Breathtaking Images of Belgium’s Mythical Hallebros Forest Covered in Bluebells

by , 06/16/14
filed under: Art, Design, Gallery

Kilian Schönberger photography, Hallebros forest, Bois de Hal, bluebell forest in Belgium, Bart Ceuppens, Walter Spoor, Jimmy De Taeye, Gvriend, protected species, landscape photography

Image credits: Kilian Schönberger

Speaking to MyModernMet about the fairytale forest, when asked about the colors, Schönberger said, “The colors are really that blue, especially under the moist conditions of the morning fog.” Unsurprisingly, the forest attracts throngs of tourists at this particular time of year, which makes the weekdays one of the best time to explore. While it might be tempting to take a souvenir, picking any of the flowers is strictly forbidden in order to preserve this natural spectacle for years to come.

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You might be forgiven for thinking some of the photos have been enhanced, but Schönberger made it clear not much has been changed since he took them. “There is not too much post processing done. The fog is natural. Forecasting foggy conditions is an essential part of my photography. Some contrast enhancement and color management in the darker parts of the image are all I’ve done.”

Apart from Belgium, there are other places around Europe where bluebells can be found, such as the UK, France, and Ireland. In the UK, they are considered a protected species, and it’s a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild common bluebells. Those who ignore this rule and try to sell the bulbs or seeds can attract a hefty fine of up to £5,000 (approx. $8,400) per bulb.

+ Kilian Schönberger

Via MyModernMet

Images by Kilian Schönberger, Bart Ceuppens, Walter Spoor, Jimmy De Taeye, Gvriend

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1 Comment

  1. Luc Wyn November 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Nice article, mr. Brooks. One small comment though. It’s name in Flemish, my native language is “Hallerbos” rather then “Hallebros”. “Bos” means forest and Halle is the town in which vicinity the forest is to be found. So the name means “Forest of Halle”, exactly as in the French version as you point out. I’ve been there many times and have had the good fortune to be able to witness these scenes myself.
    friendly greetings,
    Luc Wyn,
    Monterrey, Mexico

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