June 22, 2015 | Categories: Into the Wild... | Tags: Alde Feanen, animals, art, birds, blue, bluethroat, dawn, Friesland, Luscinia svecica, marsh, Monday, morning, nature, outdoors, photography | Leave a comment
June 3, 2015 | Categories: Into the Wild... | Tags: Alde Feanen, animals, art, birds, bluethroat, Ciconia ciconia, clouds, daydream, Earnewoude, Friesland, landscapes, Luscinia svecica, marsh, nature, nomadic, outdoors, photography, Phylloscopus trochilus, White stork, willow warbler | Leave a comment
Most of the birds of passage have already left, the godwits, cuckoos and swifts left early…the rest are on their journey right about now like the spoonbills (above), the storks and bluethroats (below) and I shall miss them…they didn’t even say goodbye 😦 …one day I just noticed they were not there anymore…it all happens so quickly.
September 11, 2013 | Categories: Into the Wild... | Tags: Africa, birds, bluethroat, Friesland, migrating birds, nature, outdoors, photography, spoonbill, stork | 2 Comments
Twenty two years ago I spent a short time living on the street in Amsterdam…in this time I used to work the hat for a busker…
This meant that I used to acquire an empty KFC cola container and as she played her guitar and sang variations of popular songs, I would stand between the passers by jangling the coins in the cup and hassle them for “money for music”…she had an interesting version of “Can’t Buy Me Love” from the Beatles, which was amusing as in the lyrics she revealed that she didn’t care at all about the currency that we were working for through the act of busking.
She was experienced and very streetwise, I was a novice who had the good fortune to learn from her experience. I will never forget one of her observations which went ~ “Sit still long enough, a little bird will land on you”~. This was meant metaphorically to illustrate when you get into the situation when you, for example, can’t find your next meal , just sit down and eventually someone will come to you.
Recently I am reminded of her words as I take time off to stop actively searching for photo opportunities and just sit and wait and lo and behold the birds will appear…
August 30, 2012 | Categories: Into the Wild... | Tags: Amsterdam, arts, birds, bluethroat, ducks, marsh, nature, Netherlands, outdoors, photography, reed warbler, streetwise, wood sandpiper | 4 Comments