Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, Zaandam

It’s been a few years since I visited the windmills of the Zaanse Schans,
but I had guests from out of town visiting, and it was a glorious day, so
we did the tourist thing, and went to visit the windmills.

I have seen the inside of many windmills, even these previously, but
for some reason I really love them. Maybe because they are so historic,
maybe because they are quintessentially Dutch, or maybe because the
are just cool.

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Foggy Amsterdam in the Christmas season

Friday evening I went out for a walk as the fog began to form. The lights of the city, shops
and houses took on an eerie yellow halo.

I took pictures randomly as I slowly wandered towards the Spui to visit a friend at his
work (a bar) but stopped for dinner on the way. One of the great things about Amsterdam
is that there is no shortage of nice restaurants, bars and cafés. The food choices is mind-boggling,
so I went for something easy and not expensive.

But let me explain one thing, I am not out trying to create art with my photographs tonight.
I am not out to document the city or make a statement. Tonight I am merely sharing the
random sights of Amsterdam with anyone who stumbles across my little site. The city
has no limit to the amount of unusual sights and sounds. It changes every day. Each time
I leave the house I see something I have never seen before – without exception.

But also it gives me a chance to clear my head, to interact with my neighbors and random
tourists, to give assistance or directions and advice to people I run into. To re-orient the
disoriented.

I’m just another guy with a camera in a city full of people with cameras. This is what I saw…

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Thanksgiving day 2012, walking around Amsterdam

The sun was out again after many days absence so I finally was able to get some shots for a client because
the sun was bright and glorious. Maybe it really is glorious, or maybe the many gray days only make me appreciate it more.

Either way, it was a great day to walk around the city, take some pictures and just ponder things.

Since today is Thanksgiving day in the States, it was the perfect day to reflect on all the positive things
in my little sphere of existence. A day to be thankful and to let those in my life know how important they are to me.

Coffee with the neighbours, emails to friends and family, pictures to share with anyone who is interested,
simply because I am fortunate enough to be able to share my little sphere with others who have
made my life so much better for being a part of it. Thank you!

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Wandering the streets of Amsterdam

I have realized over the past few months that I haven’t been posting any pictures.
Really, I’m not even sure why not. I keep taking pictures. Maybe more than ever…
so, why am I not posting them?

Maybe it’s the workflow involved, maybe I’m too busy or distracted by everyday life.

Or maybe I’m just getting lazy. Yes, it’s probably that.

So yesterday I went through a couple day’s worth of folders on one of my camera’s
memory cards and selected a few pictures that have NOTHING to do with each other
besides the fact that I took them while wandering the streets of Amsterdam.

I still love this city even after the highs and lows of living in its center for 5 years now.
Are there things I would change about it or my circumstance, hm… I’m not sure about that
but probably not. I think that it’s important for people to realize that you don’t have the
power to change certain things, such as the behavior of another person, and the sooner
we come to that realization and accept things and people as a package deal, with some
things we like and some we don’t, the sooner we can get back to enjoying the time together.

So, I embrace this city of Amsterdam and the Dutch culture entirely with it’s quirks and
peculiarities that make them both utterly fantastic.

I love Holland!

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Great Crested Grebe baby, the second brood

Yesterday I saw that one of our local waterfowl pair, a couple of
Great Crested Grebes, have had a second brood of hatchlings.
Today the little baby was floating around alone in the canal while
the parents were fishing for food.

So I managed to get a couple of very close pictures of them.

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