2015

Sunrise at Vechterweerd

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A beautiful sunrise at the Vechterweerd dam and locks in the river Vecht Valley at the end of October.

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Lunar Eclipse

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Lunar eclipse taken from Western Europe on September 28, 2015. A lunar eclipse (also known as a blood moon) occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned and the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow).

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Three stages of the Lunar Eclipse: The first image shows the full moon. The second image shows the moon partly covered by the earth's shadow. The third image shows the moon fully covered by the shadow of the earth, giving the moon an orange glow.

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Renderklippen sunrise in 4K

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August and September is the time for blossoming Heather. Over the last few weeks, I've visited the blossoming heather fields at the Renderklippen in the Veluwe nature reserve during sunrise. A nice opportunity to have a first go at 4K filming.

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(best watched on Youtube in full screen mode)

Sunset in the Wieden

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National park "De Weerribben-Wieden" is one of my favorite places to go kayaking. Every now and then I take some pictures from my kayak, but the lack of stability makes this pretty challenging. Last week I went on a electric boat to search for the Black Stern, that is breeding on floating nests in the nature reserve. Although we didn't find them whilst on the boat, I was able to take some pictures using the Nikon D800 and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED VR. I'm really surprised how close you can get with this wide angle lens.

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A Fox meets the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

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The other day I was driving past the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland The Netherlands when I spotted a herd of Red Deer. So I turned the car around and stepped out to take some pictures with me new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports telezoom lens (on my Nikon D800). When I stepped down the levee I saw a Fox in between the piles of freshly mown grass. I took some pictures and decided to wait and see what the Fox would do. It looked around a bit and then started walking towards me, stopping every now and then to see what I was doing. I was able to take some nice images before the Fox walked into the reed again. Back home I was impressed how the lens performed, especially because I used it handheld in the shadow of the levee at the end of the day.

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A bit of Red in between all the Green

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During a walk in an ancient Beech tree forest I came across this on red/orange Beech tree. What a great contrast to all the fresh green leaves!

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Springtime storms

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Last few days we experienced some springtime storms with rain, hail and lightning followed by blue skies and sunshine. Here are some landscapes around my hometown Kampen with impressive clouds.

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Sunset over the Waddensea

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A colorful sunset over the Waddensea at the village of Paesens-Moddergat in Friesland, The Netherlands. Moddergat, meaning ‘mud hole’, lived up to its name, as I had to clean the sticky mud from my shoes, clothes and tripod.


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Last bit of winter

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A colorful sunset at the river IJssel during one of the last cold winter days.


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Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)

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A Eurasian Eagle Owl or European Eagle owl (Bubo bubo or Oehoe in Dutch) one of the largest species of owl has decided to enjoy the first signs of spring in a little village near my hometown. During my first visit the owl just sat on a roof extension, moving just a little bit. On my second visit, in the morning, the owl was a bit more active while sitting in a tree. So I took some photos and recorded a bit of video. One thing’s for sure, this impressive bird is a lot more patient than I am.

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Hair ice or frost beard

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A rare phenomenon, small patches of bright white ice on the forest floor. These delicate frozen water formations are known as hair ice or frost beard.
The formation of hair ice of frost beard is dependent on very specific freezing weather conditions. Ice hair can be found on dead moist wood. The freezing water from inside the wood is squeezed through the pores of the branch forming long thin strings of ice that look uncannily like hair.

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