Was this weekend on an excursion with a ranger in the Oostvaardersplassen. Normally this natural area is not accessible to the public, but sometimes there are excursions that are already fully booked months in advance. Thanks to the staff association of biebs former employer we got this opportunity.
She also has a posting about this excursion today that you can find here .
The most excursions are always held against sunset when the animals are most active.
These heck cattle are the only ones who are not allowed on places were normally also humans have access to.
Sometimes the bulls will attack
When the sun comes through you can imagine the african savanne.
It was a very successful excursion although a little colder then I thought.
Don't park your folding bike this way in Amsterdam. Its disappeared in 2 seconds. Lucky for the owners this is Leeuwarden. There it is still possible by the look of it. One for Rubbish Tuesday here although I am aware that this is not really junk .
On the old grounds of a city gas factory in East-Amsterdam a new district of living and shopping was opened last March ( Oostpoort ). And thinking of the place were I took this photo last weekend, once stood my high school situated in one of the old factory buildings already out of use in the fifties.
Still in the tradition of nice brickwork some ornamenting brickwork was made on one of the apartment buildings also to see on the above photo at the left. It is a little daring to use a construction like this because moisture can now enter on horizontal surfaces and into the masonry. The bricks can come lose with freezing weather conditions. ( I have seen this happening.)
Always fun a 3d painting on the pavement. This one was made before the entrance of the town hall in Almere. The red sign is the sign for the Floriade in 2024 when it wil held in Almere. Yes it takes 10 years to prepare a park for an international plants and flower exhibition. One for signs, signs here.
These three were running around in an exhibition about old money in Friesland. To cool them down, I asked if they just wanted to stop for three children's portraits from 1622. Especially because the girl in the middle rather resembled the portrait behind her. It worked.
Here a better look on the portraits (photo from Biebkriebels) The left one is Johannes van der Laen and in the middle his brother Sixtus van der Laen (2 years old). Right Erardus 15 month old. (In total Sixtus had 6 brothers and 3 sisters). In those days it was common for boys to their 7th year running around in dresses. Their parents were among the five richest families of Friesland. Father was Thierry van der Laen (mayor of Mechelen) and mother Catharine de Liaukama. Now everyone can grab a telephone or camera to make a portrait but in those times only the very rich were capable to give an artist (in this case Wybrandt de Geest) an assignment to portrait their kids.