Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

Vet Hé
We took a walk over to the Griftpark this morning to enjoy the weather and take a quick look around De Utrechtse Fabriek, a bi-annual small indie vendor market. We also wanted to finally try some of Roberto’s ice cream, since there was a small cart set up at the market. Lekker!

I love that the Griftpark is technically right outside the old city center of Utrecht, but it’s easily reached from where we live. A short walk along part of the canal that rings the city center, and we’re there! There’s a skatepark in the front of the park, along with basketball courts and open fields for other sports. There’s another canal that crosses through the park, separating the sports fields from a pond, nature trail, playground, and general areas to enjoy.

I took this photo from the bridge over the cross canal. Nearby is the view of the skate bowl. In the far distance is the Domtoren, the 14th century bell tower. It’s the tallest bell tower in the Netherlands, and its huge height — 112.5 metres (368 feet) — is one reason why it looks much closer than it actually is. According to Google maps, it’s 1.5 kilometers from the restaurant in the Griftpark (which is next to the bridge where I took the photo) and the Domtoren. It’s roughly a 20-minute walk, to help put it in perspective.

Besides being a great illustration of atmospheric perspective, I love the fact that the kid who was skating was stopped for a moment so that it looks like the thought bubble in the wall painting behind him is coming from his own head! It looks like he’s thinking, “Vet hé”, which ultimately translates to mean, “Cool, huh”. It could refer to the trick he just did on his board, or to the way the Domtoren rises up over the city center. Vet hé.

Atmospheric Perspective

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