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They come before the swallows dare...  by steppeland

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Early Spring collection
National Park South Kennemerland – collection
- Kennemer Duinen (Engl. Kennemer Dunes) – the Netherlands, April 2010

One single daffodil ( Wikipedia) , next to an old trunk on the forest soil of the Kennemer Duinen.

At some places, where the old inland dunes and woods of the Kennemer Dunes edge with the populated neighbourhoods surrounding the National Park, one can find flowering spring bulbs like Daffodils, Winter Aconite and Alpine Squill, single or in small groups spread over the forest soil.

One single swallow doesn’t make spring – but one daffodil does!

Or with the words of Shakespeare:

“They come before the swallows dare, and take the winds of March with beauty” (Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale)

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/250 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 200 Focal length 100mm

TAGS : nature, flowers, daffodil, woods forest soil, wood trunk, close_up, national parks kennemer_duinen, the Netherlands, yellow, green, brown, seasons spring

Features and Top10 placements
Top 10 placement in Daffodils only – nature photography contest (March 11, 2011)
Featured in Nature photography contest (March 18, 2011)
Top10 in Daffodils – flowering bulbs (Nov. 26, 2011)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)


Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 4 years ago

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you! :)

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much!

    – steppeland

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful find and shot!

  • Thanks a lot! :)

    – steppeland

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkalmost 4 years ago


  • Wonderful! Thank you so much for the feature!

    – steppeland

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    What a lovely daffodil heralding spring! Certainly wins my vote in the challenge. Good luck!

  • Thank you so much, Jan, for the great comment, and for the vote ;) !

    – steppeland

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Thanks a lot, my friend!

    – steppeland

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! You are a TOP TEN Winner of the Daffodil / Narcissus bulbs challenge in the Flowering Bulbs group (click banner to go to challenge)

  • Great! Once a gain, thank you so much, my friend!

    – steppeland

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