Blooming heather at Galderse Heide: a reminder to be mindful

Galderse Heide landscape heather

Blooming heather at Galderse Heide near Breda // The Netherlands
Font used in image is ‘Jane Austen’ by Pia Frauss

Someone told me that the heather was blooming at the ‘Galderse Heide’. Such a perfect Kodak moment. My parents used to take my brothers and me there for a Sunday afternoon walk. They believed that a weekly visit to the woods was extremely essential for our health, happiness and development. I believed it to be quite boring. But that was when I was just a young girl who disliked the long ‘inspirational’ walks to nowhere.

 

A gentle reminder to be mindful

Happiness is the ability to admire the beauty in ordinary things.

Because of the rains I had to wait for days before I could hop on my bike. It must had been more than 30 years that I had been there. It still did look just the same, only so much smaller than I remembered it to be. I was struck by how beautiful and vibrant the purple colour of the heather was. Being there and being able to appreciate the colours and the sunny weather made me happy.
Just a shame that I did not see this idyllic beauty when I was that young girl. Or maybe, after all these years I had simply forgotten about it, because my head is always too busy thinking about what I need to do, or going over what I should have done. Being there was a lovely reminder to be aware of the ability to admire the beauty in ordinary things.

 

Photo editing // creating a dramatic photo effect

I edited these photos with Adobe Photoshop to give them a dramatic look, using Layer Masks and adding adjustments layers like Photo Filter [Windows > Adjustments > Photo Filter], Color Balance and Channel Mixer, and a Layer Blend Mode > Overlay.

 

Photographs of the Galderse Heide near Breda // The Netherlands © Irèn Nooren // Memento Vivi

 

To be honest, although we used to go to the Galderse Heide often, I had a hard time finding the site. The Galderse Heide is located in the south of the Mastbos:

 

More photo-editing by Memento Vivi // Irèn Nooren

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