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March 6, 2019

No-One Is Barn-Storming These Barns…

Driving around the outskirts of Bruinisse back during Easter of 2017, Himself and I saw some barns built in a way I have never seen before. The barns are joined to the houses, as is the Dutch fashion in many parts of the country, but these barn walls are barn walls with a difference. Built with outside buttresses like the ones you often see on tall European castle walls, these additional fortifications are intriguing.

Looking at my post:  “France: Saint Jean d’ Angély “,  comparing with the ruined abbey in this French Charentes Maritime town, the walls have the same arrangement but are absolutely massive when compared with the walls we see on these barns.  Check the size of the abbey walls in comparison with the tourists below.  Then check against these barn walls, I’m imagining a herd of prize bulls inside, or a pet elephant? (probably not). Just what kind of thing needs to be contained an enclosure this fortified? Or is it just a good building technique, borrowed from centuries past and utilised in relatively modern times? One of the barns had a particularly wavy roofline that I loved,  Quirky buildings from top to bottom.

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March 5, 2019

A Penguin Faced, Googly-Eyed Gull ?…

The gull that came to pick up the seed (for wild birds) at our accommodation, really made me smile. I don’t know if it was that his eyes look a bit like those jangly stick-on googly eyes or that his/her black markings on the head look like Mother Nature accidently stuck a modified version of a penguin head on top of a gull body.  I must say he had some skill standing on one leg when he needed to scratch his nose, oops, I mean beak, I was most impressed. The patio outside our Bruinisse holiday home in Zeeland was a definite draw for the birds, and I had so much fun trying out the telephoto lens I had saved up for and finally bought. Not only are these my photographic testing grounds but also reference material for my drawing books.   I learned that beaks and feet are bigger than I thought, bird heads are smaller… but most of all I am impressed by how beautiful they are, how wonderfully the “mechanics” of these little flight machines works, and how feathers are so much more detailed than I thought.

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March 4, 2019

The Bird With The Biggest Shoe Size…

I’m dipping back into more of the bird photographs that I took in Bruinisse in Zeeland. I had to do some research about what this bird may possibly be and the best I could come up with was the Western Swamphen.

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February 27, 2019

The Mussel Power Of Water Farming…

The evidence of mussel farming all around the Dutch province of Zeeland is hard to miss. Himself says they taste excellent, but with a sea-food and never having tasted them before, I will have to take his word for it. These “farms of the sea” are dotted everywhere and the mussel industry is not just a huge local and national industry but also export one. I guess they are not famous for no reason.

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February 26, 2019

Architectural Detail All At Sea… Or Not.

You can tell that Bruinisse has strong sea-going connections. There is evidence of fishing and mussel farming everywhere. There is even an old buoy that has swapped bobbing up and down in the sea, to becoming the centrepiece of one of the main road roundabouts. I think that this is an excellent way to decorate the town and celebrate it’s nautical connections, but also up-cycling what can no longer can be used at see, on land. The fact that it’s architectural detail and sort of an art-work in it’s own right is just the additional icing on the cake.

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February 25, 2019

The Longest… Zeeland Bridge…

Looking out from the Zierikzee harbour we can see a very long bridge in the distance. It’s the “Zeelandbrug” (The Zeeland bridge) is the longest bridge in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia tells us: “It connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord Beveland in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Built between 1963 and 1965. At the time of completion, it was the longest bridge in Europe. It has a total length of 5,022 metres, and consists of 48 spans of 95 metres, 2 spans of 72.5 metres and a movable bridge with a width of 40 metres. The province of Zeeland borrowed the money for the construction of the bridge. The loan was repaid by levying tolls for the first 24 years.”

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 Wikipedia / Zeeland Bridge / Zeeland /The Netherlands

February 23, 2019

Black Bird, Grey Bird? Or Both…

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My next and last birdie in this bird series of images is of a bird that I first assumed was a crow or blackbird but now, on further inspection am  not sure. The bird is certainly black but not quite completely so: it’s a mixture of black and dark grey. It was very watchful, I think the ducks were as intimidating as the environment in the holiday house garden, especially since I had been edging the picnic table and birdseed on it closer and closer to the living room and it’s closed curtains every day of our 2017 Easter break.

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(Below) looks like they are getting ready to square dance… or tennis doubles…

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February 22, 2019

Going Crazy, Seeing Ducks Or Dogs?

There are not just swans hiding in the humble duck form, there are other things there too! I didn’t find this one out on my own, I have an internet post to Thank for that, but didn’t want to test the theory or post anything here until I had my own photographs to use instead of someone else’s. Hidden in the face of ducks are: dogs! and once seen, you really can’t “un-see” them any more. I have used Paint to draw the face in case you don’t see it at first, but it’s certain proof that Mother Nature has a sense of humour and now you can never look at a duck the same way again. I suppose that between the swans and dogs, ducks are never short of company.

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February 21, 2019

Swans Riding On Ducks?

It might be my imagination running riot but when I photograph ducks I also see swans. They are tiny and sit on their tails. Tell me that you see them too?… The first ones may be hiding…

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February 20, 2019

The Duck Details…

I am still experimenting with my telephoto lens, trying to zoom in on my unsuspecting subjects; the bird who have come to take advantage of the food for wild birds that I bought at a local pet shop. It was the Easter break of 2017 the kids were still in bed, my camera and I were literally ‘up with the birds’. Ducks are fascinating creatures, shaped like flying rugby balls they are not long and sleek, so certainly not the supermodels of the bird world, and yet there is certain beauty, grace, colour, personality and character in their make up. the fact that their feathers are so water resistant and everything fits together so well is one of natures many masterworks. Loving detail I wanted to zoom in as much a I could, and in so doing tried to capture the finer point of my feathered friends.

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