Friday, January 29, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - MyWorld Tuesday

This picture was taken from a slide. So the quality is rather poor.
I wonder if any Australian reader recognizes this beach?

Well, it is Surfers Paradise in 1975! Our girls have been there two years ago and they told us it had become a little crowded.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My World Tuesday, Watery Wednesday

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On our trip along the South Coast of Iceland we also visited the Skogar Folk Museum. The museum is partly an open air museum and gives a good impression of the harsh life in the past. The entire collection is found and brought together by one man. He did an amazingly good job. The 'manager' was in his mid eighties when we were there and still working and collecting. The photos give a small impression. If you would like to read more please visit

Farm houses and stables under one roof, covered with turf to keep the cold out

The collector-manager-owner of the museum

Part of the interior of the museum

Part of the interior of the church. This is the smallest church I have ever seen. Only a few square metres.

And if you are not bored yet please look at my Watery Wednesday photos for tomorrow. I don't think I'll have the time to post tomorrow so I show them now. It is an unbelievable powerfull mass of water which makes you feel very small.

The Gullfoss waterfall

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

For today's Sky Watch I have another two photos I took in Iceland. It is a country with 4 seasons a day. The sky is constantly changing.
One moment it looks like this

and the next moment it looks like this. I think it is wonderful and I couln't get enough of it. When the sky opens up it is the brightest blue you can imagine.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Watery Wednesday

Of the hot springs in Iceland the Great Geysir and the Strokkur are the most famous. And it really is breath taking to see the hot water moving and then burst out into a fountain every seven minutes. The Strokkur is the most active but he was not really showing off when we where there.
What I also found just as interesting were the ordinary hot springs. They looked like poodles of water but at a closer look they were very deep and the water was boiling hot. Amazing. I held my hand about 50 cm above the spring and still felt the heat.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My World Tuesday

About two years ago I visited Iceland with a friend. Or actually it was the capital Reykjavik that we visited. From there we made a few nice sight seeing trips. In the next couple of postings I'll show some pictures I took during our trip to Iceland.

The Hallgrims church, build over several decades from 1945 to 1988. It is a massive building and I just couldn't get the whole church in front of my camera ;-) The church doubles as a concert hall.

It's tower is about 75 m. high, the highest building in Iceland and visible almost anywhere in the city

By the way: did you notice the wonderful skies?

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Sky watch Friday

The first sunset after weeks of cloudy skies. Lovely to see everything in an orange glow.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

My world Tuesday

Our world is still white. Today was a real winter day: cold, gray and some snow.
The building at the end of the road is an old water tower -a huge water reservoir- not far from our home. At least three times a week I drive along this road and see the huge building. It was built in 1952 on the grounds of the Oranje Nassau mines in Heerlen. The (coal) mines are all closed down and many houses have been built on the grounds. The tower still exists and I sincerely hope that it will be kept for future generations. Many water towers have been demolished but nowadays communities are trying to keep them as historic buildings. It was a pity I could not take a better photo today. I will try again on a sunny day.