Spring is in full swing now and this is also the best time to visit the Halle wood. This year, March and April have been warm and dry months here in Belgium and I have the feeling that flowering of the bluebells (and other flowers), as well as appearance of leaves on trees, have taken place earlier than usual.
The following pictures are the results of my four visits to the Halle wood over the course of three weeks in April. Continue Reading…
March has been a beautiful month this year in Belgium: dry and sunny. Quite unusual !
Finding the right moment for nice pictures was easier that way. Here are a two pictures that I took a week ago on a misty early morning on a small road between Waterloo and Ohain.
I have taken the next ones in one my favorite places, the Solvay Domain in La Hulpe. Daffodils were in full bloom and there was almost no wind. Perfect conditions for photographing these fields of daffodils in the woods.
Two nice moments that I wanted to share with you 🙂
With the winter 2010-2011 coming to a close, I wanted to show a few last pictures with snow before spring settled in. Here are a few images taken this winter, all of them converted to black and white from RAW files.
The first three ones were taken not far away from where I live with my Canon EOS reflex digital camera – nothing special there. The last one, taken during my ski holiday in Les Arcs (France), is a special case: this picture has been taken with my Canon Powershot A630 compact digital camera and was also converted from RAW to black and white. Wait a minute ! Many of you will probably think that I must be wrong: a Powershot A630 does not take RAW pictures !
Indeed, that is what I thought also until a few months ago when I discovered CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit), a very potent and versatile (and free !) firmware update for many Canon compact digital cameras (Point & Shoot cameras).
After almost a week of very difficult driving due to the continuous snowfall here in Belgium, I managed to reach the Hautes Fagnes in time for the sunrise. It took me almost two hours to get there and I was almost too late to catch the best light. I barely had the time to jump out of my car, run (well… as best as I could) in the deep snow to a few hundred of meters away from the road to take the pictures of the sunrise. I had no snowshoes and it was impossible to get very far from the road without them so I will need to be better prepared next time !
The first 3 weeks of December have been very snowy here in Belgium. Statistics up to two days ago show that this month will probably be an exceptional December. While an average December sees 4.1 days of snow for the whole month, the first 21 days of December this year have already seen 15 days with snowfalls in Brussels ! It has only happened once since 1901 and the first official weather records in Belgium. And snow is continuing to fall… Already more than 70 cm (almost 2.5 ft) of accumulated snow in the Hautes Fagnes, much less (about 20 cm) around Brussels. But even with these 20 cm of snow, it is chaos on the roads 🙂
I have had a little bit of time to enjoy the snow and take some pictures in the park of the La Hulpe Castle (Solvay Domain). Not too difficult to reach for me, even in these weather conditions. Here are a few pictures from two separate visits.
And 3 days later, after another shower of wet snow, everything looked like covered in icing sugar. I lost track of my bearing while wandering in the Forest of Soignes and even managed to get completely lost in all the white around me !
A short visit to the park of the Castle of La Hulpe (Solvay Domain), just after the first real freeze of the winter. Suddenly, all the leaves of a big liquidambar that was showing its last colours fell away together, leading to a beautiful sea of red leaves on the still water of the main pond of the park.
This year in Belgium, autumn was short and not as colourful as I expected. It took a long time before colours started to appear in the trees. And when it was just starting to look nice, a big storm sent all the leaves flying…
Anyway, here are a few pictures that I took in the Solvay Domain in La Hulpe while it was still possible (and when I had time !)
It has now been almost 6 months since my last post. Time to catch up !
Here are first a few pictures taken during some of my summer walks or mountain bike rides close to my home.
If you are interested in beautiful places full of flowers and/or trees here in Belgium, take a look at my new page about “Organised” Nature in Belgium.
The following pictures were taken in the Vrijbroek Park near Mechelen (about 20 km North of Brussels).