Branching Out

Sunday, on my way back from the Centraal Museum, I couldn’t resist visiting my favourite sculpture. That also meant walking through the little park in which the sculpture stands. The weather was amazing and the sky was a stunning, pure blue. Everything was so crisp and I loved the shapes of the still-bare tree branches against the sky. But then I do love a good tree.

As I continued my walk, I went past Lepelenburg Park where I saw a group of young kids learning how to fence. The safety swords they were using reminded me of some of the tree branches. You’ll have to take my word, though, as I didn’t actually take any photos of their training session.

In all, it was a gorgeous spring day in Utrecht. Hopefully, it won’t be the last!
Twee Toren

Twisty to the Right

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

Freaky Flowers

Aliens [Day 87/365]
The mini park over on Lucasbolwerk, next to Wittevrouwensingel, is awash with flowers these days. Even the trees have got buds bursting forth from their bare branches. However, the tree buds look more like creepy aliens than beautiful flowers, at least at the moment! Thank goodness for the zoom lens. I didn’t want to get that close! It’s like something out of Alien or Little Shop of Horrors!
Tour Boat
These are just a few of the trees on the hill by the Stadsschouwburg (city theater) that have these buds. Does anyone know what kind of tree it is that creates these creepy monsters? Still, it could be worse. They could smell as awful as Bradford pear trees. They’re beautiful when they bloom, but they smell horrendous!

I hate to leave you with such scary and stinky thoughts, so here’s a picture of Pippo, our hippie, flower-loving dog. He can always be counted to stop and smell the flowers.

Foto Vrijdag 2.7

This photo was taken last March. Right now it doesn’t feel like it will ever look like this again. This area is cold, grey and still covered with a bit of icy residue at the moment, but I saw a little flower bud trying to push through the ice this week. I’m hoping that a few more weeks will bring about a big change, although at this point, I’ll settle for a bit of sunshine! Bring on spring!

A Walk in the Park

The weather was lovely and Pippo was whining, so we all headed out for a walk this afternoon. Rather than our usual southerly stroll, we decided to head north for a change. After a first stop at the honden toilet, we set out along Wittevrouwensingel and meandered along the canal. As soon as Pippo realized we were going in a new direction, his excitement became palpable, as his steps suddenly quickened. Eventually, we looped around and came across Griftpark. We hadn’t been there before, so we decided to take a walk through. It’s quite lovely, especially once you get further back past the skateboard basin.

Many people seemed to have the same idea. The park was filled with parents and nannies with their young charges playing the grass and feeding the duckies. We felt right at home with our own furry kid! Pippo was particularly well-behaved, ignoring the duckies (as usual) and not even paying attention to the young children and the occasional dog. When we reached the area where they have some goats and sheep, he didn’t seem to think much of them, one way or the other. In fact, the sheep seemed more curious about him!

If the weather is still as nice, I plan on going back again tomorrow or sometime this week and taking my camera. I’d liked to walk back via Kapelstraat, too; it was a charming little residential street.