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Still having lots of problems with WordPress 😦 My latest post didn’t show up in subscriber’s Readers, and WP Helpdesk aren’t able to help. Boooh. (If you read this, please check out the post from last week as well!)

Anyway, it’s been a lovely sunny weekend here in Amsterdam ❤ I took these pictures with my iPhone

Aren’t these tilted trees just so beautiful?

Love autumn leaves! So colorful and perfect..

The view when looking up whilst sitting under the tree outside my house




This changing season ~ Photos made with my Fuji X-T2 and a Pentax-a 50mm lens I found in my parent’s storage, it’s from the late 80’s I think. It’s a very nice and compact little lens; it’s built in metal but only weights 145 grams. I love the bubbly bokeh when shot wide at f2 🙂


Happy Easter everyone!

My beloved Fuji X-T1 can only do double exposures, not multiple as some other cameras can (up to 10, I think?). My workaround was to take several double exposures and then merge them in a software. It was the first time I’ve tried it, but certainly not the last. So much fun to discover and play around with new techniques 🙂 If anyone has any advice on how to take/make ME’s, please share!

(i) Multiple exposure

(ii) Double exposure (in camera)


It’s cold here in Amsterdam! People (and some birds, see below) are ice skating on the canals (link) 🙂

Ice skating for the first time


Week one in the new year! It’s been raining and storming here in Amsterdam this week, not the best conditions for my new (not weather-sealed) lens but here are some shots taken from under my umbrella-

‘ A tree stag beetle’


Week 42! Autumn is definitely here… 5 pics:

(i) Composition by mother nature

(ii) Soaking up as much light as possible

(iii) Last bee of this year?

(iv) Unedited flower shot

(v) Same shot – Heavily edited version; fun, but not my style


Stat 1- Every two days, there are more pictures being taken than in the whole history of film photography.

Stat 2- There are more pictures being taken by iPhone than any other camera (~65%).

Stat 3- Before this weekend is over, there will be more photographs than bricks in the world. (Bricks!)

Mind-blowing, right?

It makes me wonder, is there any point in taking photographs anymore, or has everything been done already?

Here are two pictures I’ve taken with my iPhone. I like both of them, even if they’re not particularly interesting or unique in any way. So is it okay to share them, or have we reached a point where we’ve had enough?

(1) The Hirschgebouw on Leidseplein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


(2) Autumn colours in Stadsparken, Jönköping, Sweden




Some pictures I took in Sweden last weekend:

(1) A little Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peeking out from behind a tree


(2) Small mushrooms growing on a fallen tree trunk


(3) Clematis seed heads up close


(4) The autumn colours were wonderful. I was lucky; the day after I left it started to snow 🙂





When the birds don’t cooperate it’s nice to have the macro lens in the camera bag, so you don’t have to come home empty handed 😉

Five pictures taken yesterday in Amstelveen:

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The yellow maple leaves are stubbornly hanging on and enjoying a bit of sunshine after the storm









A picture of my favourite tree, Momiji, taken today in Amstelpark.



I was so busy looking up for birds in trees, I almost missed Mr and Mrs Chaffinch sitting on the ground. Cute couple, eh!


Update: For those of you who want to see what good bird photography looks like, I highly recommend visits to fellow bloggers Pierre Cenerelli,

Mike Powell, Lyle Krahn, Alison Hardenburg and Sally Wood.


Is it just me, or does it look like this tree is forming an “ok” sign?

f/8 – 1/50 – ISO 800 – 60mm


f/2.8 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60mm


"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face."
   - John Donne


It was misty and grey today, but I still had a very nice walk in the forest, enjoying the crisp, cold air.


f/2.8 – 1/1600 – ISO 200 – 60


Today was a wonderful autumn day with crisp air and sunlight. A day like this reminds me why autumn’s my favorite season! Happy to be outdoors again, I walked around in the forest the whole day. It was great.

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, 
the trembling of a leaf.” 
   -  Albert Schweitzer


A Ringnecked Parakeet, well camouflaged among the still green leaves. (You guessed it-  Backyard. Today. PowerShot.)



Oh, what to do when housebound, feeling blue, not able to go outside? Why, use the super zoom in one’s new PowerShot of course! Here’s a cute little Blue Tit seen in my backyard today.



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

f/8 – 1/60 – ISO 250 – 60