Landscapes

 

Torfbroek

Torfbroek is a small nature reserve, but it is very conveniently located at just a few kilometers from home, so easy for me to go to without a lot of prior planning. I started remaking pictures of a few of the locations at Torfbroek throughout the seasons, and at some point in time - not yet - I should be able to publish a series.

Lake Vinne in Zoutleeuw

Lake "Vinne"

The Vinne Lake is the heart of a nature reserve near the city of Zoutleeuw in Vlaams-Brabant. It is again the largest natural lake in the Flanders, after it had been drained in the 19th century. The reserve is now owned by the province of Vlaams-Brabant and offers a lot to bird watchers, photographers, or just for walking.

Lake Schulens

Lake "Schulens"

This artificial lake is a very popular location for photography enthousiasts and one can find almost daily new pictures on the Belgiumdigital.com site. This is a very beautiful area and the walk around the lake (about 10 km) is really worthwhile, not just for photographers but anyone who likes nature. Between January and May part of the area is closed as a protection for the many birds breeding in the area. The Lake offers photographic opportunities throughout the year and never ceases to inspire.

Bretagne Coast

Bretagne

I wanted to visit this French region for a long time already, and did so finally in the summer of 2007. The week was much to short, and the landscapes discovered far exceeded our expectations in beauty and photographic inspiration.

 

 

Northern France

Last summer I took a few days to explore the coastal areas in Northern France (Normandy and Nord Pas de Calais). It was a first trip, but I just have to return. Being limited in time I had to choose to I selected the little city of Etretat in Normandy and the beauty of the two capes near Calais: Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc Nez.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, consisting of the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, is a slot canyon on the border of Utah and Arizona, within the Navajo reserve, near the city of Page. Slot Canyon are very narrow canyons created by water and occasionally danger because of flash flooding after heavy rain. Deadly accidents still happen when careless tourists venture into slot canyons after flash flood warning. All pictures are of Upper Antelope Canyon.

Grand Canyon

The symbol of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State: this place does not need an introduction and is on top of the list for anyone visiting the Southwest of the US.

Zion

Zion is a National Park in the Southwest of Utah, United States. The park offers plenty of opportunity for hiking and, of course, photography.

Monument Valley - Navajo Nation

Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation, spread over the US States Utah and Arizona. Monument Valley has provided scenery for many hollywood movies, and in particular westerns, especially by John Ford. The three mittens,as figured under different light conditions in the picture selections, are recognized worldwide and have become truely iconic for many things, including a famous cigarette brand...

Bryce Canyon

This wonderful location in Utah is getting more and more known and is attracting more visitors every year. Included just a few views shot towards the evening on what was certainly a to quick passage in 2008. We came again in 2009 but as a detour because Cottonwood Canyon Road was closed, so again only very briefly. One day I hope to shoot the hoodoos in winter, covered with snow. The first 4 images in the series are actually of Red Rock Canyon, not Bruce. Red Rock can be found on the way from Zion to Bryce and is a location certainly worth a stop.

Around Page

Page is situated in the North of Arizona, on the border with Utah. It's unique location offers access to a wealth of (photographic) locations. Some of them get their own section here under landscapes, such as Antelope Canyon and soon Coyote Buttes South and White Pocket. Here you will find images of the artificial Lake Powell, the Rimrock Hoodoos, Wire Pass, Cottonwood Canyon Road, Pariah River, etc...

Jordan

Begin 2009 we had the opportunity to make a short trip to Jordan. Almost 90% of the country is desert and as there is no oil like in mot other Middle East countries the country is fairly poor and welcomes tourism. Contrast can be quite big with desert and very green areas, and unexpected cold around Petra, especially at 6am (thé time to visit if you want to photograph the site, because later in the day it is swamped with tourists).

White Pocket

White Pocket is one of those little gems in the Southwest of the US. Part of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, White Pocket is on the Arizona side although best reachable from Utah. Getting there requires a high clearance 4x4 vehicle and offroad driving skills. Personally, I don't have the experience - at least not for this kind of road - so we hired Steve who brought us both to White Pocket as well as Coyote Buttes South with his Chevy. The area is amazing. Unfortunately for the photography, we had to shoot in the harsh daylight and with a totally cloudless sky, so some day I just must return there and do it again...

Coyote Buttes South

On the border of Utah and Arizona in the Southwest of the US lies Vermillion Clifs National Monument, with gorgeous landscapes, some very famous, some still unknown, and new ones discovered still every now and then. In 2009, it was my intention to visit Coyote Buttes North, better known as "The Wave". Access to this area is restricted to 20 people per day and permits are obtained through a lottery system organized by the BLM (Bureau of and Management). There were many candidates and we did not win a permit. We did however obtain a permit for Coyote Buttes South, a less known area also restricted to 20 visitors per day. When in the area we learned interest in Coyote Buttes South was increasing rapidly and permits now also would have to be obtained through a lottery. I still hope to visit "The Wave" one day but our local guide and 4w4 wizard Steve did not lie when he said South was at least as beautiful, and the area is larger and more diverse. Like for White Pocket, harsh daylight and cloudless sky were the only downsides.

Hoëgne and Statte

When in Fall the last leaves are falling and the rain feeds the small rivers in the "Hoge Venen" it's time to put on some waterproof clothing and solid walking shoes and go out there. No matter how often I walk along these little rivers, there are always new angles to discover. This year (2010) I organized a "Shooting Day" with some fellow photographers from Belgiumdigital. The day started in pouring rain and but all were brave and hanging in there! We were rewarded in the afternoon with beautiful nature and a Hoëgne river with a waterlevel I'd never seen before and made some of the modest rapids even look like real waterfalls... The week after the SD the forum was swamped with pictures of these rivers. In the mean time we already agreed to plan another trip to the region, in winter, when there will be snow and hopefully also a touch of ist....

Stay tuned and if interested: have a look on Belgiumdigital...

Hoge Veluwe

After having to cancel an earlier session I could participate to one of Marcel Van Balkom's photography workshops in september; location: Hoge Veluwe. I had never been there before so did not really know what to expect. It became clear very quickly that most participants wanted to photograph the deer in the park; so no landscape photography but since I really did not know what to expect I had packed all the gear I own. My longest lens is the Canon 100-400 zoom but I thought for this kind of shooting I found the 300 2.8 with an extender more appropriate. I have no experience in this kind of photography but it was a good and worthwhile exercise. One detail: although the deer come out in the evening, we were told to get in position early afternoon already. Initially I did not understand why but when I saw the many cars arrive and the impressive line-up of expensive glass, I got a double feeling: happy about the ability to make some shots but also more of a "zoo" than a nature feeling...

Umbria

This spring I attended a photography workshop in Umbria, organized by the famous travel and landscape photographer David Noton. Expectations were high and were totally met in terms of the tuïtion and learning; unfortunately the weather was not up to expectations. No field full of colourful flowers, no poppies all over the place, lots of rain and mist... (David rightfully mentioned that Umbria is green for a reason). My wish to return in 2011 to further "work the location" as David calls it had unfortunately to be dropped for professional (read: non-photographic) reasons. But I will return, that is for sure...

The viewer will notice the series of photos is dominated by pictures of the village Preci, which was very near Collaccio where we were staying. But I absolutely one of those right... To be continued.

   
   

 

 

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