30 March 2012

Still life without coffee

Still life without coffee

After I created yesterday's Still Life with Coffee, I drank the coffee and ended up with this Still Life without Coffee.

29 March 2012

27 March 2012

Train station

Temporary entrance of Delft station

When I was in Delft a few weeks ago, part of the train station was closed due to renovation works going on in and around the station. The main entrance was closed, instead we had to use this temporary entrance at the far end of the platform.

Did you notice the beautifully decorated bicycles? They point out the bicycle parking, which is also behind this gate.

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26 March 2012


Detail of burial monument of King William I of The Netherlands

This crown is part of the burial monument of the first Dutch king, William I.

The final resting place of the Dutch royal family is a burial vault under the New Church in Delft. In the church are monuments for some of the people interred in this vault. Pictured is a detail of the monument for King William I.

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23 March 2012


Markt, Delft

This is the central square of the Dutch city Delft. A good place to enjoy a drink, visit a few typical Dutch shops (selling Dutch cheese, Delftware, or other Dutch gifts or delicacies), or just admire the beautiful gables. The church on this square (not on the photo) is the final resting place of the Dutch royal family.

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21 March 2012

The Old Church of Delft

Old Church, Delft

Interior of the Old Church in Delft. This 13th century church is known as the Old Church (Oude Kerk, in Dutch) since the late 14th century, when another church (now known as the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church) was built nearby.

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20 March 2012

St Agathaplein

St Agathaplein, Delft

This is the entrance gate to St Agathaplein, seen from the inside. St Agathaplein is a small square in Delft, off Oude Delft street. The square is now a major tourist attraction, because William the Silent of Orange was killed in one of the buildings on this square, so many people pass through this gate every day.

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15 March 2012

Gertrude van Oosten

Statue of Gertrude van Oosten, Delft

This statue is Gertrude (or Geertrui) van Oosten (1330-1358). She was a Dutch Beguine (a religious, monastic, community), and a mystic. The statue is located on the Oude Delft street, in front of the Old Church, in Delft, Holland.

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13 March 2012

Church Entrance

Entrance of the Oude Kerk church in Delft

Entrance of the Oude Kerk (litt. Old Church) in Delft, Holland. The church was built in the 13th century, in Gothic style.

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08 March 2012

Orchid garden

Orange orchids in a beautiful flower garden

I have shared floral photos of this beautiful flower garden in the Philippines before. I have two more orchid photos for you, one today and one tomorrow.

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07 March 2012

Onion and Garlic

Still life with onion and garlic

I don't do still life very often, but I have been experimenting a bit with it recently. This one is a still life photo with onions and garlic. Let me know what you think!

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05 March 2012

Still life with open bible and reading glasses

Still life with open bible and reading glasses

I take mostly travel photos, and I like to try floral photography from time to time. Still life photography is something I don't do very often, though I shared a couple of still life photos on this blog before.

My latest still life attempt is this Dutch pocket-size bible, opened at the book of Job, with a pair of reading glasses. It's not perfect, though, especially the double shadow of the glasses is not what I want. Please let me know what you think!

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02 March 2012

Station Haarlem

Station Haarlem

The main railway station of Haarlem. Its name is simply Station Haarlem. The station, in use since 1842, is one of the oldest in the country. The original station building did not survive, it was replaced by a new building in Art Nouveau style at the beginning of the 20th century. This building opened in 1908 and is still in use today.

The photo shows the inside of the station, with platforms, rails and train shed.

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01 March 2012

St Bavo Church II

Choir screen and organ, St Bavo Church, Haarlem

Yesterday I showed you a photo from the exterior of the St Bavo Church. Today I have one of the interior. I took this photo through the choir screen in the direction of the organ.

The church organ you can see on the background was built in the 1730s, by the famous German organ builder Christiaan Müller. At the time, it was the largest church organ in the world. Many famous organists played on it, including Mozart (at the age of ten), Mendelssohn and Händel. It is also the organ that Herman Melville mentioned in Moby Dick, when he talked about the inside of the mouth of a whale: Seeing all these colonnades of bone so methodically ranged about, would you not think you were inside of the great Haarlem organ, and gazing upon its thousand pipes?

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