Belgium – (7) – Nature Preserve ‘De Maten’ near Genk, with Artist Guides

In the Northwest Belgium, between the towns of Genk and Hasselt, lies a bit of natural beauty, ‘De Maten’, a mixture of creeks, ponds, mixed forest and purple moorlands.  

Location within the wider European context

A couple photos…

Friends, both artists, showed me around:  Check out the art of multi-faceted Annick Castro @ http://annickcastro.wordpress.com/, and Fine Arts Photographer Jonny Vekemans@ http://www.lightpaintings.be/.  

The following are photos I took in the past month:

In and around De Maten, Genk. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012.

De Maten, Genk. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012.

Oak and berries in ‘De Maten’, near Genk.
Partial Vertical Panoramic Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012.

“A Four Star Hotel for Birds”
 Photo detail inserted (with a sampling of bird residents) into De Maten landscape photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012.

Gorgeous purple flowers of ‘Heide’ or ‘moorland’ in ‘De Maten’, with a hot air balloon showing the name of the nearest town.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012

De Maten.  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012

I climbed the stand-alone oak seen in photo on the horizon towards the right in the photo above, for this lovely sunset view:

Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012

We close off with over some delicious classic Belgian beers, as I look through the extensive portfolio of Jonny before I catch a train back to Leuven…

Jonny Vekemans, left (in Black & White), in his studio with an enlargement of one of his Fine Art Photography on the right (in Color). Photo (and digital color change) by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012. CLICK IMAGE to enter http://www.lightpaintings.be/

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