Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)

Fujifilm X-T1


Week 12! Little blue spring flowers, they’re called Chionodoxa but are also known as “Glory-of-the-snow”. In Sweden we call them (translated) “Spring Stars”, which I think is a very nice name πŸ™‚


A cold and foggy morning.. This picture was not taken today, because today is a beautiful sunny spring day here in Amsterdam πŸ™‚


Week 11: The first cherry blossoms of the year! πŸ™‚

Prunus serrulata


Tiny patterns in nature, only a few centimeters tall. Nothing special, but nice to look at I think πŸ™‚


Yesterday I saw my first bee of the year, and not just any bee – I think she’s unusually beautiful, and look how happy she is! πŸ™‚ Covered in fresh pollen from a crocus, just what she needed after the winter.

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a Spring crocus (Crocus vernus)


Slowly it’s getting warmer.. Week 10 now and here in Amsterdam we can enjoy some spring flowers already πŸ™‚

I took these pictures this afternoon –

(1) Lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

(2) Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)


Perhaps a bit far-fetched, but these coots remind me of a musical sheet πŸ™‚

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)


I know it’s only the 22nd of February, but Spring is coming! Here’s my first flower picture of the year, taken a few days ago πŸ™‚

(In case it’s not obvious, I don’t own a macro lens anymore and I’m not fully familiar with my new camera but I’m learning as I go along!)


Eranthis hyemalis


A day at the beach in Bloemendaal –



β€œThe invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” β€”Ralph Waldo Emerson