Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Fries Museum buys “key painting” by Alma-Tadema
The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden has purchased a work of the Anglo-Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema for 1.6 million euro. It is Entrance to a Roman Theatre from 1866; the most expensive purchase that the museum ever did.
The museum calls the painting a key work from the oeuvre of Alma-Tadema. It was the international breakthrough for the Frisian.
“A similar work by Alma is not found in the Netherlands,” says a spokesperson. “The Fries Museum is now the only museum in the Netherlands showing the full development by the painter.”
Lourens Tadema was born in 1836 in Dronrijp in Friesland. When he moved to London in 1870 he anglicized his name to Lawrence. Later, he also acquired the right to call himself ‘Sir’.
In England he developed into one of the most important painters of his time. He was known for his genre paintings with Roman or Greek themes.
The Fries Museum has the largest collection of his work in the Netherlands. This new masterpiece was purchased with the support of some private donors, the Rembrandt Society, the Mondriaan Fund and the BankGiro Lottery.
“The work of Alma-Tadema has risen sharply in price in recent decades,” the spokesperson said. “It is special that the Fries Museum has managed to acquire this important work.”
Next year the museum will have a major exhibition on the painter. People will already be able to see Entrance to a Roman Theatre later this year.
See also here.
This photo shows, from left to right: a Canada goose, with a ring around its neck for identification in research; a domestic goose; composer Henk Odinga; and saxophone player Femke IJlstra.
Translated from Vroege Vogels radio (where there is an audio file of this as well) in the Netherlands:
April 26, 2015
Already several times the Frisian musician and composer Henk Doeke Odinga made tracks for Vroege Vogels, inspired by birdsong. After the wren, the willow warbler and the lapwing, he chose a striking ‘singer': the Canada goose. Saxophonist Femke IJlstra played the ‘imitations’ of the goose, Odinga himself plays piano in the composition.
This video from Chicago in the USA says about itself:
Moths vs Butterflies
9 October 2013
Wherein we explore the order Lepidoptera!
Huge thanks to Jim Boone, collection manager of insects for making this episode possible. Check out his episode from the Chicago Adventure series!
Translated from the Dutch Butterfly Foundation:
Monday, March 30th, 2015
In Friesland for many years already there has been attention for moths. The regional Butterfly Working Group has been working for years at an overview of the Frisian moths. Now the provisional Atlas of the macro-moths is available digitally. In this atlas you can find distribution maps of all 674 (!) species known from the province. …
For those interested, the digital atlas is available by clicking on this link. Due to the size of the file (288 MB), it takes a while before it is loaded.
This is a video about migratory birds, mainly black-tailed godwits, just returned from spring migration to nature reserve Skrins, Friesland province, the Netherlands.
The video also shows some other bird species, like redshanks, teal, common gulls …
Renee Nitters made this video on 3 March 2015.
This video about short-toed treecreepers is by Netty Way-Jonker, Oudebildtzijl, Friesland province, the Netherlands.
It shows the birds looking for food in her neighbours’ garden in the summer of 2015. Then, it shows the treecreepers looking for a place to nest on a roof, on 15 March 2015.
This video is about adult and juvenile herring gulls (and a few black-headed gulls in winter plumage)
Translated from the Waddenvereniging in the Netherlands today:
The oldest ringed herring gull in our country turned up last weekend in Leeuwarden‘s [capital of Friesland province] new district Blitsaerd in front of the lens of nature photographer Ruurd Jelle van der Ley …
Meanwhile, the seagull has reached the respectable age of 28 years and eight months. On July 3, 1986, on Ameland island, this bird got two colored rings. An orange one with letter A and a green one with letter Y. Birdwatchers know him as OAGJ or Green J. he lost the orange ring about six years ago. Thanks to the remaining green ring and the fact that he walks with a slight limp he is still recognizable.
This traffic sign, in nature reserve De Weerribben in the Netherlands, warns motorists: ‘Otter crossing‘.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Otters will get safer crossings
The government will improve the protection of otters soon. These rare animals are often killed. The government promises to address immediately the seven crossings where this happens most often, along with the provincial authorities of Friesland and Overijssel. At fourteen other places the animals should be able to cross a lot safer in mid-2017.