Post by belgiumreporter on Jul 10, 2017 9:13:58 GMT -5
In Belgium we've got the highest density of castles pro square mile, you never have to walk far to stumble upon one. A lot of these castles have been abandonned by the nobelty that used to live in them, and are now in a derilict state or became public domain when local governements bought them and turned in to local city halls, museums or lesure zones.
The domain of the castle of Vordenstein has become public domain and visitors can enjoy a 7 Km long path that takes them around the domain. The main part being woods, the part around the buildings is a large garden with cultivated and wild flowers.
On a sunny afternoon it's a joy to walk the gardens and photograph the dragonflys in the watergarden and the butterflies in the wildflower garden. To make things even more interesting the building of the wintergarden has been turned in to a café and restaurant. Evy had a lost in spice beer and i had a boat beer(this is a special brew IPA in remembrance of the Red Star Line wich in beginning of the 20th century took millions of European emigrants from the port of Antwerp to New York Staten island in the hope of a better life)
The extreme sunny wheather was ideal for some infra red experiments, all in all a very pleasant sunday afternoon.
some of the rows of wild flowers
Evy in search of some shadow and a cold beer
Back in visible light, part of the cultivated garden
Thanks for sharing these. It looks like a wonderful place to visit
Did that IR come from modified digitals?
Your post gave me lust of Belgium beer. I remember being in a pub in Brussels with friends, about 20 years ago, and asking for a beer. Big grin from the house service. I got a big placard, kind of a giant menu, with about 200 types to choose from. Worst was having to choose.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2017 20:50:55 GMT -5 by julio1fer
Post by belgiumreporter on Jul 11, 2017 6:25:25 GMT -5
The IR shots were made with my Nikon D70S wich has the hot mirror filter replaced by & 620Nm IR cut off filter. Mmm, yes beer... in Belgium you can go to 1000 diffrent café's and have a diffrent beer in each of one.
My favourite place here Antwerp : www.ratebeer.com/p/Kulminator/533/ choose between more than 1000 diffrent beers and meet beer lovers from all over the world. It used to be within walking distance from were we lived but since we moved out of the city we'll have to get there by tram or bus (you definatly don't want to drive any vehicle after a visit to the kulminator)
Post by belgiumreporter on Jul 22, 2017 15:37:04 GMT -5
Another sunny sunday, another castle. This time the castle of Bouchout. dating back to the 14th century and former residence of Empress Charlotte (sister of king Leopold II). Now used as conference center and art gallery. It is nw also part of the national botanical garden of Meise (close to Brussels).I once again enjoyed the infrared Nikon.And both my wife and i enjoyed a nice day in the park, greenhouses and wintergarden.
The lane from the main gate to the castle
inside the greenhouse
The "claymen" sculpture in the garden
Inside the wintergarden, wich is now the restaurant