nature’s seven

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it
― William Shakespeare

Yesterday I was tagged, over on Facebook, by an old friend and former colleague, who asked me to show him seven photos of nature in the city.

Naturally, I accepted the challenge.

John, I hope my interpretation of your challenge ticks the box for you?

foggy dew

foggy dew

leafing through

leafing through

logging crew

logging crew





do not cross

do not cross

tangled web

tangled web

for John V and for Lucile’s Photo 101 rehab

*all photos shot on iphone 6s and edited in lightroom cc and colour efex pro 4,*



a walk in the woods

“I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

(woods near tervuren, walking and thinking)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, will you remember?*


hallerbos (up close)

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

(hallerbos, belgië)

I do have a dark side.

I don’t have a macro lens or a set of extension tubes.

It turns out I also have a lighter, brighter side which I though I would share today as part of Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab.

None of these images have been edited, each are as shot. All were captured this afternoon, during a picnic in the woods with my son.

Part of an experiment to explore my lighter side.

*all shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200 f/4 lens, no edits*



“into this world we’re thrown”
riders on the storm, the doors

right now

riders on the storm

right over brussel

“the world on you depends…”

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – vivid)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 70-200m f/4 lens at 1/320s, f/9 and ISO200, edited in lightroom cc and analog efex pro 2, nature involved, and the doors…*

vivid from andytownend



“i felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery air, mountains, trees, people
i thought, “this is what it is to be happy”
― sylvia plath, the bell jar


(la ferme du parc maximilien, brüssel)

a happy sheep

and not a peep

from the traffic

that never sleeps

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – forces of nature)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at 250mm, 1/250s and f/8, imported into lightroom cc and not edited at all, green in tooth and claw*


photography101: the natural world

caught in a web

caught in a web

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

I became entangled with this web yesterday as I made a second visit to the abandoned polder town of Doel, of which more later…

NaBloPoMo 12 of 30 – photography101:8


photography101: weekend one (two)

A second response to the photo101 “weekend homework”

I came across this sculpture in a hollow in the park in the centre of Brussel close to the Palace.

Faded and run down but alluring…

This time some colour in my photos.

Le me know what you think and have a great weekend!

Now time for a glass of wine 😉

photography101:weekend one


After a little digging around on the web I have discovered that the statue is “La Madeleine repentante (1779) de Jérôme Duquesnoy repose dans une grotte artificielle dans le fond du parc.”

The woody hollow itself is a throwback to an ancient valley that predates the construction of the park. In September 1830 Dutch soldiers were trapped and defeated here by revolutionaries. The place was closed to the public throughout the second half of the 19th Century and even today has an eerie and unsettling atmosphere…