Spring in and around the village

This morning my hubby and I  took our cameras and went for a walk around the village we live in. Temperatures have dropped significantly lately and cold winter was blowing this morning but spring views made up for the unfavourable weather.

First we visited the old local cherry tree orchard where we wanted to take some photos. The orchard is most beautiful in spring when the blossom is out.

As you can see in the photo, the cherry blossoms have been partly brown already and I’m not sure whether it means that they are changing into fruits or whether they have been damaged by morning frost that occurred during the last several days. We will see later, no doubt about that.

What I love about spring is that while many trees are still bare, others are heavy with blossoms or sprouting little leaves. I find the contrast charming.

In a field we started a doe which was no surprise as there are many does grazing in the area but a while later we happened to start a fox which was much more of a surprise. I tried to capture it but I was not quick enough to change my camera settings which were quite different than I needed.  Yet one photo turned out to be quite interesting…

… though it’s more of an impressionist painting than wildlife photography. Why not, I like it.

And then we were back in the village again, heading home to prepare and eat well-deserved lunch…



  1. Hi, Petra. That blossom shot is perfect. I love it. And the cherry orchard itself just calls out to be photographed, doesn’t it? Maybe more so at this time of year, when the shapes of the trunks and branches are still visible and the blossoms are out. I, too, love the varying shades of green and stages of growth like those shown in your third photo. That’s such peaceful view. I’m sorry you missed a perfect shot of the fox, but you did indeed come up with an interesting capture. I’m glad you included it in this post.

    1. Linda, thank you. I was waiting in front of the branch for the wind to calm down, it was both funny and desperate to see the branch moving in and out of the view finder. The result is good so all is good. 🙂 I’m quite happy that I managed to take a few photos in the orchard, it always feels so special at this time of year. The dark trunks and white blossoms stand in total contrast.

      I might have had a chance of getting a good photo of the fox if I realised quickly that I needed to change the settings and was able to change them while looking in the viewfinder but I was not ready for it. Good lesson, though! Eventually I was quite happy that I gave it a try anyway, I like the resulting image. I just did the basic processing of the raw, no magic there. I’m pleased you find it interesting too.

  2. Such lovely photos and beautiful spring images.
    I would not have thought that it was cold by looking at them.
    I also like the fox image, it is a bit otherworldly, straight out of a fairy tale.

    1. Tammie, thank you. It looks nice but the temperatures are still quite cold. E.g. this morning we had just 3°C (37°F) and in the afternoon just 7°C (45°F)… Hopefully the end of the week will turn warmer.

      The photo of the fox got quite positive feedback and I am pleased you like it too. “A bit otherworldly” sounds good! 🙂

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