a blooming rose in November !

Due to the relatively mild weather in the Netherlands, a rose-bush in our front garden has flowered. This was rare in my youth and I am afraid it is a sign of the changing climate in Europe. The rest of the garden is already in “winter mode”. The garden is frequented by hedgehogs who are looking forContinue reading “a blooming rose in November !”

jackdaw

Today jackdaws ate all the food that was meant for the crow … Sometimes I get the impression that the natural social behaviour among jackdaws was an example for the Republicans in the USA. Read for instance this quote in Wikipedia: … “In his book King Solomon’s Ring, Konrad Lorenz described and analysed the complex social interactions inContinue reading “jackdaw”

grandchild

I belong to that generation of madmen who have learned not to throw anything away if you still have room to keep it. For the past 30 years, we have kept all our children’s well-preserved toys in boxes and crates. Recently our first grandchild turned 1-year-old and it is time to take the things out of theirContinue reading “grandchild”

scenes in our garden

During the DIY work around the house, I often see unexpectedly beautiful scenes that are suitable for taking a nice picture. Even though I have my camera nearby, I often choose to continue what I was doing … but every now and then I grab my camera and try to capture the scene.And then aContinue reading “scenes in our garden”

a professional photographer

Friends came to visit. Coincidentally, Ellen Brandwijk is a professional photographer.While we were chatting in the garden, she quickly took some pictures and before I could see what she was doing with her camera, she was ready. The conversation was not interrupted by the shooting.This is how professionals work, … imperceptibly!She used a simple 50Continue reading “a professional photographer”