The colour purple - when the Ruhr Area is in bloom

Completely different from the previous series of the cloud forests of the Vosges mountains, the following series was planned long in advance. But in nature photography you have to adjust your plans regularly 😉

Since the end of last year, Christina and me had been planning to finally capture the heather blossom this August. I have often been photographing heath landscapes, but never to the bloom in August. I had only taken a few macro shots at this time years ago, but that was it.

But in the meantime I had seen a lot of nice landscape pictures of heath landscapes, especially from the Dutch areas. So we decided and chose 5 areas we wanted to visit - 3 in the Netherlands and 2 well-known areas in Germany, Lower Saxony and the Ruhr area.

But then the weather, or rather the weather forecasts, were really disappointing. You need a lot of humidity for good heather photos - but in the decisive weeks it was often too windy, too dry and very warm in the morning. Especially the photogenic and typical ground fog was often missing on the weekends.

Because of these views we did not visit the more distant areas (like the Lüneburger Heide), but focused on the nearby variants in the Ruhr area.

Despite all weather adversities I can say one thing: it was a great experience in this colourful landscape! I especially liked the areas with young and small round bushes of these plants.

To get good conditions after all, I had to choose my photo days very selectively - in the "second half" I only grab my cam when the forecast indicators for fog looked good. That was mostly during the week. But since the ideal conditions were between 6.15 and 7.15, it was possible. The series demanded a lot from me.

All in all I was there 10 times, 9x in the morning and 1x in the evening. With a little bit of luck and a pink sky, some of the scenes were surreal. Rarely a theme or a series has fascinated me so much. Today I show you a selection of 30 pictures of the most beautiful light moods and scenes.

Many greetings,
Thomas

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