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Archive for May, 2013

herons

I waited and waited for the herons to take flight, hunt for fish, or do something – anything –  fun, but alas.. They were perfectly happy to just sit still and enjoy the sun. One of them even folded its wings into an improvised deckchair, as if to make it very clear that there would be no action from their side today. Still, it was nice to watch them and get a lesson in patience

herons


float

I haven’t yet found the #1 on my “duck wish list” (yes, I have such a list), but supposedly there are a few Mandarin ducks in The Netherlands so hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures of those some time in the future… In the meantime, here are some other floating birds in Amsterdam.

float


azul

A mix of blue spring flowers,,

I’m going on a short break, will be back next week!

azul


robin

A European Robin singing in the Amsterdamse Bos today

robin


tulips

Probably the last tulip picture for this season. I took this a couple of weeks ago, and now the petals begin to fall off and the leaves begin to wither away..

tulips


rosa

A mix of pink spring flowers growing in people’s gardens.. Photos taken from the street, no trespassing 😉

rosa


curl

curl

f/2.8 – 1/200s – ISO 100 – 60mm


duo

duo

 


amarillo

A mix of yellow spring flowers, glowing like the sun

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turbans

Amsterdam’s blooming with tulips everywhere now! Here’s a picture I took in a busy crossing on my way home from work

turbans

Quote from Wikipedia: The word tulip, which earlier appeared in English in forms such as tulipa or tulipant, entered the language by way of French: tulipe and its obsolete form tulipan or by way of Modern Latin tulīpa, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend (“muslin” or “gauze”), and is ultimately derived from the Persian: دلبند‎ delband (“Turban”), this name being applied because of a perceived resemblance of the shape of a tulip flower to that of a turban.


alba

I keep Lamprocapnos spectabilis Alba flowers on my balcony, and right now they’re in full bloom. Love spring! 😀

A.k.a. old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus's car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman's trousers or Lyre-flower.

A.k.a. Old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers or Lyre-flower.