The photo shows a blackthorn in bloom; evidence for the early arrival of spring. (The blossom on the edge of the Old Eider Canal may become someone's sloe gin later in the year.)
Blackthorn is a real favorite of mine, and a sure sign that spring is with us. It is one of several white flowered shrubs native to my region but these don’t tend to flower together, rather they bloom in sequence from spring into summer. Blackthorn kicks off the year being at its best in April.
The Old Eider Canal was the first passage connecting the North Sea with the Baltic. It was King Christian VII of Denmark who instigated its construction. From 1773, the King of Denmark ruled the duchies Schleswig and Holstein, united under a single crown as integral parts of the Danish state. As a result, Schleswig-Holstein experienced a great economic and political revival and the building of the Eider Canal, forerunner of today’s Kiel Canal, created this most important waterway - at that time a much-admired feat of engineering. But a canal of this type was simply not big enough to meet the technical demands of the completely different political circumstances of the late 19th century.
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jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-26 6:47
eine herrliche Landschaft.Ich freue mich auf den Frühling und denke das er jetzt wirklich kommt.
snunney (78561) 2014-03-26 6:53
I have never tasted sloe gin, but I believe it is quite agreeable:-) The trees taking on their spring foliage make a fine frame for the landscape across the river. The lovely sky also plays a part in the success of the composition. The image benefits from a pleasant diffused light and agreeable natural tones; very good sharpness.
dip (23498) 2014-03-26 7:57
eine tolle Aufnahme aus dem Norden,
rechts ich kann deutlich den Frühling kommen sehen!
ein schönes Bild mit natürlichen Farben,
danos (82551) 2014-03-26 8:05
really the Spring this year was came earlier and as i see in the scene the blossom tree on the right is the reality.I like this calmly and tranquil environment around the canal with the tiny houses on the backdrop to complete the image.
saxo042 (36624) 2014-03-26 9:01
The signs of spring are indeed very clear in this picture. A very pleasant and peaceful view and a very attractive picture.
COSTANTINO (50464) 2014-03-26 11:02
your shot brings springs aroma
the spring arrived but here in
Greece the temperatures are too high
almost 20 degrees
I like the simplicity an d delicacy of
tis capture with most of the trees without
flowers and only the tree in the foreground
welldone and wellseen
shot with agreable natural tones
cornejo (27271) 2014-03-26 11:12
Hello Harriet, very good photo of this beautiful scene in the early spring, well captured with good photography. An interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
pajaran (47670) 2014-03-26 12:15
Dobar tekst o mestu i kanalu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina , kotrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepa priroda.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the place and channel, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, sharpness, and contrast is perspective, nice place and shown the moment the clouds that bring rain, beautiful colors.
Good composition, well captured moment, a beautiful nature.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
holmertz (36273) 2014-03-26 12:58
This is a plain but pretty view, not too different from what could be found in a lot of places in Sweden too. I welcome any sign that spring is moving steadily north. You have used the trees very well to frame this pleasant view and the colours are very nice.
papagolf21 (82926) 2014-03-26 13:40
Bonsoir, chère Harriet,
Les prémices du printemps sont bien agréables à contempler. Les arbres s'ornent joliment les branches.
La nature reprend vie.
emka (71998) 2014-03-26 23:33
How we wait for the spring to come, and it is such a joy when finally it comes. And this year it is quite early. My forsythia is all yellow and very soon I will have magnolia blooming. Nice quiet atmosphere as in all your photos.
Best regards Malgo
dkmurphys (45749) 2014-03-27 2:02
Fine spring scene. Here the spring is already comfortably installed with all the trees in blossom.
Enjoy a good day.
Romano46 (16576) 2014-03-27 3:47
questa tua ultima proposta è molto bella per la semplicità e l'efficacia della composizione, i colori molto delicati e la nitidezza di ottima qualità.
Ciao e buona giornata
Nicou (114990) 2014-03-27 4:13
le ciel en fond avec sa forme ronde est sueprbe quelle compo et iamge et cet arbre en fleurs sueprbe le plan d'eau mervielleux décor.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (25852) 2014-03-27 5:05
Hello Dear Harriet,
I collected sloes, a couple of years ago, with the intention of making sloe gin but, I just could not find enough quantity. I eventually used the sloes, with blackberries, to make jelly, instead!
This is early for blackthorn, but the weather has been quite mild.
A lovely pastoral scene, very nicely balanced, with trees either side of the frame and trees across the canal for the sense of depth. The light is lovely and soft, creating colours with good depth but without the harshness of strong sunshine.
Have a lovely day,
ourania (25320) 2014-03-27 10:29
a beautiful picture showing the arrival of spring and the awakening of this lovely scenery. I like very much how this side of the canal also serves as an original and elegant frame. The view over the water and the opposite bank is very clear and appealing. Light and colours are natural, their intensity well moderated. Definition is excellent, most of all I enjoy it on the intricate patterns of the trees. A lovely place with fresh, calm and delightful atmosphere. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Silvio1953 (114821) 2014-03-27 11:24
Ciao Hariet, fascinating spring view with lovely blossom trees, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (38674) 2014-03-29 10:31
Keen observation and excellent picturesque riverscene that works a treat and memories of spring time, with lovely touch of natural colours which render lots of happiness and vitality to brighten up the day. Excellent details, sharpness full of interests including the beautiful fluffy clouds and that aside this really is a pleasant shot full of goodness. Well done. Congrats.
Buin (42254) 2014-03-30 9:55
Das ist schön, einfach nur schön! Hier scheint Hektik ein wahres Fremdwort zu sein, hier muss man einfach ruhig werden. Mir gefällt hier das Fehlen jeglicher "lauter" Farben sehr.
Die interessant "map view" macht Lust gerade loszufahren ... ;-)
Grüße aus dem sonnig-warmen Sdwestfalen. 22°C heute!
SnapRJW (28714) 2014-03-31 9:46
Hello Harriet - I too associate Blackthorn with the arrival of spring; growing up in the country with a family who 'knew' all the country ways and sayings it is a pleasure both to read your note and see your photograph. My mother made sloe gin each year and foraging in hedgerows for berries, crab apples and sloes was part and parcel of autumn days.
Thanks for taking me back to some rich memories with your delightful, delicate springtime photograph.
SWEETFREEDOM (21508) 2014-03-31 10:31
nice spring picture, good sharpness and natural colors as ususal.
ikeharel (51283) 2014-04-02 9:14
Good evening Harriet,
The blossom of white flowers on the tree, can tell spring is here (there...).
Nice wateredge scenery, fine DOF and clear details collected.
The big developed cloud on far, still can bring a heavy downpor rain.
Cricri (100093) 2014-04-05 11:32
Une début de printemps qui ce réveil tout en douceur dans la lumière et ce beau prunier en fleur au bord du canal, belle présentation
jmdias (51827) 2014-06-10 16:02
nice view of the canal an the landscape around, the detail of the tree covered with flowers added a nice mood to the image. TFS.