Sunday, 13 May 2012

Spring in Belgium

So, Spring is here again, and providing a wealth of photographic opportunities for anyone so inclined and masses of cute young animals for anyone biologically minded or just plain-sentimental to admire; these are a few pictures I took around 30th April, mostly in North Eastern Belgium, near the Dutch border.

Rain-soaked Berberis sp. in bloom

Light green new-growth of spring foliage
Female moorhen, Gallinula chloropus beside her nest
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, and nest
Moorhen egg (from a different nest)- the mother was foraging for more nest-lining leaves nearby

Spring blossom

Broom in bloom (tribe: Genisteae) 

Ornamental White Broom. 

Pansies, Namur. (Viola tricolor subsp.)

All pictures taken in North East Belgium, near Peer except pansies, pictured in Namur. Taken with what I like to call my"lightweight, throwing camera*" (the Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ3); as I may have said before, I really like this camera and it is small enough to pack conveniently when "the proper camera" is not, however, this (above) is about the limit of what it can do. I think its macro capabilities are better than its landscape pictures, but I am sure that is partly because I have a great deal more experience of macro photography than landscape work. 

(* don't throw it- mine has survived being accidentally dropped twice, but this is not recommended.)


  1. These photos are lovely. I especially like the moorhen and I am impressed that you got close enough to take such good photos. What an interesting excursion you had.