Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Bushwalk

31/05/2017

Eucalyptus Trees

26/04/2017

Eucalyptus trees are my favourite because of their wonderful fragrance! Of course they also provide delicious food for the koala bear.

Eucalyptus oil has many medicinal properties, and is just a great oil to have in your house. I use a few drops with my (unfragranced) washing powder to wash my clothes and it makes them smell very fresh. A few drops on a cotton wool ball, or wipe makes your toilet smell nice and fresh as well.

How do you use eucalyptus oil or any other essential oil? Please share your tips. Thank you!

A Sunny Afternoon Stroll

22/10/2016

beehives

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Cow

cow in water

Beautiful Heather

30/08/2016

Beautiful Heather

Encounter during a bike ride through the forest. It was stunning and it smelt very nice with the warmth of the sun shining on it all day.

Taken with smartphone.

Solitude II

31/05/2016

Solitude II

Solitude

26/04/2016

Tora Coastal Walk

 

Outside of This (Inside of That)

04/02/2016

A beautiful golden oldie by Jon & Vangelis from their great album The Friends of Mr Cairo.

Please click here. It may show as video not available, then you can find it on the YouTube Channel of luxorITA.

Outside of This

 

I was there and then and then
You were there and then and then
We were there the beginning of time

I was there and then and then
You were there and then and then
We are together in time

 

 

 

Wonderful Chaos at Sail Amsterdam

25/08/2015

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Koningsdag – King’s Day Orange Celebration

27/04/2014

Today, 27 April is the birthday of King Willem Alexander, King of  the Netherlands, but yesterday it was celebrated with the first King’s Day (Koningsdag) in the whole country. I was in Amsterdam and the atmosphere was great and orange! People are very creative with what they are wearing and also what they are selling.

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King's DayThis woman sells knitted orange crowns and beards, and she has got a customer too!

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King's DayChildren and adults have an opportunity to sell their bric-a-brac and many a good bargain can be had.

King's DayThese kids have invented some kind of game, a family tree with sweets, and the sign says you always win a price.

King's DayI spy with my little eye…

King's DayThis mask on it’s own is fun, and it becomes even funnier (to me) with the sign above it, which says “Hotdog roll”.

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King's DayOf course the Dutch Lion, which appears in the coat of arms, cannot be missed at the party.

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King's DayIt is custom to fly the Dutch flag from your home on King’s Day (used to be Queens Day).

King's DayTompoucen are a Dutch delight and usually pink, but for King’s Day they turn orange. The drink you see is not lemonade, but it is a liquer called Oranjebitter.

Kröller-Müller Museum Sculpture Park (part 2)

02/10/2013
Marta Pan, Sculpture flottante, 1960-1961

Marta Pan, Sculpture flottante, 1960-1961

In my post of 20 July 2013, I promised more of my favourite works at the Kröller-Müller Museum Sculpture Park. This Sculpture flottante is eye-catching and I enjoyed watching it as it floated in the water revealing a different shape all the time. To me the reflection of the sculpture in the water becomes part of the sculpture, and is more fragile depending on the amount of ripples the wind makes in the water. It was made by French sculptor Marta Pan. Born in Hungary in 1923, she travelled to Paris in 1947 and took on French nationality in 1952. She not only designed this sculpture, but also the shape of the pond and the design of the park. The nickname for this artwork is “The Swan” and you can see why here: The Swan.

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

Kenneth Snelson, Needle Tower II, 1968

This amazing sculpture by American sculptor and photographer Kenneth Snelson (born 29 June 1927) is made out of aluminium cylinders and stainless steel cable and is 28 metres high. It is fascinating to see how this all holds together, and how high it is! It looks so fragile and looks like it could all collapse in an instant. Apparently, when one cable snaps, it will. The first version of the Needle Tower was built in 1968. It is in Washington and 18m high. On Snelson’s webpage you will find an explanation of tensegrity as well as other information, including his family album with some nice historical images, including one where he repairs Needle Tower II. In this image I deliberately left out the surrounding trees, as I did not want to show any reference points, but show it like it is floating in the air, just like the idea of this artwork.


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