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2006-11-30
660. Autumn 2006, 12.



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660. Beautiful autumn sky. Most of the clouds in this picture are not "beautiful" at all though, they are caused by the exhausts of airplanes.

The Netherlands, November 27, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-29
659. Autumn 2006, 11.



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659. Meadow near Loosdrecht.

The Netherlands, November 27, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-28
658. Autumn 2006, 10.



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658. Trees in backlight.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-27
657. Autumn 2006, 9.



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657. The same field as in the previous picture. only different light and taken from a different angle.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-26
656. Autumn 2006, 8.



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656. Fallen leaves have sorted themselves neatly into the grooves of a harrowed field.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-25
655. Autumn 2006, 7.



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655. On the right side of this country lane there is an identical row of trees as seen in this picture. The shadows of the trunks make nice lines on the path and the shadows of the branches and leaves make a spotted pattern on the trunks.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-24
654. Autumn 2006, 6.



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654. Here again an example of that nice low autumn light that causes beautiful spots of lights and shadows.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-23
653. Autumn 2006, 5.



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653. Autumn leaves look at their best with the light shining through tehem and a dark background.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-22
652. Autumn 2006, 4.



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652. On the left the reflection of a few small trees against the blue sky and on the right the reflection of trees in fall colours. I took a number of pictures from different angles. Completely blue, completely reddish brown and with different ripples in the water. Eventually I posted this one because it looks like the water was painted by an impressionist, it's almost as if you can see the brush stroke.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-21
651. Autumn 2006, 3.



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651. Long shadows of trees. A sun low in the sky often gives the best lighting for a landscape because there is more texture caused by the shadows. The advantage of autumn is that the sun doesn't travel in a steep line.
So you have more time to photograph. The light is often not so hard because of the moisture in the air.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-20
650. Autumn 2006, 2.



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650. A birch after the first autumn storm.

The Netherlands, November 17, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-19
649. Autumn 2006, 1.



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649. The woods between Loosdrecht and Hilversum.

The Netherlands, October 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-18
648. Gunnahver 2.



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648. With this photograph, as opposite to picture 647, I waited till the lighthouse was still just visible through the steam.
Gunna is an Icelandic name.
Hver means: steam or hot spring.
The geographical names in Iceland look very exotic on first sight, but they are a lot easier than you would think. I've got a list of about 120 words which enable you to understand most geographic names.
Reykjavik means smoke bay (Vik is bay)
Reykjanes means smoke peninsula.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

Guestlink.
Beautiful photography and a graphically well designed site, it's a combination which is unfortunately not very common on internet:
http://www.juuldevries.com/



2006-11-17
647. Gunnahver 1.



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647. This area is in the most south-westerly point of Iceland. In the background the lighthouse of Reykjanes. It took some patience to get the steam exactly so that the view to the lighthouse was open.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-16
646. Blue Lagoon 2.



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646. The boiling hot water that comes out of the ground is first used for the turbines to generate electricity. Then it passes through a heat exchanger. That heat is used for the heating of the houses in Reykjavik, then it ends up in this lake. You can scoop up the white stuff yourself from between the rocks.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-15
645. Blue Lagoon 1.



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645. Blue Lagoon, Bláa Lóniđ in Icelandic is a swimming pool not far from the airport Kevlavik. Seawater is pumped into the ground and geothermically heated, then it is led through the electricity plant in the back. After that it is drained into this lake. The water still has a temperature of 39 degrees centigrade. It is rich in minerals and is supposed to be good for the skin. The man in the background covered his neck and shoulders with it.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-14
644. Icelandic landscape 13.



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644. Here I used the repeating shapes in the landscape. Because there is no sunlight on the hill in front a feeling of depth was created. In Iceland you usually only have to wait for a few minutes to get the light you want.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-13
643. Cairns 2.



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643. Same place, same time, but in silhouette. This picture was exposed in such a way to get much detail in the sky, that's why all the detail is gone from the rocks. Picture 462 on the other hand was exposed for the rocks and so all the detail is gone from the sky. The contrast range between rocks and sky is much too great to be captured in one photograph.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-12
642. Cairns 1.



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642. These stone piles were built by tourists. In earlier days they were made to mark the road, but now it has become a touristic pastime.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-11
641. Krysuvik. 4.



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641. Top left you can just see a part of Kleivarvatn. Vatn means lake or water in Icelandic. In Old Norse vatn means water, it is connected to the English word water.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-10
640. Krysuvik. 3.



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640. Duckboard through a hot area, your feet stay dry and cool and the vulnerable surroundings stay unspoiled.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-09
639. Krysuvik. 2.



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639. A small stream with hot water.
On the rocks all kinds of colourful mineral deposits.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-08
638. Krysuvik. 1.



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638. Solfatares and fumaroles south of Reykjavik.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-07
637. Icelandic landscape 12.



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637. A characteristic secundary road. Loose gravel and washboard.

Iceland, July 29, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-06
636. Gullfoss 4.



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636. The feeling you have when close to a large waterfall cannot be conveyed in a photograph.
Vertigo when you come too close to the edge.
Fear of sliding on the slippery stones and falling down into the churning water.
The overwhelming sound.
The constant fear you or your camera might get drenched by the spray.
The nice fresh air.

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-05
635. Gullfoss 3.



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635. The waterfall during a shower.

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-04
634. Gullfoss 2.



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634. In the background the waterfall.

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-03
633. Gullfoss 1.



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633. Gullfoss means golden waterfall, because the water has sometimes a golden colour.

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-02
632. Thermal spring 3.



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632. Under water there are beautiful mineral deposits. Because the water is boiling and therefore moving, there are all kinds of small distortions in the right part of the picture.

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2006-11-01
631. Thermal spring 2.



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631. In the neighbourhood of Strokkur there are a lot of thermal springs. You can also find the Geyser there, all geysers in the world got their name from this gusher. The Geyser does not work anymore.
The Icelandic name is Geysir which has a connection with the Old Norse word gjósa (to gush)

Iceland, July 28, 2006.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)