To Katwijk on the North Sea by boat

Leiden, Galgewater, 17 September 2017

On 17 September 2017, we went by boat to Katwijk town on the North Sea. The sailing started in the inner city of Leiden. The photo shows the part of the river Rhine called Galgewater which serves as a historical harbour for old ships; and behind it, the seventeenth century Dutch renaissance stepped gable building of the Stadstimmerwerf (municipal carpentry business).

A ring-necked parakeet calling.

Bridge, 17 September 2017

We passed a bridge with graffiti on it.

Coots are swimming. So does a great crested grebe. Two Egyptian geese on the bank.

An adult great crested grebe with two youngsters.

Building, 17 September 2017

We pass various buildings on the bank.

Six Egyptian geese on the bank.

As we continue on the Rhine, the left bank is Valkenburg village (now part of Katwijk local authority), the right bank is Oegstgeest local authority.

A herring gull swimming.

A Canada goose on the bank.

We pass Rijnsburg village. A jay flying.

As we sail on, we arrive in the next village: Katwijk aan den Rijn.

Katwijk aan den Rijn, 17 September 2017

On this photo from Katwijk aan den Rijn, nursing home De Wilbert is on the right.

Katwijk aan den Rijn, bridge, 17 September 2017

We passed under bridges in Katwijk aan den Rijn, like this one.

Katwijk aan Zee, 17 September 2017

We arrived in Katwijk aan Zee village. In the back of this photo is the pumping station regulating the flow of the Rhine into the North Sea.

Katwijk aan Zee, inland port, 17 September 2017

We approached the end of our journey: the inland port of Katwijk aan Zee.

Katwijk aan Zee, pond, 17 September 2017

After we had disembarked, we saw this pond just behind the inland port, with water plants and many small invertebrate animals.

Katwijk aan Zee, street, 17 September 2017

We walked to the North Sea.

Katwijk aan Zee, North Sea, 17 September 2017

And we arrived at a spot where just sand dunes and the beach separated us from the North Sea.

There will be more on Katwijk on this blog; so, stay tuned!


Birds, bee, Karl Marx and architecture

Canal, Leiden, 13 August 2017

As this blog reported before, on 13 March 2017 we went to the botanical garden. We walked back along the same canal where we had seen a herring gull couple earlier that day. All photos in this blog post are macro photos.

Coot, 13 August 2017

There were birds now as well: the parent coot we had seen earlier, with its two youngsters, one older than the other one. The parent coot stood on a boat.

Mute swan youngster, 13 August 2017

A group of adult and young mute swans passed.

Karl Marx, 13 August 2017

A bit further, we met Karl Marx. Not the person, but the small boat named after him.

Leiden, 13 August 2017

We went left along another canal.

Doelenpoort, 13 August 2017

We passed the 17th century Doelenpoort gate.

Butterfly-bush, 13 August 2017

Finally, we passed a butterfly-bush with a bee on it.

White storks, roe deer and redstart

This video is called Redstart Female on The Isles of Scilly.

Yesterday, 18 August 2017 from the train just before Zwolle, two white storks in a meadow.

Later, in Drenthe province, three white storks.

As we arrived in Losdorp in Groningen province, green-veined butterflies in the garden. A roe deer passed.

This morning, great tits at the feeders. And a female redstart sitting on a garden chair.

Flowers, herons and windmills

Yellow water-lily, 1 August 2017

Still 1 August 2017 in Weerribben national park in the Netherlands, after my earlier blog post on that day. We saw this yellow water-lily.

Flowers, on 1 August 2017

And these flowers.

White water-lily, 1 August 2017

And this white water-lily.

White water-lily, on 1 August 2017

And this one.

Talking about white: a great egret. And a grey heron.

Fringed water-lilies, 1 August 2017

Then, lots of fringed water-lilies.

Fringed water-lilies, on 1 August 2017

Windmill, 1 August 2017

Then, this small windmill.

Weerribben, 1 August 2017

Finally, the last photo of our stay in beautiful Weerribben-De Wieden national park.

Sedge warbler, marsh harrier, plants

Sedge warbler, 1 August 2017

After our first full day in Weerribben national park in the Netherlands, on 31 July 2017, came our second full day, also by boat, on 1 August. That day we saw this sedge warbler.

Before that, a chaffinch singing early in the morning.

A great cormorant flying. A red admiral butterfly.

A female blue-tailed damselfly sits on water plants. The lower part of her body is under water to deposit eggs.

Then, we saw the sedge warbler.

Ten great cormorants fly past.

Pondskaters on the water.

Flowers, 1 August 2017

Flowers which have stopped flowering on the bank.

Edible frog sound.

Lesser bulrush, 1 August 2017

Lesser bulrush on the bank. We are now on meandering old river, east of Kalenberg village.

Black-tailed skimmer, 1 August 2017

A male black-tailed skimmer dragonfly lands on our boat.

Branched bur-reed, 1 August 2017

Branched bur-reed.

Branched bur-reed, on 1 August 2017

Its female flowers are below, the smaller male flowers above.

Marsh harrier, 1 August 2017

Then, a marsh harrier flies past.

Young mallards swimming.

Water soldier, 1 August 2017

Water soldier flowers.

There will be more on that day in the Weerribben on this blog. So, stay tuned!

Theatre and dance in Den Bosch city

This June 2017 video is a trailer for the Boulevard theatre festival, 3-13 August 2017 in Den Bosch city in the Netherlands.

After we had arrived in Den Bosch on 10 August, we went to that festival.

First, we went to Eendje (Duckling), a solo play by actress Kim van Zeben.

Kim van Zeben with duckling, 10 August 2017

This photo shows Ms van Zeben during her 10 August Den Bosch performance. A cell phone photo, like the other Den Bosch one in this blog post.

The play Eendje is inspired by the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

But it differs: in The Ugly Duckling a duck family hates one duckling because it is different: bigger and whiter than the others. In a happy end, the ‘ugly’ duckling grows up to be a beautiful swan.

In the play Eendje, a duck family (especially the mother) hates one duckling for being different as well. Not because of looks, but because that duckling does not like bread and would like to live in a house.

In Eendje, Kim van Zeben plays the role of Pia, a radio journalist, doing interviews with humans and, in this case, with the duck Dobber. As a ventriloquist, Ms van Zeben plays the six other roles (dolls) as well: duckling Dobber; its conformist mother; Theo, a sewer rat; a human housing bureaucrat; a guitar playing cat and a chicken.

After a quarrel, Dobber swims away from its family and lands in a sewer. It hates the faeces and urine there. Theo the rat living there likes shit and piss, and drives Dobber away for not liking it.

Dobber asks the human bureaucracy if it can get a house. The duck then has to jump through the bureaucratic hoops of various questions and tasks. The last, decisive, task is: can Dobber ring a doorbell? Dobber tries, but the bell is much too high. Then, Dobber remembers being a bird. It flies up to the bell and rings it. ‘Now, I surely qualify to get a house?’ No, says the bureaucrat, you have flown. Humans cannot fly. So, you are not human and don’t have the right to live in a house. Sad, Dobber has to go away again.

Then, Dobber meets a cat which tries to eat the duck. However, when Dobber talks about being a unusual, nonconformist duck, the cat stops being aggressive. As the cat is unusual and nonconformist as well, being able to play heavy metal music on a guitar. The cat’s girlfriend is a chicken. ‘How ridiculous, a chicken and a cat as a couple’, Dobber says. ‘No, not ridiculous at all’, the cat says. ‘Remember what you yourself went through. It is OK to be different’.

Now, Dobber really understands diversity, and discovers how to live a happy life. The duck can go back to its native wetland; and, as well, build a house there to live in.

After we came out of the tent where Ms van Zeben had performed, we were on the main theatre festival ground.

Boulevard theatre festival, 10 August 2017

Next, we went to a performance by the five dancers of MAN||CO.

This video announces their new thirty minute show The Winner Takes It All; which we saw. It is modern dance with also some spoken word (in English, about a president). Its theme is power, and how it may lead to militarism and oppression. With a hint in the show to, eg, Donald Trump.

Then, we went by bus from the city to the countryside, for a performance of Hallo Dampkring (Hello Atmosphere), by children’s theatre company Artemis.

Hallo Dampkring

The theme of the play is global warming. The text is based on letters about that by children from Terschelling island and the Den Bosch area. It is in the form of a Roman Catholic Requiem. Six children are the actors. The audience sings along in some parts.

The open air stands were full of spectators, who applauded much.

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!