Despite the fact that it is midwinter in the Netherlands, it was 13 degrees Celsius with a warm sun in the province of Zeeland.Everything was covered with a green layer of moss and many of the blackberry bushes had been mowed away by “Natuurmonumenten” with large heavy machines.Way too much nitrogen… Purslane grows very wellContinue reading “A winter walk on the island of Neeltje Jans”
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Zeeland nature in January
It has not frozen much in Zeeland this winter. The little nature that is left is claimed by “natuurmonumenten” and treated and maintained as a garden with native plants. The rivers are heavily polluted with polycyclic hydrocarbons, poly- and perfluoroalkyls and other pollution. It doesn’t matter for landscape photography, because it’s pollution that isn’t visibleContinue reading “Zeeland nature in January”
turtledoves in our garden
Mother turtle-dove decided to make her nest in a wicker basket that is always on our porch. She laid two eggs which both hatched without any problems. So we could enjoy 2 turtle-doves growing up every day and have also gained a lot of respect for the turtle-dove that took excellent care of their young and defended with great courage against crowsContinue reading “turtledoves in our garden”
a ride through Zeeland
A few rain showers, but otherwise fine velomobile weather and relatively few tourists …
The bloom and an old pump …
The almond tree is in bloom … and I’m working on an old water pump that I like very much but with which I can’t think of what to do with it …
December 31, 2020 made a last walk under the Zeeland sky … Let’s hope that we as humans will get more real attention for nature and each other and give each other the opportunity to act accordingly. The little pinprick that the natural environment has given us with COVID-19 is a good way to makeContinue reading “Happy 2021”
mice in the garden …
They are getting too many … and there is not enough room for them to spread naturally in our neighbourhood … in the middle of a residential area you can call this a natural pest … So unfortunately I have the help of a pest controller requested, via the municipality of Vlissingen. Before the pestContinue reading “mice in the garden …”
You’re lucky when you can appreciate the fall colours as part of your life … when it seems so natural that it grows in your backyard for free and automatically. Because it happens for free and by itself, too many people don’t give it any economic value … but I feel rich with this popContinue reading “autumn colours”
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 !”
It’s autumn !
The changing of the seasons is less visible in Zeeland than in the wooded area of the Achterhoek, where I was born and raised. That is why we went to look around Vorden for a few days to clearly see that it is autumn … The Enzerinck estate Kieftskamp When I am in Vorden, ofContinue reading “It’s autumn !”
Walking the dog, Corona-proof.
Today I was as good as the only one who walked his dog on the former work island Neeltje Jans.
Fortunately today it was dry once, at least without rain. So I was able to walk my Sandwalk for a while, together with Marjan and the dog.
Dragonfly was once the name of a band in Vlissingen. I thought of Rudy de Queljoe when I photographed this dragonfly in our garden. Canon 100-400 mm handheld funny, that seeing a small insect takes you so far back in your thoughts.
New Normal ?
I am clearly unable to cope with the new normal that the rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is bringing about. A few days 35 degrees Celsius in Vlissingen … and now I suffer from migraines. Almost all I did was sit in the shade and take pictures from there … and reading books …Continue reading “New Normal ?”
walking the dog
always beautiful, just walking the dog on the island of Neeltje Jans with this kind of music in your head …