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Bye-bye, Winter!

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 2 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

I've seen more than ten swarms of geese last Saturday flying north- and eastwards. They can't be wrong, the last days of this winter have come. At last.

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Superbly capture and creative treatment!!

2 Mar 2009 6:13am

@WABIKOJA: Thank you! This was at the beginning of that snow-rich in January, when we had snow as we didn't have in twenty years.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Great shot!!! I am happy your winters end is in sight but it means mine has yet to come!! Thank goodness I am going back to the UK for most of the NZ winter!!!

2 Mar 2009 6:52am

@Linerberry: Sounds fair - take the best of both hemispheres! :-)

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Lovely image, looks sooooo cold :)

2 Mar 2009 9:18am

@Ina: It really was - a few days later we had temperatures at -11°C. That was well below my personal highscore of -8°.

Pradeep from India

Nice shot...very minimalist. The light is superb :)

2 Mar 2009 10:47am

@Pradeep: I had to brighten it up a bit, this photo was taken only minutes after the big snowfall. Very unusual weather phenomenon here.

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Sounds like the geese are headed here . . must have heard my daffodils are now in bloom in London.

2 Mar 2009 11:33am

@Ronnie 2¢: So they do here! It was about time!

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely, cool shot (in more ways than one!). Will be glad when the spring is here myself!

2 Mar 2009 12:27pm

@MrsAmber: Fortunately temps are already rising and they days get longer - winter definitely isn't my favourite season!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice capture here above the trees. I particularly like the random lines created along the shoreline with the snow-covered ice. I sure hope you are right regarding the end of winter.

2 Mar 2009 1:18pm

@Steven: I think so, hundreds of geese can't be wrong! :-)

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I think Spring is coming too! we have had two beautiful day's the sun shining and buds appearing everywhere. It's hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago, the place was covered in a blanket of snow!
Beautiful shot MS.

2 Mar 2009 2:12pm

@MaryB: Thanks, Mary! You on your island are sitting pretty, I wished we had your mild (average) temperatures! ;-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Cold and barren.

2 Mar 2009 4:07pm

@Twelvebit: In summer it's a lush and green place...

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Perhaps "constructed" or "unnatural" would be better terms than "barren."

2 Mar 2009 4:08pm

@Twelvebit: These are the flood meadows of Düsseldorf. If we didn't have them, the city would be flooded at least two times a year. Cologne has sealed and obstructed its meadows and experiences many more flodd problems than we do.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Still looks a little desolate here.

2 Mar 2009 6:08pm

@PD: I took this shot two months ago. If it was from yesterday... Heavens! :-D

gandz from Kharkiv, Ukraine

wow!
I like this one!

2 Mar 2009 9:04pm

@gandz: Thanks! (But I'm glad that it's getting warmer now!)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Still a lot of snow but spring will be there soon...

3 Mar 2009 12:05am

@akarui: I shot this two months ago. Spring is approaching fast, thanks God!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Lets hope so...we are digging out from our biggest snow storm this season. It wasn't that bad here in my county but counties just south of me got slammed pretty hard.

3 Mar 2009 2:09am

@Laurie: Your weather phenomena are much tougher than ours. Even by our standards it was a quite hard winter with a week of heavy snowfall that wasn't seen here in twenty years. I'm now expecting a hot summer! :-)

Laurent from Lyon, France

I wish you could be right...

3 Mar 2009 5:42am

@Laurent: Trust me, trust me... :-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice view & atmosphere. May be a little too much sky ??

3 Mar 2009 8:24pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Oh, please leave me that sky! I'm living in a very crowded area, the sky sometimes is my only empty space! :-)