Magical photos of a Dutch forest covered in rare spring snow
In Dutch we always say “April does what he wants” and last Friday couldn’t fit that saying better. A good amount of snow covered the country, especially the forests of the Veluwe.
It is very rare to have snow at this time of year. I took a morning off and set about photographing the amazing Speulderforest. This forest is popular among photographers for its “dancing trees”, but there are other types of trees as well.
I chose this place for several reasons: I don’t have any pictures of this forest covered with a thin layer of snow, it is close to my home town of Apeldoorn and last but not least: I know this forest as my pocket because I have visited and photographed it several times. I imagined dancing trees in foggy and snowy conditions; and I found them this morning!
Dancing trees, fog and snow
I arrived a few minutes after sunset at 7:15 and it was a little foggy. I realized I was in the right place! Moments like these are the reason I love landscape/nature photography: perfect, magical conditions. I walked to a few pre-explored spots in the forest.
You can see paths running through the forest – this is a common theme in many of my photos. I like it because it gives the viewer a guideline.
The bike path was still intact; I was the first here.
Spring colored trees covered in snow
I have to admit it was pretty hard to find those cool green spring colors in the canopy. It was still a little too early for that. But I managed to catch some.
On the following photo you can see small fresh green leaves on the top left and especially on the right.
In the next photo you can see larches.
Larches are deciduous, which means they lose their needles in the fall and regrow them in the spring. Therefore, they also change color. You might know them from places like the Dolomites or maybe Alberta, Canada. Right now they have a fresh green color which is proof that it’s spring!
In the next photo, the sunlight was already high enough to hit some of the trees in the back, which creates a nice contrast to the darker trees in the foreground. Some of the snow on the trunks was already melting and falling.
Winter, no… Spring wonderland!
After hiking for a few hours through the forest, the crowds slowly arrive, especially other photographers; and for good reason ! With a little patience I managed to include one in my frames.
I imagine he had a few good shots too!
I turned around and noticed another of these larches but this time with frosty branches. It almost shone with light. I continued and took two more compositions.
The following is one of my personal favorites from this morning – which is why I chose it to be the opening photo of this article.
I like the light that is just beginning to illuminate the snowy branches in the back.
It was an absolutely mesmerizing and surreal experience to see a winter wonderland in the spring. Almost every path, every tree and every branch looked photogenic. In the Netherlands, snow in winter is a rare occasion. It is usually gray and dull. Snow in spring is even rarer!
I hope you enjoyed my adventure in the Speulderforest.
About the Author: Jeroen Schouten is a photographer based in the Netherlands. The opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author. You can find more of Schouten’s work at his website, Facebookand instagram. This article was also published here.