‘Scape’ is the stage of grand landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, cultivated scapes, intimate landscapes. In other words: a celebration of nature. With sometimes a glimpse of human influence.
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On the night of September 28th 2015 a rare total lunar eclipse of a supermoon, resulting in a bloodmoon, was visible across the world.
This picture was taken from my balcony in Amsterdam. During the event, I saw something flying quickly through the dark and soon realised this was a heron. I was excited that it landed on the roof on the other side of the street and waited until the moon moved closer ‘towards’ the roof to get both the moon and the heron in the image.
The next total lunar eclipse visible in the Netherlands will be on December 20th 2029.
A bird flying above the Amsterdam Central station area.
This is a look down into the Valle de Cocora in the Andean Mountains of Colombia, a stunning place with a wide variety of flora and fauna. At the moment that the picture was taken, the valley itself was covered in fog. This is why you are unable to see the hundreds of palm trees that are normally visible and that can reach a height of 60 meter. One is visible, and it stands high above the other types of trees. Horses roam free here, and down the hill, one of them can be spotted.
Riet is the Dutch name for reed. I shot this image in the Oostvaardersplassen, a Dutch national park, which consists of endless amounts of reed. However, it never becomes boring.
A swarm of cormorants flying over the lighthouse of Marken called the ‘Paard van Marken’ (Horse of Marken) in the Netherlands. Marken is a former island, now a peninsula, in a huge lake called the IJsselmeer. This lake used to be the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea), but due to the constructing of the Afsluitdijk (Closure Dike) in 1932 was disconnected from the Waddenzee (Wadden Sea) that is connected to the North Sea.
These cormorants very likely fly to the Oostvaardersplassen, which is a large nature reserve in the Netherlands, attracting many cormorants and other birds.
Barnacle Geeze ascending on an early morning with a herd of Konik horses on the background in the Oostvaardersplassen, the Netherlands. This national park is the result of the constructing of the Afsluitdijk (Closure Dike), which in 1932 disconnected the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea) from the Waddenzee (Wadden Sea) that is connected to the North Sea. The lake called the IJsselmeer was born. Following the years after the construction of the Closure Dike, a natural area started to develop, which would become the Oostvaardersplassen.
A sunset from a dike overlooking Spaarnwoude, with wild geese flying over. Spaarnwoude is a recreational area between Amsterdam and Haarlem, which used to be a dumping-ground up to the end of the 1960s.
The Noordermolen (meaning Northern windmill) is a polder windmill in the little town Noorddijk, close to the city of Groningen in the North of the Netherlands. The windmill was built in 1888 in order to control the water level in the Noorderpolder. In the Second World War the windmill was used as a hiding place for Jewish people. Today, it still functions although it is has not operated since 1980.
On this early winter morning, it was cold, overcasted and windy. These are the kind of conditions that are common in the Netherlands, and it is presented well in the image.
At a beach in Weligama, Sri Lanka, the celestial bodies in the night sky slowly ‘disappear’ as the light of our sun enters the atmosphere.
Sunrise at Sri Pada, Sri Lanka’s second highest mountain. At an elevation of 2.243 meter the sunrise is a spectacular sight and welcomed after a hike that started at 1:30 at night. The sky is clear from this vantage point but ‘below’ the sun a cloud cover hides the Indian Ocean from the eye.
A path leading across tea plantations along the rolling hills in Dalhousie, a small Sri Lankan village in the Nuwara Eliya District. The sun was showing its last bit of light through the clouds that started to form, creating golden sunbeams that elegantly touch the picturesque landscape.
Dalhousie is a small Sri Lankan village in the Nuwara Eliya District. This area is part of the so-called Hill Country, which is world famous for its high quality tea. Returning from a hike through the tea plantations on a sunny day, clouds started to form. The partial sunlight coming through resulted in a dramatic view with dominating blue hues.
A night view in Sri Lanka containing the upper structure of the Sama Chatiya, a Buddhist Peace Pagoda, with the Sri Pada mountain on the background.
The foot of the mountain is partly covered in clouds but the bright white lights reveal the path up to the peak. It is the path by which pilgrims climb the mountain that is considered holy. The end destination of the pilgrimage is the temple Sripada Maluwa at the peak, the bright yellow point of light. Here, according to the story, the ‘footprint of the Buddha’ was left on the mountain by the Buddha when he visited the island for the third and last time. The goal is to reach the top before sunrise in order to enjoy this spectacular moment, see the triangular shadow of the mountain casted on the landscape, and for the religious people to perform religious rituals.
The Sama Chatiya is a Buddhist World Peace Pagoda at the foot of the Sri Pada, a Sri Lankan mountain considered holy. A World Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa, which is “a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace” (Source: Wikipedia). Like most of the World Peace Pagoda’s in the world, the Sama Chatiya was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885 – 1985), a Japanese Buddhist monk who founded the religious movement Nipponzan-Myōhōji-Daisanga. This movement is a small Buddhist order that is actively engaged in the worldwide peace movement.
The Sri Pada mountain in Sri Lanka is considered holy by the Sri Lankans and the walk up to the top as a pilgrimage. The tradition is to arrive at the peak before the sun rises around 6 a.m. The hike up is a great, but demanding, experience. Waking up around two ‘o clock at night, there is a seven kilometre long stairway between you and the top. However, along the trail you are treated with amazing views, such as this one with in the background the Sama Chatiya, a Buddhist Peace Pagoda.
While you travel by train to Kandy, one of the Sri Lankan cities of the ancient kings, you pass many grand landscapes such as this one. With the train moving and vegetation and trees mostly obstructing an open view, it was difficult to properly capture this scenery with its sky dweller.
Winter sunset on a cold Christmas Eve in ‘het Aekingerzand’ in National Park Drents-Friese Wold, the Netherlands. This is a sand-drift area, which is why this place is also called ‘Kale Duinen’, which translates as ‘Bald Dunes’.
These sand-drift areas are relatively rare in the Netherlands. Because of forestation het Aekingerzand was threatened to survive. Consequently, 200 hectare of forest was cut down. A herd of sheep now provides in the grazing of the heathland in order to preserve the landscape.
It might look as if this is a stretch of beach on a remote tropical island. However, this is a Praia Vermelha (Vermelha Beach) in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the view over the beach from the famous 396 meter high Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), from which you can overlook a great deal of the city.
A waterfall with the mountain tops of Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) on the background. Paine is an old indigenous word for the colour blue. The landscape is part of Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia in which you find mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and consequently, many waterfalls. The remarkable contrast of the black and white rock of Cuernos del Paine is caused by glacial erosion that occurred over tens of thousands of years.