. One of the technics to do this is changing the point of view. You might remember my post on this a couple of weeks ago. Here I used an existing small animal’s trail for bringing your eye-level way down to the eye-level of a mouse or a frog.
Without the covid19 pandemic last week the Horizonte Photo Festival would have taken place in Zingst. But, it was canceled like many, many other festivals around the world, too.
Instead, I have an image taken during the festival in 2017.
Recently, Leanne Cole published an image in her blog, which impressed me much.
I tried to get a similar image with one of the images taken during my latest trip 3 weeks ago to Zingst and the wonderful wild forest in the National Park “Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft”. I love that region for nearly 30 years.
Amazing nature, zillions of interesting locations from a photographic perspective, and usually not that many people. You can still find calm places, despite its much more crowded than in the early 1990s when I first came to that region. You know, most of the German baltic sea coast used to belong to the GDR. So, it was quite impossible for someone from the FRG to come here for a vacation or a photo trip. The state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was formed after the GDR collapsed in 1990 and joined FRG.
It’s definitely autumn now. Last night at least 2 troops of cranes flew over our house and heading south.
The image above is taken about 3 weeks ago. They were resting near the baltic sea. In that area, they stay for about 4 weeks. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that good for wildlife photography. But, I’m happy for having seen them again. This time, my wife was with me. She isn’t in photography and not interested in observing wildlife. But, she was also very impressed.
Cranes flee very easy. They have a fleeing distance of about 300 m. And you better not disturb them, because every flight needs energy and they need the energy for their next long-distance flight to the south to their destinations in southern France and Spain. So, either be in the observing place before the cranes come (that’s long before sunrise) and stay there until they left (after sunset) or observe them from a distance (also from a hide).
What I noticed this year was, there were not many adolescents with the adults. You now, they only have one or a maximum of two eggs in a season. But this fall, most of the adults hadn’t had any kid. The most probable reason is the two hot summers and the dry winter between them. So, the wetlands weren’t wet which results in unsafe nest places and less food.
This image is also taken during my trip to the Isle of Skye in Scotland earlier this year.
While exploring the island we found this tree located right next to the street. On the other side of the street (in my back when taking this photo), is a beach. The beach was the reason for stopping here. But, when I saw that tree, I got reminded to The Lord of the rings books written by J.R.R. Tolkien. He imagined a species called Ent. An ent is a tree-like being, able to move, see and talk. They understand themselves as being caretakers for the forests, just like shepherds do for their sheep.
Tolkien described male ents as being shaped like old, thick and ossified, while female ents are more like big bushes. Both are unable to get recognized by anyone when standing still with closed eyes. So, they can hide easily inside forests.
In this contexts, it seemed to me, that I might have found an ent here.