Local Heart, Global Soul

March 1, 2019

Clouds … No Illusions After All…

Throughout history, Dutch landscape painters have been famous for capturing the intricacies of clouds and weather and presenting them on canvas. Driving along the coast during a Kiwidutch Family Easter break, we find the weather very changeable, and therefore too the clouds. My canvas is a computer screen and my tools: a small digital camera chip inside a digital camera. At this point in history, with a camera in almost every phone, everyone is becoming a roving photographer, myself included. I prefer my “big camera” to using my mobile phone camera but the principle remains the same. I am driven to record things that I find interesting, different, beautiful. Mother Nature provides plenty of material so even when I’m just a passenger in a car, I can have “clouds illusions” that I am recording beautiful things. Of course I am a realist, there are far better photographers who could make amazing material out of this situation, for me though, no illusions, just an attempt to capture beautiful clouds.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We always seem to see “things” in clouds… the one below, a large mitten perhaps?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 16, 2012

A Tower in the Sky and a City of Sails…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

You are perusing the pages of my Travel journal, and following our New Zealand travels of December 2011- January 2012.

It’s early January at this point and we are leaving Northland and heading south.  Whilst I’m too amoured with the South Island and the Christchurch region to ever want to live in Auckland (for me there’s far too much motorway and way too busy) there are some aspects of the city that I love and get a buzz from every time I see  again.

Auckland and Manuaku Cities sit back to back on two adjoining harbours, and a relatively tiny strip of connecting land is all that prevents New Zealand’s Northland from being an island.

Consequently the two harbours have many bays and sailing is a very assessable and popular pass-time so it’s little wonder Auckland has earned the nickname “the City of Sails”. Christchurch’s deep water harbour and  port on the other hand is on the other side of the Port Hills in Lyttleton and whilst sailing is also popular there it’s not a patch on the marinas that are seemingly almost everywhere around Auckland’s shores.

Auckland’s Sky Tower is also a new addition to the Auckland skyline since I left New Zealand to live in The Netherlands.  Wikipedia tells me:

The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast,[4] making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.”

The sky tower is imposing as we round the bays and I never tire of the views as I come over the Harbour Bridge and back into the city…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 17, 2010

The Highways of the skies, Yikes it’s busy up there!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We have been enjoying a family day out at Slot Loevestein Castle, in the Gelderland area of the Netherlands.

We have been focused all day on the castle, the grounds and all there is to see and do.

Now as we leave and head down a small road that heads to the car park area, my attention is drawn to the skies.

I know that the Netherlands is a small country and that flight paths into Schipol are busy because it’s a major European Airport Hub…

but wow.. just look at this!

Looking at it, it’s instantly clear that  a position at Schipol’s Air traffic control is not a job I would relish…

Homeward in a car, on a motorway seems tame after that…

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