I used three flashlights to lit this tree trunk, and I jumped around in the background with my flash to lighten the leaves during the long exposure.
I don’t like to complain and I know that won’t change anything, but we’re only a step away from summer and this weather is a bitch and has been horrific for three quarters.
I usually try to repeat to myself that there’s no such thing as bad weather… but it’s getting hard to positive after having (almost) daily cold showers for weeks, especially when even my underwear was soaking. I need more imagination to find something positive about the weather.
This week I saw frost for the first time since April and that wasn’t nice for cycling as I couldn’t find my winter gloves and the growing plants in the backyard are just dying, now my hands are chapped and the tomatoes plants dead.
Despite this weather, I did some outdoor activities every day wearing a pair of winter boots, some waterproof trousers, a waterproof poncho, a pair of gloves, a fluffy jumper and a scarf isn’t funny anymore. Even on a mountain bike, riding in the forest feels more like a dangerous expedition than having some fun and this will take weeks after the end of this bad weather to improve; I have no idea how I will survive without going to the woods for such a long time! Here are some pictures of my latest hard slogs:
Apparently, it’s not going to ameliorate in the near future as Bad weather in Western Europe likely to continue into June. I’ve been checking daily (when not hourly) the weather forecast for weeks and it always gets worse and I think I’m going crazy because each time they forecast lower temperatures (sometimes below the minimum for a century) and a lot of rain, wind, hail, flooding, and no sunlight. Also, when we reached 10 degrees outside, I had the chance to witness a thunderstorm.
If this global warming thing exists, there must be a local ice age here… Please stop air conditioners outside! But there’s something positive, I didn’t see any ticks in the forest this year.
This is the White Ernz river, shot from the bank during a mountain bike trip.
Easily reachable by foot, this spot is located a few yards away from the famous Schiessentumpel waterfall attraction, near the village of Müllerthal that gave its name to the region, also known as Little Switzerland, in Luxembourg.
I used a neutral density filter to increase the exposure to 13 seconds during the daytime, as well as a polarising filter to reduce reflection (see the vignetting effect on the top right side of the image).