A Sunday Stroll

Spring Colors
We had a lot of recycling to drop off this morning, so G and I headed out on our own (not enough hands for the recycling and controlling Pippo) and then took a little walk around the southeastern edge of the old city center. Today’s weather has been a pleasant respite from the rain we’ve had this week and will probably have next week, so we figured we’d better make the most of it! As you can see, the sky was a beautiful blue, little fluffy white clouds were floating along, and the sun was shining brightly.

One of the side streets we passed while walking along the Maliesingel caught my eye. The rows of buildings looking colorful and neatly lined up were punctuated by the picturesque building at the end of the street where it runs into Nachtegaalstraat. Then there was the hotel sign that just seemed to fit perfectly into the setting.

As we headed back home across the Wittevrouwenbrug, I stopped to take some photos to hopefully use for some of the Time Travel posts. As I was taking a photo, I heard someone behind me say, “Don’t shoot!” It turned out to be a couple of our nearby neighbours who I know through Flickr. What a pleasant surprise! I look forward to seeing his photos of his own outing today!

I hope you enjoy these photos from our walk and are having a lovely weekend. Tomorrow’s the Tweede Pinksterdag here in the Netherlands, so most people are getting a nice long weekend. If you’re off, enjoy the freedom. If you’re working, hopefully it’s not too bad a Monday!
All in a Row
Points of Interest
Light in the Light
Fluffy Little Clouds

Random Cat Photo

Cat and Shadow
This has nothing to do with anything other than I liked this photo and I guess it matches up with the sunshine we’re having! Today is a beautiful day, and it was quite a beautiful morning around 5:45, too, when I had to take our dog out. A beautiful indigo blue sky as the sun was verging on rising, and the half moon was glowing beautifully.

But this post is about the cats enjoying the sunshine. I took this one a couple of days ago when I saw Lola sitting contentedly in the sunshine. If you look at the bottom of the photo, you’ll see why I wanted to take this photo specifically. Luna, our other cat, is casting a shadow, as she was also enjoying the sun. I liked having both cats represented in the shot, even if you couldn’t see both of them at once.

Luna and Lola wish you all a day of sun-warmed tummies!

Wishful Thinking

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Look at that pure blue sky and that beautiful sunshine! Wonderful, isn’t it!

Too bad that was last week. This week is heavy on the rain and darkness again. In fact, I went out for a while on Saturday, and this was the extent of the brightness.
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Not really the same, is it. Supposedly, we’re supposed to have some sunshine later this week. I’m not going to hold my breath, but I’m not going to give up hope completely, either. After all, the flowers are starting to pop up in Zocher Park. Surely a bit of sunshine can’t be too far off!

Weather With You

I’ve had stuff to blog about the past few days, but I’ve lacked the motivation to do it. Maybe tomorrow, in between cooking the turkey and dressing and other Thanksgiving dishes, I’ll manage to post about what I got up to this past Saturday. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos of the crazy skies we get here in town sometimes. In one part of the sky, it looks like a gorgeous sunny day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Then when you turn around, there’s such a solid, grey mass of cloud that it looks like one of those giant alien space ship invasions!

We’ve got a possibility of snow arriving this Friday. There’s talk that this winter may be similar to last winter, with the unexpectedly high amounts of snow all winter. It’s a good thing I got some new boots! I hope you’re having nice weather wherever you are today and that you have a tasty Thanksgiving tomorrow if you’re celebrating.

Foto Vrijdag 2.44 Sunlight Remembered

Light and Water
This was taken a month ago. Back when we still had sunshine. Wasn’t it glorious? I like to look at this photo to remember what it was like. Hopefully, it will return before too long! I hope everyone has a cheerful, and dry, weekend.

Foto Vrijdag 2.27

Evening Glitter
It’s been a quiet week for me. Not much going on except for THE NETHERLANDS MAKING IT TO THE FINAL ROUND OF THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!

But yeah, other than that, fairly quiet. Not a lot of photography going on, either, other than a few shots of the cats and last night’s dinner. I did take this shot on Saturday, while I was hanging out on the Vismarkt on the Oudegracht with Kerryanne and Ken. The conversation was excellent, but when I saw this glow, I couldn’t resist taking a quick shot. This is around 9:30 pm and after a very rainy start to the evening, seeing this dazzle seemed a perfect cap to a great meetup with friends. The light definitely mirrored my mood!

Happy birthday to Ken and happy travels to Kerryanne. May your days be sunny and beautiful!

Just An Average Saturday

Curious Cat
The weather has turned lovely and everyone is enjoying it, throwing open windows, sitting outdoors, and just generally living the gezellig life. Even I’m feeling more like myself again, even if I do get easily tired. To make the most of the good weather and my return to health, G and I headed out this morning to hit up a few shops on Nachtegaalstraat. I had my camera with me, of course and took a few shots along the way. I figured I’d share some of the photos I took today that seemed to embody the spirit of the day. As you can see from the first photo, even the neighborhood cats were enjoying the spring weather and the open windows!
The annual Festival aan de Werf is going on this week and the area in front of the stadsschouwburg (city theater) has been taken over by a colorful part of the festival. I loved the geometric shapes, simple colors, and bright sunshine.
Festival a/d Werf Town
Unfortunately, by the time I got to that point, I was already feeling a bit wiped out. In my head I could envision the type of photo I wanted to get, focusing tightly on the shapes, but my mind just wasn’t moving quickly enough. I guess that’s the result of only really having two meals in three days. Still, with a bit of cropping, I got something close to what I had in mind. Fortunately, I’ve got the rest of the week to try again.
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Even our own animals couldn’t resist the siren song of the sunlight. Pippo made a beeline for the terrace when we got home and started sunning himself under the apple tree. It’s a dog’s life!
Tomorrow or Monday — Eerste and Tweede Pinksterdag (a two-day celebration of the Pentacost, and national holidays here) — I’ll be going over to the Griftpark to check out this year’s Utrechtse Fabriek, an indie craft show. I went last year and got to meet Nina from ninainvorm, who makes lovely pottery, including a piece I have. This year I’ll definitely be going to check out the work of fellow Utrecht-resident Kerry, of solohandmade. Even if you don’t get to go to the show, check out her website. She makes beautiful stuff!

Utrechtsche Melk Centrale

The sun! It actually came out today! Sure, it’s back to being a bit overcast now at 3 p.m. but the sun was out and shining brightly this morning. Pippo and I took advantage of this lull in the rain and hit the streets.

A few weeks ago, on the Flickr Utrecht group, I saw a photo of a building with a cute old-fashioned advertising sign. I found out where it was — in a part of town I hadn’t yet explored — and kept note of it for my next photographic outing. Sadly, the rain has put that outing on hold until today. After checking the map and hoping it wouldn’t be too long of a trek or too hard to find, Pippo and I were off on our search. Maps of Utrecht are deceptive, in that distances look much further than they really are. We were at our destination in no time, even with a stop at the Griftpark honden toilet for Pippo.

I found my sign and got my shot and admired some of the other buildings in the area. It’s a nice quiet area, with lots of charming little houses. Definitely worth another visit someday. With our goal accomplished, we decided to head back over to the Griftpark since it was nearby and the weather was so nice. I took another panorama shot from the top of the man-made hill, when I discovered that various landmarks were visible now that the leaves were gone from the trees. I also got a few more shots of the Three Large Figures sculpture group that I posted about a few weeks ago. I admit I had a bit of fun playing with the contrast levels for this shot:

So, today marks the last day of November, which means I’ve successfully completed the National Blog Posting Month challenge. Thank goodness! I think I’ll try to return to quality over quantity in regards to my posting schedule.