2011
12.06

The superb colours of autumn have now almost completely disappeared here in Belgium. Mid-October, I visited one of my favourite places in the Hautes-Fagnes: the Fagne de Malchamp and the Hoëgne Valley, both not far away from Spa.
I arrived in the Fagne de Malchamp just in time for sunrise. As always on this plateau, it was very windy and cold. But the warm light of the rising sun made everything, even the frost, look warmer.

Windy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumWindy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumWindy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumEarly light and trees in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumGrass and tree in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, Belgium

I have been to this place many times so I only spent about an hour there, trying to make new images, and soon headed to another of my favourites places in the neighbourhood: the Hoëgne Valley. I particularly like the area around the Belheid Bridge, close to Solwaster. There is a sign above the path leaving the parking area that is saying that this is one of the most beautiful valleys of Belgium.
And I cannot say otherwise. You could spend hours there photographing the Hoëgne river and its valley. The river is characteristic for the region, with its very iron-rich waters, it is very dark, almost black with bits of white foam slowly moving on top of it but it can also become red when the sunlight hits it in a particular direction.
I spent several hours there, playing with slow shutter speeds and reflections of the autumn colours in the water. The results are shown in the following images.

Sunlight makes the Hoëgne river turn red, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumSpiral and moss, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumRocks and reflection, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumTrees colours reflect in the river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumTrees colours reflect in the river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, Belgium

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