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.

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.

vase land scape

With iPhone 3gs and app Cameramatic

Nikon 995

September 2018

Sometimes you sell one of your favorite cameras because you think there will be a new favorite or you simple have to choose between options because you cannot have 10 cameras in your house for all your photo circumstances. So, at one day, I sold my Nikon 995. A few months later of course, I regretted it. But I had chosen, so I couldn’t blame anyone.
Only this year, I bought it back. Well, another Nikon 995, but in very good shape and it feels like my first one.
I am still impressed how good the macro-option of the 3,34 mp camera from 2001 camera is. I still like the swivel body very much and also all the setting options. A classic one, this 995 and not to be sold anymore!

Picture by Nikon 995 and slightly edited with DxO software

Nikon 995 by dpreview

My own Nikon 995

Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan lies about halfway between Fort William and Mallaig on the picturesque West Highland Railway. Along with a regular rail service by Abellio ScotRail, the line is used by the Jacobite steam train (more: Wikipedia).

The Jacobite steam train is famous because of it’s part in the Harry Potter movies (more: Wikipedia) We heard about it when we stayed in a bed and breakfast nearby Fort William. It was not the main reason to visit the valley and road to Mallaig, but it with this information in our head, it gave the cold and rainy trip on our motor bike to Mallaig an extra. It was special to see people in the same weather waiting on the green hills in this beautiful valley for the Jacobite steam train passing by, spotting the same locations as in the Harry Potter movies.
When we approached Mallaig, we saw the steam of the train heading Mallaig and in Mallaig we arrived – we did not planned – almost equal as the Jacobite train, which also was a special experience.

I do not know it taking pictures of people in great valleys of Scotland belongs to ‘street photography’, especially when pictures are taken on the back seat of a motor bike 😉 But it felt like street photography very much!

owl scape

Detail of feather of long-eared owl (Asio outs). I choose to make the picture ‘dusky’, as the long-eared owl starts to fly in dusk.

 

 

Noorderlicht 2012

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Visit in september 2012 to the Noorderlicht International Photofestival. This years theme was ‘Terra Cognita’. Main location was Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen.
With a good friend a took bart to a bustour along six old small Frysian churches which served as exhibiton space. Each exhibition was worth a visit.
The top picture shows the own tribute from visitors to the exhibition in the field near small church of Haskerdijken for a project from Tineke Fischer. I met among others ‘Girl with Trowel’ and her mum (the two persons in the front), which was a great pleasure.
I was most impressed by the work of Heidi de Gier, with the exposition ‘ A Falling Horizon’ in the small church of Rottevalle. The church and this work are on the below picture.

Bloksloot (Frisian: Bloksleat), a small nature area / polder scape between Joure and Sneek in the Netherlands.