Reguliersdwarsstraat

Rainbow flags in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam, november 2019.

Reguliersdwarsstraat has a fascinating history as the street has been influenced by the wealth, as well as the poverty of surrounding neighbourhoods and has become a place for a wide variety of both gay and straight people.’ (Source: reguliers.net – history, november 2019)

Since 2016, the western part of the Reguliersdwarsstraat, between Koningsplein and Vijzelstraat, is promoted under the name Secret Village.

flood plain Blauwe Sluis

August 2019.
Cows in floodplain (Dutch: uiterwaard) of the river Maas (English: ‘Meuse’) near Gewande / Blauwe Sluis.

In 2016 shallow channel was dug in the floodplain along the Maas near Gewande / Blauwe Sluis. This was a joint project of Rijkswaterstaat, Waterschap Aa en Maas, provincie en gemeente Den Bosch, Natuurmonumenten en Werkplaats de Gruyter.

It has a dual function:
– The channel is a natural solution to be able process water from the river Maas to the lowlands when the river reaches a high water level. This is more expected for the future because of climate change. There already were secondary channels in the Maas before its canalization. They arose spontaneously in the wet floodplains if the river was flooded.
– The channel and natural river banks from the 2016 flood plain project ensure that plants, fish and other aquatic animals the naturally belong in the area can flourish again.

proud

‘Proud to be from Curaçao’. And so it is.
Rotterdam, 2018.

small dogs

Whether it is I don’t know, but somehow it seems like more and more small dogs with their owners appear on the street. My not very thoughtful thought was that these small dogs would be treated as princesses and princes would be handled, in an environment full of chocolates and warm house rooms are. Good company usually, though. Very soon I appeared to have wrong. The stories behind the dogs and owners turn out so far much different from I had previously thought. Many beautiful stories as well. What turned out to be: thereby I forgot sometimes to take a picture of the small dog and the owner as I envisioned. Or I had the photo but I forgot the question that still come to the end lap. So, work to be done.

Fish shop blues (2)

Detail of local fish shop store. Nikon 995.

American wind mill

American wind engine with eighteen blades, located on the northeast side of the village of Goingarijp (Friesland). It is the only remaining wind engine in the Netherlands that was manufactured by the firm Slager in Wolvega. The original location of the mill was the Rottige Meente nature reserve.
In 2007, residents of Goingrarijp ensured that the mill could be preserved and brought the mill to their village for that purpose.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the type of mill was often used in the Netherlands for pumping smaller polders, particularly in North Holland and Friesland.