May 4th

Every year on May 4th, the Dutch commemorate civilians and soldiers who have died in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world since the outbreak of the Second World War, both in war situations and in peacekeeping missions. This month, I visited the Arnhem Oosterbeek war cemetery. I just focussed my camera on one of the many tombstones and searched on the internet for more information about this young person who died for our freedom.

Meerveld

I spent a day in a photo hide at the Veluwe, owned by Dutch photographer Geurt Besselink. A great experience! The first photo shows a hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes, Dutch: appelvink), a beauty in our local forest. The second photo is a woodpecker (Dendrocopos major, Dutch: Grote bonte specht), also one of my favorites.

Snow II

My post in January looks silly now. I mentioned that snow has become rare in The Netherlands and at the time I had a few hours to make some winter shots before the snow was disappeared. But now, in February there is suddenly a full week with a lot of snow…..

Flood

Due to the many rains recently, the floodplains of the rivers are flooded, like here in Oosterbeek, the Nederrijn river.

Snow

Snow-days have become rare in The Netherlands. On January 17th, I had 3-4 hours time to shoot winterphoto’s before the snow disappeared.

Hair ice

Hair ice or frost beard, can form on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. This may happen when a specific fungus, exidiopsis effusa, is producing water inside the wood, being pressed out. When temperature is below zero and the air is humid, the water will turn into ice. A spectacular phenomenon.

Hunting lodge Hubertus

The hunting lodge Saint Hubertus in NP the Veluwe, was founded 100 years ago, designed by architect Hendrik Berlage. To celebrate the anniversary, the lights in the building are being turned on between 16:30 – 17:30 during a number of dark days in this december month.

Beech hedge

An impressive beech hedge was created in 1865 in a park close to Arnhem. Purpose was and is to enjoy a shadow rich walk inside. The photo was taken inside the hedge.

Lime

A remarkable project at Ginkelse Heide. The soil quality of the area has deterioted rapidly over the last years with a lack of lime as a result. The consequences for nature are huge. Oak trees die and some bird species suffer from broken poots. The municipality of Ede started this project to sprinkle shell grit with a helicopter, a project planned fot 10 days.