Many people in Northern Europe are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of warm weather and longer days. It is not a modern tradition; rather it is something, which goes deep into the marrow of the people in Northern Europe. It harkens back to the pagan traditions of thousands of years before Christianity and it is a longstanding part of our culture. Having longer days means having more time to enjoy nature, to be together with the family and friends and to celebrate the joy of life.
The popular German poem “Der Mai ist gekommen”, written in 1842 by the German poet Emanuel Geibel, describes this feeling. Here is the English version:
“May has arrived now, the trees began to sprout.
Let at home stay who is worried, but we are going out!
Like the clouds that are sailing across the sunny sky,
We are wandering through the wide world,
Say narrowness goodbye.”
What Geibel did not know was that in these days driving by car has become an important part of the lifestyle.
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danos (73960) 2012-05-10 7:45
a really May scenery with the flowers of the country side to make the appearence of the Nature more alive.To see someone in our days sceneries like this must use his car to reach the fields out of the cities.
Have a good fternoon,Danos
ikeharel (37280) 2012-05-10 8:25
I admit spring in your area, looks as our autumn, Harriet.
It is a good idea to go out for a picnick, as i see here - the green surroundings are good in colors and yet, good for the soal.
*** do you use the SilkyPix software that came along with the camera, write me a MSG and will explain in details how to use.
papagolf21 (76515) 2012-05-10 8:59
Bonjour, chère Harriet,
Le joli de mois de mai est arrivé, avec parfois de grosses chaleurs et de grosses pluies !
La nature s'éveille et nous renaissons avec plaisir.
Joli paysage campagnard.
J'aime la douceur des couleurs et du ciel.
ciakgiak (30329) 2012-05-10 10:10
I love your natural and simple scenery, I love the natural colors and the choice of the POV that is perfect by my opinion. All is perfectly balanced in this image, there's a lovely light and an high quality.
Bluejeans (64227) 2012-05-10 10:30
Ola Harriet ,
Já vi que a primavera já chegou ao norte da Europa com esta visão deste campo cheio de flores amarelas , bonita esta paisagem com estas árvores junto deste canal , hoje por aqui fez 30 graus :) , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cornejo (18020) 2012-05-10 11:25
Hello Harriet, good and interesting composition with this prairie communicating the arrival of spring. Very good and interesting work, well done. Congratulations Madam. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
gildasjan (38208) 2012-05-10 11:46
Voici un premier plan très printanier avec ces fleurs du premier plan et ce très beau ciel accompagne bien cette image.
ourania (12343) 2012-05-10 12:19
I see a very sweet and timid May in you wonderful picture, the nature awakening slowly and delightfully. You have created marvellous depth and perspective with all the lines of the composition converging at one point, to the right of the frame. The sky still looks dramatic and provides a beautiful backdrop that enhances the sense of depth and contrasts the colours of the landscape. Lighting is excellent, all the colours are natural and wonderful. The atmosphere is lovely and joyful, who would want to get back into the car? Well done and thank you!
All the best,
bayno (16175) 2012-05-10 12:20
beautiful field of flowers that contrast beautifully with the wonderful sky, your shots are always characterized by an atmosphere of quiet, good framing and composition with the fence on the right that adds depth to the image and draws the eye towards the car that gives dynamism to the scene...nice shot...
williewhistler (7265) 2012-05-10 12:54
the Spring flowers light up the FG whilst the trees begin to show their leaves,yes,a nice spot to take a break.
Kind regards Les.
notrap (4680) 2012-05-10 13:14
ein schönes Maifoto in den Farben, die die Frühlingsstimmung hervorrufen: grün gelb und blau.
Löwenzahn ist eine herrliche Blume, und essen kann man sie auch noch!
Wegen des Liedes zum Mai möchte ich aber noch eine wichtige Ergänzung liefern: Nur der Text ist von Geibel, die Melodie ist von Justus Wilhelm Lyra, der in Osnabrück geboren ist (1822), und deswegen gibt es jedes Jahr am 30. April ein Maisingen hier. Früher war es immer am sog. Lyrastein im Osnabrücker Schloßgarten, aber dort reicht der Platz nicht aus, jetzt findet es auf dem Marktplatz statt.
kato (6761) 2012-05-10 22:51
You're capturing well this spring landscape by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see calm spring field surrounded rich green and yellow flowers. It impresses the spring arrival to which the heart becomes open. And, floating clouds draw out an additional good atmosphere in spring, too.
Have a nice day.
emka (58110) 2012-05-10 23:12
Hi Harriet, Such view could be see also near Warsaw. Haha, I like the scene. People go somewhere and then sit just by the car, making grill probably. Not my cup of tea. We had a very long weekend in the beginning of May, with wonderful weather, so people enjoyed the coming of May. It is the most beautiful month in the year, no doubt. Nice meadow with dandelions.
vasilpro (40192) 2012-05-11 0:04
Wonderful composition, beautiful atmosphere and cloudy sky, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
macondo (17949) 2012-05-11 1:22
I thought it was time to drop by after a long absence. Of course, your photo is readily identifiable by its sky, the stream or canal, and the flat landscape. There's a strong perspective and a lovely carpet of Spring flowers, while the trees' branches show the first signs of new foliage. Simple but natural-looking capture of the Spring weather and mood. I like the lines you have quoted.
I read something about Schleswig the other day, but you know I can't remember what it was! Has it been in the German news? Something political, I think. A change in the wind?
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-05-11 3:00
Good Morning Harriet,
We are all eager to see spring arrive with its warmer tempertures and pretty flowers and your photograph immediately hits those aspirations. The carpet of flowers is lovely, with their accompanying evidence of tree leafing.
You have achieved a strong perspective and fine guide lines, in your shot.
Nice to see you posting again.
Have a lovely w/e,
jhm (122410) 2012-05-11 4:41
May has arrived, but in Belgium with everyday rain and thunderstorm and big showers, this since begin April
Truly a wonderful spring picture with pleasant colors.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Very well composition, excellent captured, good presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-05-11 4:49
As nature lover, I understand northerners. The picture describes a remarkable aspect of the rebirth of nature. The view is well chosen, as framing. Light and natural colors are nice. sharpness and depth are very good. Bravo.
have a nice day
chrisvek (5445) 2012-05-11 9:22
Great spring shoot.Perfect colors and lightning.very nice POV and great details.Well done.TFS
Have a nice evening
ybx (251) 2012-05-11 23:30
very nice scene of spring!
Your picture seems taken in Veneto region, in the north-eastern Italy, the kind of landscape is the same: large green meadows with white and yellow flowers, trees, winding roads (often on the banks of canals).
Yes, the german poet Emanuel Geibel was right, leave your worries and enjoy these moments! Too often we forget how beatiful is the earth where we live in.
Excellent technical realization.
Very well done
Have a nice weekend Harriet & ciao
abmdsudi (26215) 2012-05-12 4:38
The much awaited warm season has finally arrived again, as depicted here with the lighting and composition it certainly gives a nice feeling. Attractive shot no doubt, beautiful yellow blooms make strong focal so well captured with such a good encounter. This is just wonderful day lifing the joyful spirit in serene surrounding. A cheery shot indeed, and thsnk to your beautiful write up. Congrats, TFS. Have a Great WE
SWEETFREEDOM (18411) 2012-05-12 6:28
beautiful flowered fields, i like the different colors and the canal in bg.
holmertz (26906) 2012-05-12 7:20
I couldn't agree more with your desciption of the attitudes of northern people. While spring is probably here, yesterday Stockholm had close to 20 degrees but today it's back to 9 and windy, so this season is still hard to define.
Meanwhile I can satisfy myself with nice pictures like this one where the trees are budding and the field is filled with dandelions. The fence and the line of trees give the picture depth and create a nice triangle with the car at its sharp angle.
jurek1951 (35765) 2012-05-12 8:47
Ein schönes, farbenfrohes Bild mit passendem Titel.
Mir gefällt es.
mohammad_H (6588) 2012-05-12 9:30
چشم انداز زیبا با نگاه شاعرانه
از زیبایی گلهای زرد در پیش زمینه.تا ابرهای زیبا در اسمان ابی در پس زمینه
وضوح خوب و بکارگیری رنگهای زیبا
Beautiful landscape with poetic
The beautiful yellow flowers in the foreground. The beautiful clouds in blue sky background
Beautiful colors and good resolution using
Buin (42082) 2012-05-12 11:58
Dieser Himmel "bei euch da oben" ist einfach anders als hier - nicht nur weiter sondern auch die Wolken sind meist dramatischer, vielgestaltiger. Du hast hier schön die paar tage eingefangen, an denen man noch durch den leichten Grünschleider in den Bäumen hindurchschauen kann. Es ist ja interessant, wie hier die Eiden neben dem Kanal fließt.
Alles Gute aus dem wieder kühlen Westfalen - in Erwartung von Bodenfrost!
Waylim (22349) 2012-05-12 15:36
Yes, May certainly has arrived and it will quickly be over, so enjoy the beautiful spring days. lovely fowers of dandelions and some other white flowers a nice mixture. Beautiful soft light the clouds adds some nice dimension to the scenery. Good composition and a good quality photo.
jusninasirun (17138) 2012-05-12 18:04
This is a fine view with interesting notes accompanying this view. Lovely details of vibrant wildflowers celebrating the longer days ahead. Good perceptive and beautiful sky makes this even more fabulous.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
delpeoples (44904) 2012-05-13 3:27
A wonderful symphony of blues and greens with that beautiful golden light warming the scene up. It could be a painting. An idyllic scene that emanates tranquillity and happiness. I hope it does for your too.
fds (5301) 2012-05-13 6:53
very interested image from the spring with the very nice green and yellow field with the trees and the canal
i licke very much the image from the countryside
saxo042 (31794) 2012-05-13 11:54
Very pleasant green and blue colours in this peaceful landscape. Looks like that car driver is out there, angling in the calm water. What kind of catch can he expect?
baddori (18988) 2012-05-13 22:39
Perfetta costruzione fotografica.
Il ripetersi delle stagioni .... il ripetersi della vita ...ogni giorno.
Tra poco sulle spiagge molti turisti.
Questo bel luogo, "immobile" scandisce le stagioni.
mvdisco (16444) 2012-05-13 22:44
Beautiful country scene and perpective,
Nice tone of naturel colors and light,
great with the spring time and dandelions in the field,
pajaran (36190) 2012-05-13 22:48
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima, i lepa pesma ...
Lep pogled na zeleno polje sa zutim cvecem, drvece i oblake koji osvajaju nebo, dobra kopmpozicija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, perspektiva i prikaz lepim bojama.
Lepo mesto za odmor i ribolov.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Guter Text mit den angegebenen Daten, und ein schönes Lied ...
Schöne Sicht auf die grüne Wiese mit gelben Blumen, Bäume und Wolken den Himmel erobert, gute Zusammensetzung.
Gute Bildschärfe, Kontrast, perspektivische Ansicht und schönen Farben.
Schöner Ort für Urlaub und Angeln.
Haben Sie einen schönen und erfolgreichen Tag, alles Gute.
wolf38 (28166) 2012-05-14 4:23
Hallo Harriet. Ich sehe die bekannte flache Landschaft. Die Bäume haben frisches Grün. Der gelbblühende Löwenzahn ist ein besonderer Blickfang. Insgesamt eine sehr schöne Lichtstimmung.... so ist der FRÜHLING. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
mauro61 (52527) 2012-05-14 12:47
immagine primaverile ben composta con il grande prato verde e il fiume con gli alberi a chiudere la scena.
Bella la resa del cielo,
kordinator (13411) 2012-05-15 1:30
Fantastian really work with a perfect composition.
Conjured up a very nice piece of heaven on earth.
A stunning work of nature.
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-05-16 13:32
Yes it seems that spring is here and gives you a wonderful landscape. With excellent pov, sharpness and the colours are fantastic.
All the best,
jmdias (45780) 2012-07-21 17:39
Very nice compo mixing the landscape and marvelous details of spring. I guess spring in a cold area like this is like a explosion of life. perfect framing and sharpness.
here we are facing some hard days of winter, of course our winter is very mild if compared with yours, anyway it is cold enough to bring damages and even to kill.
our winter is so short that sometimes the spring is mixed with it and my orchids and many trees are showing flowers yet.