Belgium Tearvalley, Hallerbos (Tranendal)

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Gert Lucas

Shoot with care
The natural habitat is very fragile. The forest soil is full of bulbs of the wild hyacint (bluebells) and those do not survive being trampled upon. Stick to the pathways!

About this spot
The Hallerbos. A small piece of forest just below Brussels, near the city of Halle, which is known for the Wild Hyacinth (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also known as the Bluebell). Every year it attracts a large number of visitors who come to admire the purple carpet of flowers. And photographers too. Lots of photographers. In recent years, the popularity has increased to such an extent that parts have been closed off and there are signs everywhere that indicate to visitors (and especially photographers) that it is forbidden to step outside the footpaths.

And while the springtime is impressive with it's bluebells, you should also consider a visit in autumn when you have "late" sunrise and often a hazy or misty atmosphere throughout te forest. The tearvalley is by far one of the more photgenic parts of the forest, even if there are many nice spots thanks to the variation in landscape and flora.

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