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This is another castle, in Flemish Belgium, we have not so much castles if in France, but I want of all castles make a picture, but not all owners give permission, I ask always their permission.
But this castle is of the government, free visit.
Thanks for visiting.
On the territory of the castle lies Woumen The Blankaart with its park and pond (50 ha). It is a nature reserve and part of the trouser area in the low floodable polder landscape of the Iron. The pond was created in the 15th and 16th centuries by peat extraction. In the area there is a large water reservoir for drinking water. Common birds are the cormorant, the marsh harrier and the blue heron. The area is a stopping place for migratory waterbirds and wintering ducks and geese.
Approx. 1561-1571 : the Big Map of the Liberty of the hand of Pieter Pourbus is the height of the area to see an irregular oblong blue stain. This spot may indicate a pond or at least a floodplain that is the result of years of peat mining going back at least to the 13th century .
1860-1870 : Gustavus Baron de Coninck the Merckem late on his newly acquired domain Blankaart a particularly rich eclectic castle build Nov architect Joseph Schadde ( Antwerp ) . It is an L - shaped volume of five bays and two storeys with the corners two semicircular towers and a rear extension with a neo-Gothic chapel and a higher sloping polygonal tower . Simultaneously with the construction of the castle is also a fairly hermetic castle park laid out in the English landscape style to the street stables , a coach house , a gardener , a walled kitchen garden and greenhouses .
At the end of the 19th century, the Blankaart Pond , along with the further development of the park forest , deepened and fitted with an artificial island and a decoy . In the castle park is also still a fishing lake and an icehouse built . This domain has bags were developed for on the pond with arched bridge . Already in 1900 stood near the Blankaart known as an exceptional natural area with high botanical and ornithological value because of the extensive reed beds and floating hems .
1914-1918: the castle during World War destroyed the extent that only the front left standing by the close location to the front line . Also, the forest park is heavily damaged .
1925-1929 : the castle is in a smaller and more sober version rebuilt Nov architect J. Grace ( Ostend) The general view of the castle with its two round towers , the chapel volume and polygonal tower will be respected. The park itself is not reconstructed in its original state , allowing a plurality of bags disappear.
1940-1944 : During World War II , the roof of the castle damaged . The cone-shaped spiers of the two round towers not be restored. .
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jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-03 23:04
Un château charmant,joliment éclairé et très bien mis en image.
mesutilgim (97694) 2014-08-03 23:06
Another masterwork in your gallery.
I allways enjoy not only the photographyc qualifications of your entries but also the rich notes added to the entry. This one again is a perfect sample for this fact.
Very nice sidelight created here a perfect 3D effect.
TFS and all the best for the new week
jemaflor (103577) 2014-08-03 23:14
Beautiful castle well framed, pleasant light and colors, ideal sharpness, a good photo well managed, tfs.
besnard (57228) 2014-08-03 23:19
Une belle image de ce joli château sous le soleil.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
emka (107633) 2014-08-03 23:45
Hi John, You have many castles around and always you present them in the superb manner. beautiful composition, excellent colours and sharpness. and as this is the government property, for sure it is worth visiting.
Warm regrads MAlgo
papagolf21 (110230) 2014-08-04 0:20
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Encore un joyau artchitectural de qualité, difficile de ne pas tomber sous le charme.
La présentation est très réussie comme d'habitude.
parvatibb (1387) 2014-08-04 0:20
Enchanted view! It is nice that you could visit inside. I am always drawn to castles cause of the fairy tales I guess :)
Thanks for sharing
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-04 1:34
Masterful composition with the historic building captured in superb light. The exposure is managed perfectly and the overall effect is so pleasant on the eyes while retaining all details in pin sharp clarity. The Colours are vibrant and pleasing and the framing with the trees on both sides is perfectly done. A lot can be learnt from the wonderful pictures in your gallery.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
ourania (51103) 2014-08-04 2:29
I like very much this different perspective to the attractive castle. This composition is equally elegant, the light is lovely and the colours very pleasant but the overall mood has changed. The depth is inviting and the textures natural and vivid. Besides the details and colours, I enjoy very much the subtle but intricate play of shadows across the lawn and the façade. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
pajaran (66276) 2014-08-04 2:30
Interesantan tekst o starom zamku sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu arhitekture, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting article about the old castle with a history and description of ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade.
Good work and composition, well captured moment of light that pointed out the beauty of the architecture, beautiful colors.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Have a nice day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
Royaldevon (43865) 2014-08-04 2:31
This is a beautiful building and its bright red bricks add to its attractive appearance. It looks more like a stately home than a castle, since its large windows and wide staircase would be difficult to defend against enemies.
As always, your composition and exposure are impeccable. Your inclusion of the lawn and the trees gives a greater colour variety, more textures and gives a more beautiful setting.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-04 3:24
one never thinks of Belgium having castles, so this is an intriguing and informative series. This one has a real Gothic and atmospheric appeal about it. Captured and presented perfectly as always John. Looks beautiful!
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
jacquest (19047) 2014-08-04 3:44
Thnak you for the comments on my street musicians. Here we have such a nice piece of architecture and your comnposition is really outstanding with well rendered colors and sharpness of details. The light is superb.
ChrisJ (118789) 2014-08-04 3:45
The red brick facade of the old cathedral church contrasts well against the blue sky to give a superb warm vs cold colour contrast. Good sharpness and well framed and composed with the tree at right framing the scene partially ad adding depth and layering. Tfs!
snunney (107373) 2014-08-04 4:09
I think we would call this a mansion house rather than a castle, a mansion with a touch of the Victorian Gothic. Whatever, it is a most impressive building and has a great deal of charm. Your point of view is well chosen to show off the architecture and set it in context. I like very much the pleasant light and colours. Clarity is excellent allowing us to appreciate the smallest architectural detail.
pierrefonds (71625) 2014-08-04 4:53
The wideness of the lawn is giviong depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the archiotecture of the castle. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
dcole (281) 2014-08-04 4:54
Great photo and info on this castle. I really like the composition, sharpness and perspective control.
Nicou (151918) 2014-08-04 5:01
D'un côté la tour pointue de l'autre ces cheminées carrées quel édifice dans le beau parc dans la nature quelle belle architecture et mise en valeur superbe.
Bravo et amitié
PiotrF (23132) 2014-08-04 6:52
Nice view of his castle in Flemish Belgium. Thank you for the detailed and interesting notes.
Amazing viewpoint and composition. Nice colours and light. Very well done.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-04 7:50
This is a well composed photo with the trees providing framing for the scene. The play of sun and shadow creates a nice mood for the shot.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-08-04 8:59
une belle présentation de ce superbe château. La luminosité lui donne un beau relief et avive ses belles couleurs. Une note explicative très intéressante.
carper (96) 2014-08-04 9:56
heel mooi en herkenbaar vriend,
erg goed genomen sfeervol en goed gemaakt.
Photopedia is ook ter zielen gegaan, jammer maar zo gaat dat.
cornejo (47216) 2014-08-04 10:36
Hi John, very good picture of this interesting and beautiful mansion, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-08-04 12:09
Excelent POV and sharpness. Fabulous light and colours. A very good work.
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-04 12:54
This building has a true charm due to its fantastic design and lovely surroundings. Elegant composition this taken with great quality and beautiful color management. TFS!
Silvio1953 (153969) 2014-08-04 13:14
Ciao John, great view of fantasti castle, splendid light, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (78885) 2014-08-04 14:01
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
mcmtanyel (29576) 2014-08-04 14:51
It is nice to see your beautiful castle collection is growing. Very nicely done, with lovely layers of colors.
Periko (6374) 2014-08-04 22:56
Magnificent picture of a magnificent building.
Perfect exposure and balanced framing with these branches flanking the castle.
macjake (73057) 2014-08-04 23:00
Belgium seems to have so many beautiful homes and castles! I need to visit them all haha
such history in this Castle.
if we pay close attention, looking at the finer details, we can see many beautiful elements.
i love the arched glass above the door, and the front staircase is elegant too.
lovely photo with the green grass infront.
lousat (98215) 2014-08-05 4:26
Salut John,un chateau petit mais vraiment agreable en regardant l'ambience et sa architechture unique et originale,capture parfaicte malgre' les differents niveaux de la lumiere,details au top et couleurs bien saturees.Belle journee' et merci,Luciano
ikeharel (79063) 2014-08-05 5:26
The 16th century built castle looks as well preserved, and with the free visiting, would be interesting to se it's interior.
Fine clear shot, bright daylight that brought out good view of the contourlines and details.
Side light given shades and diff. "glowing's" on the green.
Chimneies and small turrets are fascinating sight.
Beautiful place and immaculate photojob, as always.
Fis2 (107320) 2014-08-05 6:29
A very curious castle,
Beautiful oriel and tower!
I like frame and colors.
Very well done.
holmertz (59734) 2014-08-05 7:05
This is a lovely old castle with so many fine architectural details. You have framed it well with the trees, and the lawn, with some plants, provides a fine foreground. The colours and light are wonderful.
jmdias (69180) 2014-08-05 7:31
marvelous sample of architecture we have here. I liked the quality of this image that let us to see each details of this façade.interesting the brick façade and these chimneys. TFS.
adramad (49918) 2014-08-05 8:05
Magnificent and elegant construction of this castle the ideal variety of volumes, both projections of the facade, like turrets and ornaments roof windows, stunning POV framing between the trees.
Nice color, in these natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I like it
Enjoy a nice day.
rychem (43270) 2014-08-05 8:41
fabulous castle and excellent photo as usual, great light and clarity, very well captured
jcpix (13950) 2014-08-05 17:09
It doesn't have to be French to be regal and attractive, you certainly have a fine castle here just the same! I definitely wouldn't think anything less of the location or appeal. And as usual, you've photographed this at such a delightful hour to capture the suns warmth over the entire scene. I could easily spend a great deal of time here enjoying the sounds of silence and taking in the fresh air. I keep searching over the frame, but I don't see any of the birds you mentioned....must be out back, away from the tourists. :) Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Alco (7537) 2014-08-05 17:55
Very nice castle with a beautiful architecture. Nice greenery around the castle. Nice reflections of the blue sky on the Windows. Superb colors. Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice day.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-06 7:25
Beautiful castle and nicely captured with good pov and nice details. I like the lighting coming from the side and the shadows created depth. Good details. Well done, tfs.
photoray (13981) 2014-08-06 7:36
Interesting neo Gothic architecture and story of the Woumen Castle which has survived the decades with numerous restorations. I note the numerous roof spires, and the dominate high conical tower dominate.
Would enjoy strolling the gardens here.
Thanks for sharing,
COSTANTINO (70150) 2014-08-06 10:14
Hello my dear friend
and have a nice evening
I like your shot as always becauseit brings
your personal inspiration great work
I visited Samos island often because
my daughter is working in Aeagean university
and make her studies there
you are wellcome in Greece
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-08-06 10:26
a small, but beautiful and very interesting castle. A beautifully composed picture with great colors and clarity. I like such old walls.
Another historical building, skillfully captured and presented perfectly.
All the best
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-08-06 11:33
I do not know how I express my view about your picture. Wonderful image, excellent clarity and color. Deep blue sky with brick red castle and other surrounding elements - well composition. I think you always maintain it first.
with best wishes and thanks for sharing.
omid266 (6750) 2014-08-06 19:58
Dear my Lucky and Happy Friend,
Another very very beautiful and excellent shot from another wonderful and spectacular old castle in your country,
Very well done and Thanks!
*** Best Happy and Romantic Times and Wishes, ***
aliabazari (16292) 2014-08-06 21:15
Hi John dear
The lovely landscape architecture. Beautiful composition and depth. Clarity is very good.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-08-07 5:14
I've read the note. What a pity! So beautiful architecture... Anyway this is very nice composition, fine details of the gorgeous castle. We can imagine only how hany culture objects were destroyed in these wars.
All the best wishes,
mirosu (16273) 2014-08-07 9:30
Splendid view up to beautiful castle. The light and clarity is excellent. The arrangement with the trees on both sides is perfect. I like the nice reflections in the windows and also the soft color contrast.
Very well done.
stego (24132) 2014-08-07 10:53
I see that your posts still make a great sucess, which makes me glad, as they surely deserve. Judging from them, one can think that in The Netherlands every piece of land may give a great photo. This is just another example - great light, great colours, amazing clarity. There is only one strange thing that puzzles me: although every line seems straight, sometimes it looks that the left part f the building leans a little bit to the right.
Graal (103038) 2014-08-07 12:12
very nice castle here. Interesting defensive walls and towers. It's a bit like palace. Photo is very well done.
Have a nice evening.
resat1972 (7586) 2014-08-07 12:13
a magnificent building
a great atmosphere
very good light and color details
boa (7715) 2014-08-07 12:16
it seems to me that the numbers of castles in Belgium are almost endless:) This one would be perfect for me as a private residence. A big garden and nice surroundings, what else can a man ask for:) A good composition, sharp and clear with beautiful colors, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
wolf38 (31296) 2014-08-07 23:04
Hi John. A beautiful photo with your typical handwriting. Composition, light and colors are best. Overall masterful.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
alvaraalto (20498) 2014-08-08 14:07
Vlaanderen blijft een onuitputtelijke bron voor prachtige foto's. Onvermoeibaar laat je dit nog steeds zien met foto's van hoge kwaliteit.
bukitgolfb301 (45353) 2014-08-08 17:20
Hi dear John, how are you?
Another stunning architecture image in all perfect condition. F11 and 1/100 works perfectly with your high sense and technique.
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero from Tokyo
berek (50508) 2014-08-08 22:44
a beautiful example of architecture. in harmony with the natural environment. I really liked the colors and light. As always a perfect image from you
Have a nice weekend.
Buin (42522) 2014-08-09 1:04
A beautiful and somehow "playful" architecture with a lot of detail to be detected. The favourable sidelight here helped you to show them. A worth visiting place!
Thank you for the informative note!
Greetings from much cooler and rainy Westphalia!
maria-v1981 (10948) 2014-08-09 4:51
Your excellent POV gives an idea about the size of this magnificient piece of architecture. What I specially like is your inclusion of green garden in the FG leading us to the castle & the blue sky. Excellent photograph!
Have a nice weekend,
carlo62 (55628) 2014-08-10 0:07
bel castello e bella architettura, molto elegante, grazie anche alla struttura in mattoni e alle grandi finestre.
Bella la foto, mi piace la luce che, con le sue ombre, crea tridimensionalità.
danos (103212) 2014-08-10 3:25
very nice the tight frame with the castle that looks like more as a mansion.excelelnt the light and the colour management as brings out the details of it.The clarity and the sharpness are superb.
Didi (60590) 2014-08-10 9:15
Bonjour mon ami
J'apprécie la lumière rasante qui met bien en évidence le château, cela donne un effet 3 D
Très belle luminosité
abmdsudi (58184) 2014-08-13 18:44
Wonderful castle neatly framed in such a lovely rural setting full of green surrounding in such a brilliant light, colour and soft shadow. inclusion of the branches do make a nice little frame in the corners and the overall contrast to clear blue sky is just mouth-dropping. I think you have got the right recipe there. A remarkable capture and TFS
Hanssie (10886) 2014-08-16 2:54
A nice place to have a vacation, he, he !
Angshu (56760) 2014-08-26 21:54
A wonderful view from Woumen . The castle is beautiful with its red brick Braoque style structure..but the lawn in the FG doesn't seem to be well attended. Framing is done well with the trees. Good work!
ricardomattos (8313) 2014-09-08 16:19
Beautiful castle with nice colors and details in all the picture. I like this green and trees around it.
Selmik (3625) 2014-09-17 18:35
A very nice with lots of amazing details and colours photograph. Very deep POV and contrasted green tones of grass in the FG give lovely impressions and positive outlook on this ancient architecture.
Nice picture, my friend!
silah (2798) 2014-11-05 9:50
What a lovely place and capture it is. Your framing is also perfect. TFS, GREETINGS,Salih
kordinator (15427) 2014-12-20 0:23
A beautiful photo of this place with splendid composition and attractive details.
Excellent point of view on wonderful architecture of the castle.
Perfect light management under perfectlight.
Nice natural framing by trees.
Colors are great.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (160809)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-16
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-03 22:57