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Monochrome Monday 8-48



I took this image on Saturday before last. It’s already early April, and just like the old farmer’s rule says, April does whatever she wants. Just like last April, we got snow in die mid of spring. But, fortunately, this time most of the fruit trees didn’t have their blossoms so early. Over the last weeks, the weather was very nice and sunny, but cold. But, the magnolias (tulip trees) were affected again. It started snowing Friday at noon and until nightfall, we had a quite solid snow cover on the ground. Saturday morning, I had approximately 15 cm of snow on my car. Although the snow was nearly completely gone by Saturday noon, nearly all petals of the magnolia blossoms were already on the ground. What a pity. The already short period of magnolia blooming time was cut even earlier.

The tree in my image is a white-pink blooming magnolia tree all covered by snow.


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Monochrome Monday 6-48

Is it fair, to show blossoms in monochrome now when they finally start blooming and end the winter? Last week, we had two wonderful sunny and quite warm days (approx. 14-15°C). Birds are singing everywhere. It’s their mating season and they try to attract a partner. The buds are growing on the trees and bushes, ready to break up soon to give free the leaves and the petals. Just like the blossom of the star magnolia in the image above. In my opinion, the image works well in monochrome because of the naturally white petals and the backlit situation in the scene. What do you think? I’m looking forward to your opinion. Just type it in the comment box below.

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610_3960_wYou know, yesterday I posted several photos with tree and bush blossoms taken the day before. In the same post, I was complaining about the overcast sky during the day in opposite to the weather forecast. But, in the late afternoon, not only the sun came through, also the clouds vanished mostly and leaving the sky nearly perfectly blue. Thus, I picked my camera for a short trip in my home area and walked along the streets only a few hundred meters.

I used my macro lens for several blossoms, but also my long telephoto lens. Some of the blossoms are high up in the sky and it was kind of hard to get a sharp shot. As you can see, the sprays are very thin and carry lots of blossoms. So, they are quite heavy laden and thus begin to swing easily at the lightest wind. And there were many squalls.:-(

I don’t know all the names of the blossoms, bushes and trees. But, you can find in my gallery below: flowering cherry, magnolia, forsythia, silver birch sprays and beech tree sprays.

Enjoy the spring!

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610_3823-spc_wOnly a few sunny days are able to change the world. Although the calendar says, it’s spring, the nature doesn’t think so. The trees and bushes still don’t have leaves, but blooming time for crocus and snow drops is already over. Narcissuses are blooming everywhere, although their booming time also is coming to its end. But that’s all. The air is still cold and every morning the ice cover has to be removed from the front window of my car.

Last week we have had sunny days and Friday was, according to the weather report, the ‘hottest’ day of 2015 until now. Some regions got up to 20°C in the sun. Whoa!

The sun is the power, that is able to change nature. Yesterday, while I’m preparing this post, we have had a cold, cloudy and rainy day again, just like the weather forecast proposed for the whole weekend. (Although, today we have a cold, sunny day – what a surprise).  Temperatures around 10°C. Nothing is left from the sun and the warmth we have had last week. Enjoy the magnolia blossoms I photographed on Friday late afternoon 🙂

It’s a Magnolia stellata, sometimes called the star magnolia native to Japan blooming in white and a Magnolia liliiflora (variously known by many names, including Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid) native to China blooming in purple.

While the star magnolia is covered by many blossoms, the purple magnolia only has a few blossoms until now. But, we expect to see more during the next days. I really like the magnolia blossoms, unfortunately their booming time is so short,

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