Sketches of China

Sketches of China

During a business trip to China last month, I was able to find some spare time to visit some highlights like The Forbidden City, Olympic village and the Great Wall. I was impressed with it all, specially the kindness and hospitality of the people, the food, the crazyness of the traffic, architecture and how advanced their life is. Thank you very much Zhiyong and girlfriend Snow in showing me around in Beijing and Tianjin, Allen for picking me up at the airport and Victor for introducing me in real Chinese food, so much appreciated.

Please find some impressions of some short getaways during the business trip.

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The purple haze of August

The purple haze of August

 

During August lots of landscape photographers will check out the areas of the blooming heath. After last years drought, I was surprised that the heath recovered so well. Although there were some dark patches, the fields had a lush purple colour. So time to visit some of those beautiful purple fields. Obviously I went to the Posbank, but this year I also went also to the Loenermark, little bit more north of the Posbank.

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Loenermark

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De oversteek

De oversteek

‘De Oversteek’ is the name of a new iconic bridge in Nijmegen over the river Waal. Translated the name means ‘The crossing’ in respect for the US Army 504th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Brigade that crossed the river during operation Market Garden in 1944. The bridge was opened in November 2013 and is part of the new ring route of the city.

The bridge has a lot to offer for photographers, during day and night when the bridge is beautifully lit, among 48 lampposts, honouring the 48 heroes that lost their lives during the crossing.

I went to the bridge a couple of times, with the photo club but also on my own. Time to gather some pictures in one post.

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Ireland July 2019

Ireland July 2019

A short trip to Ireland this time and also half of the time for work. So not many opportunities for exploring with my camera. Still I managed to make some pictures of the River Suir Bridge in Waterford (something that was on my list a long time) and some images taken at several spots along the coast like Garrarus, Benvoy, Ballydowan and Cheekpoint. This time also on my list was a visit to Lismore castle in the west of the county.

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River Suir Bridge Waterford

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Men at work

Men at work

Amsterdam is a bustling city that relies heavenly on its tram system to move people around.  Now and again the lines need maintenance/changing.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Fred Rietvink, who manages these kind of challenging projects, to see the demolition of some tram tracks. After the last tram passed, the power lines over the street were switched off. After that a gas cutter was used to separate the parts that should stay and the parts that should be replaced. A large cutting device cut the rails in small pieces. A robot rhino was then used to lift the rail and pull it out of its bolts. Finally the old rails where loaded on to a waiting truck. It needed to be done by a well oiled team because a week later everything needed to be ‘back on track’.

Thanks Fred for the invitation.

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Before the ordeal

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