Last Tuesday finally winter arrived in the Netherlands. As snow was forecasted and I had to work, I set my alarm clock very early. In the Netherlands you have three options after snowfall: 1.) Leaving in the middle of the night 2.) Leaving in the early noon after the traffic jams are gone and just in time before all the people who started early will create new traffic jams 3.) Stay at home. My choice was option 1 and it was more a kind of test drive for my new German car. The advantage of leaving early is that the snow is fresh and with a almost normal speed I was too early at the office......I had to put on the light!
The true story is that due to the fact I was that early I ‘met’ a beautiful big owl which was sitting on a branch, covered with snow, above the road. The scenery was lovely and I enjoyed every second until the owl (Strix aluco) flew away. These kind of encounters are precious and give me a lot of happiness. Immediately I remembered my trip to France in 2010 where a family of Long-eared Owls lived above the terrace of the accommodation. In a few month I will be back in France and I hope that I will be lucky to witness such a beautiful owl family again.
In my blog from 16th November ’12, I mentioned the meaning of friendship on Facebook. I explained that the quality of friendship counts for me and not the number of friends. But due to the fact the deleted people never read my blog some invited me again.....and now Facebook reached a new kind of climax!
Let me introduce you to my new friend Fay:
I hope that Fay is a clever dog and that she will not enter every day the share & like button for dog food, dog baskets and dog dolls as there is nothing to win. And I hope that Fay has no daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mother and father which has to be remembered monthly and that she will not sending me invitations for games and birthday calendars.
Mr Sugarmountain, Facebook is covered with too much useless information; so when the first cat invites me, I’m gone!
Everybody who ever have photographed a snail knows that they are not easy to catch. Although they have the name being slow and although they are moving slow they are very quick for a photographer......so I assume it’s their tactic to deceive photographers like me.
I had an abstract photo in mind with only one sharp eye and taken with my special macro lens (the MP-E 65mm) but that was a ‘mission impossible’ so I had to change the lens into my ‘regular’ macro lens and choose the biggest lens opening.
Since my previous blog a lot has happened. Two precious people left this beautiful earth as they couldn’t win the fight against cancer. One of them was a friend from the past and it hurts knowing that he did not reach his 50th birthday. As I’m a big fan of Alpe d’HuZes, I will come back to it soon.
Further I gave a lecture yesterday evening and it was a great joy doing it and it gave me so much energy that I decided to do it more often again. The page about workshops will be edited soon.
Last but not least I’m very happy and proud that I found a new business partner/photo agency for selling my photo’s. Soon you will read more about it.
In the meantime, I look forward to the trips, plans and dreams which I have in mind for 2013.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.