Le miracle bleu-violet du Bois de Hal en Belgique

Nous avons visité le Bois de Hal cette année aussi. Nous ne pouvons pas manquer le miracle bleu-violet de ce bois.

Le Bois de Hal est situé à la périphérie de la ville de Hal, non loin de Bruxelles, en Belgique. Une petite bois d’environ 555 hectares, à la frontière entre la Flandre et la Wallonie de Belgique, le Bois de Hal devient un lieu magique chaque printemps.

Le Bois de Hal est très jeune. L’endroit appartenait à différentes familles de différents pays au cours des siècles. Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la plupart des arbres ont été enlevés par les allemands. En 1929, la forêt devient la propriété de l’État belge. Au cours des 20 années suivantes, le Bois est reboisé. C’est la raison pour laquelle le Bois est jeune.

Nous avons visité le Bois de Hal pour la première fois en 2012. Les couleurs du Bois sont comme le vin au printemps. Ils changent d’une année à l’autre et la lumière naturelle avec le temps influencent leurs tonalités.

Le bois se transforme en un tapis bleu-violet dès que les cloches bleues sauvages fleurissent. Le tapis renouvelé est construit sur deux couleurs précédentes : le jaune des jonquilles sauvages et le blanc des anémones sauvages, qui clignotent comme les étoiles sur le vert cru des feuilles.

Tout en regardant le bois, on sent l’émotion inoubliable du ciel miroité sur le sol, qui porte l’effet de brouillard bleu-violet tout écrasant tout autour, ainsi que le parfum de fleurs naturelles.

Le Bois de Hal a le pouvoir de changer les couleurs de ses vêtements en quelques semaines seulement. Cela semble être un miracle naturel, qui se produit chaque printemps au cours des dernières décennies. Le phénomène bleu-violet est vivant pendant deux à trois semaines en avril.

Le Bois de Hal a récemment été mentionné dans les médias internationaux comme une attraction naturelle. On peut maintenant facilement voir et rencontrer des gens de partout dans le monde, qui viennent admirer la beauté du bois. On a vu des photographes professionnels, mais également des peintres avec leurs outils et couleurs travaillant pour immortaliser les moments et la lumière naturelle inhabituelle et ses tons merveilleux.

D’un an à l’autre, le nombre de visiteurs a considérablement augmenté. Cette année, il était difficile de trouver un lieu de stationnement, alors nous avons tourné environ 30 minutes et nous avons finalement garé la voiture, loin du bois, quelque part dans un champ, à côté de quelques vaches.

Des volontaires alertent les touristes de rester sur les routes principales de bois et de ne pas toucher le tapis bleu-violet car les bulbes des cloches bleues sont très fragiles. Une fois touchés, ils mourront et ne vont jamais fleurir à nouveau.

Articles sur le même sujet en roumain, français et anglais:

La forêt bleu-violette à Hal en Belgique (FR)

Hallerbos’s galaxy of windflower stars (EN)

Hallerbos Wood’s purple-blue miracle (EN)

Breathtaking purple-blue carpets of Halle’s Wood (EN)

Halle’s blue-purple emotion in Belgium (EN)

Hallerbos, a piece of the Belgian green heritage (EN)

Pădurea albastră-purpurie din Halle, Belgia (RO)

Miracolul violet-albăstrui al Pădurii din Halle, Belgia (RO)

 

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Miracolul violet-albăstrui al Pădurii din Halle, Belgia

Am reușit și anul acesta să vizităm Pădurea din Halle, Belgia. Este o pădure unică, faimosă pentru veșmintele sale multicolore, pe care și le schimbă de la o săptămână la alta, primăvara.

Pădurea din Halle sau Hallerbos, în original, este situată la periferia orașului Halle, nu departe de Bruxelles, în Belgia. Este o pădure mică, de aproximativ 555 de hectare, exact pe granița dintre Flandra și Valonia. Datorită celor trei culori pe care le îmbracă succesiv primăvara, pădurea devine un loc magic începând cu luna martie. Miracolul durează până în luna mai, când verdele de toate nuanțele domină pădurea.

Pădurea este tânără. Terenul pe care se găsește a fost proprietatea mai multor familii, din diferite țări, de-a lungul secolelor. În timpul primului război mondial, mulți dintre copacii pădurii au fost tăiați de germani, iar lemnul folosit ca materie primă. În 1929 pădurea devine proprietatea statului belgian. În următorii 20 de ani, belgienii reîmpăduresc aria pădurii. Reîmpădurirea este motivul pentru care pădurea este încă tânără, în ciuda celor 90 de ai pe care îi va sărbători în 2019.

Am vizitat prima oară pădurea în 2012. Culorile ei sunt ca vinul. Se schimbă de la un an la altul, în funcție de intensitatea luminii naturale și de vreme. Acești doi factori îi influențează tonurile de culoare. Am folosit același aparat de fotografiat cu aceiași parametri, dar nuanțele de culoare au fost diferite de la an la an. Chiar și norii care filtrează lumina soarelui joacă un rol important în fotografiile făcute de-a timpul anilor.

Pădurea se transformă într-un covor violet-albastrui imediat ce viorelele sălbatice înfloresc. Covorul se albăstrește și se extinde prin acoperirea celor două culori anterioare: galbenul narciselor sălbatice și albul anemonelor de pădure, care clipesc precum stelele pe un veșmântul verde, crud, al frunzelor.

Vizitând pădurea, oricine poate simți emoția de neuitat a cerului oglindit pe pământ, o oglindă sprijinită pe un strat de ceață purpurie ce copleșește totul în jur. La această experiență vizuală unică se adaugă și una olfactivă: parfumul natural al viorelelor.

Covorul violet-albăstrui se păstrează proaspăt pe durata a două-trei săptămâni în aprilie.

Pădurea din Halle a fost recent menționată în mass-media internațională drept o atracție naturală unică. Turiști din lumea întreagă vin să o admire. Pe lângă fotografi profesioniști și amatori, ca mine, am văzut și pictorii cu șevalete care lucrau de zor pentru a imortaliza momentele unice de lumină și culoare.

De la an la an numărul vizitatorilor a crescut semnificativ. Anul acesta a fost dificil să găsim un loc de parcare, așa că ne-am rotit în jurul pădurii peste 30 de minute și în final am parcat mașina departe de intrare, undeva într-un câmp, chiar lângă o cireadă de vaci.

Voluntari de toate vârstele avertizează turiștii să străbată pădurea pe drumurile ei principale și să nu calce pe covorul violet-albăstrui, deoarece bulbii viorelelor sunt foarte fragili. Odată atinși de încălțămintea vizitatorilor, mor și, deci, nu vor mai înflori niciodată.

Articole pe aceeși temă, in română, franceză și engleză:

Pădurea albastră-purpurie din Halle, Belgia (RO)

La forêt bleu-violette à Hal en Belgique (FR)

Hallerbos’s galaxy of windflower stars (EN)

Breathtaking purple-blue carpets of Halle’s Wood (EN)

Halle’s blue-purple emotion in Belgium (EN)

Hallerbos, a piece of the Belgian green heritage (EN)

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Hallerbos purple-blue miracle

We made it to the Hallerbos Wood this year as well. We could not miss the purple-blue miracle of the Wood.

The Hallerbos Wood is located on the outskirts of the city of Halle, not far from Brussels, in Belgium. A small forest of about 555 hectares, on the border between Flanders and Wallonia of Belgium, the Hallerbos Wood becomes a magical place each spring.

Hallerbos is a young wood. The place was owned by different families from various countries over the centuries. During the World War I most of the forest trees were removed by Germans. In 1929 the forest become the property of the Belgian State. During the following 20 years the Hallerbos is reforested. That is the reason of why the forest looks young.

We first visited Hallerbos in 2012. The Wood colours are like the wine; they change from one year to another and the natural light along with the weather influence their tones.

The Wood turns into a purple-blue carpet as soon as the wild blue bells bloom. The renewed carpet is built on two previous colours: yellow from the wild daffodils and white from the wood anemones, which blink like the stars on the raw green of the leaves.

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While watching the wood one feels the unforgettable emotion of the mirrored sky on the ground, which bears the purple fog effect overwhelming everything around, along with the natural flower perfume.

The Hallerbos Wood has got the power of changing its clothes’ colours in just some weeks. This appears to be a natural miracle, which happens every spring for the past decades. The purple-blue phenomenon is alive for two-three weeks in April.

The Hallerbos Wood has recently been mentioned in the international media as a natural attraction. One can now easily see and meet people from everywhere in the world, who come to admire the Wood beauty. In addition to professional photographers, I also spotted painters with their tools and colours working to immortalise moments and the unusual natural light and its marvellous tones.

From one year to another the number of visitors increased significantly. This year it was difficult to find a parking place, so we turned around for about 30 minutes and we finally parked the car, far away from the Wood, somewhere in a field, next to some caws.

A number of volunteers warn the tourists to stay on the main Wood’s roads and not to touch the purple-blue carpet as the blue bells’ bulbs are very fragile. Once touched they die and will never bloom again.

 

More articles on Hallerbos:

La forêt bleu-violette à Hal en Belgique (FR)

Le miracle bleu-violet du Bois de Hal en Belgique (FR)

Hallerbos’s galaxy of windflower stars (EN)

Breathtaking purple-blue carpets of Halle’s Wood (EN)

Halle’s blue-purple emotion in Belgium (EN)

Hallerbos, a piece of the Belgian green heritage (EN)

Pădurea albastră-purpurie din Halle, Belgia (RO)

Miracolul violet-albăstrui al Pădurii din Halle, Belgia (RO)

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Four years of blogging with WordPress

My blog today turns four. It was not an easy decision to run a blog. Like anyone else I feared a bit about the online exposure and about the heavy work of maintaining a digital space.

I did not keep track of the time I have spent with WordPress, but early this morning I got this notification in my profile, which reminded me that the anniversary is a real achievement. This is why I share it here.

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Publishing appealing content to attract the right audience is not an easy job, especially today when the Web is a rich environment.

What I have achieved to date?

  • I have expressed myself through words and images, which has been an activity giving me online visibility;
  • I published about 230 articles, which were visited by about 6200 people who viewed the pages and the related photographs 18 800 times;
  • I have practised writing in three languages daily, English, French and Romanian. It has been an excellent exercise, which helped me in my daily professional life. Checking dictionaries, refining written and visual expressions are activities that I always enjoy;
  • I have interacted with people from everywhere in the world, I learned from them and I shared my knowledge.

I did not follow any clever blog strategy, but I let it go by applying what I learned in the past, in terms of Web writing and visual communication.

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My short and long term goals focus on interacting with my audience and assessing to what degree what I publish it is or not useful.

I thank my followers and readers and I hope to be able to go on putting online interesting content in the years to come.

Thank you, WordPress, for helping me fly with you over the past four years!

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Vanderhulst Garden’s springtime in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

We spent our Easter Day with friends in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, in Belgium. We visited the garden of an old friend, a passionate horticulturist, Charly Vanderhulst, who dedicated his life to gardening.

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw is a small town bordering the valley of the Senne and the Pajottenland, just some kilometres away from Brussels.

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We described Charly’s beautiful garden while we visited it in 2016. We had the chance to visit it in July and we admired his plants while he introduced each of them to us. He knew so many things by heart after a life-experience of gardening.

In April the garden looks different. It is like a piece of heaven, as its neighbourhoods still show timid nature signs to come back to life. The garden’s colours are more vivid, bright and powerful. Our eyes did not get tired of absorbing them, at once and one by one.

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It was great listening to Charly’s comments which clearly showed how much he loves gardening. He thinks that his plants are sensible souls.

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The visit as such turned into an useful horticulture lesson, from which we learned a lot. In particular Charly highlighted why one should do what s/he likes in life like he did, without regretting that he gave up his previous mechanic job.

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Czardas or when music means emotions and not sounds

The Czardas (Csárdás in Hungarian) is e piece of music which always fascinated me with its tempo variations and emotional power.

I first heard it when I was a child. It was frequently played by the gypsy music bands at village weddings. I know it by heart and I can reproduce vocally but I am unable to play it with any instrument, unfortunately.

As a child I was impressed with the band members’ technique and talent. I thought it must be something magic to be able to create such sounds and movements at an incredible speed of moving fingers and forcing the limits of playing high and low notes, simply and beautifully.

A true artist should always be able to make the audience understand that a technical difficulty looks like the easiest thing on earth.

Years after I saw a Csárdás sheet music in our violin schoolbook, as an example of combining the minor and major tonalities, which define a musical composition. What I recall from my music classes is that the music written in a major tonality is clear, open, fulsome, while the music written in a minor tonality is soft and melancholic.

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Image: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Czardas dancers (Source)

The Czardas is a versatile music masterpiece which combines the two tonalities. The combination requires excellent performing skills. Therefore, the performance could be a serious challenge for beginners.

I have been familiar with a number of csárdás elements, which inspired composers like Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, Pablo de Sarasate, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and many others. A famous example of transposing the csárdás dance into a song is the Rosalinde aria from “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), by Strauss.

But the csárdás as such rose to fame through Vittorio Monti’s composition for violin and piano. Monti’s piece is built on seven tempo variations, perfectly harmonised.

I looked on Youtube and checked several csárdás interpretations and I was surprised to find it performed by piano, flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, harp players, in addition to violinists and cellists.

There are three artists with noteworthy performances:

  1. Luka Šulić, a young Croatian-Slovenian cellist, member of 2Cellos

I must admit that this was for the first time I heard the Csárdás played on cello. Šulić’s performance is remarkable. He simply shows that he is able to make a difficult performance appear the easiest on earth.

  1. David Garrett, a German pop and crossover violinist

This Csárdás version is breath-taking because of the performer’s style, with authentic energy and passion.

  1. Rafael Mendez, a Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter

This trumpet version is ageless and even it was recorded in 1961 it looks fresh and vivid.

Image: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Czardas dancers (Source)

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My green grass from home

Belgian springtime

Springtime is my favourite period of the year. Belgian winters are long, windy and humid. Spring comes in as a sort of incentive after several months of grey and short days, where one cannot see the sun very often.

Spring brings in torrents of colours, from the vivid and raw green to milky white, passing through vibrant yellow, tinted red and polychrome purple.

Belgian springtime gets me back to my childhood springs. They were different, softer and warmer. Here in Belgium I differently perceived the nature richness and its incredible power to come back to life.

The Belgian landscapes could not make it for my childhood springs. Instead I got in return the chance to admire plants and trees I did not see in my village. What fascinates me is the Japanese cherry tree with its varieties. Sakura is very popular in Evere, where I live. They are everywhere and when they bloom, everything turns in red-pink or white-pink.

My childhood springs

I grew up in a village where the spring sounds were wafting gently into my mind. Nothing can replace those sounds. While hiking and hanging around in the village and its surroundings, I enjoyed every moment of nature changes with the plum blossoms, blooming tree branches, their colours and perfumes.

My childhood springs somehow are “my green, green grass from home”. I do not own a garden in Evere, but the only way I could keep alive these feelings and emotions was to set up a small garden on our terrace and enjoy long walks around.

Spring had its magic in my village. I particularly enjoyed the moments when nosing and discovering the new surrounding smells, from the moist soil to the refreshing wood, from the bird sounds to rain noise.

Any humble signs of vegetation getting back to life were reasons to appreciate nature, which got richer and greener from one day to another.

My village wood

What is still very fresh in my mind is the village wood, located some kilometres away from the village. Going to the wood, in spring, was the main season trip. We prepared well for the trip and we called for other village children to join us.

We needed to follow a road crossing a misty and silent plain where the wood was just a strange shape swallowed by the darkness in the horizon line. If it rained earlier, the road would have been full of mud. We did not mind at all. On the contrary the trip was enjoyable, as at the end we were able to admire the first wood plants and flowers.

Hallerbos, another wood in another place

I miss my childhood wood, but I get the chance to enjoy Hallerbos Wood here, in Belgium. Hallerbos changes its clothing colours from one week to another. Hallerbos is the wood name in Dutch while its English version is Halle’s Wood and its French correspondent is Bois de Hal. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Halle, not far from Brussels.

Hallerbos reminds me of my childhood wood. It particularly helps me get the energy and green emotions from its bright branches, bird songs and the colours on the ground. They change from yellow to white, from blue-purple to finally stay green for the next months until the autumns change them in red and golden brown. Each year the wood configuration goes through wood snowdrops, wood anemones, yellow wild daffodils and the famous blue-purple wild bells.

Most of the pictures were taken in the Bon Pasteur Park, Evere, Brussels

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