Netherlands II

During my recent trip to The Netherlands I also visited De Hoge Veluwe National Park (The Hoge Veluwe National Park), a national park in the province of Gelderland. It is approximately 55 square kilometers in area, consisting of heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. It is situated in the Veluwe, the area of the largest terminal moraine in the Netherlands. Most of the landscape of the park and the Veluwe was created during the last Ice Age. The park forms one of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands. I have previously visited the park many years ago to look around the Kröller-Müller Museum, founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and opened in 1938. It has the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, after the Van Gogh Museum.

I didn’t take many photographs while I was there, but I can recommend visiting the area for both the museum and the walks around the park.

I also found some other photographs from The Hague that I thought were worth posting here as well, these four are from Zevenhuizen. The village actually has its own flag and coat of arms due to it being its own municipality until 1991. The area is slightly spoiled by the power pylons running in the background. I tried to take photographs that hid them, but you can see the clearly in the third photo.

And one last shot from the beach, it’s starting to become my favourite place in The Hague.

Slow shutter speed at the beach.

Consulting and Website Building

It's already the 7th of February and this is the first time i have had some real time to post anything this month. I am shocked that I haven't even taken a photograph since January, which may not seem that long to most people but it feels like a lifetime for me.

I have been spending all my time consulting for the Cairngorms National Park Authority, building a new website for Woodilee Consultancy Ltd and launching the Collar Bill website. These projects have been fun but I really must go somewhere this weekend with my camera!

Cairngorms National Park

For those that don't know, the Cairngorms National Park is a national park in the north-east of Scotland established in 2003 by the Scottish Parliament, the second national park of Scotland after the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which was established in 2002. During my visit earlier in January it started snowing the day I arrived and kept snowing until after I had left.  It made for a very interesting drive home. Unfortunately I exhausted my photo supply of the area in an earlier post.

Collar Bill aim to offer stylish designer luxury looks at modest, affordable prices. They produce cosy collars and scarves that are all limited edition and completely unique. All are handmade in their small, creative studio in Scotland. The site is now up and running and Fiona is already hard at work creating new collars and scarves for the online shop!

Woodilee Consultancy Ltd is a small forestry consultancy from Glasgow. I had previously consulted for them in a GIS capacity and it has led on to building a new website for them. I was very happy to do this as the old site was looking a little tired and my studio is dedicated to making the internet a more beautiful place! I am hoping to finish off the new site in the next week, it will be located at Woodilee Consultancy.

Check the sites out sometime and let me know what you think :-)


Giethoorn; finally.

It has taken me since Sunday to actually getting round to writing and editing the photographs I like from my trip to Giethoorn. Giethoorn is a mostly car-free village in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel. It’s known for its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, bicycle trails and centuries-old thatched-roof houses. It borders a section of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a marshy area once popular for peat and reed harvesting. Needless to say much fun was had with @catwith8lives in a rented boat on the canals and lake.

It was my second trip to this village and the weather was much more cooperative, it was mostly sunny and cloudy which which made for impressive skylines. This trip was also much more relaxing without the time constraints of being on an organised tour.

I have added my favourite photographs below. As always, click to enlarge if your on a desktop :-)