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Entries on this site with 'snapshots'
travel advice Travel advice ('Reisadvies') at the train station...
klever reichswald The Klever Reichswald , a great stretch of dark beechwood between Nijmegen and Kleef, where the Dutch LAW 6 ends and the path continues as the European E8 .
wistman's wood Names, science, history... not even the most adamantly down-to-earth botanist thinks of species and ecologies when he or she first stands at Wistman's Wood. It is too stra
the undercliff There runs, between Lyme Regis and Axmouth six miles to the west, one of the strangest coastal landscapes in Southern England. From the air it is not very striking; one no
memory of holland vs boutade After Slauerhoff's sarcastic sketch of Holland's social landscape, here are two more visions of Holland, pitting the idealized landscape of Marsman's ' Memory of Holland '
patterns gallery Here's the start of a new photo gallery, called patterns , collecting abstract images of organic and inorganic, natural and industrial structures. The image that best illu
just fire no works The new year's bonfire in Scheveningen, a roaring inferno that made the surrounding fireworks seem puny and pointless - like carrying water to the sea. This is the bonfire
the papal palace The papal palace in Avignon, the Palais des Papes , in winter is a rather bleak and draughty place, with only glimpses of its onetime splendor. The curious mix of fortress
november light In his recently discussed poem 'November' , J.C. Bloem describes the peculiar Dutch light of this month of rain and gloomy fog as "ongekleurd namiddaglicht", literally "co
glasgow street art Some great street art spotted in Glasgow... 'Girl with magnifying glass' by Smug (note the girl's necklace - more visible here ) and 'Balloon-floating taxi' by Rogue-One .
scotland: ullapool The highland country surrounding Ullapool. The rainbow over Loch Achall was unfortunately too large and valley-arching to fit on my camera...
scotland: skye On the Isle of Skye, skirting the invisible Cuillin , and back in the town of Portree.
scotland: ben nevis After Snowdon (Wales) and Carrauntoohil (Ireland), Ben Nevis had to be next - at 1344m Scotland's and the UK's highest mountain.
scotland: iona The Isle of Iona lies just off the coast of Mull, in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Iona Abbey, founded by St Columba in the 6th century, is one of the oldest centers of Chris
water gallery I've started a new photo gallery called Water , collecting, well, self-explanatory reflections. Some have shown up before as backgrounds or travel pix. The photos above we
hortus leaves A variety of leaves from the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the oldest in the Netherlands, dating back to 1590. The Leiden Hortus also includes a Japanese garden dedicated to
dejima stories The tiny fan-shaped island of Dejima in the harbor of Nagasaki played a fascinating role in the history of Japan and the Netherlands. As the most far-flung trading post of
inasayama view A brief April thunderstorm over Nagasaki, seen from the top of Inasayama. The view is officially best at night.
setouchi art triennale 2013 After its inaugural edition in 2010, the second Setouchi Art Triennale continues to build on its unique formula: a breathtaking location in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan an
the great wall of china The Great Wall of China in Badaling, an hour north of Beijing, on a quiet day. These days two other Chinese walls need to be mentioned as well, the Great Firewall and the
beijing advertising (No, that switchboard isn't part of the poster.)
beijing crowds Beijing's Forbidden City, the former imperial palace that these days is simply called the Palace Museum , draws tourists in tremendous thronging numbers. Much of its mysti
xi'an stelae The most impressive museum in Xi'an, China's ancient capital of Chang'an, houses the Forest of Stelae, a vast collection of ancient literature and calligraphy, all engrave
dunhuang desert & caves From Sichuan further northwest to China's traditional desert frontier, where the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang lies on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert - quite literally, w
danba & kangding From the perpetually cloudy valleys of central Sichuan to the crystal clear air and high altitude sunlight of what is historically Kham , the Western province of the Tibet
qingcheng shan Mount Qingcheng, west of Chengdu, with its steep gorge paths, vertical landscapes and timeworn shrines and temples, shows where classical Chinese painters got their inspir
chengdu textures An impression of Chengdu's unlikely mixture of frenetic boomtown and contemplative tea gardens... Update: In retrospect this image seems to sum up Spring in Chengdu much b
china trainscapes China's vastness seen through dirty train windows, in transit between Guangzhou and Chengdu.
guangzhou spring Guangzhou in early March, already shimmering with heat and hazy skyscrapers on the horizon, including the soaring curves of the Canton Tower .
macau deities Hidden behind its modern facade of dazzling casinos, Macau's old town offers a fascinating blend of Chinese and Portuguese culture and religion, symbolized by the ruins of
hong kong fog Hong Kong in early March, both its iconic skyline and extensive mountain areas (great hiking territory !) shrouded in fog. For proper Hong Kong photography, Michael Wolf's
fireworks over rotterdam
content definition Just a reminder of the meaning of content, before such abstractions as the verbal and audiovisual stuff to fill websites with... English: "Content: state of mind in which
oil & mixed media on canvas Another meta-painting , seen in Antwerp. (Haven't been able to find out who the artist is.) I wonder what the title of a print of this photograph should be...
waiting time Seen at a Rotterdam tram stop: "Waiting takes 73 seconds per minute" ("Wachten duurt 73 sec. p/min.").
the africa museum The Africa Museum in Tervuren, just outside of Brussels, houses a gigantic collection of ethnographic and zoological artifacts from Belgium's former colonies in Central Af
deaf2012: sealed Some interesting work at the Dutch Electronic Art Festival 2012 exhibition that's on at the former post office in Rotterdam. One highlight is ' Sealed ' by Jessica de Boer
andalucia: mulhacén To top off the GR7 , a detour to climb the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, and of the Iberian peninsula: Mulhacén. Its snowy peak afforded views of the Mediterranean an
andalucia: alhama de granada - sierra nevada Some impressions of walking part of the southern fork of the GR7 in Andalucia, roughly from Alhama de Granada, through the Alpujarras and towards the white peaks of the Si
only you only me BIP2012 , short for the 8th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège, Belgium, has on offer an enjoyably eclectic exploration of the theme 'Images of
radio kootwijk In a (by Dutch standards) remote part of the Veluwe stands the monumental radio tower of Radio Kootwijk . Built in 1923 as a long-distance telegraphic station for the then
everything must go Seen in Rotterdam, 'Alles moet weg' ('Everything must go'). Also posted in the Words gallery .
cabo de são vicente Cabo de São Vicente is the very south-western tip of Portugal (and Europe), and the cliff of the Promontorium Sacrum, as the Romans called it, was the last land the Portug
the law They seem to be rare these days, Loesje posters in the wild. This one, spotted in Rotterdam, is an archetypical example of her linguistic wit and anti-authoritarian satire
money doesn't exist Spotted in Amsterdam, one of the saner responses to the financial crisis... "Geld bestaat niet" ("Money doesn't exist").
fog in the polder (Photos taken around the Reeuwijkse Plassen.)
northern ireland: the antrim coast
ireland: skellig michael Off the coast of south-western Ireland, at the edge of the known world (in the Middle Ages at least), lie two rocks jutting out of the Atlantic, known as the Skellig Islan
ireland: carrauntoohil After Wales' Snowdon two years ago, this is Ireland's highest peak, Carrauntoohil in County Kerry. And as a bonus on the way back, this moment of pastoral beauty... Note:
insel hombroich In the rolling Rhineland fields near Neuss lies the Museum Insel Hombroich , a spacious park that's also a museum, with both open air sculpture and graphic work housed in
miyajima torii Located on Miyajima in the Seto Inland Sea, Itsukushima Shrine with its famous gate (torii) that appears to be floating on the water is one of the canonical Three Views of
a-bomb dome When the nuclear bomb named Little Boy hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, one of the very few buildings left standing in the city was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Pr
tintesmillen - rodershausen ...And following the Our on the Luxembourg-Germany border.
grüfflingen - tintesmillen ...Past the Belgium-Luxembourg-Germany tripoint and into the Our valley...
vielsalm - grüfflingen Continuing the trail in Vielsalm, through the eastern outskirts of the Ardennes...
nieuw vossemeer - bergen op zoom
herkingen - nieuw vossemeer
goedereede - herkingen
rockanje - goedereede
brielle - rockanje
maassluis - brielle
hoek van holland - maassluis
baalbek The city of Baalbek , in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley , was in ancient times known as Heliopolis (not to be confused with the Egyptian city of the same name). These days it sell
beirut, beyroutes Once called the Paris of the East, these days Beirut may remind more of Berlin, with its glaring contrasts, open wounds and vibrant energy. Divided and laid to waste durin
loch lomond Loch Lomond , Scotland's, and in fact Britain's, largest lake, dressed in the purplish hues of autumn...
edinburgh castle (Only a few phone snapshot details of Edinburgh Castle I'm afraid...)
ardennes: stavelot - vielsalm
ardennes: spa - stavelot
green limes This green line of light is part of a project to mark the ancient boundaries of the Roman castellum in Utrecht ( Traiectum ), which was also the nothern frontier ( limes )
setouchi international art festival A bit like a fractal image, the archipelago of Japan contains the Seto Inland Sea , located between the main islands of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū, which in turn contains
hokkaido vistas Hokkaidō, Japan's northern island, is where civilisation gives way to vast stretches of wilderness - pristine forests, vulcanic mountains, caldera lakes and desolate sea s
temple gardens Japanese gardens, where the moss is hand-swept and the grass hand-shaven, are living works of art, striving to balance meticulous craftmanship with the unpredictable prope
bamboo forest The Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. (Camera died here, so these are phone snapshots.)
tokyo windows The bottom image is an artwork called 'Snow' by Yoshioka Tokujin , part of the ' Sensing Nature ' exhibition at the Mori Art Museum . Subtitled 'Rethinking the Japanese pe
tokyo surfaces Update: For the most probable locations of these photos, see this Tokyo map of where locals and tourists take pictures.
overheated camera This is what Japan - at 38°C, 100% humidity - looked like when my camera gave up the ghost... More Actual travel photos soon.
ghentian hecklers Spectators at the Gentse Feesten , frowned upon by an opera house of Statler and Waldorf s...
tour lore Rotterdam getting ready for the Tour de France with some nice Tour lore oneliners... Above: "De Tour win je in bed" ("You win the Tour in bed") Below: "Ik reed lek en de r
wind-up stone Seen in Vlissingen (or Flushing as it's called in English), this sculpture by Jan Haas . Officially titled: 'Duizenden jaren deel van / een massief / op het punt van beweg
iznik Just south of Istanbul, İznik (note the dotted i, to distinguish from the Turkish undotted ı) is better known to history as Nicaea, the city where much of the original hai
istanbul lights Istanbul's Aya Sofya , Grand Bazaar , Topkapi Palace Harem and Istiklal Caddesi .
istanbul & the bosporus To be travelling through the middle of a city as great, historic and forlorn as Istanbul, and yet to feel the freedom of the open sea - that is the thrill of a trip along
an axe for the frozen sea inside us Great hard-hitting Kafka quote, spotted in Den Bosch, "Een boek: "Een bijl voor de bevroren zee in ons" ("A book: An axe for the frozen sea inside us").
most people are other people "De meeste mensen zijn andere mensen" - or in English: "Most people are other people" - on the former Heineken building in Rotterdam. It's a quote from the king of epigram
praying woman Great wall painting in Rotterdam, by Brazilian artist Dante Horoiwa . Part of the Reflexo on Urban Art festival, which invited "10 Brazilian graffiti artists to paint huge
shopping astronaut Almost forgot to post this stencil graffiti from Stokes Croft, Bristol, which seems to be by an artist called SPQR . (Actually a better photo is this one .) Meanwhile that
silent monologue Strange sight, ' Not I ' playing soundlessly on a large screen / billboard at Amsterdam Zuid-WTC station. As reviewed before , the film, starring Julianne Moore , is part
wales: snowdon Wales' highest mountain Snowdon at 1,085 meters. (The UK's highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland.)
wales: betws-y-coed Near the village of Betws-y-Coed (pronounce Betoos-er-Coid) in Snowdonia , north-western Wales.
wales: st davids On the western tip of Wales lies the village (officially a city) of St Davids . Its cathedral was founded by Welsh patron saint David in the fifth century, and became an i
wales: gower Gower is the small peninsula south of Swansea , with a beautiful coastline including Worm's Head (top two photos) and Three Cliffs Bay overlooked by the ruins of Pennard C
florence graffiti Just launched a new snapshots gallery , powered by Zenphoto , to replace the old manual one. It'll need some tweaking, but the basics of straightjacketting the layout and
florence sculpture Some random samples of sculpture from the overwhelming open-air museum that is Florence... So overwhelming, in fact, that the city has been known to induce Stendhal syndro
florence skyline The skyline of Florence is dominated by a single building, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore , or simply the Duomo. Though the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio vies with i
bokeh Word of the day: ' bokeh ', Japanese for fuzzy/blurry, and borrowed in English for the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas in photographs and film, most notable when s
100 films Bit of an abstract milestone, but the previous post marked the 100th entry tagged with film on this blog. That's 100 reviews (well, not quite, some are just quotes or link
coptic egypt At more than 10% of the population, the Copts are a sizable minority in Egypt, and in most towns church towers can be seen side by side with the mosque minarets. The Copti
modern egypt For a glimpse of modern Egypt, look no further than the Bibliotheca Alexandrina , the futuristic new incarnation of the great library of antiquity. A giant disc rising fro
ancient egypt Herodotos was definitely right about the staggering number of ancient monuments to be found in Egypt. What's even more mindboggling is how well they are preserved, survivi
flower wolf Seen at Wereld van Witte de With this weekend.
tales of the alhambra The swan song of the Moors in Europe, the 14th century Alhambra palace remains suffused with exotic mystery. Located on a hilltop overlooking Granada , its fortified walls
morocco: essaouira After the sand dunes of the Sahara and the beehive of Marrakesh, the lazy Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira provides yet another of Morocco's many contrasts. Named Mogado
morocco: marrakesh The old medina of Marrakesh stretches the concept of a city to its very limit with a labyrinthine density of alleyways and souks , donkeys and scooters, veiled women and h
morocco: m'hamid On the edge of the Sahara, at the end of the asphalt road, lies the sleepy town of M'Hamid (with the h pronounced with excessive aspiration), where the camel caravans used
christmas angel in prague
double negation Curious notice at the entrance of my local supermarket... The text says: "No entrance for (high school) students between 12:15 and 1:15 PM." (Not a very convincing stateme
october in munich, pt. 2 ...To the serene Indian summer mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen , an hour south of Munich...
october in munich, pt. 1 From the massive Maß 'd hectivity of Munich's Oktoberfest ...
the world of witte de with Just a quick impression of last weekend's The World of Witte de With festival in Rotterdam, where the theme was heroes and all the windows were decorated with texts rangin
shed a tear Amid all the reconstruction chaos of Rotterdam's Central Station , you'd almost overlook a poetic tribute to the old station, designed by Sybold van Ravesteyn in 1957 and
canal sunset Just an old dug-up photograph, taken years ago (probably around 2001) in Amsterdam. I'm tempted to say, back when we had real summers. Update: For a larger version, see my
unknown sage No idea who this sculpture is of or by (nor to what extent its weather-worn appearance is intentional). It's located in front of the Neptune Grotto of the Sanssouci Palace
mexico: real de catorce Some eight hours further north from Guanajuato (see previous post ), in the middle of nowhere, the small mountain town of Real de Catorce is an oasis of quiet surrounded b
mexico: guanajuato A couple of hours north of Mexico City, the beautiful old city of Guanajuato is tucked away in the mountains. With one of the richest silver mines in the world (20% of the
mexico: tenochtitlan Mexico City, formerly known as Tenochtitlan , the capital of the Aztecs , was built on an island in Lake Texcoco and one of the world's largest cities by the time it was d
mexico: teotihuacán So, to finally delve into Mexico, with the awe-inspiring archeological site of Teotihuacán , just north-east of Mexico City. Built by unknown predecessors of the Aztecs (w
berlin slogans 2 To keep things chronological, some more Berlin before moving on to Mexico. Compare the propaganda in West Berlin (on the Kaufhaus des Westens ) and East Berlin...
berlin slogans More to follow. First, off to Mexico... Update: The above neon cry, in front of Berlin's Deutsches Theater , is of course a quote from Goethe 's ' Faust ' (as was kindly p
wooden apples 'Appels', Heemraadsingel Rotterdam, by Kees Franse .
not my bike
south africa: on the road
south africa: winter
weird little plant
new year's resolutions, pt. 3 Do more photographing, so you don't have to resort to pix from the old box (Dutchism, sorry) to liven things up. This case in point is from grbl!#%tss 2004.
advice of the day
dresdner frauenkirche Dresden , eastern Germany's 'Elbflorenz' (Florence on the Elbe) has a new Frauenkirche , complete with its famous ' Steinerne Glocke ' (Stone Bell). Once the skyline domin
stern decorations On the last day of SAIL Amsterdam '05 , finally got to see some of the many tall ships. There is some confusion about the name of the Dutch East Indies Company replica shi
spring shades of green
dachau Where one sculpture says more than the whole two hour tour... Update: Larger version posted in the Places photo gallery .
canvas amsterdam Cool collection of critical aphorisms someone called Laser 3:14 (bible reference? pi-obsession?) decorates the walls of Amsterdam with. See them all @ www.dekliek.nl/artic
a hint of winter
all we saw of antwerp today
christmas angel reading a book
time, pt. 1
a tourist's view of the world...
free pizza tomorrow
british sign-fetish in london
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