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On hike through the snowy swamp (4) by Mark Billiau.

On hike through the snowy swamp (4) 


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15.02.2012 at 8:00h
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Winter was here with bitter cold temperatures far below zero, a biting northeastern wind, not much snow (but better than nothing) and sunny conditions.
Perfect weather for me to make a hike.

This landscape shot shows the snow covered swampy peat moors of ‘Hohes Venn’.
‘Hohes Venn’ is the greatest (4500 ha) and oldest National Park of Belgium and the most unique nature biotope in the land.
The whole area is vast and desolate. It consists mainly of swamps which can only be traversed by using the wooden paths that were made by the local foresters.


Deep in the forsaken and by bitter cold frozen swamps, one could nearly hear the silence.
At a chill temperature of -20° (real -15°), I suppose I was the only moving living thing in that wide area.
A most profound experience !

Location : Brackvenn

A big thanks to willy ombret for the kindly nomination of this picture !


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aline64, 15.02.2012 at 8:21h

une belle vision de cet endroit avec un cadrage top !

Perry Blevins, 15.02.2012 at 8:49h

One can feel the freezing temperatures while viewing this cold winter scene. Superb work Mark.

Alfredo Yanez, 15.02.2012 at 9:09h

Excelente trabajo en condiciones muy desfavorables por las bajas temperaturas, pero valió la pena.... magnifica composición!!!
Felitaciones Mark!!!
Saludos y buena luz!*

Sylvia Schulz, 15.02.2012 at 9:30h

Ein Nationalpark, von dem ich hier nun häufig Aufnahmen sah, er muss wirklich fantastisch sein, Deine Aufnahme ist es auch wieder
lg Sylvia

Othmar W. Mayer, 15.02.2012 at 9:50h

Once again an awesome shot, showing your paradise. The center of the visual tree can be used to represent the four seasons.

s. sabine krause, 15.02.2012 at 10:01h

the lonely birch, perfectly at home in the bitter cold snow, matching the monochromeness of winter perfectly in color! what a beautiful picture of a serene but inhospitable winter landscape. don't ever slip on the path and hit your head on the wood – they might find you in the next thawing, frozen into a dripping block of ice… ; ))) greetings, sabine.

Markus 4, 15.02.2012 at 10:18h

a fine place to discover

Norbert Kappenstein, 15.02.2012 at 12:16h

Wieder sehr schön wie der Weg ins Bild führt.
Eine feine Aufnahme, gefällt mir sehr gut.
LG Norbert

Gisèle W., 15.02.2012 at 12:47h

Excellente compositie met de boom die het landschap overheerst. Toch de moeite waard om in de koude te wandelen.
Groetjes, Gisèle

Jojo., 15.02.2012 at 13:31h

une splendeur de Dame nature!
Bises- Jojo

Angelika El., 15.02.2012 at 13:42h

Einfach wieder ein Genuss, Deine Aufnahme! Herrliches Licht und so schön, die Bildgestaltung!


Silvia Simonato., 15.02.2012 at 14:18h

Excelente fotografía, muy buen punto de vista!
Saludos Silvia

Ryszard Basta, 15.02.2012 at 15:51h

ta kladka wciaga
w zdjecie

Angelika Ritter, 15.02.2012 at 16:35h

perfect weather for a hike.
nice captured.
bw angie

Vitória Castelo Santos, 15.02.2012 at 17:07h

WONDERFUL winter picture!!!

Vera M. Shulga, 15.02.2012 at 17:12h

Indeed, the great weather and a place for winter walks away from the hustle and bustle. What is the length (km), these wooden paths?
Regards, Vera

Lady Edel, 15.02.2012 at 18:28h

Wunderschöne Landschaftsaufnahme.

Josef Kainz, 15.02.2012 at 18:54h

Gut aufgenommen schönes Foto
vg josef

Sigrid E, 15.02.2012 at 19:47h

Sehr schön mit diesem klassischen Bildaufbau. eine feine Aufnahme mit sehr guter BQ!!!!

willy ombret, 15.02.2012 at 19:47h

un très beau cadrage
très belle photo
willy ombret

Adele Oliver, 15.02.2012 at 20:10h

You walks through the Venn and beautiful images of this cold Winter landscape are such a treat for me, Mark ..... Winter is more than 100 km away from here, and my skiing days at New Years were too short (and with much company) .... another really fine shot - the birch with its filigre branches and twigs a special eye catcher.
greetings, Adele

Leo_nid, 15.02.2012 at 22:33h

fine winter mood for a solitary walk
i love the looks of the twin birch

Canan Oner, 15.02.2012 at 23:03h

Must be a wonderful feeling hiking there but watch out so you don't slip Mark...
Beautiful view..

qRudi, 16.02.2012 at 0:13h

In cold days.

TeresaM, 16.02.2012 at 6:38h

Une excellente présentation.
Une vision hivernale qui me plait.
Bonne journée & Amitiés,

Nordeifeler, 16.02.2012 at 12:57h

du warst im Brackvenn,eine Gelegenheit sich mal zu treffen..
hätte mich gefreut,bin fast täglich in dieser Ecke..
im übrigen ein schönes Foto von"meinem Brackvenn"..
ich grüße dich ..Kai..

BRYAN CRUTE, 17.02.2012 at 18:52h

Good use of the walkway to lead us through this winter wonderland


fionnghall, 18.02.2012 at 17:08h

Great composition, nice photo
Br, Fingal

Jacques BURY, 21.02.2012 at 17:32h


Brigitte Hoffmann, 21.02.2012 at 23:34h

Fast hätten wir uns getroffen! Ich war ein bißchen früher, da war der Raureif noch auf den Bäumen.
Du bist auch ein "Venn-Fan"!
Herrlich sind deine Bilder vom Venn.
Salut Brigitte

Stefan Andronache, 25.02.2012 at 21:03h

Excellent composition.
Greetings, Stefan

Voting Center, 11.03.2012 at 9:50h

This photo has been successfully nominated for the gallery with 67 pro- and 58 contra-votes. Congratulations, Mark Billiau. :-)

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Susana Miguel, 11.03.2012 at 9:50h

I agree with Willy's proposal, the shot is a great one for the gallery.
So you were the only one moving around at very cold temperatures... but it seems the path was trodden before by people, judging by the traces left behind.
It's funny, I would not connect swamps with snows, but it's not the first time I have seen frozen swamps....
As said before, here my Pro!
Best regards,

INNmedia, 11.03.2012 at 9:50h

+++++ PRO +++++

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Mark Billiau., 11.03.2012 at 10:35h

@ everybody who voted pro : thank you very much and of course a special thanks to willy ombret for the nomination of this picture.


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