I awoke at 5:30 this morning to a clatter from outside. It was too early to be either Sinterklaas (Dec. 5) or Santa Claus (Dec. 25), so I chose to remain as still as a opossum playing dead, rather than to spring from my warm, comfy bed to see what was the matter. The noise seemed to come from the alley next to our house, making it sound as if someone was breaking into our back garden door. Disturbing when you’ve been suddenly woken! I soon realized our tiny fortress was safe, but took a moment to realize that a neighbor’s bicycle most likely was not so safe. I eventually translated the clanks and clatters to be the sound of a bicycle lock being broken. Unfortunately, by the time I figured this out, all was quiet again, so I had little chance of scaring off the thief.
This particular photo was taken earlier this year in the Janskerkhof. I like the spotlight effect, and feel like the bicycles should break out into a romantic duet.