Picture of the Week

3 May 2006

Week 16: Ducks & Brussels

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For week 16 I have two distinct themes: baby ducks and a visit to Brussels. But stay tuned, hopefully it is worth it!

In front of my office in Eindhoven is a large pond, or really a moat. This spring some ducks (or are they geese?-I am no expert on poultry) have been nesting around the building. One day the mother and the little ones were swimming in the pond:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 200)

And then it was time to get out. But the little ones cannot fly yet, so they were desperately struggling to get out while the mother waited anxiously:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 200)

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(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 200)

Finally we put a wooden plank in the pond, and after a couple of minutes the little birdies figured out what to do:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 200)

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(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 200)

The second half of the PAW is from a brief visit to Brussels, where my French cousin Nicole lives. We drove down on a Sunday, just to spend the day with Nicole and her family. Sunday is pizza day in their house, but this does not mean phoning the local pizza parlour. No, Nicole does it the hard way:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 800)

Meanwhile, her two black cats were doing what cats do–lounging around:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 800)

While the pizza dough rose, we drove down to the Sablon square in the centre of Brussels to take a little walk. The area is home to a large antiques market and several shops selling antiques, so one often sees scenes like this:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 400)

Then back to Nicole’s house, where the pizza production commenced in earnest:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 35mm L Canon, ISO 800)

And to finish it off, pizza or no pizza, no French dinner is complete without cheese at the end:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 800)

2 Comments »

  1. interesting series of the ducks. Home made pizza can be excellent. I like the photo of the hands cuing the cheese.

    Comment by Mervin Stewart — 3 May 2006 @ 13:36

  2. Love the climbing ducks, Nathan. And also the photo of the black cats, who look like they know the ducklings are above them. And the heads in the car aren’t shabby either. 🙂

    Best,
    B. D.

    Comment by B. D. Colen — 4 May 2006 @ 02:34

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