A few months ago a friend of mine told me about a spot in Belgium that she thought I’d like, called Hallerbos. It’s a forest just outside Belgium that, for a few weeks every spring, is completely covered in bluebells. She showed me her photos and I immediately wanted to go, so I put regular reminders in my calendar for me to look into whether the bluebells had started to bloom or not. I figured at least some of the people who visited would put their photos on Flickr, and I did a search for recent photos under the label ‘Hallerbos’ every couple of days. It was a great plan because I was able to see how the flowers were blooming through other people’s photos.
When they appeared to be ready, we made a plan! Xander, myself and the dogs all got in the car last Sunday morning and set off for Belgium.
We decided to put the dogs in the back of the Prius rather than on the back seat like we used to with the old car, which turned out to be a great decision. They settled down a lot quicker and Bailey loved the dog height window across the back. Pixel just curled up and went to sleep and we didn’t hear a peep from her until we arrived.
Hallerbos was beautiful! We did a walk that was 7.5km that took us through all the most beautiful parts of the forest. It took us three hours because I kept stopping to take photos but the weather was lovely and we had a really wonderful time exploring.
Thankfully there were places like this where Xander could sit and chill while he waited for me to take my photos.
I think we went at the perfect time. There was purple everywhere we looked and it was just so beautiful. I got lucky with the light because when we first arrived it was still a bit clouded over and misty, but by the end the sun was blazing. So I was able to get photos of the flowers in all sorts of different lighting.
There were quite a few people there but not so much that it felt crowded. I think later in the season it will be crazy busy but we really felt like it was still a quiet walk through the forest, which made it a lot more enjoyable.
The dogs had a blast! So much undiscovered territory to sniff and pee on. They were in heaven! It took me a while to get them to both sit in the same place, I decided to give up on trying to get them both looking at the camera at the same time.
They got to do what they love to do best, DIG! There isn’t a sand pile around that hasn’t been scratched into submission by these two little dogs.
Pixel also did this crazy thing she does whenever we get her out into nature…
She rubbed herself on it…
… and rolled around in it.
I don’t know what it is that causes her to do this but whenever we are out she chooses these random spots to rub herself on, then she flips over and wriggles around all over it. There are a million reasons why I think she’s a total weirdo and this is one of them. She is the cutest little weirdo I have ever seen though, so I think I’ll keep her.
After all that digging and wriggling, a drink was in order. I wasn’t sure how healthy it was for them to be drinking out of this stagnant pond but they were already doing it before I noticed so I just hoped that they didn’t keel over dead before we got out of the forest.
It may have also been a bit of a snack, because that pond was loaded with tadpoles. Maybe the dogs weren’t actually drinking at all, it’s possible they were just fishing.
We gave them some treats anyway, just because they are so cute.
Honestly, I can’t say enough good about this place. No matter how many photos you take, there is no way to capture the beauty of it, you just have to experience for yourself. From what I’ve read the flowers are in bloom from mid April until sometime in early May so I would say that it’s still possible to visit and see the flowers for at east another week. I highly recommend it!
I’m still completely addicted to making HDR photos, so I had to make one from there as well, of course!
For the rest of the photos from my visit, see my Hallerbos set on Flickr!
Hallerbos can be found in Halle, Belgium which is approximately 1h45m from Rotterdam and 2h30m from Amsterdam. There is parking throughout the park but I’d suggest going early if you want a spot!