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beach boulders, paternoster, south africa

beach boulders & sand ‘cables‘, paternoster

barnacles and sunset, paternoster, south africa

barnacles & a liquid sunset, paternoster

euphorbia and lion's head, cape town, south africa

euphorbia ingens | lion’s head

devil's peak and lush arbor, kirstenbosch, cape town, south africa

part of table mountain’s eastern face (window buttress or fernwood buttress?) and devil’s peak & a lush arbour, kirstenbosch

clouds over table mountain and sunset view from signal hill, cape town, south africa

clouds envelop table mountain & the sun sets over
the atlantic ocean (view from signal hill)

cape town cbd @ sunset, south africa

cape town cbd at dusk, view from signal hill

gulls and mountains at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

gulls & mountains, buffels bay, cape point

cape chacma baboon and turquoise ocean at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

cape chacma baboon & a turquoise sea, buffels bay

I was very lucky to have a wonderful mid-winter injection of southern light and colour! Then, on returning to Amsterdam a week and a half ago, I quickly succumbed to a nasty northern ‘flu bug… and am just starting to feel human again now. How has 2014 been treating you? Very well, I hope!

catch the (free) ferry across Het Ij, from Amsterdam Centraal Station to NDSM

catch the (free) ferry across Het Ij, from Amsterdam Centraal Station to NDSM

Colours, textures and patterns gathered on a trip across the water (Het Ij) to North Amsterdam’s NDSM wharf – once upon a time a busy ship-building yard, left to dereliction after its closure in 1984… now a burgeoning creative community is working to breathe new life into the urban decay.

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

found typography, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

snake in the grass, Noorderlicht, NDSM, Amsterdam

A short, highly textured walk through the lush summer weeds and gritty, graffiti-laden dereliction of old shipbuilding warehouses and dry docks transports you to Noorderlicht, an old tunnel greenhouse now converted into a café‎ – very atmospheric and always good for a drink and a tasty bite to eat.

Noorderlicht, NDSM, Amsterdam

graffiti, NDSM, Amsterdam

Colourful!

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

The Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg has a series of six magnificent wool and silk tapestries, made between 1593 and 1604 that tell the story of Zeeland’s most important sea battles fought against the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War (1568 – 1648). The tapestries are vast in size and the sea battles depicted are very epic indeed…

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

… but as I don’t know much about ships or care much for battles I was most interested in the small, beautiful details at the water’s edge…

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

… and the flora and fauna depicted in the tapestries’ intricate borders.

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

There are many other fascinating and beautiful artefacts to be found at the Zeeuws Museum, presented in a fresh & simple manner which works beautifully to enhance the history, the detail, and the (long lost) craftsmanship of the objects.

I usually try to make a note of the things I am inspired by and photograph in museums… but on this trip I was short of time and eager to see as much as I could. Apologies therefore that I cannot provide much information on, or attribution for, several of the objects pictured below.

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

[top: carved ivory comb ?]
[bottom: mummy of a child (organic material, textile, wood, paint), Egyptian, c.332]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

[top: the Egyptian mummy again]
[bottom: more intricately carved ivory… wish I’d made a note of what this thing is! A Chinese puzzle ball, perhaps?]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

colour parallels…
[top: painting, Dutch, 19th Century ?]
[bottom: ceremonial woman’s blouse or huipil (cotton, silk), K’iche Maya / Quetzaltenago, Guatemala, 1930-1940]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

a very beautiful stitch sampler… hard to believe it was made almost 120 years ago – the patterns and colours (especially that almost-fluorescent pink!) seem very contemporary [Netherlands, 1896 ?]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

[pig mask worn by a dancer during harvest rituals (wood, rattan, feathers, mirror glass), Dayak / Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, 1930 – 1960]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

[top: Guido Lippens ‘Memento’ (oil on panel, sawn, burnt), Middelburg, 2002-2003]
[bottom: monkey skulls ?]

Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Zeeland

[top: war hat (rattan, leather, teeth, shells), Lesser Sunda Islands,
Indonesia, 1850 – 1900]
[bottom: shards of ancient green glass ?]

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

As seen from a single vantage point (our front windows) over the past few evenings, photos taken between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. I love it when it starts to stay lighter later (and, although it may seem contradictory, now have an urge to give Darklands a spin :)

seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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