Ever since he’d first fallen in love with pasque flowers, among the first flowers of spring, Daniel had wanted to photograph them covered in hoar frost. Now it was pasque-flower time once again. He had already identified a spot of chalky grassland near his home where the plants grew, on the rim of the Nördlinger Ries crater (a meteor crater) in Bavaria, Germany. So as soon as a cold, frosty, sunny dawn was forecast, Daniel headed up the hill. ‘I found the ideal flowers to photograph, but I didn’t have much time,’ he says, ‘because I knew that as soon as the sun rose, the frost would quickly melt.’ He took this image just as the rising sun began to bathe the hill in a wonderful orange light. ‘I love the colours,’ he says, ‘and the contrast between the warm background and the cold ice.’
Canon EOS 350D + Sigma 105mm lens; 1/125 sec at f5; ISO 200; beanbag.
Harburg, Bavaria, Germany