Although the first signs of spring cannot be denied, with birds singing their hearts out, bluethroats already back in our country and the first lapwing egg having been found, the weather definitely gravitates more towards winter than towards spring. I spent the first hour of the day at the fishing ponds. I would have loved to use the floating hide, but the thought of getting into the icecold water gave me goosebumps, and a lot of them. But it could also be the Siberian wind that was the culprit of the shivers down my spine. The floating hide will have to wait a little longer.

I originally had planned to shoot sunrise landscapes, but the sky did not look promising, and thus I went to look for cooperative birds, or maybe the wild boar that had demolished the whole area during the previous days. There was not a lot going on, I guess most birds and mammals had found some kind of shelter against the blistering polarwind. Only a few hardy Greylag Geese made their morning toilet as if it were a beautiful spring morning. I heavily underexposed for added drama and to emphasize the pink reflection of the rising sun on the water. Later that morning, I spent some fruitless hours on my spring project. Better luck next time, you just can’t have it all.

Sunrise Geese; 5D Mark III w. 70-200/2.8L IS II and 2x; 1/2500s at F11 and ISO1600, handheld