The Gathering, a snowy landscape with trees on a hill

A winter photograph in black & white of a snowy landscape with trees. The trees seem to gather on a hill in the Swiss countryside covered with fresh snow.

Fribourg, Switzerland
February, 2015
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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR III

Camera settings

ƒ/10, 1/400s, ISO 64 and 135mm

Size original

4276 x 6407 pixels


This snowy landscape with trees was captured in the Swiss countryside near the town of Fribourg, or Freiburg in German, in western Switzerland. Trees like this are excellent photography subjects, especially on foggy days in wintertime. This specific scene instantly caught the eye because the trees are mostly of a different kind. Besides that, they seem to be on their way to a gathering on the top of the snowy hill. Hence the title “The Gathering” for this photograph of the countryside.

This snowy landscape with trees against a background of fog has a distinctly minimalist look and feel. Undoubtedly, the black and white presentation adds to that. Less is often more! Despite the mist, there still was enough sunlight to warm the hill and create a beautiful play of shadows and light around the trees. The dusting of snow on the trees is a nice bonus because it makes them stand out a bit more.

Please visit the Winter & Snow photography theme for more snowy landscapes with trees like this one. Alternatively, check out our Black & White Photography portfolio for a selection of B&W photographs from all over the world. Furthermore, our Forest & Trees photography theme might be of interest to you.

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3 comments for The Gathering, a snowy landscape with trees on a hill

  1. Anette

    Looks fantastic, Johan.

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Hey thanks Anette 🙂

  2. Gloria Barnes

    Very nice! Great composition and for some reason the fences (?) add interest.

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks Gloria 🙂

  3. Monica

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