Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 Canal houses in Amsterdam are interesting. Most of them lean. If they lean forward, this is the way they were built. Ground floor was always a shop and the top floor storage for what ever was being sold on the ground floor with living space for the family between. At the top of the buildings there is a hook extending from the building. This was used to haul goods up to the warehouse attic. Today they are still used when moving or renovating.
 Amsterdamers lose their bicycles all the time and small wonder when they are parked like this as they often are. The one in the foreground has over parked (see the orange tag and the lock seems to have been cut off. If this bike is not claimed by the next time the area is inspected, it will be collected to be resold for about 25 euro at the auction where many buy their bikes. Often people will have more than one bicycle in case they forget where they parked, they can still get around.
 Typical Amsterdam canal view of town.
 Amsterdam "flatiron" building. The streets do not run on a grid but more concentrically but not uniformly so. Streets run next to canals or where canals were originally.
Buildings with shutters were typically warehouses. The shutters kept the light out as it might damage the goods inside.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day as seen in Flander's Field, Ipers, Belgium

Poppies are the traditional flower to leave here

                                       "Their name shall live forever"

Monday, May 19, 2014

We all photograph and love sunsets. Here is a sunrise at Veer, Holland, The Netherlands, taken out of my ship's cabin window. A little cropping would improve this photograph.
At this farm the tulips were grown organically. Local people come to pull the tulips they select. Any bulbs are removed for them and the flowers wrapped to go home. The bulbs are bought by local farmers and fed to sheep so everything is recycled. This little farm also sells to the flower auction. In the rows you find all varieties and colors all mixed together. It's hard to decide which ones to take!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Strolling through the Keukenhof it is hard to decide what to select for photographs. There are just too many choices.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A little artistic license from the Keukenhof Gardens.