Image of the Month - DECEMBER 2011

Red Berry Wilderness, Mariager, Denmark

If you hate shovelling snow or paying a big bill for electricity, this winter's mild weather is probably great news. But for a nature photographer who love snow, ice and frost, this year's autumn-like conditions have been very painful, having the recent two years winters in mind.

This photograph is made on December 24, and the Christmas weather this year was a mixed bag of sun, rain and wind. The warm December weather meant that it was not the fairytale landscape like last year, in short this Christmas was green and muddy, it was a rather gloomy, wet and windy cup of tea, with temperatures about +10° Celsius.

Despite the uninspiring weather I had my camera with me and made this striking Christmas photo, a chaotic motif for a chaotic month with lots of work and things to do. 

(Nikon D700, Nikkor VR 70-200mm 2,8G II, iso 500, handheld)

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