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.
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.
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.
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.