dwell on the beauty of life
watch the stars
and see yourself running with them’

― marcus aurelius, meditations

Each week, I look forward to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Every now and then, like this week, my heart sinks when I see the challenge, and I think to myself ‘nope, this one just doesn’t work for me’. So, when I arrived home last night, cold and wet under a leaden Brussels sky, I almost gave up. In the end, over on my ‘personal’ blog, I found inspiration on my wrist.

This morning, on waking (very late, I blame the miserable weather), I resolved to make the best of it, and find something (anything) on the streets of Brussels that would fit the bill.

I set off to walk, thought better of it and took the bus.

Arrived in the centre of town, close to the Opera.

And – lo and behold – I found something vibrant, on the dullest day imaginable.

Hey, and why not sing along and dance, as many did, despite the rain and gloomy skies!

So, in the end, I found something vibrant on belgianstreets and even smiled a bit 😉

for wordpress weekly photo challenge – vibrant


half / half

“jump and let’s build our wings on the way down”
― ray bradbury

(parachutist, brussels air museum)

(for dp weekly photo challenge, half and half)

(and for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at at 200mm, ISO2500, f/4 and 1/125s, edited in lightroom cc, square crop to show half face, original image flipped horizontally, in two minds*



To read about it is one thing. To see, is another.

andy townend

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
― Primo Levi


(fort breendonk, willebroek, belgië)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at various settings, edited through a veil of tears in lightroom cc and silver efex pro 2*

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walking with the dead (again)

“there is a place in the heart that
will never be filled

we will wait

in that space”

– charles bukowski

shouldn’t we care more

about those

who go


(derelict columbarium, begraafplaats van molenbeek)

(for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens, all images shot at f/4, edited in lightroom 5, wet plate filter 9 applied in analog efex pro 2, wondering why they have been left like this*



“happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

― mahatma gandhi


Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parc Marie-José, Joseph Baecklaan, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean.

I will not attempt to add words to those of this inspirational man.

How could I?

(for lucile’s photo rehab)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, iso 200, 1/200 sec at f/7.1, an experiment in posting a photo with no edits*


misty (ambiguity)

“all veils and misty…” mystify, inxs

once, when

they worked


they thought

it would


be, but

it wasn’t, to be

(edmond bonehillstraat, molenbeek)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens, edited in aperture 3, silver ex pro 2 and analog ex pro 2, mistily ambiguous*


photography101: swarm

“Every select man strives instinctively for a citadel and a privacy, where he is free from the crowd, the many, the majority…”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


Mini-Europe, Bruparck, Brussel

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photography101: landmark


I must admit I did not go out and take this photo this morning in direct response to today’s landmark theme.

However, in my defence 😉 I took it just over a week ago at a famous local landmark and in taking the shot I wanted to capture a different angle. So, I think that probably both excuses me and fits the brief?

I was struck by how the line of people clambering up the monument looked like ants climbing along the ridge.

Taken at La butte du Lion, Waterloo 1815.

NaBloPoMo 11 of 30 – photography101:7