As summer approaches, spring in my region is often marked by dramatic shifts in weather as a winter pattern gradually gives way to a summertime pattern. The second month of spring initially brings weeks of relatively cool and changeable weather, which is even wintry for brief spells. When I took this photo, a cold front brought typical cool and changeable weather that went together with a rather dramatic sky and frequent rain showers, some of which were also accompanied by hail and thunderstorms.
The photo shows the Old Eider Canal at Kluvensiek near Rendsburg. This 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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snunney (81597) 2014-04-21 3:47
The season of April showers they call it in the UK. A very pleasant composition with this dramatic light resulting in pleasing muted tones. The foreground tree makes a fine frame and is nicely juxtaposed against the one in the middle distance. It would make for a very good painting by Constable.
Silvio1953 (119373) 2014-04-21 3:52
Ciao Harriet, my today neighbour, lovely relaxing composition with fantastic tree, fascinating reflections, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-21 3:53
this picture reminds me of some moody painting - the colors you captured in here are very pretty even if the weather was quite gloomy. I like how the dark sky provides very special atmosphere to the image and how the delicate light softens the shapes of the objects. very pretty photo with classic composition.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of Easter weekend
Romano46 (16586) 2014-04-21 4:00
una foto molto bella nei toni e dai colori assai delicati e nello stesso tempo intensi e brillanti.
Ottima definizione e composizione impeccabile per un soggetto che affascina.
Ciao e buona settimana
papagolf21 (84558) 2014-04-21 4:27
Bonjour, chère Harriet,
Voilà une composition très picturale qui devrait inspirer de nombreux peintres.
Tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour créer une peinture campagnarde.
rbassin (17211) 2014-04-21 4:29
Une photo très agréable, bien cadrée, bien composée avec le tronc d'arbre en avant plan.
Très bon impact du cours d'eau avec les reflets.
jhm (137464) 2014-04-21 5:12
A little bit similar to your previous picture, but remain very nice and real rural area.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect, also the colours together.
A nice composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
SnapRJW (30609) 2014-04-21 7:35
Hello Harriet - How beautiful, a simple rural scene that captures the weather condition realistically. I see the merest shadows and warm contrasts across the tree in the FG but in the distant view, I see that rain is not far away.
April showers bring forth May flowers
holmertz (39337) 2014-04-21 7:59
There are no bright colours in this photo but a very pleasant light and fine tones of grey, yellow and green. The tree provides a nice foreground and gives a balance to the composition. Even this relative dullness has its charms as a realistic expression of spring in northern Europe.
saxo042 (37214) 2014-04-21 8:12
A very pleasant view here! The weather in April can be almost anything, from winter (with snow) to summer (here in Gothenburg we have had around 23°C today). I like the very peaceful atmosphere here and the fine composition with the big tree over the calm river.
fds (7716) 2014-04-21 8:42
dear friend kiela another very nice picture with you country with the oak in the left and the canal and the farm in the background
i licke very much this location dear germany friend
Nicou (119205) 2014-04-21 8:52
quelle vue et compo superbe image quel reflets et image avec ce tronc très gros en premier plan et de l'autre côté le reflet des arbres et ce ciel cette bande sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (21511) 2014-04-21 9:25
Another beautiful early spring impression, intersting place with rich history, very informative note
SWEETFREEDOM (22168) 2014-04-21 11:30
in my country too spring has come with its changeable weather, 23 degrees one day and 12 the other.
great sharpness and colors. i like the menacing sky above.
cornejo (29915) 2014-04-21 11:59
Hello Harriet, great view of this beautiful landscape with tree and river in the foreground, very well captured with a great POV with excellent and nice photo. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
macondo (18595) 2014-04-22 2:27
A very pleasing photo of the Spring light on a bucolic scene, with hints of new foliage on the branches. The soft tones and the reflection on the still canal water suggest serenity, but as you say, the Spring weather can be very volatile.
Royaldevon (28243) 2014-04-22 5:22
This is just my sort of photograph: winter trees, moody atmosphere and lovely reflections.
You have placed the trunk very well in the frame for good composition and as a gently guide towards the rest of the scene. The tree shows excellent textural details and soft shadows across its limbs.
You have captured a lovely sense of depth and the characteristics that tell us it is April.
My warm regards,
COSTANTINO (53525) 2014-04-23 8:09
Hello my friend Kielia
I love this lovely relaxing composition
with April s aroma it looks like a picture
from a good painter
you are the painter who created the
best picture the right timing
the tree is without leaves and
the grey sky provides a particular
shot with the greatest sharpness
and lightness the reflections
ikeharel (55094) 2014-04-23 8:31
I know it rains on summer in Germany, happened to be there on the wetest days last year.
Spring in your region seem as high winter in Israel, the clouds and low light condition, truthfully.
Anyway, the colors are fresh green, and there is a good view across the canal.
The big tree is an imprtent element on, scaling the whole.
my best regards,
pajaran (50278) 2014-04-23 22:09
Interesantan tekst o kanalu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo mesto za odmor i ribolov, lepa priroda.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the channel with a history and description of ...
Nice view and a second ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and moment shown with clouds that bring rain, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, nice place for relaxation and fishing, beautiful nature.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
macjake (54816) 2014-04-24 1:56
I'm sure Beverley would enjoy this scene too, she loves trees and such nature photos.
looks like a calm and peaceful area, tranquil setting.
really enjoy the trees on the right.
fine exposure and soft light.
enjoy your day
abmdsudi (41936) 2014-04-24 6:33
Love this tranquility of the shot - looks almost peaceful and lovely balanced composition I just love that the water and the reflection of that patch of light in the sky is superb! and that wonderful tree frames leading in through the image. I personally think, there is more than enough attractive elements to hold the image together and I thought it summed up the moody beauty of this area nicely. The colours and the contrasting tones between the dramatic clouds and foreground and the touch of green to set it off superbly. Fabulous calm shot, Congrats
Waylim (25182) 2014-04-24 8:52
Another really lovely shot of the charming village surrounded by beautiful nature with lakes and ponds. The light is good, some clouds but not too dark, but enough mood. Good composition wth the tree off centered and well manage light.
Have a wonderful day.
gildasjan (41334) 2014-04-25 10:33
La lumière a joué avec les nuages pour un très beau rendu des teintes de cet agréable coin de nature.C'est calme et apaisant.
Didi (55943) 2014-04-25 16:49
Very nice country view sharp picture with a good balance of the sky exposure, not washed
The area looks similar to my region of Center France
Thanks for sharing
delpeoples (52897) 2014-04-26 2:08
Hallo dear Harriet
The silvery grey tones are wonderful and have contrasted so perfectly with the green tones/ The position of the lovely old tree at the left of the frame, actually provides another natural frame for the photo. Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful weekend.
danos (85013) 2014-04-26 8:00
a bit cloudy your April's photo from the area,with the reflections on the surface of the canal waters to enhance even more the mood of the day.
I like the beauty,the tranquility as the excellent presentation of this rural area.
Buin (42268) 2014-04-26 23:35
Deine Bilder zeigen so oft Landschaften, die irgendwie "in sich ruhen". Das ist auch hier so. Nichts stört den ruhigen, gelassenen, gediegenen Gesamteindruck und ich glaube, dass auch die Weite dieses Landstrichs zu diesem Eindruck beiträgt. Da muss man sich wohlfühlen ...
Das recht wechselhafte Wetter ist hier schön wiedergegeben - auch in der Wasserspiegelung. Ein wirklich stimmungsvolles Foto.
Grüße aus dem heute regnerischen Siegen! Alles Gute!
dip (23532) 2014-04-27 14:26
Wechselhaftes Aprilwetter und der Frühling ist noch nicht sehr spürbar,
du hast die Stimmung hier sehr gut eingefangen,
ourania (29201) 2014-05-05 10:14
this is an exemplary composition, every natural element contributes to the delightful sense of balance you have created within the frame. The tree trunk makes a very solid and attractive frame for the more distant and delicate elements. There's fine sense of depth that makes this beautiful area even more inviting. I love the subtle plays of light as well as the rich and harmonious palette of colours. The light seems to be actually sweeping the landscape before our eyes. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,