Winter is Coming

Winter is really coming when the first frost covers everything. When this frost only lasts couple of hours and is gone by noon as sunshine melts the fine ice crystals.

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Autumn

I have always liked autumn for its colourful leaves and that’s exactly the theme of the following photos. Coulourful leaves, still green ones, those that turned yellow or even red, leaves that are still on trees and also those that had fallen to the ground. The last traces of colour before there are only black or dark brown trunks and branches.

These photos were taken in Malesicky Park in Praha while I was looking for geocaches at the end of October.

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Czech Switzerland – Kamenice River

The Czech Switzerland are is national park on borders with Germany (where the park continues and it is called the Saxon Switzerland). It is known for its beautiful gorges and mostly for The Pravčická brána – the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe.

I spent there three days last autumn. On the first day we hiked down the valley of Kamenice river to town Hrensko and from there we climbed up to the Pravcicka Brana and then we returned to our guest house. As the whole track was about 20km long, I had a lot of opportunities to take photos, so in this post, there are only photos from the firts half of the trip. The photos from Pravcicka brana will be in the next post (hopefully 🙂 ).

The path from Mezni Louka, where we were staying, led through forests, where fallen trees are left as they are.

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Probably, due to the humid climate on the bottom of the valley, there is moss covering almost every tree. There are even three-leaf clovers growing from the trunks.
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This is where the path met the river Krinice.
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Some more moss on the ground…
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and on the trees.
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Then the rocks were making the bottom of the valley more and more narrow.
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And at the end, we had take a boat to get through the gorge. Actually, the boat on the photo is really old one and it is not in use any more, there are newer ones now.
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When Rain is Followed by Sun

April weather is always very unpredictible. One minute it is hailing and the next one the clouds are gone and the sun is shining. This is what was last Monday like here in Prague. When I came home from work, I was quite tired. Then I looked out of window and saw drops of water shining from ends of leaves and grass and I immediately knew it is time to grab my camera (which I keep fully charged with memory cards empty and therefore ready to go in no time) and go out. I suddenly felt full of energy as I enjoyed warm evening when the setting sun lit everything around me.

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“Golden Rain”
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This photo was taken on a different occasion, when I had my camera with me and I saw these beautiful japanese cherry trees (also called sakura).
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Hoarfrost

When winter begins I am always looking forward to seeing these frosted leaves while they are still green (or any other colour) just like in summer. It’s like these two opposite seasons meet in one moment and I can see the manifestation of both of them. I just hope there will be more days with climatic conditions good enough for creation of hoarfrost.

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Autumn Photos I

Here comes another collection of autumn photos. This time the weather was somehow cloudy and the sky was dark grey so there wasn’t much light but on the other hand it was a great opportunity to try some new things.

This photo is first try at improving one of my photos (from previous post). It is still not perfect but the samaras are now much sharper and the composition is better too.
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Rowanberries is one of my favourites fall themes. I just love the colours of these berries, from dark red to bright orange.
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This is like the first hint of autumn, single red leaf among green ones.
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Again, it is the colours what I like about this photo and especially the combination of bright yellow and pink.
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And the last one is little bit abstract.
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