Autumn in Haspengouw


I live in the Haspengouw area in the East of Belgium. It is known for growing apples and pears, its rolling landscape and its lively village life. Here are some impressions of the last months.

MYSTICAL MISTY MORNINGS

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My daughter has exams and as a great mum (humhum) I get up early to get her and 3 friends from the village to the city her school is at. Still dark when I leave, but by the time I am heading back home to get my son to his school in the village the sun is rising. I missed out already on a beautiful sunrise with stripes of fog coming up from the fields because I didn’t have my gear with me. But not this time… I am prepared now. It was an extreme foggy morning which made the whole environment mystical and full of expectation.

FULL OF COLOR

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The leaves clinged on to the branches as hard as they could this fall. I even found blossoms in December due to the warm start of the season. I have some favorite spots and one of them has a pond with resident Vichy ducks. This couple is always together wiggling towards their favorite field and back. I was a bit worried when I saw the black one not moving around for days. It is back on its feet now :).

Update May 2017: RIP my favorite ducks

SCARS FROM THE STORM

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In most pictures I have taken from the area you still see the damage of the storm we had last summer where a lot of tall trees snapped by fall winds and the others where swiped downwards.

SUNSET SHOW IN MY BACKYARD

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Every non-clowdy day I could see a different colorful sunset in my garden during a 10-15 minute time window. I only get this type of spectacle during autumn and winter. During summer the sun sets behinds an uninteresting chaos of trees and houses.

Now I will be crossing my fingers for some snow in the area. We never know if we will be getting some…

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