I finally had the chance to get back to local woods again and the view was rather sad, because the forest seemed as if it was imprisoned. Thick, ice covered snow obstructs both – me and other creature’s movement. The track, that I used to pervade within minutes during the summertime, could now take me half an hour or so. Despite that, it feels more and more like spring. Sunlight is warmer, more intense and even if there’s minus degrees celsius during the daytime, the snow and ice that’s left, melts really fast. The sun paints longer, deep blue shadows onto forest floor.
I could hear and see that all the living creatures in the woods were thinking about spring as well. Crested tits, Jays and Treecreepers were singing out loud. Ravens were chasing each other and fulfilled large pine groves with caws. They brought some moss and branches to each other, basically everything they could find, to show commitment. It’s like spring’s dress rehearsal.
I’m still working on my photo project ‘’Forest whispers’’ and lately I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions. It’s spring in the woods and the snow is melting. How should I shoot that? Yeah, we have all shot dripping icicles, but that’s not the same. It’s almost as abstract to photograph a slippery road. There will be some time till we get our first Hepatica flowers and we might even get some more snow. Nonetheless, no one gets away from the warming sunlight of March.
The last days I’ve met many interesting fellows, among them were – Three-toed woodpeckers. They don’t knock as hard as other woodpeckers and there’s not as many Three-toed woodpeckers as there are Great spotted woodpeckers in our woods. What else? Three-toed woodpeckers tend to operate in large, old and usually in dark coniferous forests.
So, I’m looking for exhilarating and hidden corners of forests that I could photograph when real spring arrives. Groundwork is vital, especially when you take it into account that when spring hits, it hits with everything – birds start to sing simultaneously, frogs and different insects everywhere. There’s too much of everything, so it’s easy to lose track. Not to mention that there are tons of ticks and mosquitos everywhere, so you can’t even lay down. Having a clear idea what you’re after is very important.