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stillness of the early spring lakes

Spring in former West and East Prussia has been reluctant to come this year. Although the last days of March were promising, April brought only a handful of warm days. Not that’s unusual. It’s rather typical in this part of Europe. Polish geographer Stanisław Srokowski already in the interwar period noticed that on average merely 5 months can be considered warm on a vast territory stretching from the Drwęca river (Drewenz) to Paarnu in Estonia.

Thus, Prussian spring comes whenever it pleases. Some might think its unpredictability is unpleasant but I strongly oppose such thinking. There is much charm it brings along with its procrastinated arrival. Bright April sun casts lots of light onto the bare land. It opens up new possibilities to wander in forests, patiently waiting for high temperatures before they go green again. Lakes are still and, since it is usually windy these days, they offer a degree of freshness that can otherwise be experienced only on the seashore.

This is one of the first shots I took with a medium format camera. It was exactly two weeks ago on Easter Day. Others are still in the works, queuing uo for development, scanning and editing.

The picture shows an island on the Jeziorak Lake opposite the village of Siemiany (Schwalgendorf). The Jeziorak shores there are usually busy during the summer but now they are still peaceful and somewhat sleepy. The side that I photographed remains so throughout most of the season. There are fewer tourists there but you can still say it’s summer because the lake is crowded with yachts and boats.

That day, however, it was almost completely empty, providing comforting tranquility. Notice the schooling of clouds. That day they were travelling westwards, pushed by the wind which, although still cold, was fresh and springy, beaconing the upcoming change.