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25 May 2006

Week 20: Keukenhof/BXL

Filed under: — Administrator @ 22:00

The locations for week 20 are Keukenhof, one of the main tourist attractions of the Netherlands, and the Ixelles neighbourhood in Brussels.

First, Keukenhof, the famous flower showcase between Amsterdam and The Hague, open only about 6 weeks each year. My in-laws from Puerto Rico are currently visiting, and of course we had to take them there. I tried to select a few images which are not the standard postcard shots.

The first image is what Keukenhof is all about:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

The day was nice, so of course there were plenty of tourists, even though it was a weekday. This guy was very serious about close-up shots with his digicam:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

This couple had obviously seen the baby pictures by Anne Geddes:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

The next two images are a bit on the humorous side. First, a sign which is clearly not obeyed by everyone:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

Second, a man and his dogs doing what many men end up doing at Keukenhof: waiting for his better half.
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

Then we move on to Brussels, which I visited Tuesday and Wednesday. These three images are from a walk in my favourite part of the city, Ixelles, and more specifically the part of Ixelles known as Matonge or Little Zaire because it is populated by many African immigrants (it also has one of the city’s best camera shops, Campion Photo). The first image is a snap taken while walking from my car to Campion:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

The square outside the church of St. Boniface:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

And finally, a clothing shop which is in a state of some disarray:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

Addition on 28th May. Several visitors to this site suggested that the above picture of the mannequins would work better in B&W. Having converted the image, I tend to agree with them:
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(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

1 Comment »

  1. Great photos with you trademark originality,
    Mervin

    Comment by Mervin Stewart — 26 May 2006 @ 02:11

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