The photo shows Paterness Manor near Eckernförde. It demonstrates how a wise farmer is taking advantage of obviously useless material (I think you’ll agree that the heap of stones makes this otherwise quite idyllic place look untidy) thus providing cover for plenty of creatures. He is putting such piles in different places around the pond to encourage as many species as possible such as insects, invertebrates and birds.
But where do all the stones come from?
Twelve thousand years ago the last glaciers crept across Northern Europe. As the glaciers pushed through, they left piles of rubble in their wakes, called moraines. They were made up of sand, stones and clays. The stones are angular, as they have not yet been rounded by water action. When it comes to sowing and planting, these stones can be a big-time headache. The irritating boulders can cause damage to machinery. But this is not the only reason why it is important to get them out of the way. Young sprouts aren’t strong enough to move the heavy stones. It stunts their growth and sometimes kills them.
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snunney (103327) 2014-04-14 4:28
A fine capture of this pleasant rural scene. A well composed image with the nicely placed pile of stones making a good counterbalance for the buildings on the far side of the pond. The image is pleasantly lit and has agreeable natural colours and very good sharpness.
jhm (156580) 2014-04-14 5:52
These picture do my think, to North Netherland with the big old barns and the small lake as water hole for the animals
Technical excellent taken
Also the foreground with the relections his wonderful taken.
Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-14 6:01
bella foto nel tuo stile classico: una bella composizione, un paesaggio piacevole della regione dello Schleswig-Holstein, colori impeccabili e nitidezza superba.
Piace in maniera particolare il soggetto della foto che attrai per la delicatezza dei suoi colori ricchi di verde e di azzurro. di terra e di acqua che si uniscono in maniera straordinariamente poetica.
Nitidezza e contrasto eccellenti. ù
Ciao, buona giornata e buon inizio di settimana
ikeharel (74799) 2014-04-14 6:36
Good evening Harriet,
Farm houses through the naked trees, early spring but still not green as in summer, with a pond in fg. A lovely natural surrounding you managed beautifully to collect.
Superb allocation of pic. space.
papagolf21 (105382) 2014-04-14 6:46
Bonjour, chère Harriet,
Un petit étang ravissant, une ferme, des bosquets, des prairies, un petit pont enjambant une rivière, tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour nous offrir une bien jolie composition.
saxo042 (37910) 2014-04-14 8:09
A very peaceful rural view with this quite typical farm, in this region. Also an interesting note with these tracks from the glacial period, well known here in Sweden too.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-14 8:51
A great note Harriet and a lovely rural scene. You always manage to capture the mood and beauty of the countryside in a sensitive and refined way. For a country girl I find lots here to enjoy.
notrap (6163) 2014-04-14 9:00
das sieht wirklich hübsch aus mit dem schönen norddeutschen Himmel, obwohl Du den Steinhaufen als "untidy" bezeichnest. Wahrscheinlich war das jetzt überhaupt die einzige Möglichkeit, dieses Foto zu machen, vier Wochen später sind die Brennesseln so hoch, daß die Steine verschwunden sind. Die Bäume hat der Landwirt gefällt, und die Steine sammelt er, um den Kleintieren einen Unterschlupf anzubieten?
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-04-14 11:14
Lovely view. Nice and attractive landscape.
Light and colors very good.
holmertz (56223) 2014-04-14 11:21
You have written a very interesting note to explain why you decided to include this untidy foreground ;.). I knew about the importance of keeping fields, gardens and forests a bit untidy, but I didn't realize you could use heaps of stones for the same purpose. So, apart from the stones littering the foreground this is a fabulously idyllic and pretty view, and spring seems to be almost in full bloom in northern Germany by now.
cargus (10456) 2014-04-14 11:25
Beautiful landscape, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-14 11:51
Die Natur, die Farben und deine Bildgestaltung gefallen mir sehr gut,.tolle Frühlingsimpression,
emka (102666) 2014-04-14 23:58
hello Harriet, beautiful rural picture. Charming the first fresh leaves, and nice yellow flowers in the grass. Lovely composition.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Nicou (146864) 2014-04-15 6:30
quel reflets et vue sueprbe quel bel étang avec la végétation un biotope je pense bucolique image sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
dip (23890) 2014-04-15 7:29
Wieder mal zeigst du uns eine sehr schöne ruhige Ecke aus dem Norden,
und wie üblich es muß eine Stelle mit Wasser dabei sein,ich schätze Dein Element..:)
gildasjan (43654) 2014-04-15 10:12
Le printemps ici commence à nous montrer sa beauté.Belle image en teintes douces de ce paysage rural.
marabu61 (11189) 2014-04-15 11:53
Very pleasing rural scene set in a good light and with nice colors. I wouldn't have guessed the the farmer had put the stones intentionally there for protection of wild life. Very nice touch indeed and we should all take an example of his deed.
have a great day
Royaldevon (41060) 2014-04-15 14:45
As time goes on, I have no doubt that these stones will become covered in mosses, lichens and wild flowers and will, then, blend naturally into the environment.
This is, without doubt, a very lovely place. You have used the natural elements to give a lead into the scene, where there is a natural movement across the frame from right to left. The water is important with its change of textures and good reflections, whilst the white bridge and the partly hidden buildings do create the main focus.
This soft, spring light is beautiful for photography.
My warm regards,
Cricri (122617) 2014-04-16 8:23
Tout le charme des endroit a la fois calme et sauvage, belle vue sur la rivière avec un ciel superbe en toile de fond
pajaran (63506) 2014-04-16 8:49
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar teskt o mestu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepo mesto.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the place with a description ...
Nice view and a second ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place indicated, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, a nice place.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
rychem (39493) 2014-04-16 8:59
Very nice photo, the nature is waking up, nice rural enviroment, great peaceful atmosphere, excellent photo
Silvio1953 (148575) 2014-04-16 10:07
Ciao Harriet, lovely and peaceful landscape with fascinating reflections, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
chrislo (4097) 2014-04-17 1:58
A very pleasant and well composed rural scene, enhanced by the yellow flowers in the foreground and the moody clouds above. The green nature, the pond and the trees admiring their reflection, the little white bridge, the farm as a good focal point, and the cloudy sky, everything looks so perfect in this marvellous image. A nicely chosen scene evoking a sense of tranquillity by a dreamy spring day in the countryside.
danos (100894) 2014-04-17 3:37
nice the view of the small pond as surrounded from all this greenery.The houses on the backdrop of the scene with the white arch bridge and the calmness of the place makes it so beautiful and unique.The light and the colors enhance even more the charmy of the place.
abmdsudi (56348) 2014-04-17 9:10
Beautifully composed rural scene abound of interest and light keeping that warm feel appropriate to the scene. Nice angle and perspective and the way you are pulled into the scene amid the peaceful surroundings in its simplicity. The image is pleasantly exposed, great dof with excellent contrast and beautiful clouds to complete the compo. Altogether it's a lovely tranquil. Well done, TFS
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-17 17:34
Harriet, I really like your composition with this beautiful landscape..great point of view with depth, marvelous colors and a laid back and relaxing atmosphere..maybe a perfect place to spend the Easter holiday!!
delpeoples (59186) 2014-04-18 4:44
Another idyllic and rustic setting. The pond creates a beautiful aura of tranquillity and the colours are lovely, crisp and rich. I particularly like the effect of the bare trees and the powdery blue sky. Excellent work.
Didi (60590) 2014-04-18 9:18
Very nice country view with an interesting deep foreground
Spring is comming
brianmcc (6219) 2014-04-18 10:30
this is indeed a lovely quiet rural scene. the colours are wonderful and very natural. excellent framing and great detail throughout the image.
Buin (42468) 2014-04-20 5:04
Wieder so ein Ort, an dem die Zeit scheint vorübergegangen zu sein. Hier ruht alles in sich selbst. Und doch - die Lesesteine, wie wir sie hier nennen, sind ein Zeichen der schweren Arbeit die hier geleistet wird.Für Stadtmenschen eine andere Welt ...
Der Bildkommentar ist wieder 1a!
Alles gute aus dem sonnig-warmen Süd-Westfalen - bei 18°C!
Waylim (25502) 2014-04-21 9:46
Waht an idealistic setthing, a lovely barne with a pond, a little bridge over the stream. I were a writer I set my story background here. Everything look so peaceful and naturally beautiful. Mother nature can creat such beauty and you present it beautifully.
ourania (48802) 2014-04-22 4:32
I marvel at the definition and clarity you've achieved in this picture, the light wasn't particularly helpful but you managed to capture all the textures and even the tiniest details with amazing precision. Your note explains the arrangement of the setting very effectively, the farmer must really love nature and work. I like very much the way you adjusted your composition to the elements that make up this setting. The colours give us great visual pleasure, as if we were actually there. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
jmdias (66385) 2014-07-21 2:05
nice corner and angle showing this peaceful and beautiful rural landscape. I liked the small details like the bridge and the huge house ahead.