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Things aren’t always what they seem –





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’


A male Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), photographed yesterday. Isn’t he beautiful! 🙂 I don’t have a long zoom lens; the first picture has been cropped (he has a small fish in his beak), the second one not (you have to look for the bird in that one).

About the scientific name: Alcedo is Latin and means “kingfisher” and Atthis was the consort of Cybele in Greek mythology. Atthis was also a Phrygian god of vegetation and represented the fruits of the earth, which die in winter only to rise again in the spring.



Wishing you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! As usual this time of the year, I’m off to Sweden 🙂 See you again in 2015!



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



Picture taken a few days ago in the most southern province of Sweden, Scania (Skåne in Swedish)




This is my 150th post! I started blogging ~8 months ago, and since then I’ve “met” so many wonderful, encouraging, inspiring and friendly people. Very nice!! I’m definitely going for (at least) 150 more..

Today I saw a squirrel in the forest. Isn’t he cute? I especially like his hairy ears. 🙂  Happy weekend everyone!



One of the bridges in Amsterdamse Bos. Seconds after I took this shot, the sky opened up and drenched me and my camera.


f/5.6 – 1/250 – ISO 200 – 60mm


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

f/8 – 1/50 – ISO 800 – 60mm


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