This photo captures the incredible range of colours on display as the trees of the Moldovan countryside ready themselves for another winter. It was taken on the way to Tsiganesti Monastery, which lies some 40 kilometres outside the capital city of Chisinau.
It was wonderful autumn day. My friends and I had decided to ride our bicycles cross-country to the monastery. It was a good project to undertake with friends and is always an excellent way to explore Moldova’s outstanding natural beauty. The monastery itself – which was founded in the 18th Century – is surrounded by thick, rugged forest, also known as Codri.
Once we arrived at our destination, we rested right at the edge of this picturesque lake found on the monastery’s grounds. Autumn had already taken a hold of the trees, turning their leaves a fiery orange.
With summer now in the air, the trees have been restored to a leafy green, but there is great beauty in an autumn landscape and I’m very happy with this photo.