The hills are alive

It is springtime so I really have no choice but to flood my blog with images of nature-y stuff. About a week ago I visited the Hallerbos. It’s a forest in Belgium that has become internet famous due to the blue hyacinth flowers which bloom there every year. The past years I’ve always tried to visit it at least once. This year I already went twice and the second time especially was really magical. The flowers were everywhere, it was so beautiful. I hope my pictures do them justice.

_MG_2305 _MG_1969 _MG_2208 _MG_2051 _MG_2302_MG_2060 _MG_2151 _MG_2423 _MG_2427

My dog also really enjoyed roaming the forest (and eating sticks and rolling in the dirt):


And to say there were a few photographers would be quite the understatement.


Blooming cherry trees

Yes! It is finally that time of year when I get to enjoy the cherry trees in my street and their wonderful pink blossoms. They’re not all blossoming yet but it is definitely getting there. I’m going to soak them up as much as I can, as in two weeks I’ll have to wait another whole year to see them.

18april-1 18april-5 18april-9 18april-3 18april-11 18april-6 18april-12

Aurora timelapse

In February I visited Iceland for the second time with some friends. One of them actually mostly joined us for the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, aka Aurora Borealis. While I knew you can’t be sure to see them just by going somewhere north during wintertime, I was definitely hopeful. And our wishes were granted. The first night I noticed something in the sky that I couldn’t quite define. Was it a cloud? I took a picture with a long shutterspeed from the car (very artistic), and it revealed a green spot in the sky! I became the ‘aurora spotter’, pretty much pointing my camera to anything that slightly resembled this strange phenomenon. The second night, the spot became a curve stretching out from the left to the right. And the third night, we spent hours outside freezing our asses off. Because this is what we saw.

Aurora timelapse in Iceland from els vanopstal on Vimeo.

Growing old before your time

I miss this place. So peaceful, calm, wonderful. I find myself drawn to lakes all over the world. I can imagine myself sitting there, reading a book, writing in my notebook, taking pictures. Wading through the water. Watching fish swim around my feet. Will I ever go back to this one? I don’t know. There are still so many other places to visit, to explore. The heart always asks for more. More of this.

Lake Bohinj
© Els Vanopstal