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21st of March: the beginning of the spring season – the bluebell carpet in the Hallerbos.

Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The specific definition of the exact timing of “spring” varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Spring, when defined in this manner, can start on different dates in different regions.

In terms of complete months, in most North Temperate Zone locations, spring months are March, April and May (Summer is June, July, August; autumn is September, October, November; winter is December, January, February). The vast majority of South Temperate Zone locations will have opposing seasons with spring in September, October and November. Some cultures, such as those that devised the Celtic and East Asian calendars, call the spring equinox “mid-spring”, but others regard it as the “first day of spring”. For most temperate regions, signs of spring appear long before the middle of March, but the folklore of 21 March being the “first day of spring” persists, and 21 June as the “first day of summer” is common in the USA and in Europe.

Not so far from the location where I’m living, spring brings every year from the middle of April till the beginning of May a bluebell carpet in a forest named ‘Hallerbos’. The ‘Hallerbos’ has a surface of 552 ha, of which 511 ha are lain on the territory of Halle. It is of the most important bunches in Flemish-Brabant and is a remainder of the giant coal forest.

In spring a walk in the Hallerbos is an unique experience. During that period, many photographers come to Halle to shoot this amazing blue landscape.

The Common Bluebell is a spring-flowering bulbous perennial plant. The Common Bluebell flowers in April and May. The stems are 10-30 cm long and bend over at the top. The lavender-blue flowers are pendulous, bell-shaped and slightly fragrant. The anthers are yellowish-white. In spring, many European woods are covered by dense carpets of this flower, these are commonly referred to as bluebell woods.

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2 Responses to “21st of March: the beginning of the spring season – the bluebell carpet in the Hallerbos.”


  1. March 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I wish we had a bluebell wood near me. Those are incredibly beautiful.

  2. March 22, 2011 at 3:08 am

    dear and divine…. the blog is a delight for eyes and soul…one can travel with your photos with text almost to that place…..thanks for sharing….
    love all…


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