Hieronymus Bosch, still inspiring art


Hieronymus Bosch, 10 August 2017

On 10 August 2017, we went to Den Bosch city, the capital of North Brabant province in the Netherlands. Here we saw this house, De Kleine Winst. In the fifteenth century, its owner was the father of famous painter Hieronymus Bosch, who probably spent his childhood here.

Hieronymus Bosch, window, 10 August 2017

Behind the windows, fantasy animals, inspired by Bosch’s art.

All photos in this blog post are cell phone photos.

This is a Dutch 360 degree video about De Kleine Winst.

In 2016 was the commemoration of Hieronymus Bosch’s death 500 years ago. That included exhibitions in Den Bosch, and elsewhere.

However, now in 2017, Den Bosch has not forgotten its artist. As 21st century art in de Kerkstraat (Church Street) shows.

Den Bosch city walls, 10 August 2017

This picture on a Kerkstraat fence shows a fishy monster, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s works. The Dutch text is about Den Bosch’s city walls: first built in the 12th century, they were mostly torn down in the 19th century.

Den Bosch statue, 10 August 2017

The next picture shows another Bosch-style fantasy animal. The text is about the statue of Hieronymus Bosch at the central city square, erected in 1930. Sculptor August Falise made it.

Den Bosch fish, 10 August 2017

The next picture shows a very big fish.

Den Bosch lute player, 10 August 2017

The next picture shows a lute player, a common sight in the days of Hieronymus Bosch.

Den Bosch dragon, 10 August 2017

The last picture in this series shows a crowned dragon. The text is about a royal visit to the city in 1936.

Den Bosch kingfisher, 10 August 2017

Finally, also in the Kerkstraat, a shop sign depicting a kingfisher; a bird depicted by Hieronymus Bosch as well.

We continued to a theatre festival in Den Bosch. So, stay tuned!

Damselflies, dragonflies, plants, kingfisher in national park


Red-eyed damselfly, 31 July 2017

This photo shows a male red-eyed damselfly on a water lily pad in the Jurries canal in Weerribben national park in the Netherlands, on 31 July 2017. As this blog mentioned, we had arrived in the Weerribben the day before, on 30 July.

On the morning of 31 July, our boat had soon made a left turn from the main canal into the quieter Jurries.

Red-eyed damselfly, on 31 July 2017

On its north bank, we found the red-eyed damselfly.

Arrowhead, 31 July 2017

And arrowhead leaves.

Arrowhead, on 31 July 2017

And flowering rush flowers.

Flowering rush, 31 July 2017

A willow warbler sings.

Yellow water-lily flowers.

Our boat takes a left turn again, into the Tweede Bokvaart.

This April 2014 video is about a canoe in the Tweede Bokvaart.

Windmills, 31 July 2017

We pass some of the many small Weerribben windmills.

Windmill, 31 July 2017

Tweede Bokvaart, 31 July 2017

Just after this Tweede Bokvaart photo, a kingfisher.

Black-tailed skimmer, 31 July 2017

A bit further, at a landing, this male black-tailed skimmer dragonfly, and also other males and females of that species, sit down.

We go back.

White water lilies, 31 July 2017

These European white water lily flowers.

Two marsh harriers flying.

Close to Ossenzijl village, a buzzard flying.

In Ossenzijl, house sparrows. And barn swallows on a roof.

Our boat goes back south. At 17:30, ten snipes flying.

This Dutch video is about the Weerribben-Wieden national park.

Butterflies, dragonflies, birds in Dutch national park


Green-veined white butterflies, 30 July 2017

This photo shows two green-veined white butterflies mating. The photo is from a garden in Weerribben national park in the Netherlands; on 30 July 2017, the day we arrived there.

On the bank of the IJssel river near Zwolle city, we had seen Egyptian geese that day.

As we waited at the harbour of Kalenberg village, a robin sang.

In the garden, a greenfinch.

Along the bicycle trail back to Kalenberg, a sedge warbler sings.

Arrowhead flowering in the water.

Himalayan balsam flowering along the Kalenbergerpad bicycle trail.

At a place where in earlier times ducks used to be caught, called the Kloosterkooi, pondskaters in the water.

A red admiral butterfly.

We walk on a footpath. Supposedly, one needs wellingtons to walk it; but at least today it is not that muddy. A bridge crosses a small stream. Many spiders and their webs on the banks. At least one web is all the way from one bank to the opposite one.

Dragonfly female, 30 July 2017

A bit further, this female dragonfly. A common darter.

As we approach Kalenberg again, a grey heron. A meadow brown butterfly. A reed bunting.

Back at the garden. A blue tit at a feeder.

Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female photo


Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, 25 July 2017

This photo shows a black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, in the Gooilust nature reserve in the Netherlands on 25 July 2017.

Males of this species are light blue and black. Females are yellowish, later brownish.

Young pallid harriers doing well


Four young pallid harriers

This 25 July 2017 photo from Groningen province in the Netherlands is by Thijs Glastra. It shows four young female pallid harriers. They fledged recently from the first west European nest ever of these rare eastern European and Asian birds.

Now that they can fly, these young birds are preparing for their fall migration to Africa.

Buzzard in backyard


Buzzard, July 2017

This July 2017 photo shows a buzzard with a ring.

Crows had harassed this bird, which resulted in the buzzard colliding against a window in Losdorp village in Groningen province in the Netherlands.

After a long time of recovering from the impact, the buzzard flew away; like had happened a year ago with a nuthatch.

Spacecraft Juno’s close-up photos of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot


This video says about itself:

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot seen by Juno

12 July 2017

During its 10 July flyby, NASA’s Juno spacecraft took images of Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot. Measuring 16,350 kilometers (10,159 miles) in width, Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth. The storm has possibly existed for more than 350 years, but recently the Great Red Spot appears to be shrinking.

From Science News:

Here are Juno’s first close-ups of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

by Lisa Grossman

1:22pm, July 12, 2017

The Juno spacecraft’s first closeup views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are here. The spacecraft flew just 9,000 kilometers above the famous storm on July 10.

Scientists had expected the images to take until at least the night of July 13 to download because the spacecraft’s antenna was pointed away from Earth. But the first images arrived early, hitting the internet at about 11:30 a.m. EDT on July 12.

The 16,000-kilometer-wide storm appears as an angry red eye full of whorls and swirls. But there’s more to come: In addition to capturing pictures with its camera, Juno measured the spot with eight scientific instruments. Stay tuned.

Teeny-weeny star vies for title of smallest known, by Emily Conover. 7:00am, July 12, 2017.

The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away, by Lisa Grossman, 4:51pm, July 11, 2017.