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Nature Photography Challenge

About a week ago, I was nominated by Kasper Geuns to participate in a Nature Photography Challenge.
The intention of the challenge is to post at least one nature photo a day and choose someone to do the same. This for seven days in a row.

A cool idea, at least if it wasn’t on Facebook.
Instead, I decided to alter the rules a bit and bring the challenge to another level by writing a blog post about it. This way it won’t disappear amongst hundreds of other Facebook status updates, and it will not oblige me to log into Facebook for seven consecutive days.

So in response to Kasper’s challenge, I showcase you one photo of every adventure we made in 2016. Seven pictures, seven different trips.
The pictures will also give an idea of what’s to come on trip reports.

Hautes Fagnes, Belgium

In January I joined a group of enthusiastic members of Hiking Advisor on a winter hiking trip in the Belgian High Fens. This region is most likely the best option if you plan a winter trip to Belgium.
The vivid hiker in this shot is Steve; he guided this two-day micro adventure with a contagious enthusiasm.

After the winter trip, I was a few months inactive until spring arrived, where I assisted Sofie with a three-day experience in the Eifel National Parc.

Volcanic Eifel, Germany

A region which I hadn’t visited before, and if it weren’t for Hiking Advisor and Sofie, I probably still wouldn’t have. It was a great opportunity to meet new people as well. Mervyn, who was willing to be a mannequin for this capture, was participating for the first time to an event with Hiking Advisor.

Saar-Hunsrück, Germany

A few weeks later, like each year, I organised a trip for my close friends. Beginning of June, we headed to one of the premium hiking regions in Germany, being Saar-Hunsrück. Besides great laughter and loads of fun, we crossed Germany’s longest rope bridge. Spectacular views guaranteed, at least if you are not afraid of heights.

Mullerthal, G.D. Luxebourg

During the summer holidays, we picked the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as our destination. A wonderful trip with my two sons in the fairytale landscapes of the Mullerthal Trail.

Puy-de-Dôme, France

I am fortunate for having parents-in-law who live in the heart of France. The region is known for its dormant volcanos and an excellent destination for days of hiking pleasure.
While we were visiting them during the summer, I combined it with a few days of walking. The Puy de Dôme, visible in this capture, is the tallest volcano in the region.

Without a doubt, the highlight of this year was in September, when I joined Kasper and Charlotte for an exceptional hiking experience in the land of Fire and Ice.

Laugavegur, Iceland

An unforgettable voyage along Iceland’s most popular hiking trail and beyond. I could have posted dozens of pictures of this journey, but I’ll save them for the trip report.

Flemish Coast, Belgium

And last but not least, one more picture of our most recent hike along the Belgian coast. The story of this journey with my boys is already available on the blog.

Oops, almost forgot that this challenge also involves choosing someone to participate. Well as it started on Facebook, it is evident that I select seven friends who use that social media platform.

Who knows, maybe they will also write a little post about it.
The nominees are Mervyn, Dieter, Tom, Hendrik, Alexis, Sofie and my mother-in-law Miek.

Don’t forget to visit the blogs of those mentioned in this post.

13 comments

Hans Koster

Prachtig David! Die hangbrug bij Mörsdorf staat bij mij nog op het programma, ik heb daar een route uitgezet van ongeveer 10 km. De laatste tijd (ouderdom) heb ik iets meer last van hoogtevrees, ik hoop dus dat die brug gaat lukken.
Als het gelukt is zul je het wel zien.
Gr,
Hans

    Wandering David

    Moet in principe geen probleem zijn, de brug is breed genoeg. Mijn schoonbroer, die heeft ook last van hoogtevrees, en is zonder problemen over gestapt. De Sentiers des Roches in de Vogezen, is dan veel lastiger voor hem.

    De regio is trouwens mooi, vooral als je de “Naturerlebnis” paadjes volgt. Die zijn echt aan te raden.

Annelies

Ik kijk al uit naar je verslag over ijsland! Mooie foto’s trouwens

    Wandering David

    Bedankt Annelies.
    IJsland is echt wel wonderbaarlijk, dat ik zal proberen weer te geven in het verslag. Maar het land is ook een beetje het slachtoffer aan het worden van zijn populariteit, iets wat ik zeker ook aan bod zal laten komen.

natuurfreak

Wat een prachtfoto’s en wat heb ik er van genoten en Iceland zou ik ook nog eens erg graag doen

    Wandering David

    IJsland is qua natuur behoorlijk uniek. Alleen vrees ik dat de populariteit alleen maar zal toenemen.

      natuurfreak

      Dat vrees ik ook en het is slechts 4 uur vliegen wat ook prettig is als je wat ouder bent.

Jo Smith

Amazing!

    Wandering David

    Thank you Jo. The complete trip reports will follow. 😉

Atomic Words

Oh wow!!! These are incredibly beautiful David. Ignited a bit if wanderlust in me 😁😂. I really like the feel of your blog. 😊👏👏👏

    Wandering David

    Thank you for these nice words.

Dina

Gorgeous impressions!!

    Wandering David

    Thank you very much Dina.

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