Young green spring

My favorite moment during spring is when leaves are growing out of trees and bushes. At that time the color of these young leaves is a bright, soft green. I also like the strong, dark green leaves in summer, but the innocence of the ones in spring carries a lot more magic for me. Perhaps it is only then that summer will really come?

Here in Oulu area the growth starts usually during the second half of May. When it’s very warm – like this year – it takes only a few days for the landscape to change radically. There is so much light (right now about 20 hours of sunshine), that everything grows extremely fast.

A few days back I went out on a photo tour. It was late in the evening and the low standing sun brought just the right amount of light onto the thin leaves of some birch trees. Here are some results of that evening.

Quick tcameratippip: Once you took the picture as you planned, don’t leave just yet. Walk around the object and look at it from all angles. Take your time. You may be surprised to get some more ideas and great pictures right there.

Young birch leaves backlit from the sun

Young birch leaves backlit from the sun

The fresh grass is a good contrast for the white of the birch.

The fresh grass is a good contrast for the white of the birch.

A 'jungle' of birch leaves

A ‘jungle’ of birch leaves

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