Scenic Views AllBeekBeekdaelenGulpen-WittemHeinsberg (DE)MaasgouwMaasmechelen (BE)NederweertSittard-GeleenSteinVaalsValkenburgZonhoven (BE) View From A Spoil Tip Panoramic views from "Lange Terril" - a left-over spoil tip from the coal mining that has been done here in the recent past. The spoil tip is located in the mining area that is now called "Connectera" (Maasmechelen, Limburg in Belgium). Unfortunately, access is somewhat restricted - you need to pay a small entrance fee - but once you're in, you can stay until sunset. Or a little after sunset if you stay for some golden or blue hour images 😉 This image was taken about an hour and a half before sunset, so the light wasn't optimal. The clouds were, so that is why I took the shot! It's a single 50sec exposure using an ND10 filter (that is why the trees in the foreground are blurry as well). (2019) The Dawn Of A New Day A new day begins at Teverener Heide, a nature reserve that is part of Europe's Natura 2000 network and lies immediately east of the German-Dutch border (on German soil). Teverener Heide has lots of ponds, heathland, drifting sands and forest and it's a great area for hiking! (2017) Kelmonderbos Looking out over a small but wonderful patch of woodland, called "Kelmonderbos", near Geverik and Beek (Limburg, The Netherlands). I quite like the browns and greens in contrast to the blueish sky with the moon visible as well (2017). Sunrise Sunrays burst through the trees on a sunny sunday morning in Autumn at the border of the Schaelsbergerbos (forest) in Oud-Valkenburg. Locals will know this location as "De Drie Beeldjes" (The Three Statues). The bridge to the right leads to Schaloensvoetpad and Kasteel Schaloen. (2017) Bovenste Bosch "Bovenste Bosch" (Upper Forest) is a inclined forest in the south of Limburg and arguably one of the nicest ones because when you walk along its edge you have a superb view over the rolling landscape! (2018) Xponential Looks like a sky replacement composite image, right? No, this day the clouds where actually there! 🙂 Funny the way the cumulus clouds formed right above the rural town of Schimmert in Zuid-Limburg (South of the Netherlands). The image title refers to the exponential function in mathematics, kind of how these clouds formed; minute after minute they expanded more and more and more 🙂 A great sight! (2017) View From Gulperberg A very widescreen view of the rolling landscape of the "Heuvelland" (Land Of The Hills), as seen from the Gulperberg (Zuid-Limburg, The Netherlands). Panoramic image stitched in Lightroom using 24 individual shots (2011). An evening at the fish pond A nice and quiet evening at the fish pond at the park of Elsloo Castle (Kasteelpark Elsloo). Located in the South of the Netherlands this is a great area for hiking and generally enjoying nature. It is allowed to fish in the pond, however you need a permit. (2016) The Third Season Autumn colours along a quiet forest path in Daniken (Geleen). (2014) Octarine Early morning mist in nature park "De Teut". The title of the image refers to "the 8th color" in the Discworld universe: a sort of greenish purple yellow (but only visible to wizards and cats of course!). (2018) In Between Yellow and Red Looking up while walking along the Hommelsdaalweg in between the villages of Genhout and Beek, I noticed the sky turning remarkably orange - well, maybe not this much, but creatively it reflects the mood of that particular November afternoon, right before sunset! (2014) Sint-Martinuskerk Vijlen A somewhat more artistic scenic view of the church of Vijlen, one of the best known towns in "Het Limburgse Heuvelland" (Limburg's land of the hills). The foreground wasn't particularly interesting, so I decided to darken the foreground so that it became fully black. That opened up the possibility to make a silhouette out of the the houses, trees and church in the background! (2019) Fortification Stevensweert Reconstructed part of the fortifications around the small village of Stevensweert, which played an important role to defend its Castle in the 17th century. (2015) Meerbaansblaak Right on the border with the Provice of Brabant there's this National Park called De Groote Peel, a large area with lots of Peat (Turf), swamps, lakes, heath land and sand ridges. In the past this area has been used for peat cutting, but nowadays it's a great park to spend the day hiking or bird watching. (2015) Driepoel Fish pond "Driepoel" in Daniken, Geleen (Limburg, The Netherlands) on a rainy and windy day. I didn't have a ND filter, so I took multiple exposures and "averaged" them in Affinity Photo to create this long-exposure look. (2017) Slow Drift Clouds and mist slowly drift through the landscape giving this scene a very ethereal look. Image taken on an early Sunday morning in September at the "Mechelse Heide" which is part of the National Park "Hoge Kempen" (Limburg, Belgium) (2018) Snow Covered Bench Winter Wonderland in Limburg! From this snow covered bench on the edge of the Vijlenerbos you have a nice view over "Het Geuldal" (Valley of the Geul-river). (2005) Want to frame these photos? Order quality prints at Oypo! Image Updates RSS Feed Leave a Reply Cancel replyComment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.