Friday, January 30, 2009

Frosty grass ...

... catching the early morning sunlight ...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mechelen ...

... Mechelen
web van straten ...
by dirk verbruggen

... 't Groen Waterke, a picturesque small remnant
of bygone canals — in particular of the Melaan,
of which a longer stretch was after more than
a century uncovered in 2007 ...

... Five dancing figures "The Joy of Living"
by Mariette Teugels ...
... the renovated buildings of the Benevolent Society
'de Cellekens' - 1854 (for poor women
and childless widows)
is now home and
workshop of sculptor Mariette Teugels ...


Mariette Teugels ... (EN-NL)
by marietteteugels.be
official website

... Saint-Rumbold's Tower (Sint-Rombouts)
the 97 meter high tower with its 514 steps ...

... 3-D creatures from paintings by Jeroen Bosch ...

... and Pieter Bruegel ....

Museum The Foolish Art Collection ... (EN-NL)
by vliegendpeert.be
... refers to the specific theme of the paintings,
satirical-moralising, in the 16th century
also referred to as Sot (Foolisch)...

Mechelen ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... even became the capital of the Low Countries
(very roughly the Netherlands, Belgium and
Luxembourg) in the first half of the 16th century
under Margarete of Austria's reign ...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Battenbroek ...

... on the left the Senne River
on the right Battenbroek pond ...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Line 25A ...Line 27B ...

... graffiti #30 ...

line 27B / spoorlijn 27B ... (NL)
by nl.wikipedia.org
Weerde-St Katelijne Waver - 12,6 km

... abandoned tunnel former line 25A
Mechelen - Antwerp South station ...


... on top of the abandoned tunnel
line 25 and line 27 ...

... former line 25A and line 27B crossover
on top of former line 25A
line 25 and line 27 Brussels North - Antwerp ...

line 25A / Spoorlijn 25A ... (NL)
by nl.wikipedia.org
De ongebruikte tunnel is van de vroegere lijn 25A.
De spoorlijn 25A liep naast de 27B sporen.
Boven de tunnels lopen de lijnen 25 en 27 ...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Duffel/Rumst

... the AWW reservoir Eekhoven ...

Antwerp Water Works ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
...
The AWW has a yearly production of 150 million m3

and a revenue of 100 million euro ...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Field with Crows ...

Crows - Corvus ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... and ravens often score very highly
on intelligence tests...


Wheat Field with Crows ... (EN) - Vincent Van Gogh
by en.wikipedia.org
... was painted in July 1890 ...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ottenburg ...

... vintage hand water pump (EN) - De Tomme ...
by en.wikipedia.org
... a manually powered means
of bringing water to the surface from
a borehole, rainwater tank or well...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bird feeder ...

Great Tit - Parus Major ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Tit
... In England, Great Tits learned to break the foil caps
sealing bottles of milk that had been delivered
to homes to obtain the cream floating on top. ...

Wood pigeon - Columba palumbus ... (EN)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Pigeon
... The Wood Pigeon is gregarious, often forming
very large flocks outside the breeding season. ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Congratulations, Mr. President

... Inaugural Celebration on National Mall ...

Aretha Franklin performs 'My Country, Tis Of Thee'
by OfficialRandomMusic - video 3:14
... at The Historical Inaguration 2009 ...

... Barack Hussein Obama takes the Oath of Office,
using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible,
administered by Chief Justice John Roberts ...


Barack Obama’s Inaugural Speech:
... Starting today, we must pick ourselves up,
dust ourselves off, and begin again
the work of remaking America....

Benediction by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery ...(EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... was among the first five African Americans to get arrested
at the South African Embassy in Washington D.C.

during the Free South Africa movement ...


... Amid the outpouring of inaugural joy over the racial progress
represented by President Barack Obama, there was a single,
humorous mention of work still to be done.
After the first black president had been sworn in,
Rev. Joseph Lowery' ended his benediction with a rhyme
familiar to black churchgoers:
''We ask you to help us work for that day when black
will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around...''

There was laughter from the enormous crowd.
The 87-year-old civil rights pioneer continued:
''When yellow will be mellow,
when the red man can get ahead, man;
and when white will embrace what is right.
That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.''

The crowd thundered, ''Amen!''
source: The New York Times


... American anthem - Star Spangled Banner ...

...Barack Obama's Presidential inauguration ceremony
in Washington DC - 20 january 2009 ...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Desert rose ...

... macro of Saharan Desert rose ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The rosette crystal habit tends to occur when
the crystals form in arid sandy conditions,
such as the evaporation of a shallow salt basin...

NL: woestijnroos - DE: Sandrose

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sint Pieters Rode / Holsbeek ...

... Peerse Road ...

...St Joseph's chapel under an old limetree...

... St Joseph's Chapel and distant view of Horst Castle ...

... the coach-house of Horst Castle ...

... the square donjon was added in the 15th century ...

Horst Castle ... (EN)
by www.belgiancastles.be
... Horst is the first time mentioned in
documents from 1263 and 1268...

... The Horst Castle is famous from the Belgian
comic strips "The Red Knight" ... (EN)
by international hero.co.uk
... In 1946 teacher Leopold Vermeiren started to write stories
about a knight of humble birth for Youth Magazine
'De Kleine Zondagsvriend.
The stories about that red knight
became rather popular,
so - starting in 1949 - his adventures
were published
in books and the series would grow
to a full 64 titles. ...


... There are kept each year castle festivals,
where knightly tournaments are staged...

Kasteel van Horst ... (NL)
by nl.wikipedia.org
... In oktober 2007 verkocht gravin Hemicourt de Grunne
het kasteeldomein samen met de 113 hectaren grond
eromheen aan het Vlaams Gewest ...

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