To make a long story short, no! But this doesn’t mean that you should stop reading 😊. This year was my fourth time I visited the Posbank during the heather season. The conditions in the first year were perfect with mist and beautiful skies. A year later I was already thinking on what I could do differently, so I decided to create a time-lapse. In 2016, I timed perfectly wrong and visited the area without any mist. So what would I do this year. Would I go for the obvious landscapes or try something different? When Dave Zuuring (see his blog here: http://nldazuu.com/heidekoorts/) texted me if I would join him to scout the area again I did not hesitate and grabbed my gear. This evening we scouted the area, first at the Posbank lookout and then the “obvious” Zijpenberg. The sky was amazing and soon we decided that this tree will be the subject of this year.
The predictions for the next morning were promising so I decided to go and when I saw the dewdrops on my car my heartrate increased instantly… mist??? Soon I arrived at the first lookout and YES.. mist!! I decided to make a first overview picture and then zoom into the landscape before going to the spotted tree.
Unfortunately, while I was busy I felt the wind and saw the mist disappearing from the area where the spotted tree was located. So, I followed the mist and light until I reached another great spot. Here the sun would appear nicely for a sunburst, while I was enjoying the deer, coffee and atmosphere.
Via WhatsApp, I discussed with Dave the weather forecast for the next day and we gave it a go. Unfortunately, there was too much wind and the mist was absent. But even without it this place remains amazing. The golden light of the morning sun gave the hills of the Posbank a nice atmosphere.
Sometimes the weather forecast is completely wrong and based on that you make the decision not to go. But then you drive to work and the first thing you see when leaving the village is… MIST?! #@%$#%^… Probably you know how I felt that moment. When arriving at work it appears that I was not the only one as Peter Bijsterveld (see his blog: http://www.peterbijsterveldphotography.com/landscapes/the-posbank-clique/) decided (last minute) not to go. Luckily mist was predicted for the next day so the three of us would visit the Posbank for one more time. And man, what a morning! I already woke up at 3.30 hrs. and my excitement kept me awake the whole time before I decided to get out of bed (4.40hrs). At 5.00 hrs. we met each other at the parking spot and walked to the spotted tree. Of course, we stopped now and then and enjoyed what nature had to offer and took some nice pictures (again of the dead tree :-)), but the goal was (for me) the tree. The mist was exactly thick enough to isolate the tree in a way as I wanted. My excitement reached boiling point when the light of the morning sun was also strong enough to enlighten parts of the landscape and if you are ready and see the results on the back of your camera, then yes!!
After that the mist became too thick, but now some tree tops pierced through it in a way you normally see in the real mountains. So in the end I did not get only the obvious, but also something different.
I end my visit to the Posbank during the heather season by taking a long exposure shot of the famous dead tree! See you next year (and in autumn… and winter.. and… )