28-01-06

Flanders : Jackdows (Kauwen) getting ready to sleep

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 10

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26-01-06

Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 9 : part of a fountain

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24-01-06

Flanders : the Siberian cold is moving in (so the weatherman says)

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 8 : under the palace …

 

 

... there is this.  Couldn’t find a word of explanation, so what I imagine is that it is a bathing place : very refreshing in hot summers, sphere lighting, mysterious music (no, not by blind and castrated musicians as it might have been), an erotic atmosphere, ….

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23-01-06

Antwerp - Middelheim - the Whomping willow ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not a willow, but with these twisted upper branches it makes him look like the Whomping willow (de Beukwilg) from the Harry Potter tales.  It is like there is movement in it and a possible smash coming up.

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21-01-06

Verrebroekse Plassen, Verrebroek (Beveren) : sleep flight of wintering geese.

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20-01-06

Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 7

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All these pictures inside the Réal Alcazar are made with a mini tripod, very small, fits in your pocket.  It is rather dark such a palace, not enough light to work without flash (although with increasing amazement you see many people do so) and when you flash (standard and automatic flash because your company does not want to wait everywhere and every time - when alone you have time to experiment ) the colors are not warm and natural anymore. 

So, a mini tripod is the solution : now you can make photos using the light situation of the moment and keep the natural colors.  

When I left the palace, I saw that tripods were forbidden !  It can’t be because they damage the floors since tripods have rubber feet.  Could it be because with a tripod you can make better pictures ?

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19-01-06

Antwerp - Middelheim : waiting

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Antwerp - Middelheim -statue storage

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Antwerp - Middelheim ( open-air museum for sculpture )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At one side of the park, there is a stock of  city statues that are waiting for a new destination.  They were taken away because of road works, street reorganizations, …   The second statue laying on the ground is Melchior, one of the three wise kings who brought gifts for Jesus at his birth.

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The oldest ceiling that was preserved.  It was in a bedroom and on the wooden ceiling stars are painted as if you look at heaven.  In one of the later bedrooms, the ceiling was open in the middle, so on a warm summer night you could sleep inside but under a star-spangled sky.  Yes, that IS romantic.   Today there is a glass cupola, it does not really fit in the room.

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17-01-06

Antwerp - Meir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I took a picture of this guy, that was in December, he looks so familiar every time I pass there at the Meir.   With those fish above his head, he probably is a god of the sea (Neptune, Poseidon, … ) ? He doesn’t seem to be in a very good mood.

Also notice a species of wall fern growing in a crack.

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 4

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16-01-06

Sevilla - Réal Alcazar 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A patio (let’s call it  an indoor garden, the word ‘binnentuin’ is not in the dictionary ) : a wise idea in a hot climate, if you ask me.  The mostly square garden (with tiles and often a fountain, a pool, orange trees) has a walking path under the next floor (supported on pillars)  : so it is most if not all of the time in the shade, and cool.   The garden has also a lot of shade because it is surrounded by the walls.  In the patio you can enjoy being outside in private and without getting sunburned or being in the full heat.

In order to deal with the heat, the royals lived downstairs in the summer.  In the winter they moved upstairs because that was warmer.

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12-01-06

Sevilla - Réal Alcazar - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robust at the outside, this palace and gardens in Mujédar style (after the Moors were conquered, the Christian rulers took Moorish craftsmen in service to decorate and build) are very refined and like a tale of 1001 nights. In the next days I will show and tell you more.

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Sevilla - Réal Alcazar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE royal palace, where the rulers lived ( from Moors to Christians) and adapted and expanded it to their wishes, is today open to wander around for ordinary people as you and me.  Not as a servant, slave, harem woman, eunuch, … but as a special guest, you can visit every room and garden (with your camera).

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10-01-06

Sevilla : an atmosphere picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nothing but spots - blue Christmas lights and oranges (as you can guess the photo is made without a tripod ) - and a blue advertising board, two people walking hand in hand, … 

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Sevilla - tiles everywhere

 

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08-01-06

Sevilla - cooing

It is restful to sit on a bench surrounded by the cooing doves.


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Sevilla - white doves

The Plaza de America was the site of the Spanish-American exposition of 1929.

The white doves are a gift of the Philippines for this exposition. 

More on : http://www.travelinginspain.com/sevilla/america_plaza.htm

 


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Sevilla - Plaza de America

When walking in the Parque de Maria Luisa, you suddenly come to a little square full of white pigeons. 

It is a shame that one of the reading girls statues lost her head.  Busses with tourists stop, drop their passengers, snip snap and click clack and on the bus again. 


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04-01-06

Reed sea

Meanwhile it was nice to have a day with a few hours of sunlight over here.  The sea of reed (in the brackish marsh : Sieperdaschor), waving in the wind, lightened up and was - accompanied by the familiar sounds of Geese, Bearded tits (Baardmannetjes), Widgeons (Smienten), … - hypnotizing to look at. 


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Sevilla : public trashcans as tripods

Another fountain that I found very beautiful.  Also notice the blue Christmas lights in the orange trees.  All Christmas street lights were blue in Sevilla.

I think I have used about every public trashcan as a tripod to make pictures in the evening.


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Sevilla : Beware for the fortune tellers however

This Plaza is also the place of the fortune tellers ( gypsies ?) .  When such a woman gets close enough to you to bless you with a little branch of Buxus, you’re lost because then you have accepted a blessing and you get a prediction as well, BUT of course it is without discussion that you pay for it !! and that you pay the price that they want you to pay for it !  That not all woman of whatever age are getting ecstatic (on the contrary ) of hearing that they will get “mucho forte bambinos”  is not yet part of their world.  I escaped, my sister in law had warned me.   I wonder what they tell the men : also mucho forte bambinos ?


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Sevilla : Plaza de Espana

This place is really worth visiting.  I keep it covered by the fountain so maybe one day you can discover it yourself.

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03-01-06

Sevilla - Woman and lion : detail


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Sevilla - Statues in an arch

at the Parque de Maria Luisa.

Just a statue or a statue that appeals to you, for me it is the last option.


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