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Archive for October, 2012


I’ve had no luck identifying this little yellow bird, does anyone know? European Greenfinch. (Thanks Nina!) Picture taken with PowerShot in the national park Zuid-Kennemerland.

ps. I’m off for a short holiday in Italy. Back next week!


There are wild Ringnecked Parakeets (often mistaken for parrots) here in Amsterdam. The first birds were released pets that managed to survive the cold winter (in the mid 70’s), and the group has been growing ever since. Pretty, colorful birds that brighten up this already beautiful place! These pictures were taken (from my balcony) today with PowerShot.


The last moment of sunlight before darkness took over.. Taken yesterday with PowerShot.


I’ve had a busy week so haven’t got a chance to use my new PowerShot camera much.. But there’s always time for a little rose, even if it’s withered.


f/4 – 1/60 – ISO 400 – 60 – with flash


Sometimes all you need is a little flower..

f/5 – 1/200 – ISO 200 – 60


I had been thinking of getting a new camera, something smaller and easy to take with on travel. Then I read this post about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, and that was it. Camera ordered, delivered, and here’s shot 001! It’s a Eurasian Blackbird (it’s windy here, normally the head is not that flyffy) that lives and sings in my backyard. It’s not the best shot ever, but that’s not the camera’s fault. I’m really happy with it, can’t wait to get out and take more pictures!


The Black-necked Swans lives in South America. Except this one, who’s swimming in Amsterdam (and not at the zoo). Cute, right?

f/5 – 1/200 – ISO 200 – 60

“It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!” 
    ― Hans Christian Andersen (The Ugly Duckling)


This is called a Horse Chestnut, even though it’s not actually a real chestnut (only distantly related) and instead of curing horses (as originally believed) it’s poisonous to horses. But quite nice to look at..

f/3.5 – 1/80 – ISO 200 – 60


A vine covered wall on the building of The Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 250 – 60


I don’t know about you, but I need a break from the mushroom pictures.. Here’s a cute squirrel instead (You have to look closely, I don’t have a zoom lens..)

f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60


a.k.a. Women in sun hats (title by Wendy)

f/2.8 – 1/80 – ISO 800- 60


Some grow in grass. Some grow in moss. Some just pop out from the side of an old tree trunk.

Top: f/2.8 – 1/25 – ISO 800 – 60

Bottom: f/2.8 – 1/40 – ISO 800 – 60


Today’s my birthday! I pretend this is my birthday cake and the moss thingies sporophytes are the candles. (Yes, quite many candles…..)

Let’s stay in gnomeland! Here’s today’s mushroom picture:

Top: f/8 – 1/15 – ISO 800 – 60

Bottom: f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 320 – 60


f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 200 – 60

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
   - Henry David Thoreau


OK now, everyone smile for the camera.

f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60


Today I’ve been walking around in the Amsterdamse Bos. Loads of mushrooms have popped up in just the last couple of weeks! I don’t like to eat mushrooms, but I do think they’re cute to look at. Especially the really tiny ones!

(If you disagree, you should probably stay away from this blog for a week or so..  More mushroom pictures coming up.)

Both pictures: f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 500 – 60


f/8 – 1/50 – ISO 800 – 60

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

   -  Emily Jane Brontë


I think these are Pholiota Squarrosa, beautiful but poisonous mushrooms.

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60


I entered a Summer Photo Contest, didn’t win any prize but the picture’s shown here. Except for the winner, no names are mentioned but do you recognize which one’s mine? Anyway, summer’s gone and here’s another autumn shot:

f/8 – 1/30 – ISO 800 – 60


f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60


f/3.2 – 1/160 – ISO 640 – 60