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Our garden at night

It won’t be our garden for very much longer, and we will miss it so much. But these shots show how spectacular it can look at night-time.

Hofje Garden, Night time

The Hofje by Night.

Bench, windmill, Dutch?

The quiet of the garden belies the chaos of the packing inside the hofje

Eerily Awesome Atmosphere

Everything’s so green


Photos by PJD, September 2012. Captions by CIA. Late night packing still in progress. (Help?)

No trick photography

I am not skilled enough for advanced photography tricks, and neither do I have Photoshop™. But I did get these shots in Iceland. And I am posting them here because I like them, and I hope you’ll like them too.

Throwing ice into Jökulsárlón

Ice landing in Jökulsárlón


Have you ever taken a shot with minimal expectations? Have you ever got home and found a moment of photographic pricelessness? These ones are from PJD, at Jökulsárlón, capturing the moment some ice was thrown, and the moment it hits the water. Tell us about your moments of photographic joy!

Little moments in time

As PJD wrote yesterday, the pace of everyday life is fairly fast. So much so, that sometimes we (you, me, us) don’t really stop to catch those little moments (momentjes) in time which are hidden, not immediately apparent and which take a little more time to notice. A few weeks ago, I was reminded of this, as we slowed the pace of life down and meandered, somewhat aimlessly, enjoying the sunshine, through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam. It seemed like the whole city was out that day, enjoying the beautiful warmth, and we were just three friends, among many, our chatter and laughter melding into that around us of strangers, as the minutes, hours passed lazily by. Somewhere along the way, we caught a glimpse of this beautiful doorway out of the corner of our eyes. We’d already walked past, even though our pace was slow, yet it was so lovely in the dappled mid-afternoon light, that we just had to turn back and take another look. We all had smiles on our faces, as we walked away again. Little moments in time, spent with special people really are life’s simplest joys. As we look towards embarking on a new adventure together, it’s comforting to know that so many splendid memories will be carried with us, and as we go, remembering to relish the little moments in time, wherever we may be.


Photo by CIA, Amsterdam, August 2012.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

On our way home one night, we caught this picture. Some might say we made it, or took it. The particular verb is probably less important than the subject, which, given our current circumstances, feels apt. Everyday life?

Night time, Amsterdam Centraal

Life is fast-paced, life is commuting, life is sometimes out of focus (and clarity is better seen in restrospect); life is changing, everyday life is bright, exciting and dynamic.

And soon we will be moving away from here as surely as the tram which you can’t quite see in the picture.


Photo by PJD, Station Amsterdam Centraal, August 2012.

Road trip, part I

I went to Iceland.

Iceland is pretty nice.

In Iceland, I went on a road trip.

For road trips, it’s important to get the music right.

And we did.

Ásgeir Trausti’s new album is called Dýrð í dauðaþögn. It’s really good, and works well with the landscape, which from the car looked something like this:

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A little Leiden graffiti

This is just around the corner from where we live, and the wall is frequently updated with new graphics. The number of surrounding bikes never cease to amaze me, and I am increasingly concerned about the stability of that wall…  The contrast of the derelict building which provides the canvas for this graffiti in the foreground stands out in stark contrast to the shiny new building in the background. I also like that whoever is behind this graffiti couldn’t contain it to the wall, can you spot what I mean?


Photos by CIA, Leiden, September 2012.

A birthday in photos

Stunning Swiss sunflowers and sunshine – the day was off to a great start.

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