Prowling my world, camera in hand

25 July 2006

Week 29: Violenschool

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Week 29 was hot, very hot. The first two pictures are from the lovely small town of Muiden near Amsterdam. I went there on Sunday at lunchtime and found it packed with people, mostly on bicycles, since the town centre is closed to cars on weekends. It was easy to get eye contact with this cyclist:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

Here is a guy who reminded me of Onslow from “Keeping Up Appearances”:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

Then on to more serious things. On Thursday 20th July, my daughter graduated from elementary school, the Violenschool in Hilversum. In the Dutch system, this means finishing 6th grade and going on to middle school. Although this is not a country of big ceremonies, the school did hold a bridging ceremony (for the younger children who were just moving up a year) and graduation for the ones who were leaving the school. It was held in the school’s courtyard. Here is my daughter, waiting a bit nervously:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

The children performed various dances, and as usual the parents were busy photographing them:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

But not everyone was equally interested:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm L Canon, ISO 100)

After the children got their diplomas, there were hugs and kisses from parents all around:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 100)

And finally, later that day, I was sitting with my daughter, having a drink outside a bar, and liked the way the late afternoon light illuminated her face:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 16-35mm L Canon, ISO 100)

The last picture of the week is a recent visitor to my garden. I have no idea of what kind of bird it is, but it looks like one who might compete with my cat for the local mice:
(Canon 1D Mark II, 200mm L Canon, ISO 400)

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