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ATOMIUM, BELGIUM… 21 JULY
SUMMERSONG…
TWO BELGIAN BLONDES…
THE SCULPTOR'S HANDS…
SO MUCH GRIEF AGAIN! LONDON…
WHAT MADNESS…
Les DUNES BLONDES de MA JEUNESSE...
BEACH-LHOUETTE...
SEA-LHOUETTE...
I CRIED FOR YOU...
LE PLAT PAYS…
L'ETE INDIEN…
IN BRUGES…

ATOMIUM, BELGIUM… 21 JULY

On this, the National Day in Belgium, the Atomium depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centred cubic unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. This image was taken in Brussels, it is the iconic Atomium with the tricolour, black, yellow and red, flying proudly on top. The Atomium was originally constructed for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn with interiors by architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose escalators and a lift to allow access to the five habitable spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. From June 2016 the law is allowing pictures of the Atomium and other public buildings under copyright, to be legally distributed! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMERSONG…

#abfav_films_songs A beautiful song https://youtu.be/CBAHJ6WjAZY composed by Dave Brubeck, performed by Louis Armstrong. We are just always happy to be together, yes, still crazy after all these years...View On Black This is taken in the European capital, Brussels. thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TWO BELGIAN BLONDES…

#abfav_2_together_theme No not beer, not girls, but Belgian Draft Horses. Flanders, a wedding, a gorgeous old cart, pulled by two beautiful horses. What power Have a good day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SCULPTOR'S HANDS…

#abfav_2_together_theme Willem Vermandere is a famous and much celebrated Belgian Artist. My friend is a sculptor, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, poet and painter, but also a wonderful philosopher and raconteur. We always enjoy a get together when we visit the Continent, this time no different! Here, after a whole animated discussion about why we do what we do, how to do it well etc... we walked to the place where he's working, on a set of smaller works in CARRARA marble and we came back to our earlier conversation, about PASSION!!! You have to have PASSION for your medium! For a photographer we agreed that that should be all about the light!!! Such moments are pure magic. Please view large and On Black THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SO MUCH GRIEF AGAIN! LONDON…

#abfav_2_together_theme This is a sculpture by the Belgian Willem Vermandere. So much deep sadness... I can only give the people of London my condolences and wish them lots of courage! magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/03/importance-of-portrait-i... AGAIN, MORE THAN EVER: Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT MADNESS…

WAR… Today, the centenary commemoration of the beginning of Passchendaele Battle… 100 days, deadly: the guess is 260,000 casualties on each side… A whole generation of men, gone… NEVER will I understand, neither reason nor motive good enough for war, ever! The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the third Battle of Ypres, took place between 31 July and 6 November 1917 in Passendale, West Flanders during the First World War. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations, except New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient and have no known grave. Here you are surrounded by thousands and thousands of names, overwhelming! In the case of the United Kingdom only casualties before 16 August 1917 are commemorated on the memorial. United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery. I grew up in Flanders, surrounded by those sad memorials. Thank you, M, (*_*)

Les DUNES BLONDES de MA JEUNESSE...

Helmet or lyme grass (Ammophila arenaria), also known as dune grass, is a perennial plant belonging to the grass family (Poaceae). It is a pioneer plant that is important in the formation of dunes. The plant produces long rhizomes and where these rhizomes to come into contact with light, it creates a new shoot. To capture the sand seawall on the coast of Belgium, they planted helmet. The meter long roots of the plant search the depths of the freshwater line which is a few meters below the dune, but above the salt water in the sand. The plant protects itself against salt water through a symbiotic relationship with a special mould to its roots, which regulates water and salt supply to the plant. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEACH-LHOUETTE...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme Typical for a summer's eve on the beach, one man, his dog and a seagull. The sun was fast dropping, the man seemed in a hurry. I was on my way home after a hectic day shooting a 10 hr wedding. I desperately needed to unwind, what better way, he? Take some more shots!!! LOL, thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SEA-LHOUETTE...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme Again taken from the terrace on the 10th floor, the penthouse overlooking the sea, where we lived. I grew up on the Coast, always loved the sea... in any season, under any circumstances, cruel as she could sometimes be... It was a golden sunset, that reflected beautifully on the wet beach and the calm ebbing sea. A shrimper had been trawling the heavy net on foot for some time, his mate helping him to empty the catch after each trawl. It is a dying pass-time! They were done for the day, rolled a cigarette and had a lively chat with lots of gesticulation and pointing. Ah well, it was a good catch, for all of us. Have a good day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here:www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I CRIED FOR YOU...

#abfav_films_songs I Cried For You by Katie Melua youtu.be/koeZGaFEnHc You're beautiful so silently It lies beneath a shade of blue It struck me so violently When I looked at you But others pass, they never pause To feel that magic in your hand To me you're like a wild rose They never understand why I cried for you When the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper I'll cross the sea for a different world With your treasure, a secret for me to hold In many years they may forget This love of ours or that we met They may not know How much you meant to me I cried for you And the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper Without you now I see How fragile the world can be And I know you've gone away But in my heart you'll always stay I cried for you When the sky cried for you And when you went I became a hopeless drifter But this life was not for you Though I learned from you That beauty need only be a whisper That beauty need only be a whisper It is not always easy to be back after the fantastic time we had in my native country. The feelings and emotions are very mixed, glad to be home but missing so my dear family, friends old and new. OOOH how I miss my beloved Flanders! Yet I also love my adopted country, Yorkshire/England. That day we meandered through it, arrived in the area of Damme, Oostkerke, with its endless tree-lined canals, when finally the weather broke, the long promised rain started to fall, the sky cried, gently at first then it poured, ( at last I could test if it was true what they claim about the Nikons being water-sealed, tee hee). I just HAD to take a shot of this unique landscape, but more about that with the next... Toned Indigo for mood. I wish you all a lovely day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE PLAT PAYS…

#abfav_films_songs Qui est le mien. Song by Jacques Brel https://youtu.be/3H48pEPV4Z0 A FLANDERS' SUNRISE Flanders, 5 in the morning, the cool, fresh air fragrant with the promise of a beautiful day. I walk barefoot in the dewy grass, as the night-clouds drift away, chased by the new dawn, there's just enough light to handhold my first image (See previous) of the day... I look around, deeply breathe in the cool air, birds are calling, I take my second image, this one. Typical in Flanders are the willows to mark the boundaries, often water ditches. They are to keep the 'Lowlands' dry... Pruned in a unique way, they form a head that gets wild every year, the trunk grows gnarly and stumpy, we call them 'knot-willows’… Have a great day and thanks for your comments and visits, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE LOVELY DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

L'ETE INDIEN…

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/BT_ZQdY0h8o by JOE DASSIN THE RUSTLE OF THE REEDS... By Monday the weather had gone blustery, a North-Wester was snapping, we enjoyed another drive along small winding roads in the country-side of Le Plat Pays, my Flanders. It is so fabulously flat and far-stretching, the meadows and fields seamed off by the water-sucking willows, pruned again and again in their particular way, so that they form a 'knobbly' head. The dividing water canals are festooned with waving slender reeds, they inspired many a poet, none more than Guido Gezelle: O 't ruisschen van het ranke riet ! O wist ik toch uw droevig lied ! Wanneer de wind voorbij u voert En buigend uwe halmen roert Gij buigt, ootmoedig zwijgend neêr Staat op en buigt ootmoedig weêr En zingt al buigend 't droevig lied Dat ik bemin, o ranke riet ! (loosely translated in English... O 't rustling of the slender reed! O to know your sad song! When the wind carries you over And bowing moves yours stalks You bow, humbly silently down, Rise and humbly bow again and sing, all the while bending, the sad song That I love, O slender reed! ) This is very Flemish! The waving reeds... Thanks and have a lovely day, M, (*_*) ViewLarge and On Black For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN BRUGES…

#abfav_films_songs “In Bruges” is a 2008 British-American black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their boss. The film is set and was filmed in the Belgian city of Bruges. Probably the most ICONIC view in Brugge, the city where I was born. View from the Rozenhoedkaai, looking up at the Belfry, standing tall on the Market-square and one of Brugge’s three proud towers seen from all around. LOL, I could also have called this: Blue skies? Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved