Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

Breathtaking and stunningly beautiful is the Country of Iceland. With dramatic landscapes , glaciers , volcano’s and geysers it is a photographers dream.

Me and my wife went to Iceland at the end of February with one thing on our minds…the Northern Lights also known as the Aurora Borealis. We were lucky , and saw the lights on four different occasions. No it does not play any music or make sounds for those who think it does. It is a most wondrous , magical experience … which we want to go and see again….and again.

If you can – rent a car , preferably a 4×4 and especially in winter time. This was a adventure of a lifetime , hope you like the proof….

corrugated house - Reykjavic
Corrugated House – Reykjavic , Iceland

The sun Voyager - Reykjavic
The Sun Voyager – Reykjavic , Iceland

Harpa concert hall - Reykjavic
Harpa Concert hall – Reykjavic , Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja - Reykjavic
Hallgrímskirkja (church) – Reykjavic , Iceland

Early house - National Museum
Early Settler House (National Museum of Iceland) – Reykjavic

Bicycle Bridge - Reykjavic
Bicycle Bridge – Reykjavic , Iceland

Road to nowhere...
Road to nowhere…

Þingvellir (Tectonic Plates) , Iceland
Þingvellir (Tectonic Plates) , Iceland

Geyser - Iceland
Geyser – Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

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Roundtable at Kasteel Duivenoorde

I was invited to be the Photographer for this event. The event was hosted at Castle Duivenoorde (Kasteel Duivenoorde). There were around forty guests for this occasion. It was a Venetian themed event. Apparently a lot of the guests changed their Facebook profile photos to the ones I took at this event….

Some info about the Castle
Duivenvoorde Castle, (Kasteel Duivenvoorde) is located in the town of Voorschoten, between Leiden and The Hague- Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands.

Duivenvoorde Castle dates back to the early 13th century – it was first mentioned in 1226 – making it one of the older castles in Zuid-Holland, when it was a defensive tower surrounded by a moat. The present style is the result of architectural modifications and restoration works which took place from the 17th through the 19th century.

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Calista Photo-shoot…

One of our friends was so kind to use me for a shoot before she moved to New-Zeeland. We enjoyed the shoot , it was great fun. The photos came out great…she loved the photos. Wish you all the best in New Zeeland…

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Rheims – the Champagne area

Reims also spelt Rheims. The most obvious attraction is of course Champagne. One of the most important attractions is the Cathedral of Rheims(Notre-Dame de Reims). This Cathedral played a very important role in connection with the French Monarchy as it was the crowning site of the Kings of France. The Palace of Tau , next to the Basilica served as the residence of the kings of France on the occasion of their coronations. Other attractions is the Basillica of Saint-Remi , Mars gate.

All the well known Champagne houses are in Rheims. If you want to visit make a reservation. I have visited these three G.H Mumm , Taittinger , Veuve Clicquot , and each one of them is a bit different than the other. To visit the Champagne winelands you can travel by car to Épernay , south of Rheims.

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Visit to Maastricht – The Netherlands

In South Africa we used to say when you visit the Karoo , that is so flat you can see black and white stripes in the sky. Meaning it is so flat that you can see nights and days on it’s way… In the Netherlands it is so flat , I jokingly refer to the Country as “the flat earth society” When we need hills we go to the Eastern parts of the country , here is no mountains. Maastricht lies in this hilly area of the Netherlands. It is one of my favorite city’s in the Netherlands. Maastricht has no less than 1677 National heritage sites , the only city which have more is Amsterdam. The Maastricht Treaty (formally, the Treaty on European Union or TEU) undertaken to start the E.U (European Union) was signed on 7 February 1992 by the members of the European Community in Maastricht , and led to the creation of the euro currency.

Although there are a lot , here is a few attractions to mention. Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek , it is said that there were a church here from the 5 th Century , and it could be the oldest Christian church in the Netherlands. De Markt (Market) , The St Janskerk , the Bisschopsmolen and old City walls is also worth a visit. The Vrijthof which is very close to a big square , where there is a lot of Restaurants is also good to see. The Dominican Church that was converted to a bookstore. Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore. All in all well worth the visit.

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Visit to Gent – Belgium

A few months ago we decided to visit Gent for the day. The city has amazing architecture and beautiful churches. Saint Nicholas’ Church is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent. There is also a castle from the middle ages close to the city center. It is called Gravensteen Castle which means “castle of the counts”. The food is very good , and the beer even better. We had such a good time. I would love to do some night photography there. Maybe this year….

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1 year old birthday party

Clients asked me to take photos of their sons 1 st birthday party. They invited some family and close friends for the event. luckily the weather played along with some nice sunshine. I took some great photos outside. I even had time for a piece of cake. All in all a good day. The results were good , with lasting memories for the parents.

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Memories that last a lifetime

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