The Eider-Treene-Sorge river landscape is the largest lowland area in Schleswig-Holstein. The landscape of this region is characterised by rivers, canals, peat lands and moors.
Where the land lies lower than the sea, the locals have always had their hands full stopping their livelihoods from going under. The pumps work ceaselessly. The photo shows a canal that directs the water of the river Sorge into the historic lock at Steinschleuse that has protected status. At low tide the lock directs the water further on into the river Eider, at high tide the lock is closed.
The birches (betula nigra) are native to Schleswig-Holstein’s wet areas along rivers, ponds and it also thrives excellently inside flooded swamps. Its foliage has a green surface and a yellow-to-green underside. The deciduous river birch's most striking feature however is its bark. Besides being an attractive color, it peels off and falls apart in flakes. But unlike other birch species, the river birch doesn't release any fragrance when you crush its wood and leaves.
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SimoAle (646) 2014-01-16 8:32
bellissimo riflesso di questa natura che si specchia vanitosamente. Bella nitidezza e luce. Un canale di campagna che non ha niente di eccezionale ma che tu hai reso molto bello.
ikeharel (76251) 2014-01-16 9:25
Fine mirror over water, Harriet, POV chosen was perfectly on the mid-canal long view.
The naked trees shown superbly, and I wonder how this would look with full green foliage on summer time's.
Light and clarity well collected.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-16 10:12
Sehr schön, diese Spiegelung im stillen Kanal. Die Sonne verzaubert die Landschaft auch ohne dickes Schneepolster.
Gefällt mir, deine Aufnahme.
holmertz (57483) 2014-01-16 10:14
Reading your note, well written and informative as always, I realize there is quite some drama going on behind this very quiet looking countryside. The beautiful reflections of the trees extend the composition right up to in front of us and provide excellent depth to the view going under the bridge all the way to the distant screen of trees. It looks like having been a pleasantly mild day, maybe too mild for this time of the year, but also with surprisingly good light for mid January.
williewhistler (16412) 2014-01-16 11:26
the reflections of the silver birch trees are so very attractive in an imaginative composition with the saturated colours a real bonus.
A truly delightful photograph.
Kind regards Les.
claudeD (40894) 2014-01-16 11:44
Wunderbare Aufnahme mit sehr gutem Bildaufbau, schönen Farben und herrlichen Spiegelungen im Wasser. Ich finde eine sehr ausgewogenen Aufname mit gut ausgewähltem vertikalen Format.
Mit den besten Grüssen aus Luxemburg
cornejo (45480) 2014-01-16 12:13
Hello Harriet, very good picture of this interesting view of the channel with interesting reflections, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-01-16 12:20
A very pleasant and peaceful view. This is not so far from Schwabstedt, same kind of landscape. The birches are beautifully reflected in the calm water surface and they add a nice pattern in the picture. Unfortunately Google has not been allowed to take any street view pictures in Germany (except in the large cities).
gildasjan (43824) 2014-01-16 12:33
Ce premier plan de reflets est très esthétique.Ici j'aime beaucoup le bleu du ciel densifié par l'eau.L'hiver aussi nous offre de belles images.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-01-16 13:05
les reflets sur le canal sont sublimes, les arbres qui conduisent au petit pont donnent une belle profondeur à l'image.
Royaldevon (41865) 2014-01-16 14:37
What a strange experience, it is like looking at the world upside down! Having said that, it is a most enjoyable experience! The reflections of the sky and trees are sharp and colourful and can only be seen via this mirror-like reflection!
The terminal focus is the tiny bridge which creates a another interesting space, a rectangle through which one's gaze is guaranteed to pass.
I wonder how you would feel about cropping some of the sky, to the top of the line of trees beyond the bridge. To me, that keeps the colour in the shot without any seeming to dissipate into the grey sky.
My warm regards,
jemaflor (101419) 2014-01-16 23:54
Very beautiful this water mirror, well seen and good capture with a large Fg, good depth result with the view of the perspective.
lousat (95982) 2014-01-17 4:51
Hi Harriet,it seems a pic taken in my village,same water,same trees,colors and scenery,and no snow in this strange rainy and warm winter.Magnificent neverending perspective with bright reflections and the usual top quality of detail,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
rbassin (24175) 2014-01-17 5:00
c'est une très belle composition, la surface d'eau du canal présente une belle luminosité et de magnifiques refelts des grands arbres.
pajaran (64478) 2014-01-17 5:07
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na kanal i trenutak sa refleksom na vodi ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za odmor i ribolov.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the place, with a description ...
Nice view of the channel and moment with reflex on the water ...
A good moment shot, perspective and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice place for relaxation and fishing.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
danos (101882) 2014-01-17 5:17
very nice the view as the presentation of the canal with the created reflections of the birches on the surface of the canal's water to make the image even more effective.I like the creative perspective with the beauty of the place to be superb.
papagolf21 (106917) 2014-01-17 7:34
Bonsoir, chère Harriet,
J'aime beaucoup cette composition qui s'apparente à une peinture.
Les reflets des arbres dans les eaux calmes sont de toute beauté.
Très bon cadrage également.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-01-17 8:13
i like the in particular the central part of the picture with the reflected trees and partly cloudy sky.
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-01-17 9:08
That's tranquil beauty! in fabulous tones, brilliant clarity and depth with the eye catching reflection on the still water is a real treat leading the eye through and beyond. A graceful scene and photogenic spot you found here, the touch of green is a plus point. Nicely done, Congrats
Waylim (25436) 2014-01-17 10:45
Beautiful view of the canal with the birch trees on both side. Love the reflection of the tree in the water. You can literally flip is up side down. Good light with nice exposure not too much, just right. All is in good quality and love the peaceful and traquil feeling I get looking at it.
Silvio1953 (150405) 2014-01-17 10:49
Ciao Harriet, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Buin (42502) 2014-01-18 0:41
Auch wenn dahinten auf dem Erfderdamm eine Bundesstraße verläuft, strahlt dieses Foto eine herrliche Ruhe aus - verstärkt noch durch die makellose Spiegelung der Bäume und des blauen Himmels, den Du "im Original" hier fast ausgespart hast.
Ich muss immer wieder feststellen: was für ein Unterschied zu meiner Gegend ...
Hier bilden Bild und Begleittext wieder eine schöne Einheit.
Ein schönes Wochenende aus dem kühlen aber sonnigen Siegen! 0°C heute Morgen.
jhm (157976) 2014-01-18 1:42
You shows us the Eider-Treene-Sorge river landscape in Schleswig-Holstein on a wonderful simple way.
I would these picture take on the same way.
Lovely reflections too..
Also a very well choice of your angle, cares for depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, lovely photo work.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (49935) 2014-01-23 14:16
this is a wonderful picture, a characteristic natural scenery of this region presented with great sensibility and art. All the interesting and appealing characteristics of this view have been exalted and used excellently for the creation of a harmonious whole. Perspective and depth are captivating and make the fine and fragile reflections so enticing. The intricate patterns of branches and reeds fill the view and frame the sleek area of the reflections. There's a heavy mood but a playful warm light shows itself in surprising ways. I also like how your composition is round off with the bridge at the top of the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
COSTANTINO (68250) 2014-01-24 12:00
Hello my friend
the reflections of the trees on the surface
of the water are almost perfect
nobody can understand the difference
from the original ones
so pleasant and peaceful view
a shot that changed my mood today
delicate and excellent natural details
Cricri (123832) 2014-01-26 10:19
J'aime la profondeur du canal avec les reflets des arbres et du ciel, les teintes naturels de saison, très belle présentation
delpeoples (59466) 2014-01-31 3:02
Your control of the light here is just wonderful and I think this is one of your best photos. The symmetry, the soft colours and the amazingly rendered reflections are truly beautiful. The entire photo makes me feel peaceful and appreciate untouched nature even more. Well done.
Warmest wishes and happy weekend
fds (9569) 2014-02-01 2:55
dear friend kielia very nice picture with fantastic trees reflection over the canal
very nice composition with very nice colors
Angshu (56760) 2014-02-04 1:55
The calm waters create a fine mirror image especially of the trees. the perspective is well created and exposure well handled to create a nice, serene image. Your notes are as always, delightful!
dip (23890) 2014-03-13 11:34
Bäume Spiegelungen auf ruhiger Wasseroberfläche ist immer wieder ein sehr interessantes Motiv,
wie ich sehe du hast es entdeckt und super gut eingefangen!
Eine tolle Perspektive und sehr schöne Farben.
batalay (39959) 2014-03-17 14:49
The combination of the birches, a tranquil waterway, and the spectacular sky comprises a genuinely beautiful scene. Your photograph is sharp and well composed — as is your note.
In our backyard we have a family of birch trees, occasionally a pit stop for cardinals and blue jays, You may have seen my photo of the birch in the past.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-03-29 15:07
Splendid nature reflections , great perspective on the canal and splendid light. I like it!
Didi (60590) 2014-04-03 15:45
Deep foreground, perspective are two essential elements for a good composition
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-15 2:11
Good evening Harriet,
I really like the way you have made these stunningly sharp reflections take centre stage by the exclusion of most of the sky from your shot.
It would be fun to flip this image 180 degrees and make out brains work a little in viewing it.You have made great use of the edges of waterway drawing us into the shot. The gentle golden light captured so well on the tree trunks is a real gift
jmdias (67271) 2014-05-03 15:52
nice use of these trees and its reflections. I liked this visual effect. good details of the small canal.