the (un) natural world of doel

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My response to today’s theme on #photo101 was a spider’s web captured in a window frame in the abandoned polder village of Doel.

The main target for my camera yesterday was the graffiti which covers almost every vertical surface in Doel.

So as an extra #photo101 contribution this evening, here is a short slide show featuring the (un) natural world of Doel…

And for those having trouble seeing the slideshow on mobile devices here are the images…


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photography101: the natural world

caught in a web

caught in a web

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

I became entangled with this web yesterday as I made a second visit to the abandoned polder town of Doel, of which more later…

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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.

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photography101: weekend one (two)

A second response to the photo101 “weekend homework”

I came across this sculpture in a hollow in the park in the centre of Brussel close to the Palace.

Faded and run down but alluring…

This time some colour in my photos.

Le me know what you think and have a great weekend!

Now time for a glass of wine 😉

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After a little digging around on the web I have discovered that the statue is “La Madeleine repentante (1779) de Jérôme Duquesnoy repose dans une grotte artificielle dans le fond du parc.”

The woody hollow itself is a throwback to an ancient valley that predates the construction of the park. In September 1830 Dutch soldiers were trapped and defeated here by revolutionaries. The place was closed to the public throughout the second half of the 19th Century and even today has an eerie and unsettling atmosphere…


photography101: weekend one

After a week, of “playing safe” and submitting shots from my archive to meet the daily themes, I decided it was time I “got with the program” and took some shots in direct response to the theme, this time the weekend “homework”.

So, armed with my wide angle lens, I took these shots from the balcony of my apartment in the heart of Brussel.

My goal? To experiment with composition and framing, vertical and horizontal, and to try to break free from my usual reluctance to “go wide”.

I plan to experiment more this weekend…

Would love to hear what you think?

In response to some of the feedack I received, I thought I would share the original colour images…

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photography101: solitude


Thoughts, once I cared.

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley

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photography101: bliss


I am listening…

“Of all the conceptions of pure bliss that people and poets have dreamed of, listening to the harmony of the spheres always seemed to me the highest and most intense.”
– Hesse

From martelaars plein.

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photography101: water


“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”

― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Fountain in the square.

La Roche en Ardenne, Belgium.

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photography101: street


My second contribution to the WordPress Photography 101 course has been a challenge…

My photos here on belgianstreets and on belgradestreets tend to focus on details, the things we might miss as we go about our busy lives.

So, the challenge to capture an establishing shot put me out of my comfort zone. And that, I guess, is part of the appeal of Photography 101! 😉

Under time pressure today, I have chosen an existing photo which captures my neighborhood and the people who live here. Oh, and their obsession with cycling!

This wide city street in the heart of Brussel, jammed with cars during the week, was, on the day I took this shot, closed to all traffic except those on bicycles.

You can see the original post here car(e)free.

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