Mark Billiau.


Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium

Swamp Hike (11)

This shot is the last one in my “swamp hike series” and shows another landscape part of the swampy peat moors of ‘Hohes Venn’, the greatest (4500 ha) and oldest National Park of Belgium and the most unique nature biotop in the land.

The whole area might look as an innocent meadow, but it is 100% pure swamp ! This desolate swamp can only be traversed by using the wooden paths made by the local foresters (a daring exploit). It is nearly impossible to leave those wooden paths, as the swamp starts immediately to suck your feet and legs into the depth and the more you struggle to get out, the more the swamp sucks……
This makes swamp hiking a unique experience.

Perhaps some of you may wonder if I left the secure wooden path to take this shot.
Not true. I was standing on a crossroad of wooden paths.
Yes, crossroads exist, even in the middle of the swamp…….!

Comments 16

  • Angelika El. 30/08/2010 23:34


    Was für ein idyllischer Fleck!!! Herrliche Grüntöne und dazu ein wundervoller Himmel.... - das ist eine rundum gelungene, sommerliche Landschaftsaufnahme!

    LG!
    Angelika

  • JESUS MARTIN HERNANDEZ 30/08/2010 20:54

    Preciosa imagen con unos colores naturales
    saludos
  • Jan Rillich 30/08/2010 19:25

    i like swamps too
    Jan
  • Ushie Farkas 30/08/2010 19:06

    somethink to dream, Mark!!! I love the landscape! Salut Ushie
  • Vera Shulga 30/08/2010 18:21

    I like walk by Swamp Hike with you...
  • Josef Kainz 30/08/2010 16:56

    Tolle Landschaft klasse Aufnahme
    vg
  • Mauro Stradotto 30/08/2010 15:19

    Una meravigliosa ripresa che dona tanta serenità!!!!!!!
    Buona settimana,
    un caro saluto,
    Mauro
  • Gruber Fred 30/08/2010 14:32

    Ein tolles Stück Natur zeigst du,toll der Weitblick.
    LG Fred
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 30/08/2010 12:44

    Eine fantastische Aufnahme!
    LG Vitoria

  • JVision 30/08/2010 10:57

    I hope this unique nature will always be protected. A wonderful nationalpark and a great picture !!
    Greetings
    Jutta
  • Günter Nau 30/08/2010 10:11

    Wenn so ein großer Nationmalpark mit einem einzigartiges Biotop in der Nähe, hat man natürlich Motive die Menge. Durch dieses Bild kann ich mir so richtig vorstellen, wo Du herumschwirrst. Gute Arbeit.
    Grüße Günter
  • Werner R. Albert 30/08/2010 9:59

    Is this boardwalk really secure ?
    A marvellous image of a dangerous area.
    best wishes
    Werner
  • Daniela Cognigni 30/08/2010 9:21

    Una passerella che si perde tra questo bellissimo verde.
    Uno splendido scorcio,immagino anche che tranquillità in questo posto.
    Ciao Mark, buon inizio settimana.
  • Ryszard Basta 30/08/2010 8:55

    przypomina nieco laki
    izerskie
  • s. sabine krause 30/08/2010 8:53

    if you hadn't told us about the safe crossroads you were standing on, i would have thought, this was the last thing you saw before saying good-bye to the world and sinking down into the muddy underworld ; )) – not the worst sight either! so summery and happy and idyllic looking with the lush green grass, lonely pinetree and deserted footpath! another beautiful shot of the precious preserve! lg, sabine.