Photographer's Note

‘Wenduine - House in the dunes’

I continue with some pictures I took about a month ago on the Belgian coast.

Probably people from other countries, especially from warmer countries, will find it strange when I write that the coast in Belgium is very touristy.
However, it is. Of course, the tourist season doesn’t last as long as it does in Mediterranean countries.
Moreover, even in the summer months there are days when it rains.

Nevertheless, every year many people spend their holidays on the Belgian coast. Sometimes for a longer period, sometimes as a day trip. They are mainly Belgians, but there are also visitors from the Netherlands, Germany and the north of France.

Belgium borders the North Sea and the length of the coastline is only 65 kilometers.
Except for a few seaports and marinas, the rest of the coast consists of sandy beaches that are up to 500 meters wide.
In the winter storms bring quite a bit of damage to the sandy beaches and in spring these beaches are repaired for the next season. Sand is brought in from the sea and breakwaters also have to be repaired.

There are about 10 seaside resorts and they all strive to have a lot of tourists in the season. There’s no lack of accommodation or dining options.
Honestly, I find these beach resorts actually ugly. This is not just my point of view.
Still, when the weather is nice, there are crowds of people who like to go there.
In summer it can be extremely busy and you will find there the kind of atmosphere I like to escape.

However, when you go to the coast in winter, it is very calm. There are fewer sleeping and dining options open, but you have the beach and dunes to yourself.
Of course, winter has less beautiful days, but March was particularly sunny and dry this year.
At that time, many hiking opportunities open up and I got a very different impression of the coast than I had in my childhood memories.

In fairness, I must emphasize that the dunes are a beautiful landscape form, but that they are quite limited in surface area.
In the past, building permits were too easily granted to build on the coast and even in the dunes. Business as usual has been the motto too often.
In my photos I avoid all the ugly construction of the seaside resorts.

My main photo shows a smaller house in the dunes where I passed.
You might prefer one of the pictures in the WS.
One photo gives a better view of the coastal landscape and the other one shows a work of art on the promenade of Wenduine.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6910 W: 24 N: 16234] (63574)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2022-03-09
  • Exposição: 1/21 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-04-10 7:54
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