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December 18, 2016

“Rarely Seen”, So Many To Choose…

In this, the last installment of Museon’s National Geographic exhibition “Rarely Seen”, I have collated a few of the images I found to be most memorable.  Of course I could fit more of the origional photographs in if I had resisted the urge to take additional close-up images of the photographs, but you know mw I could not resist. the level of detail in some of the images just begged for a deeper look,  in fact, in some of the images you could look over and over again and ever time find something new to amaze you. That’s what tells you that these are National Geographic worthy, and why my “point and shoot” efforts never will be. Still, it doesn’t mean that I can not appreciate these photographs,  in fact I think it makes me appreciate them even more. One thing is for certain, my second-hand reproduction of these is a poor relation when compared to standing looking at the real thing. If this exhibition ever comes somewhere near to where you live, I would througherly recommend a visit.  They were on display here between 21 April and 28 August 2016 and may have run their course here in The Hague, but these will always be inspirational. One final time, the same note as before: the artists name is in bold type, the text came with the exhibition.
ICE CAVE.
Ian Plant, Wisconsin.
A ceiling of icicles frames the intrepid photographer on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin. Known as the Jewels of Lake Superior, during the winter, needles of ice hang from the sea cave ceilings. The widespread caves along the lakeshore form as freezing and thawing conditions and wave action shape the sandstone of the Devils Island Formation.

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

(photograph © Ian Plant)

ICE FORMATIONS.
Chip Phillips, Canadian Rockies.
Winter’s dance with the cold can be seen in cracks stretching towards the horizon on a lake in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Repeated freezing and thawing create striking geometric patterns on the surface ice.

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

(photograph © Chip Phillips)

PURPLE HAZE.
Guy Tal, Utah.
A rare carpet of purple flowers spreads towards a distant butte. Every few years, when winter snow and spring warmth create the ideal conditions, this stretch of the Mojave Desert bursts into colour with bee plant and scorpion weed. The view is best enjoyed from a distance — bee plant has an unpleasant odour and scorpion weed is named for its bite, which can cause a reaction similar to poison ivy.

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

(photograph © Guy Tal)

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.
Marc Adamus, Canada.
The green glow of an aurora reflects off a frozen lakeshore in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In this composite image, the aurora shows off one of its most common colours. Electrically charged particles from the sun enter our atmosphere and interact with gases above the magnetic poles to form these rippling curtains of lights.

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

(photograph © Marc Adamus)

FROZEN ICE.
Glenn Nagel, Michigan.
A full moon stands guard over the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Crashing waves against the pier during the cold winter of 2013 built up layers of ice and created a frozen dreamscape on the shore of Lake Michigan.

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

(photograph © Glenn Nagel)

ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Manuel Paz-Castanal, Spain.
From across the street, a photographer captures visitors at the opening of a photography exhibit in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, enjoying some fresh air along with the art works. The city, a pilgrimage site in northwest Spain, is known for its beautiful old centre.

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

(photograph © Manuel Paz-Castanal)

SPLASH.
Aytul Akbas, Turkey.
A brewing storm sends waves splashing over a retaining wall in Kocaeli Province, Turkey. As the winds picked up, a passer-by’s rainbow umbrella turned inside out.

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

(photograph © Aytul Akbas)

NEBRA SKY DISK.
Kenneth Garrett
The setting sun reflects off this sky disk in central Germany. Buried on the Mittelberg hill near the town of Nebra in 1600 B.C., the disk tracks the sun’s movement along the horizon. It’s the oldest known depiction of the cosmos and may have served as an agricultural and spiritual calendar.

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

(photograph © Kenneth Garrett)

RAYONG DAM.
Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal, Thailand.
Fishermen look like just a drop in the water standing inside the overflow spillway of the Khlong Yai Reservoir in Rayong, southern Thailand. This dam provides the region with inexpensive electrical power.

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

(photograph © Tonnaja Anan Charoenkal)

December 17, 2016

Their Name Might “Rarely Seen”, But They Shouldn’t Be…

I’ve been “condensing” some of the photographs from Museon’s “Rarely Seen” exhibition that took place in The Hague earlier this year. Running from  21 April 2016  to 28 August 2016, Himself and I agreed that some of these images left a lasting impression, and that there you have to be a seriously talented photographer to have your work chosen by the National Geographic. In my penaltimate post my method remains the same as the previous two posts: the photographer name is shown in bold type and the texts shown are those that were given by the exhibition. Enjoy!

Part Three of our visit this year to Museon’s National Geographic exhibition entitled “Rarely Seen”.
Per the other two posts, the name of the photographer has been highlighted in bold and photo credit given.

EGRET EATING.
Erlend Haarberg
A great white egret’s bill mimics a sharp pair of chopsticks as it snags a fish from the water.

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(photograph © Erlend Haarberg)

(Kiwi’s note: from the look on it’s face, I think this fish knows exactly what kind of trouble he is in…)

GREEN PIANO.
Tomas Munita, Japan.
Tender leaves cover a piano in Odaka, Japan. The piano is just a small piece of the radioactive debris left from the March 2011 tsunami and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. While the government has vowed that evacuees will be able to return one day, the disaster clean-up has been frustrating and slow.

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

(photograph © Tomas Munita)

HEADS UP.
Fabi Fliervoet
A Boeing 747 comes in for a landing on the small Caribbean island of St. Martin. Planes fly directly over Maho Beach and give visitors and plane-spotters a thrill as the jets fly almost too close for comfort above this sun-kissed tourist destination.

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

(photograph © Fabi Fliervoet)

LEMUR LEAP.
Stephen Alvarez, Madagascar.
Lemurs perch like ghosts in a limestone forest in western Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Reserve. The stone, laid down in the Jurassic period, has been weathered into spires and slot canyons, creating isolated microhabitats for this endangered lemur species, known as Von der Decken’s sifaka.

(photograph © Stephen Alvarez)

(photograph © Stephen Alvarez)

PRESIDENT OBAMA SITS FOR HIS 3-D PORTRAIT.
Pete Souza, Washington, D.C.
Inspired by a life mask of Lincoln, the Smithsonian Institution asked President Obama to be the first American president to pose for a 3-D portrait. The data were used to create a 3-D bust.

(photograph © Pete Souza)

(photograph © Pete Souza)

PUDDLE JUMPER.
Dave Kan, Australia.
A wild kangaroo bounds across the surface of a Queensland lake at sunset. The hopper and the trees on the shore are the only break between the vivid sky and the reflective waters.

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

(photograph © Dave Kan)

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY.
Andrew Suryono, Indonesia.
An orangutan creates an umbrella out of a banana leaf to hide from the rain in Bali, Indonesia. Wild populations of the endangered primate are under threat from habitat destruction, as their natural ranges are being destroyed for agriculture and timber harvests.

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

(photograph © Andrew Suryono)

ROYAL WHITE TIGER.
Tim Flach, Studio Shot.
An intimate portrait captures a white tiger’s quiet fierceness. Tigers are often bred in captivity for various colour variations, which rarely occur in the wild.

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

(photograph © Tim Flach)

SHAOLIN MONKS.
Steve McCurry
Buddhist monks in training hang upside down in Shaolin Monastery in Zhengzhou, China. The monks practice their faith through martial arts in a form known as Shaolin Kung Fu. Used for defence, the practice is marked by self-restraint and refined movement.

(photograph © Steve McCurry)

(photograph © Steve McCurry)

STANDING STONES.
Helen Hotson, England.
The Men-an-Tol stones near Penzance in Cornwall, England, contain echoes of earlier times. The megalithic rocks, possibly part of an ancient circle, have no clear explanation. Local legend holds that a person who passes through the rare holed stone can be cured of many ailments including rickets and back problems.

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

(photograph © Helen Hotson)

UNDERWATER SCULPTURE GARDEN.
Jason deCaires Taylor,  Mexico.
A bed of sea grass shelters the sculptures of “The Anchors” at the Museum of Underwater Art. The pieces depict the heads of anchors from NBCs TV show Today. Located in the National Marine Park of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc in Mexico, this sculpture garden serves as an artificial reef. Artist Jason deCaires Taylor conceived of the dive site as an attraction to help relieve pressure on nearby coral reefs.

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

(photograph © Jason deCaires Taylor)

SAILING STONES.
Eric Harrison
Sailing stones leave trails in the cracked mud of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. Moved by small pools of water formed by ice melted in the morning sun, these “sailing” stones have confounded viewers for years.

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

(photograph © Eric Harrison)

WATER WORLD
Rakesh Rocky
An ant pushes a spherical droplet of water down a paved path, and in the process the droplet creates a mirrored reflection of the ant’s world. With more than 10,000 known ant species, these social insects play an important ecological role by aerating soils and dispersing seeds.

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

(photograph © Rakesh Rocky)

Looking forward to the last set tomorrow!

December 16, 2016

National Geographic Photographers Delight Us…

Following on from yesterdays post, Himself and I visited the National Geographic “Rarely Seen” exhibition earlier this year. Running from (21 April 2016 – 28 August 2016) here in The Hague, these photographs are beyond breathtaking. I’m hoping that they delight you as much as they did us. (Sorry for the lopsided angle on a few of them, I loaned a wheelchair so that I wouldn’t have to stand for too long). As per yesterday’s post, each photographers name is given in bold type and appropriate credit given. The texts with each photograph are original to the exhibition.

NET MENDING.
Ly Hoang Long, Vietnam.
Five female workers labour in unison as they mend fishnets at a workshop in the southern Vietnamese province of Bac Lieu. The miles of fishing nets are important for the thriving fish export market that anchors the local economy.

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

(photograph © Ly Hoang Long)

PONTOON BRIDGES.
Wolfgang Weinhardt, India.
Pilgrims and devotees use temporary pontoon bridges to cross the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela — the world’s largest spiritual gathering. Several million Hindus make their way here every year, and their numbers are increasing. Eighteen bridges handled some 70 million people here in 2013.

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

(photograph © Wolfgang Weinhardt)

DANGLE IF YOU DARE.
Ivan Kuznetsov, China.
Ivan Kuznetsov, a Russian daredevil, takes a picture of a view that few will ever witness in person — his feet dangling above the Hong Kong skyline. According to Kuznetsov himself, his thrill-seeking escapades are based on courage, ingenuity and intuition. And the city, with skyscrapers topping 80 floors, presents the perfect backdrop.

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

(photograph © Ivan Kuznetsov)

MOM`S TAXI SERVICE.
Mark MacEwen
Peeking out between massive teeth, a newly hatched broad-snouted caiman goes for a ride in its mother’s mouth. Mom will care for her babies — teaching them to swim and hunt — until they can make it on their own. But even with all that maternal care, only about one in ten will reach adulthood.

(photograph © Mark MacEwen)

(photograph © Mark MacEwen)

TA PROHM.
Robert Clark, Cambodia.
Sun shines on a monk standing in a doorway of the root-covered temple complex, Ta Prohm, Cambodia. Once abandoned, the temple, neighbour to the more famous Angkor Wat, was quickly reclaimed by the surrounding forest. Since no mortar was used when the temple was built in 1186, the roots of strangler figs and cotton trees had plenty of room to grow.

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

(photograph © Robert Clark)

ANIMAL CONFRONTATION.
Bence Mate, Costa Rica.
A green-crowned brilliant hummingbird and a green pit viper look eye to eye. The snake hangs delicately from a branch as the humming bird hovers mid-air in attack. The showdown captures an eternal dance between predator and prey.

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

(photograph © Bence Mate)

HIGH DIVE
Haris Begić
Lorens Listo takes flight with a jump off the Old Bridge (or Stari Most) in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Diving competitions have been held here since the bridge was built in A.D. 447. Divers plummet some 79 feet (24 m) into the Neretva River below.

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

 (photograph © Haris Begić )

(photograph © Haris Begić )

WALK WITH THE FLOWERS.
Dave Yoder, Abu Dhabi.
Inlaid flowers create a colourful tapestry as a woman walks across the 183,000-square-foot (17,000 sq m) central courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The marble used in the construction came from all over the world. The mosque can hold 40,000 worshippers for prayer.

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(Kiwi’s note: all of the photographs in the exhibitions were displayed in sort of light boxes, getting photographs was tricky because there was a sort of ” shadow” that flickered behind the image. The black bands in the following photograph is one such of these and not part of the original).

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

(photograph © Dave Yoder)

UNDERWATER PARK.
Marc Henauer, Austria.
As if in a dream, a scuba diver swims above a grass-lined path in Green Lake (Grüner See). In the spring, snowmelt floods the lake in Tragoss, Austria, and the water level rises about 33 feet (10 m), The path, meadows, and hiking trails around the lake turn aquatic, but the submersion lasts only a few weeks.

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

(photograph © Marc Henauer)

RIVER HOUSE.
Irene Becker
The lazy currents of the Drina River in Serbia surround this one-room “rock” house, which has been sitting here for more than 45 years. Materials to build this fortress in the middle of the river were carried by kayak or floated downstream. While storm and floods have led to damage, the house has always been restored.

(photograph © Irene Becker)

(photograph © Irene Becker)

MOERAKI BOULDERS.
Vicki Mar, New Zealand.
Early morning light bathes a Moeraki Boulder on a wave-splashed Otago beach on New Zealand’s South Island. The spherical boulders formed during thousands of years as calcite precipitated in mudstone, and were then revealed as waves eroded the mudstone. Naturally occurring cracks add character to the geological wonders.

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

(photograph © Vicki Mar)

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
Nanut Bovorn, Thailand.
The night sky fills with light as lanterns soar and reflect a mirror image in the surrounding water. At the Loy Krathong festival, which usually takes place at the end of the rainy season in Thailand, festivalgoers release lanterns to protect against bad luck.

(photograph © Nanut Bovorn)

(photograph © Nanut Bovorn)

I think I have so many more photographs from this exhibition, I would easily fill another six or more posts… I have however tried to pick out a few of my favourites so look forward to a few more tomorrow.

December 15, 2016

Museon: “Rarely Seen” Exhibition…

The saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words“. Never was a truer word said. National Geographic held an exhibition  (21 April 2016 – 28 August 2016) in Museon, The Hague, under the title of: “Rarely Seen“. Information that came with the exhibition stated:

National Geographic: “Rarely Seen”
In this fantastic exhibition, National Geographic reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, “Rarely Seen” features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes.”

The photographs at times left us speechless, no amount of words here will do them justice. Instead I will present them to you as they were presented to us and let the photographs speak for themselves. All of the text with the photographs came via the exhibition, I have included photographic credits and highlighted each photographers name in bold so that recognition is given where it is due. I hope that you can enjoy these as much as we did.

ULURU.
Amy Toensing, Australia.
A floating moon hovers above Uluru in central Australia. The sandstone rock, rising 1,132 feet (345 m) above the plain, was formed some 500 million years ago during the Cambrian period. Subsequent folding and uplift, followed by erosion, shaped this stunning monolith.

(photograph ©Amy Toensing)

(photograph ©Amy Toensing)

(photograph ©Amy Toensing)

(photograph ©Amy Toensing)

FOREST ELEPHANT.
Jody MacDonald, Andaman Islands.
This Andaman Island elephant is at home both walking through a tropical forest and swimming in the ocean. Elephants were brought over from mainland India to the islands in the 1800s. Elephants were taught to swim in the 1970s, then used to ferry logs between the islands.

(photograph © Jody MacDonald)

(photograph © Jody MacDonald)

IN THE GLOW.
Joanne Paquette, Australia.
Bioluminescence gives a blue scalloped edge to the water at Jervis Bay, Australia. The watery, electric blue veil is caused by a chemical reaction of millions of dinoflagellates, which make the water shine.

(photograph © Joanne Paquette)

(photograph © Joanne Paquette)

(photograph © Joanne Paquette)

(photograph © Joanne Paquette)

KING COLONY.
Frans Lanting, Southern Atlantic Ocean.
A sea of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) stretch out to meet the hills on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. King penguins, the second largest penguin species, congregate here starting in September. The aquatic birds form breeding colonies that can reach up to tens of thousands in number.

 (photograph © Frans Lanting)


(photograph © Frans Lanting)

 (photograph © Frans Lanting)


(photograph © Frans Lanting)

 (photograph © Frans Lanting)


(photograph © Frans Lanting)

PERITO MORENO GLACIER.
Hougaard Malan, Patagonia, Argentina.
A rare occurrence, a double rainbow, frames another: the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of a few in the world that is still growing. Its 200-foot-tall (60 m) face blocks a narrow channel in Lago Argentino and routinely calves blocks of ice into the frigid water.

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

(photograph © Hougaard Malan)

CHOCOLATE HILLS.
Per-Andre Hoffmann, Philippines.
Sunrise catches the Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in the Philippines. More than 1,300 rounded hills can be found here, rising 300 feet (90 m) from the ground. As marine limestone was uplifted, these hills formed as tectonic movements shaped the land, which was then weathered. The name comes from the colour the rich brown covering cogon grass takes on in the summer.

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

(photograph © Per-Andre Hoffmann)

DEWEY DRAGONFLY.
Marin Amm, Kronach, Germany.
This close-up of dew covering a red-veined darter dragonfly makes the multi-coloured creature appear alien.

(photograph © Marin Amm)

(photograph © Marin Amm)

(photograph © Marin Amm)

(photograph © Marin Amm)

(photograph © Marin Amm)

(photograph © Marin Amm)

FIREFLY TRAILS.
Spencer Black, North Carolina.
Light trails settle like ribbons at dusk in an eastern forest thanks to the movements of fireflies and a long camera exposure. Firefly bioluminescent signals act as mating calls, with the flash rates and responses differing between species.

(photograph © Spencer Black)

(photograph © Spencer Black)

RAINBOW RISING.
Laurence Norton, Hawaii.
As the outer layer of the bark of this eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptous deglupta) peels off, the inner bright-green layer is exposed, weathering and darkening at different times, leading to this striking, multi-coloured bark.

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

(photograph © Laurence Norton)

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM.
Lukas Gawenda, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Two American bison meander past the bright colours of Yellowstone’s largest hot spring, Grand Prismatic Spring. The geothermal spring stretches 370 feet (113 m) and pumps out 560 gallons a minute. Microbial life lends colour to the water, warmed by magma underground, but it’s the scattering of light that creates the vivid blue in the centre of the pool.

(photograph © Lukas Gawenda)

(photograph © Lukas Gawenda)

And even better? ….More photographs tomorrow!

May 22, 2015

Dial 112, There Is An Emergency Day Out!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m on medical leave from work, so not eligible for annual leave.

That was tough last year when the rest of the family went on holiday without me, but every now and again we managed a weekend event as a family.

This particular one came about after a mention from  one of my sister in laws  who lives in Delft and knew that this would be right up Little Mr’s street.

It was an Open Day for the local fire service, called “112 Dag”  (pronounced “ain ain tway darg” 112 Day,  the 112 part being the telephone number you need to dial for emergency services in the Netherlands).

Little Mr was jumping around as if he was stepping on hot coals,  so excited was he to be ticking down the days.

We tried to get there early but it seems like half of Delft and the Hague had the same idea and it was  seriously busy.

I had doubts about keeping up in the crowd but needn’t have worried, Little Mt wanted to stop at everything! We joined a queue just inside the main gates where children could take the controls of a crane (under strict adult supervision naturally) and attempt to take a harnessed giant sized Garfield soft toy off a “basket” on the back of a truck, and into a large “basket” (crate with a blanket over it) on the ground.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I don’t know how I might have faired if I’d given it a try, but even the little kids had alarmingly good fine motor skills, probably due to playing games like Nintendo or the Wii, and made it look, well, like child’s play.

Yes of course some of the movements were a bit jerky but I noticed that other adults in the queue also noticed and even more, so did the other kids who became rather competitive which was rather a revelation in boys aged roughly between seven and twelve!

We made our way slowly though the stalls and exhibits, There were more exhibits than just the fire service itself, also associated services: a large tent used in exhumations and (animal) bones on show as they ran information clips suitable for family viewing, a massive ProRail truck trailer that is the mobile operations unit for use in train accidents,  police/fire divers and their boats, some huge army vehicles, various cranes, winches and all sorts of things for every situation imaginable.

There is even a training trailer where the public can see what it’s like to be in a smoke filled room. It wasn’t filled with actual smoke of course and whilst the rest of the family were game to give it a go, I have severe asthma and a lung condition so gave it a miss. They reported that inside you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face and had to rely on the fact that they had one hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them in order to find the way out.

One of the most popular participation events though was the fire engine bay where you could (with help) feel like it was to hold a fire hose with the high pressure water coming out. Needless to say, from observation it was far harder than it looked and that engine bay was pressure cleaned from floor to ceiling in the process!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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March 28, 2015

Childlike Puzzles And Behaviour In More Ways Than One…

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In the very last of this series of sandcastle posts I enter second indoor hall where the theme of the sandcastles is: Dutch children’s nursery rhymes and children’s songs.

There are slips of paper by the entrance and notifications that there is also a competition to name all of the titles of the nursery rhymes and songs on display.

I didn’t bother entering for two reasons:  firstly I spent my childhood in New Zealand, not the Netherlands so would have no hope in knowing all of these.

Secondly, walking with crutches is just too hard and by now I’m for too tired to be the least bit interested in juggling pencils and papers as well.

Truth be told this last stretch of walking is more than I bargained for, but it seems that proceeding will get me to the exit far faster then going back, so it’s a matter of  persevering for just a little bit longer.

Then, exiting this part of the exhibition, all things start to unravel on the family harmony front… Unbeknownst to me, Himself, our kids, our friend and her daughter accidently missed seeing this section of the exhibition , so exited after the outdoor sand sculpture area.

Naturally since I walk very slowly  they were already way ahead of me,  so after exiting they sat and had lunch, enjoyed a cold drink and afterwards the kids played on some trampolines that had been installed near a play area.

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They waited and waited and in the meantime I was doing the rounds at my slow pace behind them.

Of course I had no clue just how far behind them I was, nor did I have any way of  knowing that they have all missed an entire section of the display, so I exit this last section to find a frustrated family complaining that they have waited ages for me and a friend muttering about how tired her young daughter was an how she really wanted to go home now.

I apologise for walking slow and tell them that it’s not my fault that they missed seeing an entire section of the display and that since I’ve not had either a drink or lunch, or been to the toilet and it’s a really hot day that I’d at least appreciate getting a sandwich to eat in the car, a drink, and to have a pee pee please.

My request was met with five mummers of disapproval and dismay, and I got rather angry because all of them had eaten etc at their leisure and surely a toilet stop wasn’t too much to ask before a journey of several hours home?

One look at the toilet queue , food and drinks queue told me that this wasn’t going to just be an extra five minutes. With the others now complaining loudly I got really angry and took myself off to the car as loundly as my crutches could take me, and once there burst into tears.

I threw the crutches over the back seat as hard as I could in a fit of pique and old Himself to just get on and drive. Himself demanded to know what was up and I told him that I was disappointed at their selfishness that I couldn’t even get to go to the toilet.

By now the pain in my foot had reached astronomical heights and all I wanted to do was get home. Himself offered to turn the car around so that I could go back for a toilet stop but I decided that with the queue and complaining friend and kids that it was better to hold on and go at home. I was a rather sombre trip home after a falling out that probably most families recognise they have had themselves from one time or another.

Since many nursery rhyme titles don’t make a lot of sense in another language I didn’t bother to translate them here. The puzzle answers are:

“Vader Jakob”…

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“Ik heb mijn wagen vol geladen”…

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“Al die willen te kaap ’ren varen”…

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“In een blauw geruite kiel”…

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“Roodborstje tikt aan het raam”…

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“Drie kleine kleutertjes”…

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“Ik zag twee beren broodjes smeren”…

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“Poesje mauw”…

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“Klein, klein kleutertje”…

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“Amsterdam die grote stad is gebouwd op palen”…

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“In Holland staat een huis”…

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“Boer, wat zeg je van mijn kippen”…

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“Witte zwanen, zwarte zwanen”…

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“Berend Botje ging uit varen”…

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“Naar bed, naar bed zei Duimelot”…

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“Opa bakkebaard”…

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“In een groen knollenland”…

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“Twee emmertjes water halen”…

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“Jan Huigen in de ton”…

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“Altijd is Kortjakje ziek”…

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“Hollebolle Gijs”…

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“De Zilvervloot”…

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“In den Haag daar woont een graaf”…

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“Er zaten zeven kikkertjes”…

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“Slaap, kindje, slaap”…

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March 27, 2015

The Dutch Golden Age Continues…

A photographic post, more sandcastles representing the Dutch Golden Age to drool over…

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The exhibition doesn’t shy away from the part that slaves, as with the English, French, Portuguese, Americans at this time played in building the Dutch economy. There are always the less savory aspects to a nation’s history, but they are events of their time and hopefully mankind had learned from them. I’m fully aware that slavery still exits today and that the darker side of forced labour such as child labour and sweatshops do too, but hopefully the 21st century will be one where all of these become a thing of the past forever.

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I struggled to get good photographs of these tulips, they were amazing and needed to be seem up close in person to get a glimpse of their true beauty… their simplicity and detail just don’t come out in the photographs as I intended.

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Christiaan Huygens discovered the rings of Saturn…

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March 26, 2015

How On Earth Do They Manage To Make The Detail Defy Belief?

There are many more sand sculptures to see in the “Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn”  (Veluwe Sand Sculpture Festival)  that takes place annually in  Garderen,  Today’s post features sand sculptures of  Johan and Cornelis de Witt,  and entire table of figures from the VOC  (Dutch East India Company), the detail of which defied belief, I mean how on earth did they sculpt the rims of the hats, the pierced work in the crown at the very top? … but enough of me drooling over them all,  you really need to see for yourselves…

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March 25, 2015

Finding A Sand Box, But More Accurately A Sand Trunk…

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Following yesterday’s archive post, I have moved outside from the indoor sand exhibition, to find not just bright sunlight but also an area packed with huge sand sculptures.

The images of famous people are often life-sized or near so and the detail goes way beyond what a camera can capture.

Sand sculpture artists have the added talent of knowing how light sets off their works, the shadow lines are often just as important as the actual sculpted ones.

Even a small movement by the viewer reveals depths and details that are truly beautiful.

The camera is unable to fully capture this aspect of the designs so if you ever have the opportunity to see a sand sculpture exhibition in person, I’d completely recommend it.

As in the previous photographs, the sculptures depict the Dutch Golden Age, and many famous historical figures are represented.

Having grown up in New Zealand with an Anglo Saxon slant on the history I was taught, I an not fully up to date with every single scene and figure here. I do however know quite a few of them: for instance, the large trunk at the end of this day’s photographic series is an important clue as to the figure nearby because Huge de Groot (1583 – 1645) famously hid in a wooden trunk.

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From the website (link below) :“De Groot was one of the world’s greatest ever legal experts and many of his works are the foundation of the modern Western legal system. 

From 1610, a religious conflict emerged between the Remonstrants and counter-Remonstrants. Hugo de Groot allied himself with the Remonstrants, which led Stadholder Prince Maurits to sentence him to life imprisonment, first in The Hague and later in Loevestein castle. 

From time to time, guards would deliver large trunks full of books back and forth between De Groot and his family in Gorinchem.

But on 22 March 1621, Hugo managed to smuggle himself into the trunk, so that his unsuspecting guards carried him outside, where he fled to Paris. 

The story became legendary, and to this day a number of trunks are said to be the very one that Hugo de Groot used to escape in. One of those is in the Prinsenhof in Delft.”

I visited Loevestein Castle some five years ago and learned the story of Hugo de Groot then, so the sight of a large trunk was an instant give-away. I’ve added the links to posts from my castle visit Loevestein to the end of this post. I really enjoy seeing  history and art intermingled and to see that  the details from important events and influential people of the past  have been put on show in such a way that people of all generations can enjoy them in a fun and informative manner.

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http://oudeennieuwekerkdelft.nl/new-church/famous-people/hugo-de-groot

Loevestein Castle, it’s All about location, location, location…

Slot Loevestein Castle and Tourist trap dining…

Sheep in the “garden” and other Unexpected Views…

A Castle and the equivalent of the Penthouse View…

And my kids think they are hard done by, because we have no Dishwasher!

What’s a Kruittoren? …Ka BOOM! Now THERE’s a hint!

Castle at Rest and at Play…and Everything in-between.

Think that living in a Castle would be a Fairy Tale?, Think again!

Hugo Grotius (Hugo de Groot), Escape artist extraordinaire…

The car and the Veerpont… in search of a Castle

March 23, 2015

The 17th Century: The Dutch Golden Age…

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This archive post finds us in the small Gelderlandse village of Garderen in an area of the Netherlands called the Veluwe.

Family Kiwidutch had taken advantage of the fact that there had been a long weekend and joined extended family members and Oma (Grandmother) in holiday homes a short drive way so that Oma, now in her 90’s could enjoy spending time with us in as big a collective family group as possible and for an extended period of time.

After seeing an advertisement for this exhibition, our family left the holiday park early on the last day so that we could detour here and enjoy seeing the sand sculptures for ourselves. The theme of this year’s exhibition is  “Experience the Golden Age”

The website: Holland.com (link at bottom of this post) tells us:

” The Dutch Golden Age encompasses most of the seventeenth century.

The first half of the century was taken up by the Eighty Years’ War: the Dutch War of Independence from Spain. After winning their independence, the united Dutch Republic ran the country in peace for the last half of the century.

During this time, Dutch explorers charted new territory and settled abroad. Trade by the Dutch East-India Company thrived, and war heroes from the naval battles were decorated and became national heroes. During this time, The Dutch Old Masters began to prevail in the art world, creating a depth of realistic portraits of people and life in the area that has hardly been surpassed.”

Important people from this time are depicted in sand sculptures and important trades: Coopers, who made barrels that carried goods world wide on ships, candle makers working with their rows of dipped candles,  and there are many other scenes, women looking out to sea awaiting the safe return of their menfolk, bakers and klompen (clog / wooden shoe makers).

Piet Pieterzoon Hein 1577 – 1629. Netherlands Lieutenant General and commandant in the West Indies Campagne…

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Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) Artist

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http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/article/history-of-dutch-golden-age.htm

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