Montag, 7. April 2014

In the sweet cherry garden

Cherry trees are really widely spread all over Germany.
Mainly the blackheart / schwarze Herz-Kirsche (Prunus avium subsp. juliana), a cultivated species of Prunus avium, known as wild cherry, sweet cherry, bird cherry, or gean.

Currently you see the cherry trees blossoming at every turn.

Especially in front of dark edges of the wood you see many of our wild or cultivated cherry trees. 

Compared to Asia, notably compared to Japan, we here in good old Germany normally don't generate such an hype around the cherry blossom season. 

Here the cherry tree is just a fruit tree like many other indigenous fruit-bearing trees: apple, pear, plum, mirabelle trees.

This means that with the exception of some 'Japanese style gardens' in some of our town or city parks, the cherry trees can be found in gardens, but most commonly in rural areas just standing on forest or flower meadows like in the photo above. 

In some regions you even find cherry tree plantations.
But not in the region where I am at home.

So last Friday afternoon, right on my way back home from work, 
I took a break eight kilometers away from my hometown.

With my "multi-purpose Red Porsche Killer" I diverted from my primary route to an agricultural road.
There I found the cherry tree meadow with round about 20 trees in full bloom.

This is definitely what we can call "in full bloom" or "full-blown", isn't it??? 


My hot tip to take photos of the blooming trees standing in a row: take a telephoto lens (if possible) and use an open aperture to "shrink" the trees together. 

I hope my "Sea of Blossom" series was not too exhausting for you the last four weeks.
Next time I definitely focus on other topics as well again.

Hopefully. ;-)

Last but not least some close-ups of the blackheart blossoms...

And once again an experiment with some textures...
...but I'm far away from being deeply contended with my result.

Less is more - is still my precept when editing photos!
The better the original material, the less postprocessing a photo needs.


  1. I really like photos without textures more. But sometimes it's fun to play with those. :)

    Very pretty shots. I love your red car! ;) Could someone come and wash our grey muddy Kia. :D

  2. Hey Uwe,
    na du kommst ja in ganz hübsche Gegenden mit Deinem multi-purpose Red Porsche Killer :-)))
    Boah, wenn ich ned so allergisch wär auf des Zeigsl, würd ich momentan auch noch mehr von den Kirschblüten fotografieren. Danke Dir, dass du bei mir vorbeigeschaut hast!
    V.a. die letzten Bilder (Nahaufnahmen) fand ich superklasse!
    Auch, die mit der Textur sieht interessant aus!

    Wegen deiner Objektivfrage, was ich hergenommen hab:
    Das Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3,5-4,5 ED.
    Du liebäugelst grad mit dem 58er 1,4? Also in allen Reviews, die ich dazu kenne ist es nicht ganz so gut bewertet worden. Kann Dir ja einen Link dazu schicken, falls es Dich interessiert.
    Besser wäre meiner Meinung nach eher das neue Sigma 50mm/1.4 Art.
    Nur als Tipp, falls du wirklich vor hast dieses Objektiv zu kaufen.
    Machs gut! Servus!
    LG, Brigitte

  3. Beautifully taken trees with their blossom, and I do love the door knocker, ha ha.

  4. There is no such thing as too many cherry blossom pictures. So beautiful!! Your spring has come a little earlier than mine. We are still waiting for cherry blossoms here in Ohio, USA.
    Have a great week!

  5. Hi Uwe,

    Stunning photography! I've enjoyed my visit very much and love to be your newest follower. And yes you're right about the earliest spring we ever had in Europe!

    I think your texture work is great, even when you think different about it. Be careful using textures, I know by experience that it can become an addiction ;)

    Hugs from Holland,

    PS.Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  6. Anonym7/4/14

    Your second to last shot is spectacular. Wunderbar!

  7. How fascinate these pics are! Full bloom of boughs, nice reflection on a bottle and perfect closeup...Applause from far East.

  8. Well done Uwe!
    These picture are superb!
    I can well understand the japanese way when they celebrate spring as the cherry trees blossom!
    These old trees are truly exploding, a wonder to contemplate!
    Keep well! :)

  9. Gorgeous! I particularly love the third photo. I didn't know there are lots of sakura trees in Germany. I enjoyed very much your last post, Cherry blossom season. too. The type of sakura you've shown to us seems to be Somei-yoshino cherry blossoms. Your magnolia flowers are exquisitely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Dear Uwe – I was blown away by your shots of full-blown cherry blossoms. It's so romantic to drive into the countryside with your loved red car in search of cherry trees. All your photos are fantastic but I like the one with texture less than others. When I take pictures of the close-ups of flowers, I take open aperture to get a nice “bokeh” (by your word “shrink”) and make exposure compensation to plus. Thank you for sharing German landscape with sakura.

    Your detailed explanation about making animated photo is really appreciated. When I have more free time, I’ll check it.


  11. Thank you so much blog friends from all over the world for your appreciated comments!

  12. We get pear trees in bloom but nothing as beautiful as these! And that bottle hanging - oh how I love the reflection in that! Beautiful set...sigh!

  13. I wish I knew more about lenses and photography to make trees shrink a bit!
    And I shall say that I will never complain about trees and blomsoms, it looks so gorgeous! I cant get enough of it!
    Cheers to spring, Uwe!!!

  14. Beautiful series of photos. I remember the cherry trees from the mid 1950s. They are beautiful. I was living near Trier.

  15. Ok-das vorletzte Foto ist superschoen! Kann nicht genug bekommen von all' den Bluetenbildern . Warum in die Ferne schweifen...etc! Aber bitte: WAS ist ein roter Porsche Killer?? Und ja- die letzten beiden Fotos auf meinem Blog waren aus Scharbeutz - Du scheins Dich an unseren heimatlichen Kuesten ja sehr gut auszukennen.
    Eine schoene Woche und viele bluehende Baeume.

  16. These are beautiful -- and not too many at all! My favorites are the close-ups, especially the one with texture. Enjoy spring in Germany!

  17. Oh, I'm loving your blossom posts! (Still snow on the ground here, but we're up above freezing now, so it's starting to melt. And then, finally, I'll be able to see blossoms here, too!)

  18. Anonym9/4/14

    this looks so beautiful, and the photos are great!

  19. Anonym9/4/14

    Beautiful trees with branches loaded with blossoms!