Local Heart, Global Soul

October 1, 2019

Little Mr. Is Overjoyed…

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Little Mr is a huge fan of the Emergancy services and on our way home from our Maasvlakte visit around the Port of Rotterdam he already saw a Life Guard vehicle checking the beaches,  and one of the ports fire station cars. Good for the day, Right? Nope. For some strange reason we chanced upon Emergency service vehicles all the way home. Needless to say,  Little Mr was delighted.

We had seen a vehicle like this earlier in the day, but that was several hours ago so we don’t know if it was the exact same one.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Then on the roads outside Rotterdam…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Followed a few minutes later by a police car… ( I have no idea what the officer is pointing at) They were in a hurry…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

An ambulance filling up at the petrol station…

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No.2  Ambulance parked up in a side street … outside a block of flats.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We turned a corner at the next intersection and found No.3 Ambulance around the corner of the same block of flats as No.2 Ambulance… (So one on the west side, the other on the south side of the same building) …no lights or sirens here either. The emergancy services are definiately having a busy day! (I was less delighted to see them, always worrying if the people they were attending to were ok).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 29, 2019

An Unexpected Find!

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,ROTTERDAM,Rotterdam Harbour/Port,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Leaving the “2nd Maasvlakte’ area of the Port of Rotterdam, I spot this mural. It’s stylized representation of a large container ship, containers on a train that snakes away on the right (or maybe they are containers arriving?) and the port cranes and docks in the background, means that you have to take a good look to figure it all out. Regular readers will know that I delight in seeing blank walls filled with art, they also know that more abstract design is not really my thing. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying this though. Art ! ,,,way out here in the industrial area of a port… I’m loving this find!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 28, 2019

Wrapping Up…

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As we prepare to leave the Port of Rotterdam, Himself, Little Mr and I are delighted with our tour so far. Little Mr has seen approximately seven fire stations, Himself and I have enjoyed the local history and learning new things about the Maasvlakte. Both Little Mr and I have enjoyed taking photographs, and getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and amazing weather is good for all of us too.

I have a tiny “dump” of Miscellaneous photos that I wanted to include. I remember calling out last moment to Little Mr if he could please zoom in on the wind turbine with my DSLR camera he was hogging enjoying using in the back seat, and the single photograph he clicked off before we were too far away is high on my list of favourites for this outing.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

An arty study of barbed wire…

(photograph © Little Mr)

(photograph © Little Mr)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Little Mr)

September 27, 2019

Seeing Things, But It’s Just A Mirage…

It was a very warm summer Saturday as we toured the Port of Rotterdam… Hot enough in fact for there to be mirages on the road! I can’t actually think of the last time (if ever) I saw a mirage on the road in the Netherlands: the combination of enough heat, and traffic free road is a rare combination.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 26, 2019

A Predelta For Some Peace And Quiet…

Another beach information board found during our tour of the Port of Rotterdam. Little Mr wanted to check out some of the private, company funded firestations dotted all around the port: they are specialised in dealing with chemical, oil and gas fires in the massive tankers and storage units here. Of course these stations are probably required by the insurance companies of the various corporations, but all equipment and training comes from the normal Dutch fire brigade. This is so that if they need to work together at any time, procedures followed and skills in using the equipment are identical.

It was early on a Saturday morning during the school holidays so we had the beach area fairly much to ourselves. This information board is all about the “Maasvlaktestraand” (Maasvlekte Beach)
Called the “Pre Delta”*, it reads:

“The pre-delta is a very special sea. This beach and sea are a unique area of the pre-delta. A shallow sea with sandbanks and deep gullies.
For humans it’s a natural beauty, but it’s vital for animals. At low tide the sandbanks are dry so seals like to warm up here in the sun. Flocks of birds pick here and there for snails, shrimp and small fish. The birds need to work quickly because their “restaurant” is open for just a few hours until the tide rises and the sandbanks disappear under water.

The area is for humans and animals. Five of the “rustgebieden” (**rest areas) are for nature, people enjoy and work in other places. In a soil reserve, fishermen and dredgers leave the ground alone.”

Kiwi’s notes:

* “Pre-delta” is the official name given to this area. Voordelta is a Natura 2000 site (classification: North Sea, Wadden Sea and Delta, number 113) in the Dutch provinces of Zeeland and South Holland. The Natura 2000 area extends over Goedereede, Hellevoetsluis, Noord-Beveland, Rotterdam, Schouwen-Duiveland, Veere, Vlissingen and Westvoorne. (as outlined in the map in the first photo.)

**”rustgebieden” literally means “rest areas”and I was struggling to figure what that meant in this context. Himself is a translator and informed me that the use of this word means more “a silent area where noise and disruption are not allowed, so birds and wildlife can have some peace… and quiet.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The white dots with the bright red outlines at the bottom of the next photograph mean “rest / silent areas: ”

No trespassing under Nature Conservation Act.” (there was also a small block of text  on the board giving the exact details:, paragraph, clauses, dates of the Act etc, but I figured that you didn’t need to be bothered with the legalise section).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 25, 2019

Responsible Vandalism?

This summer, I accompanied Himself and Little Mr on a tour of the 2nd Maasvlakte, searching our some of the numerous company funded fire stations.  Of course in-between them we were free to explore a little, check out information boards and learn more about the area. This board and its’ information explained why we didn’t see anyone swimming or surfing here. Even the kite boarders were giving it a wide berth. No need to translate this one! The sign itself is a fascinating study, those who placed the stickers took care to not obliterate the message, and although they did obscure the picture of the hand raised out of the water, they left the text alone. Is this a kind of “responsible vandalism?”

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 24, 2019

Full Zoom On Enjoyment…

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I posted a few photographs of these people in an earlier post a few days ago, but stayed watching and taking photos for a while whilst Little Mr and Himself explored a path in the dunes. I loved the light and composition (even though it’s a far from perfect photo as far as the “light on the parking water ” ideal is concerned.) I like the mystery: are they two adults?, adult and kid? This is already on full zoom so the limited information could only tell me so much. I enjoyed taking them, so that’s the main thing, right?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 23, 2019

Mr Serious Added Himself To The “Slufter”…

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There is another car park and viewing area further along the Maasvlakte dune road, and another information board, so we stop and take a look.

Up a few steps is a rectangular raised viewing platform, encased in a tall metal railing fence. The information board tells us about the view looking back towards the port.

“Here, at the very furtherest point of the Maasvlakte, you see the Slufter. This is a huge depot for the storage of contaminated dredge. It is managed jointly by the Dutch Public Works Agency and the Port of Rotterdam. The port’s docks and waterways have to bedredged to keep them deep enough for shipping. Each year the dredgers remove about 20 million cubic of dredged material from the water. that is eqal to about 25 buckets of dredge per inhabitant of the Netherlands. Some of this material is too contaminated to be returned to the sea or re-used on land. Instead it goes to the Stufter.

The depot has a capasity of 90 million cubic meters. This amount of dredge enables you to build a wall around the earth (on the equator) of 2,5 meters high and 1 meter wide. Most of the contaminated dredge is bought by ship and pumped to the depot along a pipeline. The Slufter is built by relcaiming new land from the sea, once the Slufter is full, it will be turned into a nature reserve and recreation zone. The surrounding area is already an important breeding ground and resting place for birds and accomodates a population of seals.”

You will have noticed in the photographs another sign.. “Mr Serious” … Seriously I have no clue to added this one!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 22, 2019

Open …Or Closed?

Driving along the “dune” road of the Maasvlakte on a warm, sunny Saturday morning in August, Himself, Little Mr and I spot an unusual piece of wooden sculptural art. It’s cleverly structured so that it appears to change as you progress along the beach road, even looking like it has several solid panels at one point. It’s something that stands out  if viewed from one location, but at other times it almost melts into the dunes. The natural wooden timbers  and curved top lines blending in so well that despite it’s size it can be difficult to spot at a distance. It’s certainly a landmark (when it can be seen) and I’m delighted to see the use of natural materials.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 21, 2019

The Quality Of The Water…

There are several information boards along the beach. This one is all about the water quality and gives swimming information. The text is in Dutch, English and German and reads:

“This beach is officially designated as a swimming location. The water quality is checked during the swimming season. The average water quality is shown with the number of stars below. Swimming season and water quality checks from 1 May to September”

“If there is anything wrong with the swimming water, this will be indicated here. The listed water quality classification refers to the water‘s quality over a period of several years a rather than any current hazards.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are people walking out on the sand, just tiny dots from this distance…

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I zoom in on them…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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