Tree Parade

Tree Parade, Ore Mountains, Germany by Nils Leonhardt


I set out on a cold winter evening, the landscape covered with floating light and the ground partly blanketed in snow. My breath forms a cloud in front of me as I trudge through the field, the crunching of snow beneath my boots the only sound. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of exhilaration, the frosty air invigorating and the stillness of the winter landscape palpable.

As I walked, the sun began to dip below the horizon, casting the field in a warm, golden light. The frost on the grass sparkled like diamonds, and the trees at the edge of the field stood like sentinels, their branches etched in ice. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of peace as I set up my camera, the cold biting at my fingers as I adjusted the settings.

I took my time composing the shot, looking through the viewfinder and adjusting my angle to capture the perfect composition. The simplicity and minimalism of the scene before me was breathtaking and I knew that this was the shot I had come for.

With a steady tripod, I pressed the shutter button and as I looked at the image on the back of my camera, I felt a sense of satisfaction wash over me. The field, blanketed in frost, the trees standing like sentinels, etched in ice, it was a moment frozen in time, a piece of natural beauty captured forever.

I couldn’t wait to share this experience, this moment of awe and beauty, with the world. As I made my way back home, the cold forgotten, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to capture such beauty and for the power of photography to share it with others.


  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF100-200mm f/5.6
  • 150mm – f/11 – 1/4s – ISO 100

Erzgebirge, Sachsen, Germany


Featured in the monthly LEE Filters YourView gallery in April 2021; selected and commented by renowned Ross Hoddinott.

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