Local Heart, Global Soul

March 1, 2017

Recharging Your Energy, Like A Plane Taking Off Into The Big Blue Sky…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,TEXEL,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch spent the 2016 Easter weekend on the Dutch island of Texel. We went with two other sets of friends, one mother and daughter lodged with us, the other family of four had separate accommodation.

Both of these families had younger children than ours, and none of the kids were interested in visiting a museum, so we dropped them all off at Ecomare, an aquarium and sea life sanctuary.

This left Himself and I free to enjoy the Air Force and War museum at leisure. Himself and I started looking at the exhibits together, but talking photographs and walking slowly takes time, as do frequent rest stops, so I waved Himself on and he walked around the museum in half the time that I did.

This left him plenty of time to enjoy coffee in the tiny café area, but they closed by the time I got to the end (everything was closing in fact), so I went to a café next door for a toasted sandwich and a cup of tea. Himself was not sure if we had parked our car in the correct place so went back to check, and see if he could bring it closer so that I wouldn’t have to walk so far back to it. Every step counts, excursions like this are something that I don’t do often because I need to take double doses of extra pain medication to make it possible.

Himself wanted to stretch his legs and stand in the wind to watch the planes. Fittingly, Texel’s little airfield is right that the back of the museum, so we passed the parked up planes when we arrived. It was exceptionally windy, I was going to delete one photograph where a lady walked into frame as I clicked the shutter, but have included because you can see from her, just how windy it was.

I forgot to get photographs of lunch because I was busy taking photos of one of the little planes taking off. The glass window as a bit of a hindrance but at least I was not struggling to stay on my feet in the wind.I joined Himself afterwards, and we went back to collect our kids and friends. A little moment sometimes without your kids does parents a world of good. It recharges your energy like a plane taking off into a big blue sky…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

At this point my camera battery chose to die… I muttered about it’s timing whilst frantically reloading a fresh battery, so missed the shot I really wanted most… the wheels lifting off the ground. That shot will have to wait another day, in the meantime the little plan was airborne…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 21, 2014

All The Passengers Below Us… Didn’t Have A Clue…

Filed under: GREECE,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s one thing to be sitting talking photographs of clouds out of a plane window but it’s quite another when suddenly you become aware that you are not alone in the sky… and  at twenty or thirty thousand meters I’m not talking about birds.

Back in 2012 on our way home from Greece I’m happily clicking away with my camera when all of a sudden a white stripe appears below our plane.

It’s another aeroplane and despite our tally of many hours in aeroplanes it’s the first time I have ever seen another aircraft when at high altitude.

Logically this is rather surprising given that there are supposed to be at least an estimated one million people in the skies at any one moment and that any look at a live flight App like  “Flight Radar” will amaze you at the sheer volume even in your local area, and if you live in North America or Europe the numbers are staggering.

All planes are of course under the direction of the local air traffic control, all are separated by thousands of feet and travelling along different flight paths, but still, it’s an amazing sight when you can sit on one aircraft and stare down at another in the air, its passengers probably oblivious to us since we are far above them. I use the zoom lens to try and figure out the insignia of the airline, but don’t succeed. Within a minute or so they are there one second and gone the next, out of sight in the clouds below.  Who knows if the clouds above me were hiding another plane looking down on us and we also didn’t have a clue? It’s a curious thought.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 1, 2014

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? (I Don’t Think It’s Superman!)…

Photographic post today: sculpture seen in the Hague suburb of Loosduinen… It’s it a Bird? Is it a Plane? … Who knows ? (but somehow I don’t  think it’s superman…)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

November 13, 2013

The Crash Landing Around The Corner…

Filed under: ART,BELGIUM,Bruges,PHOTOGRAPHY,Statues / Sculpture — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Another page of my last summer’s travel diary. My Singaporean friend Velveteen and I are walking around Bruges, Belgium, enjoying the sights, taking more photographs than is sensible and loving it.  We’ve been around the back side of the Church of Our Lady but on the front side we find something that makes us laugh… a humorous  art installation that makes you do a double take. It’s a sculpture make to look like a small aeroplane has crashed, and for a nanosecond we both went “whoooooa!” before realising that of course it wasn’t real. Since it’s “crashed” in a churchyard,  I make a silly joke about at least the pilot was aiming for his final resting place… and we naturally take the opportunity to take more photographs…

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velveteen) use with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) use with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) use with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) use with permission

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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