It's been 12 years ago that I've been in Kalmthout on the Kalmthoutse Heide. In preparation to a hiking tour on Iceland we did a large part of the long distance path GR5, Bergen Op Zoom to Nice in France. The first stretch did bring us on the Kalmthoutse Heide. I don't remember much of the route but knew it was a very impressive and beautiful area. Years gone by and knees that are not willing to walk intensively, I still had the notion to come back to this beautiful area of moor land and lakes. It is a bit of a risk to go there when weather is unstable since it is two hours of driving. With the promising weather forecast we gave it a shot. Frost and wind still weather would be perfect but almost cloudless and a light wind was the second best choice.
We arrived an three quarters before sunrise, enough time to find us a good vantage point. At lakeside would be best but this was hard to find since the area at the shores of the lake were wild resting areas. But still we could find a very nice location. We did some moon shots and later some sunrise shots. The sky was not totally clear, as we like it for the texture in the sky. We could hear the sounds of many little swans, very impressive. Later we could see them on the lake.
With the whole day at our disposal we made an hike through the area and it came all back to me, twelve years ago. I recognized the paths and the remembrance of the heat that day. It was all simmering in my sub consciousness. Today the weather was perfect with soft light to capture nice scenes during the day. Great vistas and wonderful details. All in all we hiked about 18 kilometers in a slow pace with regular stops to photograph.
Two hours before sunset we came back to the car. The sky was overcast by that time so we decided to go home and don't wait for something uncertain. An excellent day out photographing and certainly an area to come back to. When wintery conditions are expected we will give it another try.