Changing seasons

Beech forest in Autumn

Today we gave one of the last workshops of the season. Most of these workshops were given in the Fochteloerveen, a moor area with some forest around it in the Northern part of the Netherlands. The first workshop was in late March, now it’s early November. Every time we took the same route.  It has been really nice to see the changes of seasons during this time. In March the trees were still without leaves, the first flowers and dragonflies in spring, different birds and now it’s really autumn. Yellow and orange leaves on the trees, brown ones on the ground with the last mushrooms. Maybe I should go back once more when we get snow… Otherwise it will be next year spring, when the new workshop cycle starts….

I find taking pictures in the forest always really difficult. The colours are nice, but how to deal with those long trunks… Include them from top to bottom? That means really wide-angle, which often brings other problems… In this case I opted for just the lower parts of the first tree, with more emphasis on the shadows on the ground. Let me know what you think of it!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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