A collection of the many pictures I made over the last couple of years. Above and below: In May of 2008, I was invited to come to the U.S.A to give Bonsai workshops and demo’s in 3 different states. The first state I visited was beautiful Oregon. Where on my day off my friendly host Jason took me up to the Japanese Garden! I say up because it is situated on a steep mountainside in Portland! These pictures were made with an old, not very good camera, but they came out good enough to show them to you. Below: You can find tons of pictures from this stunning famous red Acer on the web! Above: The mighty rivers the Rijn and the Maas come together to form the Hollands Diep, which further on becomes the Haringvliet that runs past our little island Hellevoetsluis! All the next sunset pictures are shot just a 5 minutes walk away from my home on the banks of the same Haringvliet. I only have to walk through a few short streets to reach the several meters high and many kilometres long dike that protects the whole of south Holland from flooding by the rivers and the sea! I actually have to climb stairs to get up this dike and then down the stairs again to reach the small patch of land and a small beach that lies in front of this Haringvliet! This is always very confusing for my foreign friends when I take them for a walk along the seaside! They often ask: do you have to climb stairs to get to the beach?! Ower house on the safe side of this massive and many miles long dike is built just around sea level! But when it storms or with high water it actually lays below sea level! Standing on this shore where these pictures are made and looking to the right you can see the world-famous Haringvliet dam that holds out the mighty Noordsea! It can be opened or shut-in sections. In the picture above you can see that one of these sections is open to let in saltwater so that saltwater vis can swim in and out to spawn. I hope you enjoy these pictures of this unique and often magical place?! Above: 7-1-2009. “Haringvliet partly frozen”. Above: 7-1-2009. “Swans in partly frozen Haringvliet”. Above: 18-4-2009. “Larch in bloom”. Above: 28-09-2009. Mushrooms growing next to my old Pinus parviflora. Above: 15-12-2009. “Lighthouse at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”. Above: 15-12-2009 “Winter Sunset I” Haringvlliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 15-12-2009 “Willow Sunset” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 15-9-2009 “Winter Sunset II” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 17-12-2009. “Willows” at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 17-12-2009. “Willow” at Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 17-12-2009. “Willow & Sunset” Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis. Above: 17-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”. Above: 17-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”. Above: 20-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”. Above: 20-12-2009. “Haringvliet in Hellevoetsluis”. Above: 1-1-2010. Location: Near “Rockanje” in South-Holland, some 15 minutes from my home. This is a picture of a small lake named “Tenella lake” that is situated near this small town. This lake lies in a rare wet dune forest named: Quackjes water. 15-2-2010. Above and below: Swans hibernating in a small lake close to where I live. Below: 17-12-2010. Pond with an island in “Rockanje” in South Holland. Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Wintertime. Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Wintertime. Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella Lake” in Wintertime. Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Wintertime. Below: 17-12-2010 “Tenella lake” in Wintertime. Below: 12-4-2011: Bumblebee on my Blackthorn. Below: 17-12-2010 “The Quackjeswater wet dune forest” in Wintertime. Below: 4-2-2012 “Tenella lake in Wintertime” Below: 4-2-2012. This is where the Quackjeswater wet dune forest finally reaches the beach of the North sea that was here partly frozen! Below: 4-2-2012. The North sea is partly frozen. Below: 4-2-2012. Cold Robin near “Tenella Lake”. Below: 11-7-2012. I was more than proud to take pictures at the fairytale wedding of my two lovely nieces. Below: 9-10-2012. Butterfly on Juniper deadwood. 14-10-2012: Below. The beauty of medicinal herbs. 14-5-2015: Below. Little lost Blackbird seeking shelter from the hot sun. 14-5-2015: Cosy and safe under need my old Hawthorn. 8-10-2015: Spider sunbathing in my garden. Below: 8-12-2019: Wetlands along the seaside of the long dike. Thousands of births of different species spend the winter or live here permanently. In the distance, you can just see “Goeree overflakkee” the next big island of Zeeland. Below: 8-12-2019: These small windmills pump water to the sea and make sure that the water level in the many small channels those not get too high. I hope you enjoyed my pictures?!Cheers,Hans van Meer. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Wonderful photos Hans, I hope you are well and staying safe. Stewart
Hi Stewart! I am glad you like my pictures, and thanks for your good wishes that is always nice to hear! And I wish you all the best for the new year and stay safe!
Hans van Meer.
Superb photos., and thank you so much for sharing them for us to see.
Thanks, Geri! And you are more than welcome! Have a save and happy New Year!
Hans van Meer.
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