Signs of Spring in the Woods: MyPictureDay + WednesdayWalk + MakeMeSmile + Photo52 Week 17

in Wednesday Walk3 years ago

Contributing to 4 Challenges at the same time, that's what I want to do today. This post is about a long relaxing photography walk, new life growing in spring and hopefully some of the photos will make you smile.

One Post : Four Challenges
#Photo52 . #MyPictureDay . #MakeMeSmile . #WednesdayWalk

Near my hometown Klagenfurt there is a reservoir called Drau Reservoir Annabrücke or Ferlach Reservoir, where I go for a walk quite often. On nice days there are a lot of people there, whom I can hear but can only see in the distance walking on the other side of the lake.

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/7.1 . 1/40 sec . @105 mm

Fresh grown flowers, green leaves and new life - this little baby spider on the leaf was only about 2 millimeters long. It was quite windy, so I was glad that I could get this almost sharp shot.

Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM
ISO 100 . f/4 . 1/30 sec . @167 mm

The way beside the lake I use is nice, but other than seeing a fisherman every now and then, in a year I don't meet more people than I have fingers on one hand (@pixelfan: that's 5 at most 😉).

This is probably due to the fact that at the end of the way there is a power plant that makes a loud noise, but this is not really annoying. After the power plant, the way in the forest runs along the lake, which is more of a small trail than a nice walking path.

Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM
ISO 100 . f/6.3 . 1/15 sec . @147 mm

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/4.5 . 1/25 sec . @105 mm

Many trees already sprout new life and have flowers and buds, but some seem to be still in hibernation and take their time.

Canon EOS R | EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM
ISO 100 . f/16 . 1/13 sec . @200 mm

New small plants grow from the driest rocks.

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/7.1 . 1/8 sec . @105 mm

That there are less people is probably also a reason why beavers have settled in this area of the lake.

When I get there very early in the morning, I always see some of these big swimming rodents, and sometimes they don't flee immediately, but watch me from a safe distance in the water and then keep swimming when they find out that I mean no danger.

Maybe I should try to take a few photos of them again soon, because if I am prepared for it, I can sometimes take sharp wildlife photos ...

... because last week suddenly two deer crossed my path and I wasn't prepared for that.

The deer were as surprised as I was, but none of us three was scared. They nevertheless retreated and went down to the water because they apparently wanted to "swim around" me.

Unfortunately, my camera settings were still on "flower photography" and I was so surprised that in the few seconds that it all took, I was only able to take a single photo on which at least something is to see and recognize.

The next time I pass this spot, these two baby ferns will probably be fully grown.

This is my Image for the #Photo52 Competition "Life"

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/7.1 . 1/5 sec . @105 mm

At the end of the somewhat walkable trail, a beautiful panoramic view awaits you and then there is a small stream with waterfalls, which flows into the lake in a kind of lagoon.

Nobody has ever been there at the same time when I was there. I have always had this place for me, and more than once I have been sitting there and replied to comments on my posts 😊

The path ends at this lagoon and you have to find your own way if you want to go further on. The slope down to the water is relatively steep, overgrown and partly slippery due to the thick layer of autumn leaves, but it is beautifully calm.

A day of photography for me looks like this often, or better said most times: a relaxing walk at the lake, far away from people and every now and then there is a little surprise in form of a wild animal or a bird or just a very nice flower.

So, this was the end of my walk that day last week, and on my way back I have shot some photos of polants and flowers, which I want to show you too.

I know that you can eat some flowers. I don't know if this flower is edible, but someone or something wanted to know it and took a few bites.

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/5.6 . 1/30 sec . @105 mm

I took this photo because this brown shell of a bud was a nice contrast to the fresh green leaves. But at home on the big monitor I saw that it looked as if the brown thing was hovering over the leaf. After meeting the deer, this image brought another smile on my face.

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/18 . 0.3 sec . @105 mm

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/7.1 . 1/5 sec . @105 mm

This flower was really small and the flower was definitely not much bigger than the little baby spider.

Canon EOS R | SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM
ISO 100 . f/10 . 1/30 sec . @105 mm

Information about the Challenges

Photo52 Challenge
#photo52, 2020 Challenge, Week Number 17

That's a great photo challenge. @wwwiebe started the project "Photo 52" and created the Steem Account @photo52.

The contest defines a topic for each week of the year that runs for 7 days. The rules are simple and are announced every Wednesday on @photo52 with the post of new theme of the week.

The topic of this Week #17 is Life.

You can find more information on the topic of this week, the rules and prizes at

MyPictureDay Challenge

Tim Said @timsaid wants to know how your Photography day looks like. Grab your camera (or mobile phone), take some shots and share them on Hive! There are very nice prices - the contest is supported and sponsored by @blocktrades and @theycallmedan.

For more information please click to @timsaid's blog or directly to the currently running Round 3 of the #MyPictureDay challenge:

WednesdayWalk & MakeMeSmile Challenge

The #WednesdayWalk challenge is hosted by my friend @tattoodjay and is collaborating with the #MakeMeSmile challenge hosted by @elizacheng.

The rules are simple and can be found on the blogs of @tattoodjay and @elizacheng. All in all you should make a nice walk and tell us about it with some photos.
Not only in these hard times we all are experiencing at the moment smiling is very important. So, include something in your post that makes not only you smile - it should make us all smile :)

And last but not least, as always in these days

Stay at home, take care and stay healthy!
Bleibt zu Hause, passt auf und bleibt gesund!

Location / Standort: Drau Reservoir on Google Maps

All photos were shot with the Canon EOS R and one of these lenses: Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II USM, Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 L STM, SIGMA 105mm 1:2,8 DG MACRO HSM, SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C.

I leave all EXIF and IPTC information stored in the pictures.

If you like my photos I would appreciate an upvote, nice comment or maybe you want to share my post on your blog 😊 ... and maybe you would like to follow me, so that you never miss a post from me.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog,
have a nice evening,

Photos and Text: Johann Piber | All rights reserved - do not use without my permission

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A beautiful walk through wonderful places. Take along a second camera for quick shots of animals, then you’ll definitely catch everyone :D

Thanks a lot for your nice comment my friend, also for the good advice of which I could have thought myself, because the small Canon is always in my backback. Maybe I should put it somewhere where I could quickly grab it ;)

For little Kenon, you can come up with a chest pocket on the strap. I want to do the same for my iPad. He does a good job of reporting.


The camera is small enough to be in a pocket of my jacket or trousers - I don't like camera straps or such pockets hanging around my neck ;)
But as I know myself, next time I will be too surprised again and forget about the second camera too ;) lol

yes, everything can be, but the meeting itself is more important than the photo :)

That's very true - I will never forget the eyes of this deer just 3 meters in front of me ;)

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Thanks so much my friend!
Now we will check the work :D

You're welcome, but it seems that the bot does not work properly yet ;)

Yes, something is wrong here :-)

I have reported that to them already ;)

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That was very productive walk @johannpiber 🙂.
So many beautiful pictures and four competition entries in one walk and one post. 👏 WOW 👏.

It looks like spring came up to the woods, with spectacular flowers.

I love the photo with the deer, looking straight into your camera. And of course beautiful scenery at the end of the walk, with stunning views and beautiful waterfall.

Have a great evening my friend 😊 and of course stay safe and healthy 😊.

I always forget about the competitions that are around here, so I thought I could do 4 at once and then forget again 😉
Thank you so much that you like the post and the photos @cezary-io, I really appreciate your compliments.

We have beautiful weather and spring has finally come to us. Unfortunately it didn't rain much, so there's still not much green grass on many places, but this will come soon too.
It is not the most beautiful place there, but I have it for me alone :)
The deer was quite surprised to see me just where it wanted to get out of the water, but then it did get out and went on it's way without taking care of me ;)

I wish you also a great evening and health, my friend 🙂


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Hi @ItchyfeetDonica, thank you very much for mentioning my post, I do really appreciate that 🙂

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Isn’t it fun to do a blog and cover all things you have in mind that you like to blog about and also do a challenge. Well you even did the shadow hunter one with the mountains , love it

Good morning @brittandjosie 🙂

There are many nice challenges on the Hive and I didn't think of the shadow hunters - thank you so much that you like that shot 😁

I think, as well as Austria is slowly getting back to a "normal" life my "lazy times" on the Hive are slowly over too, especially because we are back in the League now to boost the numbers and motivate the others :)

I wish you a great day and stay safe and healthy 🙂


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Bang, even on HIVE I did it again... I just rehived your post!
Sorry, no beers or deranged or trdo yet... waiting on steem-engine to make the move to HIVE...
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Thank you so much dear @pixresteemer 🙂

Very beautiful shots, great how you combined all 4 of them, fits very nice together.

Thank you so much for your kind comment @almi, I hope you could also find something to smile 😉

how could anyone view this post and not smile, such beautiful shots, lovely scenery and how cool to see a deer like that I have never seen a deer in water like that it is an amazing shot

Stay safe and healthy and Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)

Thanks a lot for your nice words JJ - that's my place to go when I'm at home and as long as the borders are still closed anyway 🙂

When I made this post today I thought this photo would be worth a smile 😉

You too stay safe and healthy my friend 👍

Cheers my friend :)

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Wonderful spring photos. I believe the walk was a real pleasure.@johannpiber 🤗

Yes, it is wonderful there and always when I am there I wonder why nobody walks on this path, but to be honest, I prefer it that way and I really do not mind to meet nobody 😉
Thank you so much @suzana72, I wish you a great day 🙂

Thank you,@johannpiber he was .... was with his sister at a nearby forest ...🤗 Have a nice evening 😊

I hope the deer doesn't have a brain worm... Sometimes they go crazy from it and swim endlessly in a lake... The tiny green plan looks like wild mint.

No, I don't think so, because I really think they just wanted to swim around me. I have never seen a deer swim before and all I could do was to smile. Maybe this is why these two deer haven't been scared ;)
Wild mint? If I don't forget I'll smell it when I'm there next time.
Thank you so much @sketch.and.jam, have a great day and take care.

Pretty flowers and beautiful panoramic view photography.

Thank you very much for your kind comment @kamrunnahar 🙂

What great photography Johann. When i saw the picture of the deer swimming I thought you meant it was a beaver and I was thinking your beavers have a lot bigger ears than the ones I’ve seen. 🙃

Have you eaten fiddleheads? Those fern heads look like they would be good to eat. In certain wet areas the ferns are quite plentiful and are always a special treat in the spring. They are cleaned and cooked in boiling water like any veggie. Then eaten with vinegar, butter, salt and pepper.


Good morning Jo,

haha, that would have been one more reason to smile if I would have thought that it was a beaver 😉 but you are right, I should have placed the photo a bit further down.
I saw a beaver a few minutes later and our beavers look the same as yours ;)

Eating ferns? I have never heard that they would be edible, but I have just had a look and read that some are actually edible, but most of the ferns here are poisonous and it is difficult to distinguish them. This might be the reason why I have never heard about cooking and eating ferns. They are said to be a delicacy in the United States and Canada and some other countries though. So, if I ever should come to America I'll try some there ;)

Thank you very much Jo, have a great day 🙂

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I think you must surely win all these challenges! Very nice and delicate photos of nature! Such a magical place for a walk and sit by the lake!

Oh no, I joined the competitions just for fun and because I thought my post would match all, but I don't expect a win ... just some smiles would be nice 🙂
I love to be there, because it's a place where I really can relax and be alone.
Thank you so much that you like it too, dear @kaminchan, I wish you a nice evening and hope you take care to stay healthy.

Interesting story and good photos

Thank you so much that you like my post @gidlark, I appreciate your nice words, have a nice evening 🙂

a lot of cool captures here. young ferns are among the best. i am envy cause i never was able to shoot this scene (just cant happen in a right time in a right place, impossible).

and the deer made me smile -- i really was sure you have met a cangaroo!

It looks a bit like a cangaroo, doesn't it?
They said it will rain in the next days, so it will be more green when I am going there next week. It didn't rain lately and most is still gray and not much grass has grown yet, But it is still beautiful and the best thing is that I have this place for me alone 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind comment, @qwerrie, and you don't have to be envy, because I have seen photos of areas which you have photographed, which are even nicer 🙂

ok, ok, my envy isnt directed at you or you photo, its more of an abstract feeling... directed to the opportunity seems I cant fulfill (for quite a many years).


I think I understand what you mean and my answer is short: I don't think you are right 🙂

It's always great to see an entry from you!

That deer swimming in the lake looks like she's having so much fun. What a cutie!

Thank you so much Victor 🙂
Actually, I wanted to participate every week, but this whole crisis situation came in between - I just blame the virus so that I don't have to blame myself and my laziness ;)
Hopefully in a few weeks time our measures and restrictions will have loosened enough that I can go to other places too, which are further away, because staying around home has become kind of boring and uninteresting, to be honest ;)

That deer was really a nice one and I almost thought it would come to me to say hello, but about 3 meters before me it turned the other way 😉

Still not sure about those 5 fingers... 🤔

Oh well, this year the number might be higher, because we have April and I have already met 3 people there 🖐️

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Hi @martibis, thank you for asking, but I have to say that I wouldn't be the right person and I'm sorry, but I just don't have the time. I will certainly try the app though.

btw, I have noticed CCC token have moved to hive-engine (and can not be noticed at steem-engine anymore)

Right, and it is the same with the !BEER but the bot does not work yet ... but soon 😉