It’s supposed to be winter…. Where the last two winters were uncharacteristically cold for the Netherlands, with lots of snow, this year we’ve got our typical warm and wet winter again. Well, it’s even a bit too warm for an average winter. But it rains a lot, it’s grey and dark, not the ideal weather for photographers.

Green forest in the Imbosch

Last week there was one day with at least a little sun, so I decided to go for a walk through the most extensive forest of the Netherlands, de Veluwe. Halfway I found this scene, reminding me more of early spring as of the middle of winter. For the larger animals, a winter like this isn’t too bad. There is still quite a lot of food available to them. For insects, it’s less pleasant. The relative warmth and high humidity give fungi an excellent chance to grow and infect wintering insects.

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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