Sunday in Yellow

Autumn on the Oudegracht

Not much to say today. The weather has been chilly but nice here in Utrecht and the autumn colours are still going strong. Pippo and I went for a long walk this morning and I spent the afternoon making erwtensoep (split pea soup) for tonight’s dinner. The time change last night has thrown us all off, though. We all still woke early and now the afternoon is dragging. Pippo, who is a creature of habit and schedule, is seeming a bit discombobulated that we’re not keeping to schedule.

For all of you dealing with the possibility of Hurricane Sandy in the US, I hope you’re all safe and don’t get any damage or inconvenience. One thing I don’t miss is the threat of major storms. May your waters be as calm as the Oudegracht.

Paddling Down the Oudegracht

Foto Vrijdag: Autumn Colors

Autumn Domtoren
Our summer may have been miserable, but our autumn has been fantastic. Today was surprisingly warm and the sunlight and the autumn colors added to the beauty of the day. I was shooting straight into the sun, resulting in some sunbursts and wild colors, but I love this view of the tree full of orange and yellow leaves accompanying the Domtoren rising up over the city rooftops. It’s a sight that never fails to put a smile on my face.

Here’s another view of the trees along the Wittevrowensingel. Not quite as technicolor as my first photo, but still full of beautiful autumn colors. The leaves are all going out in a blaze of glory!

Foto Vrijdag: Autumn’s Arrival

It’s the typical mood-swing weather today. One moment, the sun is shining so brightly that you have to shade your eyes. The next moment, it’s pelting down rain. Our whole day has been spent trying to make the most of the brief moments of sunshine to run errands and get the dog out. Unfortunately, none of those errands took me where I needed to go for the photos I wanted to take, so the post I wanted to do yesterday will have to wait a bit longer.

I regretted not having my proper camera with me this afternoon when we took Pippo and the recycling out. There were dark clouds moving in, and we experienced both sun and a sprinkling of rain at the same time, but the view of the Domtoren was surprisingly clear and quite striking, especially framed by the trees as it was. It’s always one of my favorite views of the Domtoren, rising up over the rooftops. The following picture, taken last summer, is the same view, but without the clarity (and dark clouds) of today:

Instead, today’s Photo Friday offering is a quick shot taken Wednesday evening. The leaves are starting to turn a bit more now, and I liked the orange of the fallen leaves against the brick street, and the white buildings — with the ever-present bicycle, of course. Along with the changing, falling leaves, the weather is turning a bit nippier, as well. Herfst (autumn) definitely seems to be settling in after last week’s brief, but welcome, Indian summer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall


I had thought about taking a different interpretation of the word fall for my photo this week, but then I got caught up in work and now it’s Thursday afternoon, so I’m going back and raiding my photo archives of a couple of photos I took in 2009 during the early days of fall/autumn/herfst. I was struck that day by how the orange and yellow of the leaves seemed to stand out more vividly against the grey, rainy sky.

Our weather this week is a bit of a surprise after the incredibly wet summer we had. It’s 26C right now, which is about ten degrees warmer than it ever got this summer. We’re looking at more sunshine and warm temps through the weekend. It took the arrival of fall for us to finally get some summer weather. I’m sure we’ll all enjoy it before it turns from Indian summer to traditional fall.
Autumnal Colors

Autumn in Utrecht

First off, I should probably warn you that some of these photos may induce a sense of dizziness due to a bit of swirly blur in them. This is what happens when you use a camera phone to take photos, while you’re attached to a large dog going out for the first time that morning.

It’s the first of November and it’s clear that autumn (herfst) is in full swing here in Utrecht. The leaves, which have been slowly turning yellow and falling into the street, are creating a fabulous show of color around town, including at Zocherpark in our neighborhood. When I went out with Pippo this morning, I was struck by how beautiful it all looked. It’s a grey, overcast day, but it’s easy to ignore that part and just focus on the kaleidescope of vivid fall colors. With the canal running along side the park, it really is picture perfect (even if my pictures weren’t perfect today).
Autumn Swirl

Herfst on High
I think I might give NaBloPoMo a shot again this month. I shall try to aim for quality as well as quantity, but I make no promises! In the meantime, enjoy the crisp carpet of leaves!
Colorful Carpet

Autumn Approaches


In the past few days, I’ve noticed the leaves starting to change and starting to fall. Autumn is fast approaching. I like autumn, so I don’t mind. It’s certainly still in the pretty stage, as you can see from this photo I took this afternoon at Janskerkhof.

Cold But Dry

I’ve been going through some of my older photos and came across this one taken last November. Last year, the weather was a fair bit colder, but also quite a bit drier, from what I remember. This year has been the opposite; relatively warm, but very very wet. We have the muddy shoe and paw prints across our floor today to prove it. I wouldn’t mind a few days of cold but dry right about now. Just long enough to dry out. My jeans this morning were still damp from yesterday’s soaking!