The experience and end result of nature and landscape photography varies greatly throughout the year as weather and seasons change. Most of us in the northern hemisphere are happy to see the cold weather of winter coming to an end, knowing that spring and summer are just around the corner.

Spring is a great season for getting outside and working on your craft. If you are looking for a specific project to get your creative juices flowing, there are many different things that you can do. In this article I’ll list 7 possible subjects that will allow you to enjoy spring while photographing the nature around you.

1. Flowers

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

Echinacea Flower Bud Close Up by Skitter Photo

Spring and early summer are great for getting outside and photographing flowers. This could include close up macro photos or landscapes that include wildflowers in the scene or foreground.

Finding flowers is pretty easy, they could even be in your own yard. There are plenty of public parks with flowers, and many private parks and gardens are also possibilities (some prohibit commercial photography so be sure to check the photo policy ahead of time).

Finding wildflowers in your area is usually possible with a Google search or the help of a site like this one. You can also find botanical gardens and arboretums on this page at Wikipedia.

To get the most out of your wildflower photography see the Wildflower Photography e-book by Steve Berardi.

2. Tree Blossoms

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

Cherry Blossoms by Jeff Kubina

Another similar option to photographing flowers is to photographing trees that are blossoming or blooming. Certain types of trees are beautiful in the spring. And some, like the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., are quite well known. If you’re not sure what type of trees to look for, see this article that discuses 10 beautiful flowering trees and this article that lists the best flowering trees and shrubs.

3. Streams and Waterfalls

Moving water like streams, creeks, rivers, and waterfalls are a great subject throughout the year. However, many of them flow stronger and carry more water in the spring after snow melts. This is especially true with mountain streams and waterfalls, as well as those that are fed by water flowing from higher elevation and colder areas.

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You’re probably already aware of some streams or waterfalls in your area, and if not you can do a Google search like “waterfalls in Pennsylvania” and you’ll find plenty of help that will point you in the right direction. You can also check this page at Wikipedia that lists waterfalls around the world. The page does list waterfalls all around the world, but it’s not as comprehensive as what you might find with a more localized Google search.

Related reading: 10 Tips for Fabulous Waterfall Photography

4. Birds

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

Waiting… by Arian Geertsema

Nothing is more typical of spring than the sound of chirping birds. Bird photography is a hobby of many people, and if you have never tried it this spring is a great time to start. It’s possible to photograph birds without even leaving your house (depending on where you live). See How and Where to Photograph Songbirds for some great tips.

You don’t have to limit yourself to just photographing birds in your backyard. Local parks are also good possibilities, and a Google search may help you to find a nature or wildlife refuge near you (see the next list item for some helpful links).

5. Other Wildlife

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

Pronghorn at Yellowstone National Park

Birds obviously aren’t the only type of wildlife to photograph in spring. Many species are much more active and visible as the weather warms up, not to mention the wildlife photography is a lot more enjoyable for you when you’re not trudging through snow and ice.

The specific locations to photograph wildlife will depend on where you live and what you want to photograph. You can search for places to photograph wildlife in your area and you can also use the following links to help:

6. Sunrise

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

At Sunrise by Susanne Nilsson

Getting up early to photograph the sunrise is a great idea at any time of year, but in the spring you can enjoy weather that is warmer early in the morning than it would have been just a few months ago. Also, in the U.S. we just moved to daylight savings time last week, which means if you act quickly you can benefit from a later sunrise. Of course, as the spring rolls on and the days get longer this won’t be the case.

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See Sunrise Photography: How to Make Your Images Sparkle & Shine for tips.

7. Beach

7 Ideas for Spring Photography Projects

Dalbeg Beach by Chris Combe

If you want to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, what better place to photograph than the beach? By photographing the beach in spring you’ll be able to get the warmer weather and still beat the crowds that will be flocking to the beach during the summer months.

See How to Photograph the Beach or Coast for tips

What Will You Be Photographing This Spring?

Feel free to share your own spring photography ideas and projects.