Magda Indigo photography

+ FLANDERS

A FLEMISH VILLAGE…
CE PLAT PAYS… FLANDERS
PASTORALE...
THE BEND…
DIVIDED WE STAND…
ROW upon ROW…
A BRUGGE SKYLINE…
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE...
THE CANALS of FLANDERS, AROUND DAMME...
ANOTHER UNIQUE VIEW...
AND MY VIEW...
ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER'S VIEW...
RED RIDER in Damme…
A PERFECT REFLECTION…
NATURE'S CATHEDRAL WINDOW...
FLEMISH IMPRESSIONISM...
My BELOVED DAMME…
NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…
A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM…
FLANDERS’ BEAUTY…
VANISHING POINT…
DE BRUGES A DAMME, le canal...
A FLANDERS’ EVENING…
A FLANDERS' LOCK
Pastorale...
POET'S LANE...
THE ENCHANTED WOOD...
A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…
GOLDEN EARS...
GOLDEN...
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM...
A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PHOTO-HEAVEN?
IN THE SHADOW of the POPPIES...
In The Shadow of the Poppies
11.11.11
IN GOOD TIMES remembering THE BAD TIMES...
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY...
THEY CAME FROM ALL OVER... 11-11-11
IEPER, POPPY…
NO GRASS THEN... JUST MUD
LAND IN WAITING…
MEANDERING THROUGH FLANDERS...
DE MOEREN…
MY BELOVED FLANDERS...
THE LONG GOOD-BYE…
ON TOP OF THE WORLD...
HARVEST…
MY BELOVED FLANDERS...
I CRIED FOR YOU...
A blustery first day of Spring n Flanders
A FLANDERS VILLAGE…
A FLANDERS VILLAGE: HOUTAVE...
FLAT FLANDERS FARM…
MY BELOVED FLANDERS…
ART by CHANCE...
A FLANDERS' SUNRISE...
A MISTY MORNING..
A MISTY MORNING, THE START OF ANOTHER DAY IN MY BELOVED FLANDERS!
A VIVALDI WINTER…
MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...
A NEW DAWN…
MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...
A FLANDERS SUNSET…
A CELESTIAL TREAT...
TIMELESS BEAUTY...
LAST SHIMMER...
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE ...
LAST EVENING-FLIGHT…
KITESURFING…
LA PLAGE DESERTE…
GOOD MORNING OSTEND...
OSTEND in the rain…
FROM THE WEST… OSTEND PLAGE
NO WIND TODAY???
NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER…
COOKING THE SHRIMPS AT SEA...
SEA-LHOUETTE...
SHIP-LHOUETTE ...
BATTLE AT SEA???
THE MERCATOR...
THE MERCATOR, AT SEA, AT LAST
BEACH
INTO THE NIGHT...
THIS I WAS AFTER...
Les DUNES BLONDES de MA JEUNESSE...
THE BLOND DUNES of MY YOUTH...
OSTEND in the DISTANT MIST…
PEACE at SEA…
A MONO SEA…
A FIERY KISS TO THE NIGHT
OF SUNSET-CHASERS…
A SULTRY EVE...
PROMENADE SUNSET...
A MOMENT in TIME…
WARM HUE on the DUNES…
AFTERGLOW…
BEACH-LHOUETTE...
DONE FOR THE DAY AGAIN...
DRAMA in the SKY…
SPECTACULAR...
TAKE ME HOME…
BRACING the weather in STYLE…
REFLECTION of OLD OSTEND…
NO SHADOW WITHOUT LIGHT…
URBANICITY...
MERCATOR…
LATE EVENING... EARLY NIGHT...
A SALUTE HELLO…
BRUGGE PATRIMONY...
A CANAL VIEW… BRUGGE
ANOTHER CANAL VIEW…
THE TURRETS of BRUGGE…
St. Bonifacius Bridge
ALONG THE BEGUINAGE…
ICONIC BRUGGE…
Y 3 BRUGGE, The Belfry and gabled facades.
A QUARTER to NINE…
BRUGGE THE BELFRY…
BRUGGE THE HISTORIC…
BRUGGE THE OFFICIAL…
BRUGGE THE CATHOLIC…
BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS...
BRUGGE THE SURPRISING…
BRUGGE BY NIGHT...
BRUGGE THE ICONIC…
THE BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…
BRUGGE THE MAGIC…
BRUGES S’EVEILLE…
Brugge, IT’S A NEW DAY…
THE WEAVER…
SPINNING THE WOOL...
ANTWAARPSE FLAIR...
WHAT A COLOURFUL WORLD…
A TRAY FULL OF CASANOVAS...
LOOKING THROUGH TWO…
UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME...
RIEN NE VA PLUS…
A SUMMER-SHOOT…
GREAT AFFECTION
TWO BELGIAN BLONDES…
WISH IT, DREAM IT, DO IT...
DO I LOOK LIKE A BASKET CASE???
SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…
DID YOU KNOW?
Brugge THE STREET and BRIDGE...
DAY 4 BRUGGE, The canals and bridges...
A FAMOUS CANAL VIEW…
BLIND DONKEY STREET…
KNOCK KNOCK… in BRUGES
ANYONE for A COACH-TOUR?
LA DAME AU CANOTIER…
HEY, LISTEN…
THE BREAK…
LOST TO THE WORLD…
THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…
FEMININITY…
FRIENDS…
IN THE SPOTLIGHT…
A SPECIAL FACADE… The Chapel of the Holy Blood
A WARM INVITE…
DEEP REFLECTION…
THE ROMAN PART…
Romanesque architecture…
VIEW of THE BURG….
THE CHAPEL of The HOLY BLOOD…
BRUGGE, Chapel of the Holy Blood
THE GOTHIC HALL…
MORE GOTHIC HALL…
GOTHIC HALL, THE MANTELPIECE…
THE GOTHIC HALL…
MY SON…
Corbels…
Corbels…
TROBAIRITZ…
THE FOUR SEASONS…
WHAT WE SEE…
GOTHIC HALL. More Detail…
CORBELS EVERYWHERE…
THE LANTERN…
THE LAST KNIGHT…
BRUGGE FACADES…
BLIND DONKEY STREET…
A MONUMENTAL FIREPLACE…
THE INKWELLS and the story…
HIDDEN BRUGGE…
BRUGGE THE BEAUTIFUL…
BRUGGE THE ROMANTIC…
ONE of SEVENTY BRIDGES…
PEERDENBRUG over the GROENEREI…
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE
Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,
A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE
IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…
THE HALLEN…
HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE
WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH
THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…
JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS
JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…
THE ALMSHOUSES…
OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…
ALLEYS of BRUGGE…
VENICE of THE NORTH…
The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…
ARCHITECT or BUILDER…
FIFTY SHADES OF RED…
MODERN MADONNA…
The BLUE DOOR…
THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…
SPAANSE LOSKAAI…
EVENING IN BRUGGE…
TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…
GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE
GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…
Brugge, St BONIFACIUS HOUSE
THE WEEPING BEECH…
GROENEREI…
DAPPLED LIGHT…
ANOTHER of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…
ONE of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…
LATE SUMMER WINDOW in Bruges
OH SO BRUGGE…
THE SHORTEST STREET? GLORIBUSSTREET...
RECEPTION in THE HALL…
ILLUMINATED FACADE…
REFLECTIONS…
REFRACTED REFLECTION…
TO ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR DAY...
I SPY…
STRICTLY DANCE….
WINDOWS…
THROUGH THE WINDOW...
Mid-Summer-window in Bruges…
LONG CLOSED DOOR…
DAPPLED LIGHT…
RAINY REFLECTION…
ANGELUS...
SO MUCH GRIEF AGAIN! LONDON…
WHAT’S the TIME???
SWEET BRUGGE…
LE TEMPS des FRAISES…
Le Temps des Mûres…
CHOCOLATE… by the KILO
ALL CHOCOLATE…
OIL&VINEGAR…
LEFFE BLONDE…
MORE FRIENDS…
THE AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…
BRUGES LACE…
THE WEAVE &SHUTTLE...
ORIGINAL DISPLAY…
BOTTLE BRUSHES…
BASKETS ANYONE?
VIEUX JEUX 2...
OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..
IN A DARK CORNER…
INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…
The "Beer Wall" RIDE…
WILD ROSE…
LE TEMPS des TOURNESOLS…
LE TEMPS des GERBERAS…
LE TEMPS des ROSES…
LE TEMPS des COULEURS…
WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…
BRUGGE THE INTERESTING…
PURPLE RAIN…
WISTERIA in BRUGGE…
ON OLD WALLS…
SPOT THE WINDOWS…
FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…
UN AMOUR de SWANN…
THE RUSTLING REED…
ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR
SASHUIS Brugge…
THE BEGUINAGE…
THE BEGUINAGE HOUSES…
SERENITY...
MINNEWATER Brugge…
BRUGGE, REFLECTIONS...
SPRING in BRUGES…
HISTOIRE de SWAN…
ETERNAL BRUGGE…
LIFE IS A CLIMB…
SOAP in BRUGGE…
TRENDY HAIR COLOUR...
HOPPA… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
ARTISTS’ SHOES…
ARTISTIC COUPLE…
WHAT'S TO DO IN SUMMER?
AAAH BACH…
THEY ARE COMING!
IN FULL RAGALIA…
ON PARADE…
ARMOURED PIKEMAN…
THE MUSKETEER…
WITH PANACHE…
A PIKEMAN…
OLD WARRIOR…
MORE LACE…
SHINY ARMOUR…
WILLEM in NIRVANA…
BEFORE WE GO-GO…
Marché des Artistes…
TOWN HALL DAMME…
UP UP and AWAY
WELCOMED BY THE MOON...
TIMELESS BEAUTY...
SPECTACLE of LIGHT…
BONFIRE-NIGHT, TONIGHT 5 November....
AUTUMNAL OUTING...
A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…
SNOWPAINTED BRANCHES…
SNOWY PINHOLE...
WINTER WONDERLAND...
ON FROZEN GOLDEN POND…
FOGGY DEW in the PARC…
FROST…
ICICLES under THE PIER…
PACK ICE…
THE BRAVE ONES… OSTEND
MY MAD PHOTOGRAPHER…
SNOW-FROZEN BEACH, OSTEND…
FAST FADING LIGHT on SNOW-FROZEN BEACH…
FROZEN BEACH…
A WINTER DUNE…
UNCHAIN ME…
DESIGNED by SNOW…
THE STONES in WINTER...
A BUOY in WINTER…
SNOWBLANKET…

A FLEMISH VILLAGE…

#abfav_holidays_theme #abfav_summer_theme Dotted behind the dunes, you'll find many small old villages, all with the proud church-spire in the middle, shimmering in the hazy hot air... Discovered a sunflower field, photography gold! Today it it FLANDERS’ National Day, remembering the Gold Spurs Battle, 11-07-1302, an important date in Flemish history! Yes, born in Flanders it is now a twice-yearly holiday destination... LIFE! Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

CE PLAT PAYS… FLANDERS

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME This image depicts the essence of my motherland. My Flanders just had to be the first in the new theme. Flanders' natural beauty is best found in the polders of the Flemish lowlands. An atmosphere of peace and tranquillity pervades. The River is de IJzer (l'Isere), starts in The North of France and throws itself into the North Sea in Newport on the Belgian coast. Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) 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

PASTORALE...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME Past Damme near Brugge, in this unique setting where the tree-lined canals go on and on, unhurried grazing sheep... in the gentle rain. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 BEND…

DAY 3 I was always under the (false) impression that these canals were straight? But no, here’s a bend that leads to the siphons. Lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

DIVIDED WE STAND…

Day 3 So, we flee the city in search of some coolness. Hope to find it along the canals of Damme, under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Only when I come home do I see the strange division that occurred in this image! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

ROW upon ROW…

DAY 3 Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Only when I come home do I see the strange division that occurred in this image! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A BRUGGE SKYLINE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 On the road from Damme back to Brugge, I know that there is one split moment, a slight curve, that you can see the three main towers of Brugge. There is NO way to park the car, so, it is drive-by. I tried for years, in vain, lol, and here again, but this time: I GOT IT!!! Left to right, Church of our Lady, the Belfry and St Salvators. Yes photography is often a game of persistence! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! When we go to Belgium, it is a MUST to visit a UNIQUE area, close to my place of birth in West-Flanders... A few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful tree-lined canals. Often three or four rows of trees on each side! I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke. Behind me were siphons and sluices. An unbelievable landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! No matter what the weather is like, it is ALWAYS MAGIC! 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 MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 CANALS of FLANDERS, AROUND DAMME...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME A few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer’s paradise! THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ANOTHER UNIQUE VIEW...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The sky was still white with heat... I was standing on a bridge over yet another canal, on both sides: 3 to 4 rows of trees deep on each side. Over the years, some of them were diseased, chopped down, replanted with young ones, these are hurrying to become as tall and majestic as the old ones. It was a very hot day, we'd meandered the narrow small roads of Flanders, in an air-conditioned car, stopping whenever we saw something of interest. Waiting for 'better', evening, light, planned to be around Damme again. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful tree-lined canals. AAAHHH, the peace of the place, can you feel it in this image? Behind me were siphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves, Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

AND MY VIEW...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Paul's view here:500px.com/photo/45445726 It was a very hot day, we'd meandered the narrow small roads of Flanders, in an air-conditioned car, stopping whenever we saw someting of interest. WAiting for 'better', evening, light, planned to be around Damme again. My sky was still white with heat... Always loved the wild Rhubarb as a foreground for the wind-leaning Poplars. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves, Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER'S VIEW...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! This is THE PHOTO, Paul's view: 500px.com/photo/45445726 It was a very hot day, we'd meandered the narrow small roads of Flanders, in an air-conditioned car, stopping whenever we saw someting of interest. Waiting for 'better', evening, light, planned to be around Damme again. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! I looked over and saw this... I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves, Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

RED RIDER in Damme…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME along the beautiful, tree-lined canals around Damme, miles of paths to cycle, walk, just you and nature… A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on. A photographer's paradise! 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

A PERFECT REFLECTION…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME The canals of Flanders around Damme A few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful tree lined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! 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

NATURE'S CATHEDRAL WINDOW...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! It was a very hot day, we'd meandered the narrow small roads of Flanders, in an air-conditioned car, stopping whenever we saw someting of interest. WAiting for 'better', evening, light, planned to be around Damme again. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! There is a silence and a peace there that the rustling of the majestic Poplars even enhances. I saw these reflections in the water and I saw a cathedral window... I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves, Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

FLEMISH IMPRESSIONISM...

When we go to Belgium, it is a MUST to visit a UNIQUE area, close to my place of birth in West-Flanders... A few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful canals. I walked across one of the bridges, to find this on the other side, another endless tree lined lane. An unbelievable landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! No matter what the weather is like, it is ALWAYS MAGIC! It was a warm, sultry hazy day... This image was not 'treated' or 'miss-treated' in any way in photoshop! I AM FEATURED HERE NOW, NEW: www.paranoias.org/2012/01/flower-photography-by-magda-indigo I wish you all the very best, may your wishes come true, and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves, Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

My BELOVED DAMME…

I was nominated , the world through my eyes. FOUR. I am a sensitive realist, who through photography escapes from reality, by capturing real moments in time. That is how I see the world. The cathedral like trees, dappled light, and again, the silence only broken by a bumblebee, a bird, a distant moo, the shutter of the camera. This is ZEN. Hope your day is filled with smiles and thanx,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

NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…

DAY 3 We relax under the rustling canopy of leaves. It is a Zen place. These canals are lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat lands needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM… All the sauntering (flemish: slentering) in Brugge was tiring. So we head out to Damme, one of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. Only a few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... The trees give a rhythm to this otherwise flat country. A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

FLANDERS’ BEAUTY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 We drive past Damme and follow the Damse Vaart-Zuid. It is, in a good way somewhat intimidating, driving under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleonchannel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

VANISHING POINT…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Another view, same words.. We drive past Damme and follow the Damse Vaart-Zuid. It is, in a good way somewhat intimidating, driving under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810). This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleoncanal. The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before. This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast. This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy. The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug. They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke. In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

DE BRUGES A DAMME, le canal...

A few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful tree-lined canals. the sun had sunk lower, the early Spring-day almost over... another canal, another image, surrounded by beauty. This is more about mood, I feel. Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A FLANDERS’ EVENING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 This is a photo to stop and stare. Soothing, and Zen… After dropping off our American friend in Brugge, we head back to Ostend, along the small winding roads. We stop between Meetkerke and Houtave, where small canals often seam off the fields, the land is flat, the water important. Waving reeds all along and of course teeming with waterfowl, you stand there, the wind always singing a silent song in your ears, when suddenly a flapping and spattering on the water of some bird breaks the silence. Aah, one last flight, one more image, aah, my Flanders… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A FLANDERS' LOCK

PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! Not all of Flanders is 'flat', towards the border of France, more inland, away from the sea, the land begins to wave and undulate into the Flemish Ardennes, another beautiful area... one of the locks... going down. The Pollack Willows are water absorbing trees and are therefore very useful to this land, the farmers regularly 'trim' them, so that they do not grow high, but sturdy, more wind resistant and even more absorbent, they get very gnarled heads over time. we call them 'knot-willows', they often serve as separation of farmer's land too. 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.co.uk 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

Pastorale...

Past Damme near Brugge, in this unique setting where the tree-lined canals go on and on, unhurried grazing sheep... in the gentle rain. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

POET'S LANE...

A TOUR OF THE 4 SEASONS IN TREES: SPRING.

Spring had sprung, everything bursting and unfurling; fresh green everywhere.
A beautiful long tree-lined lane leading to a mansion would make a perfect shot… if I was conventional.
I decided I wanted something different, and walked around the majestic trunks, in the field, and photographed the ‘outside’, where the branches grew unthinned and more wild.
I love the patterns and think the delicate green looks very romantic, poetic.

Have a wonderful day and thanx for viewing and commenting, Magda, (*_*)

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THE ENCHANTED WOOD...

To my grandchildren, on a visit from the Continent, this was an enchanting and enchanted wood! They collected coloured leaves for us, to photograph at home, ran through the rustling carpet, conkers and chestnuts, pine-cones, saw the squirrels, all the things that kids love. View On proper Black Have a super day, I know I will, and thanx for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…

DAY 6 A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS… My friend and I both love our flowers so to finish yet another lovely day, as per tradition, we have a wander through her gardens. The light hits one of the sunflowers the perfect way, another shot wanting to be taken. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

GOLDEN EARS...

#abfav_summer_theme These grasses turned golden in the sunset. T he air pregnant with promise of high Summer. Most people had gone home. The silence was music to my ears, never a complete silence, a hum, a flutter, a good-night call, the wind... A beautiful moment where day ends in glory, already embracing the incoming darkness for a well-earned rest. That 'sweet' backlight that caresses everything in beauty, thank you, M, (*_*) BEST LARGE and View On black 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

GOLDEN...

#abfav_summer_theme A beautiful Summer’s evening. Isn't light wonderful? If used in the correct way... and for those who see it? LOL. The golden sunset painted the world around me in this superb hue, such 'sweet' light. 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

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM...

LEST WE FORGIVE... we'll never move forward... 11-11-11 Rememberance day... POPPIES... I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, Belgian, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian and German... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering ... Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PHOTO-HEAVEN?

A poppy-field, a man, a camera... discovered some pink poppies amongst the red. Same poppy-field, a woman and a camera... the result... Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN THE SHADOW of the POPPIES...

Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom! 'In The Shadow of the Poppies'. © Copyright Magda Indigo Raised surrounded by the remnants of war. In the landscape, whether it be coastal or inland. In the people, whether it be story or silence. This delicate flower is part of my youth, Bright red. The child in me attracted, Picking it to offer or cherish, only to find it extremely ephemeral. The young woman I became, Lesson learnt, loved running in those colourful fields, Not enjoying the stains poppies left on a favourite dress. The young mother I became, Teaching her sons, Trying to protect them from the disappointment of the fast wilting flower, the stains, the symbolism... Now, I'm older and wiser, More tolerant and more intolerant. Now, I am back, they greet me, gently moving with the wind. I just stand; take in the beauty with a smile around my lips, And let the echoes of the past swirl behind my eyes. I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 The Shadow of the Poppies

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom! 'In The Shadow of the Poppies'. © Copyright Magda Indigo Raised surrounded by the remnants of war. In the landscape, whether it be coastal or inland. In the people, whether it be story or silence. This delicate flower is part of my youth, Bright red. The child in me attracted, Picking it to offer or cherish, only to find it extremely ephemeral. The young woman I became, Lessons learnt, loved running in those colourful fields, Not enjoying the stains poppies left on a favourite dress. The young mother I became, Teaching her sons, Trying to protect them from the disappointment of the fast wilting flower, the stains, the symbolism... Now, I'm older and wiser, More tolerant and more intolerant. Now, I am back, they greet me, gently moving with the wind. I just stand; take in the beauty with a smile around my lips, And let the echoes of the past swirl behind my eyes. I grew up in Flanders in the shadow of the poppies, remembrance of the wars never far away. Everywhere you go, there are graveyards, English, American, Canadian, Polish, South-African, Australian... As a child, it is just part of the countryside, pretty, neat rows of stones and flowers. Then, the age of awareness comes, you want to know and understand. The adults'd rather not talk about it, their gaze becoming distant and full of sorrow and hidden, unspoken suffering. Most of them gone now too. Thanx, 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

11.11.11

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The small church in the middle, surrounded by an old graveyard, a few houses circled around, to the left the road ends at a Belgian military cemetery. There are a few British and Commonwealth graves as well. But mostly Belgians… they seem to get less attention, yet don’t forget it was there, in Flanders, that the fierce battles happened and the years of occupation! If you want to hear the sound of silence, that is the place to go, or so one would think? The rustling of the poplars and light breeze waves the leaves of the trees and we can hear sparrows twittering nearby, their chorus changes into a chirping frenzy, probably to warn of danger to the birds sunbathing in the soft earth, between the carpet of green and the rows upon rows of headstones, uniform, with the Belgian flag enamelled into the stone, above the names, the age, the rank. All those young lives curtailed, so much sadness, the silence has descended within me. Allied Soldiers Killed: * Belgium: 13,700 * British Empire: 908,000 o Australia: 60,000 o Canada: 55,000 o India: 25,000 o New Zealand: 16,000 o South Africa: 7,000 o United Kingdom: 715,000 * France: 1,240,000 * French Colonies: 114,000 * Greece: 5,000 * Italy: 650,000 * Japan: 300 * Montenegro: 3,000 * Romania: 336,000 * Russia: 1,700,000 * Serbia: 45,000 * United States: 50,600 Central Powers Soldiers Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 1,200,000 * Bulgaria: 87,500 * Germany: 1,770,000 * Turkey: 325,000 Civilians Killed: * Austria-Hungary: 300,000 * Belgium: 30,000 * Britain: 31,000 * Bulgaria: 275,000 * France: 40,000 * Germany: 760,000 * Greece: 132,000 * Romania: 275,000 * Russia: 3,000,000 * Serbia: 650,000 * Turkey: 1,000,000 NO MORE WORDS.... Magda, M, (*_*) 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 GOOD TIMES remembering THE BAD TIMES...

THE VETERANS On our last Friday in Belgium, we had a 'quiet/free' day, and decided to just drive of into my beloved Flanders and see where the wind and the roads took us. We came at a crossing where we had to make a decision when I saw a road sign, it would take us to a place full of memories that we had not seen for ages, as we neared, a helicopter flew over, we saw lots of military vehicles, meandering the narrow road, crossed a small bridge and round the bend... we were stopped by military police, with a smile they waved us into a field full of cars. We were close to the river IJzer ( ISERE), where so many had fought, had lost life or limb and eventually won the battle. This was the place where in 1918 the invader was brought to a halt! That's what it said on one of the memorial stones... We arrived in the middle of an important commemoration. Soldiers from all over ... It was very moving you see them, they look forward to these ceremonies, meeting up with old friends, remembering old friends... Not a poppy in sight, the growing season is over. They all look so proud. Sometimes there are tears in their eyes, then there's a smile round their lips, afterwards, the sound of laughter is echoing against the wall of the old tower, drifting off into the rustling of the poplar leaves, the silence returns, another year gone, hope we'll meet again! Thanx, M, (*_*) 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

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY...

LOST AND FOUND Spare a moment? This gent, with his wife, they came from Australia and after a long search found the name they were looking for... The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the commemoration of British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. It is a place where you become still... the sadness AND madness hits me each time... Another big, unaswered WHY...what was it all for? Following the Menin Gate Memorial opening in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. As such, every evening at 20:00, buglers from the local fire brigade close the road which passes under the Memorial and sound the Last Post. Except for the occupation by the Germans in World War II when the daily ceremony was conducted at Brookwood Military Cemetery, in Surrey, England, this ceremony has been carried on uninterrupted since 2 July 1928. On the very evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres in the Second World War, the ceremony was resumed at the Menin Gate despite the fact that heavy fighting was still taking place in other parts of the town. The ceremony is a solemn occasion.. it cannot leave you untouched! The echo bouncing off the thousands of names, all young men, who had no life, they gave it for us... so that we could have today our biggest treasure, FREEDOM! Let's not forget. Reginald Blomfield's triumphal arch, designed in 1921, is the entry to the barrel-vaulted passage for traffic through the mausoleum that honours the Missing, who have no known graves. The patient lion on the top is the lion of Britain but also the lion of Flanders. It was chosen to be a memorial as it was the closest gate of the town to the fighting, and so Allied Troops would have marched past it on their way to fight. Actually, most troops passed out of the other gates of Ypres, as the Menin Gate was too dangerous due to shellfire. Its large Hall of Memory contains names on stone panels of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Salient but whose bodies have never been identified or found. On completion of the memorial, it was discovered to be too small to contain all the names as originally planned. An arbitrary cut-off point of 15 August 1917 was chosen and the names of 34,984 UK missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing instead. The Menin Gate Memorial does not list the names of the missing of New Zealand and Newfoundland soldiers, who are instead honoured on separate memorials. People are still comin from all over the world every day, to look for and honour the names of long lost relatives, just the see the engraved name and try and stick a poppy next, just to say, you are not forgotten... I thank you, Magda. For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

THEY CAME FROM ALL OVER... 11-11-11

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the commemoration of British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. View On Black It is a place where you become still... the sadness AND madness hits me each time... Another big, unaswered WHY...what was it all for? Following the Menin Gate Memorial opening in 1927, the citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards those who had given their lives for Belgium's freedom. As such, every evening at 20:00, buglers from the local fire brigade close the road which passes under the Memorial and sound the Last Post. Except for the occupation by the Germans in World War II when the daily ceremony was conducted at Brookwood Military Cemetery, in Surrey, England, this ceremony has been carried on uninterrupted since 2 July 1928. On the very evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres in the Second World War, the ceremony was resumed at the Menin Gate despite the fact that heavy fighting was still taking place in other parts of the town. The ceremony is a solemn occasion.. it cannot leave you untouched! The echo bouncing off the thousands of names, all young men, who had no life, they gave it for us... so that we could have today our biggest treasure, FREEDOM! Let's not forget. Reginald Blomfield's triumphal arch, designed in 1921, is the entry to the barrel-vaulted passage for traffic through the mausoleum that honours the Missing, who have no known graves. The patient lion on the top is the lion of Britain but also the lion of Flanders. It was chosen to be a memorial as it was the closest gate of the town to the fighting, and so Allied Troops would have marched past it on their way to fight. Actually, most troops passed out of the other gates of Ypres, as the Menin Gate was too dangerous due to shellfire. Its large Hall of Memory contains names on stone panels of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Salient but whose bodies have never been identified or found. On completion of the memorial, it was discovered to be too small to contain all the names as originally planned. An arbitrary cut-off point of 15 August 1917 was chosen and the names of 34,984 UK missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing instead. The Menin Gate Memorial does not list the names of the missing of New Zealand and Newfoundland soldiers, who are instead honoured on separate memorials. People are still comin from all over the world every day, to look for and honour the names of long lost relatives, just the see the engraved name and try and stick a poppy next, just to say, you are not forgotten... I thank you, Magda. For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

IEPER, POPPY…

DAY 4 After a pleasant meal in one of the many restaurants, we visit the Flanders’ Fields Museum, dedicated to the first WW. In the beautiful Hallen, fully restored after its complete demolition. The images are there. It is busy, very well done, but NOT my thing, and as we continue, I become more and more uneasy, I see that Paul and our friends are also passing everything faster now, we gather and decide we’ve seen enough. We head to the ground floor for the cafeteria, and reminisce! Everywhere there are ceramic ‘ART’ giant poppies, also in the shop, where my friend buys me an umbrella, uhh, with poppy, of course. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 Ieper, giant, poppy, display, ceramic, Belgium, Flanders, horizontal,colour, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

NO GRASS THEN... JUST MUD

The Corridors of Death. In West Flanders, some places have a special emotional value and are preserved as a memorial place. This heritage must deliver the message to the young generations: " To remember is to endeavour for peace". Near Diksmuide, towards the coast, is a narrow strip of land alongside the Yser (IJzer) river, where you will find the only remaining trenches of the Belgian Front from WWI. An exceptional site that is a place of enormous human suffering. Let's not forget the fallen. The memory of their sacrifice should help us to create a world of justice and peace! I translate the trenches into The 'Corridors of Death'. Trenches are not dug but built at night with sandbags, wood or other material. The German artillery bombards the Belgian trenches incessantly, killing many soldiers and causing damage that must be repaired every night to maintain defensible positions for the next day. The soldiers know that the enemy is only a few dozen meters away. The stretcher-bearers can not stand upright in the trench without being shot down. They have to drag the victims through the trenches and try to get to the first dressing station where a physician is present. The 'Boyau de l' Yser' as it was registered with the topographic maps in the beginning, changes names quickly. The Belgian soldiers of various units who have been there, rename it the 'Boyau de la Mort' ( Trenches of Death ), a name that the trench has earned. The staff officers take the new name and now include it on the maps. Walking through these narrow corridors built out of sandbags, now petrified, cannot leave you untouched. The eternal coastal wind seems like the whispering of a thousand voices. Here and there you encounter a 'dugout' with a loophole, and it goes on and on. The greyness of the walls only broken by a few trembling blades of grass and the odd splashes of red from forlorn poppies, the ever sad reminder... Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. Thank you for your visit, M, (*_*)If you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

LAND IN WAITING…

#abfav_favourite_spring_theme EARTH DAY TODAY. Farmers keep a close eye on the weather signs to know when to sow, plant and work the land. In the meantime they prepared it, the neat lines are forming pleasant patterns for the discerning photographer, lol A nice graphic image. Have a lovely day and thanx for commenting, Magda, (*_*) 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

MEANDERING THROUGH FLANDERS...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! This image, so typical of my motherland. A landscape that seems endless. Lots of trees, to brake the wind, Pollock-willows to absorb the water. Low hung skies with opulent clouds, a dream for both painter and photographer as-well as inspirational to poets! Flanders’ natural beauty is best found in the polders of the Flemish lowlands. An atmosphere of peace and tranquillity pervades. This is the beautiful area behind the river 'The Ijzer', L'Yser in French, it starts in The North of France and throws itself into the North Sea in Newport on the Belgian coast. It is a stretch of land where much blood was spilled, many battles fought, many lives lost... it is marked with cemeteries. It has a special 'feel'... Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanx for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved Flanders,farm, Belgium,trees, landscape, natural light, colour, horizontal, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

DE MOEREN…

DAY 6 De Moeren is a reclaimed land, it once was a swamp,as the name suggests,and was situated on the border between Belgium and France. This is the St. Gustavus Mill (seen from the back) or what remains of it. A solid solid hull, top decorated with stone heads. The roof is covered with new shale, but the blades are no longer there. De Moeren are between 3 to 4 meters below sea level and are therefore the lowest point of Belgium. Since the 17th century, works, canals have been going on to reclaim this very fertile land, Once you would see 20 mills, to drain the water, The original wooden mills were later replaced by stone mills that used an Archimedes screw to draw water up and feed it into the drainage channels. The stone mills have now been replaced by modern pumping stations. The light is extraordinary in De Moeren. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

MY BELOVED FLANDERS...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The sunny weather the farmers are praying for, the machines busy everywhere, mowing and cutting, turning and drying, baling and rapping. You see very few people involved nowadays. It used to be hard labour, long hours and the feast at the end. Took the small roads crisscrossing the land, this golden field atremble under the hot sky, the inevitable church spire in the distance, so flat, so scarred... Thanx for all your visits, have a golden 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.co.uk 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 LONG GOOD-BYE…

DAY 8 I stand once more in this landscape, so familiar to me, the Summer-spent earth, a row of quirky trees, a sharp church spire, the endless view over the flat land, the smell of the sea already in the air. I say good-bye, au-revoir. Time to go home, it was good to be back. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON TOP OF THE WORLD...

My beloved Flanders, it lies by the shore with the wide white sandy beaches, washed daily by the North-Sea, the blond dunes come next, for protection of the fertile flat lands behind them. These are called De Polders, where you can stand and look as far as your eye can see. As you go further inland, the hills start to glow gently. I was driving, but a photographer’s eyes are always roaming, always hunting and alert! Saw those, looked for a safe place to leave the car and then started running up and down, clambering through nettles and brambles, in a frenzie- like those trees were going to disappear?-, over the green verges to find the right angle, the right light, those lines had to be right, I knew exactly the composition I wanted… this was it! Tee hee, life of a photographer, he? I was invited for an exclusive interview by Debbie Slater of 500px. You can read it HERE:500px.com/blog/139/portrait-magda-indigo Hope you enjoy it? A small peep behind the camera? I do not often give them, but when I do, I go all out, LOL. Thank you Debbie and 500px. Thanking everybody who took the time to view and comment on my images over the 8 months I've uploaded on 500px. Your warm respons touches me deeply. A BIG THANK YOU ALL, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

HARVEST…

DAY 8 the harvested land now lies , almost shimmering and in silent waves, basking in the late Summer midday sun. Soaking up the warmth, storing it for Winter and the next plants. The grain stubbles are alternating with the earth in pleasing patterns, so pleasing to my eye. Flanders, my beloved Flanders. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY BELOVED FLANDERS...

MY BELOVED FLANDERS... on our way back from Brugge, the capital of the province of West-Flanders, driving towards the nearby coast, the sun just tried to peep through the heavy gray clouds. It immediately brightened things up and that was when I saw the silhouetted pollard willows, skeletal without the Summer dress, so very iconic for my beloved Flanders. 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

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

A blustery first day of Spring n Flanders

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_THINGS_THEME A blustery first day of Spring n Flanders. Once more, one of our favourite pass-times, to meander through 'le plat pays', the area behind the sea and dunes called the 'polders'. Endless views, broken up by beautiful, often old trees. When you see a row it usually means there is either a road or some water, a canal... a group of lined, 'organised' trees around a farm, protecting it. Along a road, you sometimes see there must have been a 'seam' of the same trees, but most of them have 'fallen' over the years and every so often one giant is still standing strong! You can almost follow the winding road by the trees. The wind was sweeping coldly across the winter-barren land, stopped only briefly by some trees or farms, to continue its rage over grass and clay. 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 tree, road, Flanders, Belgium, landscape, colour, vertical, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

A FLANDERS VILLAGE…

DAY 8 We leave Brugge, there is still plenty of time as we only take the ferry home this evening. It is always good to drive through West Flanders, through the Polders,through the fertile flat land behind the dunes. Dotted with small villages, the church in the middle and surrounded with houses. Like a cluster. This village is Meetkerke, at four kilometers from the city of Bruges, towards the coast. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS VILLAGE: HOUTAVE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Off to Bruges, the capital of West Flanders where we are going to meet Sonny, in from the States. I’ll be her guide for 2 days. Show her the city where I was born. On the old road, between Oostende and Brugge, I see an all time favourite, that typically flemish village, Houtave, church in the middle, surrounded by houses. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLAT FLANDERS FARM…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 So, we’re on the road again, on our way to spend a great dat with friends. It will be a happy reunion. The road is behind the coast and dunes. We pass quite a few farms and typically, in this flat land, they are surrounded by tall sweeping trees, to protect from the eternal wind. This looks like a more modern farm built within. but still, a familiar sight. It is Spring, the land lies ready. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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 farm, landscape, colour, trees, land, grass,Flanders, Belgium, horizontal, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

MY BELOVED FLANDERS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 After enjoying Breskens, where we had a super meal of a giant sea-platter, we drive on, and very soon, we cross the border into Belgium. We are back in my beloved Flanders. Our welcome is this golden gift. It is also the flat lands, I find it less ‘austere’ and rigid than the Dutch flat lands, like friendlier? The sun is falling, the land ready for the night, we get closer to our destination now. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ART by CHANCE...

This was taken from the car as we came back to base in West-Flanders, from a trip to France. The sun was going down fast above Flanders' fields, it was beautiful, I chanced it... I do not often use the word art , but this? I think it is special, the church just sharp, so typically Flanders. It's rapidly becoming a personal favourite! ...At 70 miles/hour, there's bound to be something in your shot, or when the fraction in time and space is just perfect, yes, you guessed it, a bump or a pothole, grrr... only another type of frustration? Hihi... The rest you can read HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/05/fun-of-drive-by-photogra... thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A FLANDERS' SUNRISE...

A TOUR OF THE 4 SEASONS IN TREES: SUMMER. 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 nightclouds drift away, chased by the new dawn, there's just enough light to handhold my first image 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 gnarley and stumpy, we call them 'knot-willows' (Pollard)... Have a great day and thanx for your comments and visits, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A MISTY MORNING..

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_SPRING_THEME THE START OF ANOTHER DAY IN MY BELOVED FLANDERS! I love this time of year, not too cold and not too hot, the green fresh and young, not tired... The skeletal shapes of the trees, just getting their Spring dress, the dew like a bride’s vail on the grass... but the sun is getting stronger every day and burns all this away, making for another lovely meandering through my beloved Flanders. Wishing you all the best and 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 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

A MISTY MORNING, THE START OF ANOTHER DAY IN MY BELOVED FLANDERS!

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! I love this time of year, not too cold and not too hot, the green fresh and young not tired... The skeletal shapes of the trees, just getting their Spring dress, the dew like a table-cloth on the grass...but the sun is getting stronger every day and burns all this away, making for another lovely meandering through my beloved Flanders. Yes, back, tired and satisfied once more, plenty to do and happy to! Wishing you all the best and 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.co.uk 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

A VIVALDI WINTER…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_yKk0k5XE Flanders' winter-sunset waited a long time for the right moment, was on my way home when I saw this in the side mirror. I left my car on the side of the narrow road, grabbed my camera. Nikon F4 and 400asa film, scanned from neg and comp in camera! This is so very typical, the gnarled willows to keep the flat land 'dry', the sky reaching poplars, the majestic elm trees standing tall against the North wind. In winter the sun just drops,he? Ah well I got it... M, (*_~) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...

#abfav_holidays_theme "The bells have rung, the echoes sound The day is gone Ay, Marieke, Marieke In Flanders field the echoes sound The day is gone" (excerpt from 'Ay Marieke' by Jacques Brel) Today it it FLANDERS’ National Day, remembering the Gold Spurs Battle, 11-07-1302, an important date in Flemish history! This flat, windswept land, so fertile, so mutilated in the past.The stretch behind the dunes is still, like in the Middle Ages dotted with those 'round' villages. Church and graveyard in the center, houses around in a circle, the road, often still cobblestones, meandering through it.Flanders... where I was born... It was a soft windstill evening, a beautiful silence caressed my ears, the layered fog effacing whole sections of the land from my eyes, trailing capriciously in the sigh of the sunset, becoming denser in darkness... I left the bottom in because that's how it was, grey and darker and lighter again. Yes, born in Flanders it is now a twice-yearly holiday destination... LIFE! Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

A NEW DAWN…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ NATURE... amongst ALL the bad news, I WILL CONTINUE with BEAUTY. FEBRUARY, a whole month of love. The bells have rung, the echoes sound The day is gone Ay, Marieke, Marieke In Flanders field the echoes sound The day is gone (excerpt fom 'Ay Marieke' by Jacques Brel) This flat, windswept land, so fertile, so mutilated in the past. The stretch behind the dunes is still, like in the Middle Ages dotted with those 'round' villages. Church and graveyard in the centre, houses around in a circle, the road, often still cobblestones, meandering through it. Flanders... where I was born... It was a soft windstill morning, a beautiful silence caressed my ears, the layered fog effacing whole sections of the land from my eyes, trailing capriciously in the sigh of the sunrise, becoming less denser in the upcoming light… I left the bottom in because that's how it was, grey and darker and lighter again. Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) 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

MY ETERNAL FLANDERS...

"The bells have rung, the echoes sound The day is gone Ay, Marieke, Marieke In Flanders field the echoes sound The day is gone..." (excerpt fom 'Ay Marieke' by Jacques Brel) This flat, windswept land, so fertile, so mutilated in the past. The stretch behind the dunes is still, like in the Middle Ages dotted with those 'round' villages. Church and graveyard in the center, houses around in a circle, the road, often still cobblestones, meandering through it. Flanders... where I was born... It was a soft windstill evening, a beautiful silence caressed my ears, the layered fog effacing whole sections of the land from my eyes, trailing capriciously in the sigh of the sunset, becoming denser in darkness... I left the bottom in because that's how it was, grey and darker and lighter again. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A FLANDERS SUNSET…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 Flanders... where I was born... It i a soft windstill evening, a beautiful silence descends on the land as darkness falls. A little afterglow, just enough to show some detail in the landscape, aaah yes, Flanders. We’re home! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CELESTIAL TREAT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below I love skies, especially dramatic ones, I can just sit there and dream away in them, I hear music with it, a great joy in my life, food for my soul. Taken in my beloved Flanders... you can just see the tops of the 'knotted' willows, so typical of the landscape. Super absorbing, these Willows are often planted as barriers on the borders of the small streams, dividing plots, so their interlacing roots may protect the bank against the action of the water. 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.co.uk 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

TIMELESS BEAUTY...

From the series 'Celestial delights'. A SUNSET. (excerpt from a poem by Victor Hugo) ...All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated, Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red Into the furnace stirred to fume, Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire, Even to the zenith spattered in a flecking scud of fire The vaporous and inflamed spume... I do not understand those that tire of such ever-changing beauty, blasé about it? So many greats, in all fields have been inspired by this! AS a photographer, it is not so easy to capture it well! For me, no matter how many sunsets... each one different and fresh and rich and more spectacular than the previous one, a miracle to my eyes each time. Dusk is probably my favourite time, to reflect back on the day and look forward to the evening , the next day, the next sunset...and such, life passes... Nature at its best. This is again taken from the terrace of the penthouse we used to live in, one side overlooking the sea, the other side the town. Even after a full day’s work I would very much relax with a glass of Chardonnay and my camera, looking at the sea-traffic and ultimately the sunset. This is one of them. Different? I'll let you be the judge of that. NO FILTERS USED OR PP, A ONE IN A MILLION NEG... I prefer taking 'uplifting' images...life is tough enough, there is more than plenty of 'darkness' and 'Angst'... I am not 'hiding' from reality, only refuse to only live with 'that', I want to show there IS still 'ANOTHER', beautiful, side to it... for those who care to look? Wishing you a glorious day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

LAST SHIMMER...

A SUNSET. (excerpt from a poem by Victor Hugo) ...All vanishes! The Sun, from topmost heaven precipitated, Like a globe of iron which is tossed back fiery red Into the furnace stirred to fume, Shocking the cloudy surges, plashed from its impetuous ire, Even to the zenith spattered in a flecking scud of fire The vaporous and inflamed spume... For me, no matter how many sunsets... each one different and fresh and rich and more spectacular than the previous one, a miracle to my eyes each time. Dusk is probably my favourite time, to reflect back on the day and look forward to the evening, the next day, the next sunset...and such, life passes... Nature at its best. This is again taken from the terrace of the penthouse we used to live in, one side overlooking the sea, the other the town. Even after a full day’s work I would very much relax with a glass of Chardonnay and my camera, looking at the sea-traffic and ultimately the sunset. This is one of them. It is a well known fact that the Channel is one of the busiest sea lanes, the big tankers and container ships often just lying there, like waiting... the small boat is a shrimper, trawling close to the Coast for shrimp, sole, plaice... ENJOY IT LARGE and View On Black The huge sun ball gave a last shimmering glow before disappearing into the sea, embracing the night already... NO FILTERS USED OR PP, a film neg scanned... I am a Featured Photographer In the Hall of Fame HERE: PHOTOGRAPHERS HALL OF FAME I say a few things.. Wishing you a glorious day and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE ...

Hope you are all well? So, we are safely back home since early this morning, having travelled trough the night...tired and content! I love the sea, I love the sun, I love the evening, I love the evening light, I love the sunset... I don't like saying good-bye. In our lives, people come and people go, ships passing, together for a passage in time, enjoy and make the best of what you get. Where we lived, on the tenth floor, the penthouse on the promenade, we saw the ferries all the time, I always felt a bit of melancholy when they were leaving, following the meandering wake out, thinking that some were going home, standing on the bow looking forward, excited at the prospect, others standing at the stern, staring back, leaving loved ones, for how... long? I see it on every ferry that I travel on. www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo&feature=related Have a safe journey, thanx for your time, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

LAST EVENING-FLIGHT…

…But Jonathan Livingston Seagull, unashamed, stretching his wings again in that trembling hard curve - slowing, slowing, and stalling once more - was no ordinary bird. Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight - how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else. Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly… EXCERPT: Richard Bach. Jonathan Livingston Seagull A typical North Sea scene. No matter how many times I'll see this in my life, I'll always stand in awe and wonder for such beauty, it will never cease to impress me with it's constant variety, this play and display of light. Peace descends and envelops my soul. No manipulation nor filters used, none needed! I prefer taking 'uplifting' images...life is tough enough, there is more than plenty of 'darkness' and 'Angst'... I am not 'hiding' from reality, only refuse to only live with 'that', I want to show there IS still 'ANOTHER', beautiful, side to it... for those who care to look? Wishing you a glorious day and thanx for your visit, 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

KITESURFING…

#abfav_summer_theme A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kite-board similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foots-traps or bindings. Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, free-ride, downwinders, speed, course racing, jumping and kitesurfing in the waves. It looks wireless/cordless? LOL Hope this makes you smile and have a wonderful day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) 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 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

LA PLAGE DESERTE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 The rain erased almost all the footsteps on the ’new’ beach in front of the promenade in Ostend. I remember the ‘before’, when you could watch the tide come in and out, the high-water spilling over the dyke much to the amusement of the onlookers… again: memories. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

GOOD MORNING OSTEND...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME Excerpt nr 16 from ‘A special night’, a story that I wrote about a night that Paul and I did a reportage on SHRIMPING. As we passed the two pier heads, a greeting was shouted over the radio. Alongside the main pier, a line of waiting sailing boats. Full of well rested people, looking forward to a day at sea, the guests waving, the crew sorting out ropes and sails. Looking behind us, I saw the perfect wake. Soon we were where we had started. Danny and Sylvain helped us up the quay with all our gear. Their boat ship shape, ready for the next evening, their catch neatly stacked for the auction. We thanked them and said good-bye. Sylvain adjusted a few last details, happily chewing his small cigar. Danny climbed back up and awkwardly put two plastic bags next to us. Shrugging his shoulders, he indicated this was for us. I saw the shiny prawns, the other bag filled with Dover sole! I immediately offered to pay, but he wouldn't hear of it. This was our share! Amazingly I saw Paul changing back to normal as soon as he set foot on Terra ferma. Me, I was swaying, my legs trembling. I had the sea in my legs! The earth was moving, I felt drunk after this cocktail of excitement, beauty, adventure and no sleep. As we drove off, we looked back, it was 7.20. The sea was getting ready for its next set of visitors, it seemed. The town was also waking up and preening itself in the sunshine, the council cleaners spraying and cleaning the streets. Shopkeepers putting their wares out, looking hopefully at the clement skies. I stopped the car at a baker; the smell of fresh bread tickled my nostrils and teased my now very hungry stomach. I ordered fresh rolls and when I picked up the bag, it was warm. We rushed home. Changed and refreshed we sipped our breakfast coffee. It tasted better than ever. We had so much to talk about, all these deep emotions that we had experienced. Around 9 o'clock, we decided to try and get some sleep. Of course we were overtired, so we had the giggles about silly things, gently laughing ourselves to sleep. My last memory is whispering to Paul, that I would never complain about the price of shrimps and fish again, having experienced first hand, and in summer, what a tough job these people have. I tried to imagine what it must be like in the cold and during the winter storms and bzzzzzzzz... So, that's it, hope you've enjoyed it. http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-special-night-shrimping.html A story in THREE parts Thank you for your reactions, have a great day, Magda (*_*) 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

OSTEND in the rain…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Ostend in the rain… I don’t know about you, but when I plan/book a holiday…. I always see it SUNNY, yes, lovely weather? Nature often decides differently… we had a fair amount of rain on our travels, I don’t mind, every type of weather creates another type of mood, and I like that. And of course when you travel in April, you are bound to have a few showers eh? We are in Ostend, our last full day, we are taking it easy, revisit some of our favourite places, here the once much visited pier, a bit lost now since the construction of the two embracing ‘arms’ , the dams.
On the other side you see how the old eastern pier was demolished, except for a small section, and replaced by a new Oostdam. The old radar tower also remains. The old west pier was preserved and a westdam joined. I often wonder, is fishing better in the rain? LOL, you see it so often! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

FROM THE WEST… OSTEND PLAGE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Our last free day and we take photographs in Ostend, in between the showers. This is the view of Ostend from the ‘other’ side. We stand at the Surf-Club. It is frequently windy, good weather for watersports often! In the distance the casino-Kursaal. Then the apparments with below the restaurants, shops and all things that please on a day out on the coast. Then comes the ‘Royal’ part, the villa that once belongs to the kings, and the beautiful Royal Galleries. It is April, the beach is empty… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

NO WIND TODAY???

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Land sailing, also known as 'sand yachting' or 'land yachting', is the act of moving across land in a wheeled vehicle powered by wind through the use of a sail. Historically, land sailing was used as a mode of transportation or recreation. Vehicles used in sailing are known as sail wagons, sand yachts, or land yachts. The precursor to the modern land yacht was invented in the summer of the year 1600 by the Flemish scientist Simon Stevin in Flanders as a commission for Prince Maurice of Orange. for entertaining his guests. In 1898, the Dumont brothers of De Panne, Belgium, developed a land yacht whose sails were based on contemporary Egyptian sailboats used on the Nile River. Louis Blériot, the French aviation pioneer was instrumental in developing landsailing as a sport. Blériot machines gave their best on the wide and windy beaches at low tide (Calais, Hardelot, La Panne, Quend, Audresselles etc.). The first races were held on the beaches of Belgium and France in 1909. Since the 1950s it has evolved primarily into a racing sport. I love everything about this image, the tracks in the sand, the mood.. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 It is late afternoon, I turn towards the horizon. The O90 is already at sea. No matter what weather, these people are out, fishing. Mostly for North Sea shrimp, also sole and plaice. It is a typical vessel, with outrigging booms. Outrigger trawlers with a forward superstructure and aft working deck are widely used to target shrimp. They fish fairly close to the coast. He’ll be out all night, the shrimp cooked at sea and fresh tomorrow morning for our delight! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

COOKING THE SHRIMPS AT SEA...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme Excerpt from ‘A special night.’, a story that I wrote about a night that Paul and I did a reportage on SHRIMPING. …The next batch was poured into the kettle, while the steaming cooked shrimps stood, cooling down, in the officially approved rectangular plastic trays, ready for the fish-market. By then the nets were dragging the sea-bottom again. Danny and Sylvain stepped into the wheelhouse to drink hot coffee from their flasks. They poured something out of a bottle into the cups. Danny winked at me and said: “It’s cold out there!” I agreed. He nodded encouragingly and offered the small bottle. I declined with a smile. He shrugged and put it away. … The green neon light above the work area mixed with the white spotlight, the golden glow of the flames and the steam made for a ghostly atmosphere. This is probably my absolute favourite, I love the atmosphere, maybe because I still feel the emotion when I saw it in my lens! That neg needed a lot of TLC (tender loving care), I wanted to do it justice. To fully understand this image you need to read the stories; HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-special-night-shrimp... Part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-special-night-shrimp... Part 3. magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-special-night-shrimp... Thank you for viewing and all your comments, I appreciate them, Magda (*_*) 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 images 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

SHIP-LHOUETTE ...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme Another 'older' image, on film, no filters nor manipulation... We lived on the 10th floor, a penthouse, on the one side the sea, the other the city. Many an evening, as we came home from a days' work, we'd be just in time for the evening light and although 'scratchy-eyed' from looking through the lens most of the day, we could not resist picking up our cameras again to capture the beauty, so different each time. FREEDOM... Here the yacht was slowly steering into the harbour, the North-Sea where as you can see, the light changes in seconds, most photographers call it THE GOLDEN HOUR??? I call it the GOLDEN MINUTES (if you are lucky, lol!), the sun disappeared behind a low band of cloud, leaving just some gold dust behind.... All you could hear was the gentle lapping of the wavelets, a lonely gull screeching in the dusk and smell the iodium, tar and salt sea-air. I do miss the sea... Have a lovely day and thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BATTLE AT SEA???

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme At a gathering of tall ships from all over the world. This is how it came out on film, no manipulation. Taken at (fairly ROUGH) sea, looked like these were manoeuvring and preparing for battle. Although I am a very careful person, accidents do happen, I lost my 400mm Nikon lens on that trip... it fell overboard, in one 'glup' I saw it disappear... shrimps and crabs must be having a ball with it, I hope... I'm over it now, life continues. That trip was a fantastic experience, that has no price. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (+;~) Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE MERCATOR...

Late afternoon, I sit on the other side of the harbour, on the rocks at the right pier, the other side of town, in the shadow of the lighthouse and some war-leftovers (bunkers hidden and overgrown by dune grasses). Nobody there, camera on tripod, fixed and focused on the point where the Mercator will suddenly appear, ready to sail stately down the entrance of the harbour, between the two piers, cheered on. After some impatient delay, she appears at the mouth of the dock, guided by towboats, frantic activity on deck and up the masts; she's being positioned for the glorious depart... I get my shots, but, she's now moving, gaining momentum, so am I. I run alongside, stopping repeatedly and briefly to take another shot, but my goal is the end of the pier. I hear the creaking and shaking ship, she's alive again, this is what she's meant for, yes, she's in her element... She dips her bow and stern alternately the closer she gets to the pier-heads, like a dolphin finding a rhythm. At last, she's at sea, late, the sun is going, the mist and night coming. I photograph her for as long as I can. This is my last shot: 'The Mercator'. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more see here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/07/moment-and-why.html

THE MERCATOR, AT SEA, AT LAST

... At last, she's at sea, late, the sun is going, the mist and night coming... Small boats escorting her turn around as she gains momentum... I photograph her for as long as I can... THANX, M, (*_*) For the WHOLE STORY: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/07/moment-and-why.html For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME … This is the beach in Ostend, Flanders… but no matter what country, wherever… BEACH, SEA are so my faves! I love the peace of solitude, the deafening silence, when the only ‘disturbance ‘ is the sound of the shutter. I was just standing, enjoying the quick change of light, the great beauty and then… I saw this, a MUST take image, so in harmony with my soul. Sometimes, it is ’just’ THERE. All you have to , take a deep breath, look through the viewer and make nice composition... click! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

INTO THE NIGHT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! This IS the link to a live and exclusive interview!!! I get so many questions every day, I thought it might be a good idea, so here goes: Best view it Large, in HD, AND it is 17 minutes!!!! Sit back and ENJOY. For those who viewed it already, thank you for your feedback, lovely, PLUS an EXTRA STORY: HERE, youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u1aOqA4KdM We had the good fortune to experience a night SHRIMP FISHING! Here a snippet from the story: The other boats were leaving one by one, slotting in, from left, right and centre, different docks. Black silhouettes against a clear blue sky. The light had that incredible quality, so sought after by photographers and painters. …The skipper steered the boat with a steady hand. We gently rocked towards the ends of the two piers, people on both watching and waving. I remembered the many times I stood there, doing the same and dreaming of adventure. This is now a document...the East-pier used on the right here, has been demolished, apparently to make the harbour-entrance bigger. It used to be so special! The two piers like two embracing arms, either welcoming you when you came home or loath to let you go when you were leaving… Whether for pleasure or work… 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.co.uk 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

THIS I WAS AFTER...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! That Sunday, Easter, some 'free' time... off to our old hunting grounds, greeted by this, photo-heaven! I wanted to get onto the higher rocks, from there I would have a view of Ostend... without the old, demolished East- Pier in the way? Was it worth it? LISTEN TO THE STORY HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us2tUsqOtZI&feature=youtu.be For more, read here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/04/living-dangerously.html THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love, 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.co.uk 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

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

THE BLOND DUNES of MY YOUTH...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_THINGS_THEME Les DUNES BLONDES de MA JEUNESSE... The cold is visible in the tonalities! 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 mold 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

OSTEND in the DISTANT MIST…

Ostend is a sea-side resort on the Belgian Coast. Also a fishing and yachting harbour with lovely blond beaches. Something for all. This was taken miles EAST away, from the beach of De Haan. What you get is a gorgeous compression because I used a zoom-lens. Thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com Please RESPECT this: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

PEACE at SEA…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 ‘When the sea was calm, all boats alike; showed mastership in floating’ from ‘The Tragedy of Coriolanus’ by William Shakespeare. Once again, we needed the sea. Decided to go to a favourite place in Ostend, just past the lighthouse. A place of great changes in the last couple of years. The low sun paints everything a warm hue, which seems to make the colour of the sea cooler, blue, unusual for the North Sea. I enjoy the moment intensely, feel clean and refreshed once more. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A MONO SEA…

Day 13 And then, suddenly ALL colour gone, not quite dark yet, mostly grey except a small, solitary wave, foaming white. Time to call it a day, it was a long and tiring one, with lots of photography and beauty! As always, the sea and sky restored my inner peace again. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A FIERY KISS TO THE NIGHT

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 “A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.” ― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 3 I look into the sunset, the sky golden, the light warm, coppery edges on dune-grasses… Such a great moment of peace and tranquility… Just what we needed now. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

OF SUNSET-CHASERS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I stand in golden silence, absorbing it, I so needed this now. As the sun lowers, there is suddenly more activity. People hurrying on foot on bicycles, all come to watch the beautiful sunset. This is the ‘other’ side of Ostend, the East side, She was sunk as a blockship at Ostend during the Second Ostend Raid on 10 May 1918. The wreck was raised on 16 August 1920 and subsequently broken up. The bow section has been preserved in Ostend harbour serving as a memorial, which can be seen here. In 2008, an ambitious project was launched to improve access to the port and for coastal protection. The objectives are: to make the port of Ostend accessible for ships up to 200m and Ostend protect against a thousand-year storm. The old eastern pier was demolished and replaced by a new Oostdam. At the end of the eastern breakwater stands the new radar tower. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

A SULTRY EVE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The end of a beautiful day, saturated with fresh air, warm sun, visual joy and lots of good photography. Just the afterglow of the sun colouring the sky, the fragrances of the sea being released, a gull takes a last flight, a sailingboat silently glides in, a sultry eve... THANX, Magda (*_*) 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.co.uk 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

PROMENADE SUNSET...

PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! Was walking the dog on the beach, I watched the sun going down and spotted this couple. Of course had my camera with me.... I ran until I had them in front of the orange ball, I didn't have much time, but I made it, the dog thought it was a great game... M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

A MOMENT in TIME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I love the peace of solitude, the deafening silence, when the only ‘disturbance ‘ is the sound of the shutter. I was just standing, enjoying the quick change of light, the great beauty and then… I saw this, a MUST take image, so in harmony with my soul. Sometimes, it is ’just’ THERE. All you have to , take a deep breath, look through the viewer and make nice composition... click! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

WARM HUE on the DUNES…

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Day 13 Like I said, any which way I turn, the light is warm on the land but not on the sea, which lies there, looking icy cold blue. A great contrast. The Nor'wester has the grasses bended forever. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

AFTERGLOW…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I stand and enjoy… the sky, the last elegant flight of the seagulls against the gold. I only take the one shot. Not everything in life is about photography, it is good to take in scenes and moments, without having to ‘record’ them. Something I see all over, people arrive somewhere, up the phone or camera, and gone… will they look at it at home? As an photo? And forget to look when they are there? Another sign of the times? I am so glad I have my ‘MIND’S’ camera, as a way of connecting fully with the world. I come home with so many more beautiful images than there are in the camera, LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

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

DONE FOR THE DAY AGAIN...

The sun was fast dropping, 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!!! For A GREAT EXPERIENCE: Large AND View On Black As I used 400 ASA film, I pushed the limits, keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a fantastic result. This was hit and miss stuff. Ah well… The sun painted the sky and beach in a golden glow, it got too dark... I was done for the day! I am a Featured Photographer In the Hall of Fame HERE: PHOTOGRAPHERS HALL OF FAME I say a few things.. LOL, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

DRAMA in the SKY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Each time I turn, the light changes, everything around me painted gold now. How can you ever tire of a sunset? Such glorious moments? It never ceases to affect me. Ooh how it soothes the soul and brings inner peace. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

SPECTACULAR...

Another night another image... From the series 'Celestial delights'. The story behind this image still makes me smile: The seaside view from the terrace of the 10th floor penthouse where we used to live. We’d had a very busy day in the studio and after a quick light meal, just sat there unwinding with a nice glass of cool Chardonnay, enjoying the fresh sea air, the nightlight, the sound of the water, when SUDDENLY, a first distant rumble and a flash of lightning. We bumped each other as we both rushed inside for camera and tripod. Set it all up, went back to our chairs and wine, and waited. I saw it moving across the sea, opened my lens and let the camera record this fabulous lightshow of Nature. With the cable release in one hand, wine in the other, yep, that’s the life, he? Mind you, this was a one off, there was no rain and no danger, just this awesome spectacle. Wonderful, great memories. (*_*) PS:it must have been F11 and open for between 1 to 3 min. It's done by 'feeling', if you get a lot of flashes in the first few seconds, then, you've got your shot, otherwise, you wait and have sip of wine... This here is NOT an 'exact' science, the success depends entirely on the elements! This was the best out of three. (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

TAKE ME HOME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 TALL NELL’S HEAD. The lighthouse of Ostend, from afar, when, in the night, you see three white flashes. you know you are close to home! Whether from sea or land. The lighthouse tower was opened in 1948. It is 65 metres in height and visible from 27 nautical miles (50 km) away. Gets its name for the obvious reason, it is tall! In Flemish: Lange Nelle. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

BRACING the weather in STYLE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 The Royal Galleries of Ostend (Dutch: Koninklijke Gaanderijen) are a seaside neoclassical arcade on a dike on the beach of Ostend, Belgium. They extend from the royal villa in the east to the Hippodrome Wellington horse racing track in the west. The galleries are over 380 metres (1,250 ft) long, with a large pavilion at each end. The luxury Thermae Palace Hotel sits atop the central section. The Royal Galleries were constructed between 1902 and 1906 following the plans of architect Charles Girault on the orders of King Leopold II of Belgium. They allowed the king and his guests to pass from the royal villa on the beach to the racetrack without being inconvenienced by rain or wind. The galleries contain a great number of paired Tuscan order columns, with each pair sharing a bluestone pedestal, and each column has a simple torus at its base. I have always found this awesome! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

REFLECTION of OLD OSTEND…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 In earlier times, Ostend was a small village built on the east-end (oost-einde) of an island (originally called Testerep) between the North Sea and a beach lake. Although small, the village rose to the status of "town" around 1265 when the inhabitants were allowed to hold a market and to build a market hall. Very important for the image of the town was the attention it started to receive from the Belgian kings Leopold I and Leopold II. Both liked to spend their holidays in Ostend. Important monuments and villas were built to please the Royal Family, including the Hippodrome Wellington horse racing track which is ‘reflected’ here ,and the Royal Galleries. The rest of aristocratic Belgium followed and soon Ostend became known as "The Queen of the Belgian sea-side resorts". And they had beautiful houses! This is the city that I grew up in, it has changed, and sadly, for my personal opinion, not for the better… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

NO SHADOW WITHOUT LIGHT…

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme Have you noticed that for each atrocity the good comes out in so many. I want to remain positive! These are the Royal Galleries in Ostend Belgium. So many memories there. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, 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 images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

URBANICITY...

PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! Nowadays it is more and more difficult to take 'uncluttered' photos, EVERYWHERE: lights, cables, masts, cranes and antennas. We have to make do with it, this pollution, part of an ever changing and evoving world. Beauty making way for technology, safety, modernity... For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

MERCATOR…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME reflections of the masts on the water.… Usually the “MERCATOR” carried 15 sails with a total surface of about 1600 m². Besides being a training a ship, she was also used, mainly before WW II, for scientific observations, or as ambassador for Belgium on world fairs and in sailing events. At rest now, just been completely renovated, can be visited in Ostend, Belgium Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more see here: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/07/moment-and-why.html 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 images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

LATE EVENING... EARLY NIGHT...

One from the 'archives', the days of film!
Not often do you have such calm weather and waters along North-Sea Coasts. View On Black
I don't know about you, but me I can become so engrossed in the image-taking. I forget time and of course, your eyes gradually adapt to the darkness that stealthily creeps up on you... the sun long gone, the merest of afterglows, a beautiful silence descended, the sea released her typical fragrances, accentuated by the cooling of the night, iodine, salt, fish, tar and oil...
The mirror of the Hasselblad (camera) making its heavenly unique 'KLAK' as I took this 'last' neg, pushing it!
One of the old favourite 'hunting-grounds' was the main industrial harbour of Ostend, in Flanders, Belgium.
Once a thriving fishing harbour, it is now a ‘skeleton’ of what it once was…
This was an image I'd had on my 'list' for quite some time and it all fell into place, AND... I'D BROUGHT MY TRIPOD!!! Huraaaayyyy! (It's for studio, don't like lagging it with me, love to 'travel' light, LOL!)
Well what do you expect with a Hasselblad, hmmm, just look at that quality, no wonder I still have clients who INSIST!
Lens 80mm/Zeiss.
Film Fuji
Tripod(for once that I used it) Manfrotto.
(*_~)
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A SALUTE HELLO…

DAY 2 After our meal, we go back on deck, we sit on a bench and watch the stars, trying to work out what the lights are in the distance, on shore. The air is still mild. We do get some sleep, but is is quite warm in the cabin even with the airco. Hey, we are on holiday! And in the morning, we eat breakfast, at a window, passing all the windfarms. More activity on the water now, the odd sailing boat in the distance. I’m afraid you will have to use your imagination here, because, I decided: no camera, lol. Eventually we sail into the harbour of Zeebrugge. Again industrial, we are greeted by these huge cranes, HELLO and WELCOME to BELGIUM. 10 0’clock and already IT IS HOT!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

BRUGGE PATRIMONY...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 BRUGGE in ARCHITECTURE… The Almshouses in Bruges are part of the patrimony of the Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS) and provide habitation to, to less well-off elderly. Most almshouses are small, white or yellow painted houses, sometimes in a row, but often grouped around a courtyard. They are located in the historic center of the Belgian city of Bruges and contribute in any significant way to the overall picture that offers this city. Almshouses were from the 14th century founded by wealthy citizens or guilds. The oldest still in existence date from 1330, 1335 and 1355. They gave shelter to needy elderly or widows without means of subsistence . They were founded by crafts (weavers, blacksmiths, bakers, shoemakers, boaters, etc.) or by private persons. Until the end of the ancien regime they belonged to private foundations that were managed by the boards of the crafts or the descendants of the founders. The residents who were housed in the almshouses of the crafts, of course, were members of the profession which in old age could not provide for themselves. The almshouses were not intended for totally destitute, but for impoverished elderly, who knew adversity by the death of the breadwinner, illness, disability or old age. A modest rental fee was requested and some residents had to bring their furniture, and bed sheets. There was also a house rules. So one had to Bruges are praying daily for his benefactor, and behave properly. Begging was forbidden and bad behaviour was punished. In most almshouses residents were given a small sum alimony and a daily bowl of soup. In the winter they got firewood. Almshouses, built in sober and distinctive architecture are sometimes built side by side along a street or road shielded by a wall with a gate. Majority of them are built around a courtyard. The garden was usually shared, but was sometimes divided into plots of land, where each occupant which could grow vegetables. Originally there were the houses (stone rooms') originating in a single room that served as kitchen, living room and bedroom. In the 20th and 21st century houses were by two, sometimes joined by 3 and transformed into a larger and more comfortable home. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CANAL VIEW… BRUGGE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Looking toward Jan van Eyckplein from a canal boat in Bruges. No matter how many times I take this tour, I find it a great way to see Brugge, a different, unique perspective. Here is the Spiegelrei on the left and the Spinolarei on the right, in Bruges, the capital and largest city of the West Flanders province in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The square is named for noted Northern Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, of whom you see the statue here, surrounded by beautiful Renaissance buildings. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER CANAL VIEW…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 No matter how many times I take this tour, I find it a great way to see Brugge, a different, unique perspective. Brugge is know for all its canals, so that means may bridges, older and newer. Here we pass along the Verversdijk, lined by beautiful old houses.. If I remember correctly, this is a bridge just for bicycles and people on foot. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE TURRETS of BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. The first mention of the Meebrug dates from 1290. The current name was only first used in 1440. In 1390 the original wooden bridge was replaced by a stone copy built by the famous bridge builder Bruges Jan van Oudenaarde . The Meebrug is a simple arch bridge paved with cobblestones. The turrets, ahhhh how people of Brugge love them, put them everywhere, but here, on Brugse Vrije, the 16th century rear facade of the manor on the 'Groenerei', they wow you. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

St. Bonifacius Bridge

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Such a popular spot. such a Medieval feel… So Brugge! I remember playing there with all my cousins. aaahhh, those were the days! The St. Bonifacius Bridge offers an attractive view of this old area of the city. The bridge was built in 1910, but because of its style and construction design, it appears much older. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALONG THE BEGUINAGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 ALONG THE BEGUINAGE… The tour takes you up to Sashuis, house above the sluices, that separates the canal from Minnewater,Le Lac ‘d Amour, Lake of Love. Alongside the beguinage and the bridge to its entrance. We’ll definitely visit this later. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ICONIC BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 ICONIC BRUGGE… Two days in Brugge, where we meet up with a friend from the States, over for a first visit. I am her guide for 2 days, showing her all the beautiful sites of the city where I was born, BRUGGE, the capital of West-Flanders,Belgium. This is a view from the water, I think the best place to start a tour, is here, from the Rozenhoedkaai, take a trip in one of the canal-boats. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Y 3 BRUGGE, The Belfry and gabled facades.

The heart of the city where I was born. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

A QUARTER to NINE…

DAY 7 Brugge’s crown. The top of the Belfry tower. You can see the bells, and on our way home, they chime a happy song over the slowly shutting down city. A bit of melancholy, we have to pack, tomorrow a very long day, we are going home. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The city archives, however, were forever lost to the flames. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE BELFRY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 After a nice meal, night fell, we stroll onto the market where all the s are showing off the beauty of all the buildings. The belfry of Bruges is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of Bruges, Belgium It served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public leads to the top of the 83 m (272 feet) high building, which leans about a metre (3 ft) to the east. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. The bells in the tower regulated the lives of the city dwellers, announcing the time, fire alarms, work hours, and a variety of social, political, and religious events. Eventually a mechanism ensured the regular sounding of certain bells, for example indicating the hour. Which is still the case! In the 16th century the tower received a carillon, allowing the bells to be played by means of a hand keyboard. Starting from 1604, the annual accounts record the employment of a carilloneur to play songs during Sundays, holidays and market days. In 1675 the carillon comprised 35 bells, designed by Melchior de Haze of Antwerp. After the fire of 1741 this was replaced by a set of bells cast by Joris Dumery, 26 of which are still in use. There were 48 bells at the end of the 19th century, but today the bells number 47, together weighing about 27.5 tonnes. The bells range from weighing two pounds to 11,000 pounds. (info Wikipedia) I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE HISTORIC…

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Day 12 BRUGGE THE HISTORIC… Pieter de Coninck together with Jan Breydel, stood at the base of the popular uprising that led to the Battle of the Gold Spurs on 11th of July 1302, a day that now is the National day of Flanders. They have their statue on the market of Bruges since 1887. Behind them the beautiful row of typical old gables. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE OFFICIAL…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 All those beautiful old buildings were not built for show, many are official and still in use. It was used as the government meeting hall until 1999, and is only now mainly a ceremonial building, and also used for exhibitions. Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace) This imposing building in neo-Gothic style was constructed in two phases (1887-1892 and 1914-1921) and refers to the Gothic façades of the town hall of Bruges and Gruuthuse palace. Renowned artists such as Hendrik and Gustaaf Pickery carried out the interior decoration, the stained-glass windows and the ironwork. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE CATHOLIC…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 We wander back to the Burg, the square next to the market, where all the beautiful buildings are also illuminated in a most attractive way. Brugge has over 20 churches, this is one of them, the famous Basilica of the Holy Blood. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS... Blinde Ezelstraat, Blind donkey street at night. A very short and narrow street, in the heart of historic Bruges, between Town Hall and the Civil Registry, it takes you from the Burg to the Fish Market. In a document of 1490 there was an inn named 'The Blind Donkey'. This was like a scene from a movie, a film noir, a book cover for a thriller? I remember the emotion when I took this shot and the sounds and the silence.... A book cover? Have a lovely 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 my web pages: magdaindigo.co.uk 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

BRUGGE THE SURPRISING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 12 The Fishmarket (Vismarkt) of Bruges is also a special place. Yes, it is a market square, built in the beginning of the 19th century, they still do sell fish there on one corner in the mornings from Tuesday till Saturday. But for several years artists, craftsmen and different market people sell their or others’ creations here as well. It is a kind of a market community, organism living its own life, you can feel it pulsate, if you go there. In 1821 came the covered place of sale, to the design of city architect Jan-Robert Calloigne . The result is a portico with Tuscan columns 126 enclosing a rectangular open courtyard. In 1852, the original wooden tables sales were replaced by banks selling bricks. These are still present. Around the square you find fish shops and inns. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE BY NIGHT...

the famous view from the Rozenhoedkaai. Our hotel was on the left, our room with view on the canal. After our meal we took a last stroll on the now deserted streets, beautifully lit buildings, and a magic silence... all very romantic and well, a little nostalgic. All the best, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

BRUGGE THE ICONIC…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 BRUGGE THE ICONIC… The famous view from the Rozenhoedkaai. Our hotel on the left, our room with view on the canal. After our meal we took a last stroll on the now deserted streets, beautifully lit buildings, and a magic silence... all very romantic and well, a little nostalgic. All the best, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…

DAY 5 We had a lovely meal with my friend of 46 years! It was good to talk and reacquaint. The evening was balmy, and we took a stroll through the now lit up city, before settling on a terrace again, on the Rozenhoedkaai. So very familiar to us. The beautiful reflections never tired of… I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BRUGGE THE MAGIC…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Night view of Dijver/Dyver and the Church of our Lady. Dijver is part of the course of the original river Reie. The name goes back to the Celtic period and stems from the Indo-European deiwo god or divine. It is a toponym that just as "Reie" (Rogia) means "holy water." Dijver formed the northern boundary of an island overgrown with oak trees , the Celts sacred trees. Traditionally, it is a place of meeting, and the island was a place of worship. This cult site was about 1050 Christianized became the hermit Everelmus and formed the basis of the later Eekhout Abbey. From at least 1127 made ​​the Dijver part of the first city walls of Bruges. After that, we end the day and go for a rest, looking forward to tomorrow! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BRUGES S’EVEILLE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Il est six heures, Bruges s’éveille… (It is 6 o’clock, Bruges awakens..) My body clock wakes me up, the light comes through the curtains… I jump out of bed and grab my camera, which of course wakes Paul, he doesn’t mind. We are enchanted by the new day’s light, we don’t say anything, we do not want to disturb the beautiful silence, it is magic. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

Brugge, IT’S A NEW DAY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 After our breakfast, we pack. and then one last shot from one of the windows, it is already getting busier, the boats back on the canals, a new day. The weather looks high, the sky one big soft box, looking forward to the day, lots to see, lots to show our American friend. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 WEAVER…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 THE WEAVER… The boat tour over, we have a refreshment on a terrace of the most iconic place in Brugge? De Rozenhoedkaai(Pink/Rose Hat Quay literally, but the proper meaning is rosary, the reason was that stalls were set up at that spot selling rosaries). And onwards we go. On the picturesque Fish-market of Brugge, we meet this weaver from Latvia again. Last Summer we bought a scarf for Paul here, now we meet him: the creative textile designer – weaver Janis Rozentals He began his career in the Old Town Riga sand for several years wove on the wheeled loom and sold the scarves, all over the world. Made out of linen, they are beautiful. He loves Bruges. Of course, we go home, with… yes, you’ve guessed it, another scarf! If you are interested in seeing a dedicated artist at work, a fascinating movie here. See Janis on his loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6w6bb9trMc I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPINNING THE WOOL...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An old craft. Not something you see often these days, where clothing has become so cheap? Louet wheels treadle lightly, are low maintenance and nearly adjustment free and can be modified with accessories for the expert spinner. Louet wheels were originally geared towards spinning medium to heavy yarns. Although bobbins and flyers are available for spinning this type of yarn, the standard wheels have been redesigned to be more suitable for spinning fine to medium yarns. This type of wheel is powered by the spinner's foot rather than their hand or a motor. The spinner sits and pumps a foot treadle that turns the drive wheel via a crankshaft and a connecting rod. This leaves both hands free for drafting the fibres, which is necessary in the short draw spinning technique, which is often used on this type of wheel. 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 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 woman,spinning, spinning wheel,Louet,wool, natural light,colours, vertical,NikonD7000, magda indigo

ANTWAARPSE FLAIR...

#abfav_favourite_street_activity_theme ANTWERP FLAIR... the people from Antwerp in Belgium are known (sometimes mocked and loathed) for their flair and panache which is often misconstrued as arrogance and bravado. I like their sense of humour. We lived there and enjoyed it, it is a vibrant and very international city with a lot of history, beautiful buildings and interesting people, both in the past and today... This lady is a perfect example of the Antwerp extravaganza you can see when you visit. Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

WHAT A COLOURFUL WORLD…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_STREET_ACTIVITY_THEME Colour was definitely 'IN' that Summer! This young lady seemed to have gone to great lengths in making a lovely combination, all very colourful, down to her earrings and sandals! To top it, carrying the two yellow bags? A MUST photo, LOL I'm ALWAYS fascinated by COLOUR! Have a lovely day and thanks for your visit, 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

A TRAY FULL OF CASANOVAS...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ From the series: People@work It is a well known fact that the best chocolates (we call them pralines) are made in Belgium, tee hee! The fat content is lower and the cacao content is higher, that's why they are so extraordinarily yummy. While I was making my choice, a tray of fresh Casanovas was brought in, yes they all have superb names, like Desiree, Irresistible, Merveilleux, Delice, Forever, mmmmm all very romantic... Casanova: Pralinée with crisped rice, coated with white chocolate. TAKEN ONLY WITH AVAILABLE LIGHT! Have a sweet day and 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

LOOKING THROUGH TWO…

#abfav_2_together_theme Summertime is such a lovely time for young and old… All kinds of colourful toys, things to do, pleasure and fun to have! Hoping for a good one! Wishing you a fun day and thanks for your visit, 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

UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme A Man and a Woman (French: Un homme et une femme) is a 1966 French film written and directed by Claude Lelouch and starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Probably best known for the music, now. Music by Francis Lai. A classic on the Continent. I bet you're already humming the tune, bhaada bhadabhadabhada, dabhadabhada, hihi I'm sure all those who follow my work, know by now how much I love shadows, silhouettes and the beyond the obvious. This image has both for me, taken at a wedding, during the reception, circulating amongst the guests, I suddenly saw that the newly weds had escaped to the terrace for a private moment, I saw their shadow on the blinds... They love that photo. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, 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 images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

RIEN NE VA PLUS…

An AMERICAN TUNE… Paul Simon. https://youtu.be/nQbU-irVNFY Many's the time I've been mistaken And many times confused Yes, and often felt forsaken And certainly misused But I'm all right, I'm all right I'm just weary to my bones Still, you don't expect to be Bright and bon vivant So far away from home, so far away from home And I don't know a soul who's not been battered I don't have a friend who feels at ease I don't know a dream that's not been shattered or driven to its knees But it's all right, it's all right We've lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on I wonder what went wrong I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong And I dreamed I was dying And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly And looking back down at me Smiled reassuringly And I dreamed I was flying And high up above my eyes could clearly see The Statue of Liberty Sailing away to sea And I dreamed I was flying We come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age's most uncertain hour and sing an American tune But it's all right, it's all right You can't be forever blessed Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day And I'm trying to get some rest That's all I'm trying to get some rest Written by Paul Simon • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group And the world is singing the same tune! Image from a casino shoot we did in Belgium. Have a lovely day, 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

A SUMMER-SHOOT…

#abfav_summer_theme models can get a little bored sometimes, LOL, M, (*_*) 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 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

GREAT AFFECTION

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ between the horsebreeder and the foal...or, is she whispering? LOOK AT THE HANDS... I love photographing horses, not the easiest to do, there are standards, but with the help of the breeders it usually becomes a very pleasant and exciting experience. Here was a fortuitous moment, as a photographer, yes you have to focus on the main subject and there is MUCH to think about and concentrate on, but as a creative you stay aware of what is going on around you, and these 'off' images often become my favourite shots... One of the horses I had photographed was taken back, so this was one of those 'in-between' moments... This is the mother in the family that breeds horses, it is tough and yet rewarding. They witness the birth and tend to the foals with love and yet when they lose one, they are quite stoic about it... Such tenderness, closeness, emotion, just HAD to be captured. I wrote a BLOG about THE IMPORTANCE of HANDS in PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: click HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-p... I uploaded a small series here, well, it was hard to choose... I wish you the best of days and thanx for your visit, always very welcome, 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

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

WISH IT, DREAM IT, DO IT...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_STREET_ACTIVITY_THEME Standing in the low Moeres, Flanders' Fields. I heard a clippedy clop, turned to see this enchanting little scene coming my way. How could I resist. It was just perfect. I could see that both the girl and the miniature horse (no, NOT a pony) were thoroughly enjoying it. On the side of the cart it gave the title of this image. With love to you and thank you for ALL your likes and comments, 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 images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

DO I LOOK LIKE A BASKET CASE???

#abfav_favourite_street_activity_theme This lady was taking in the scenery and fresh sea air on the promenade, her little dog looked at me sadly, away from the inviting beach, all it probably wanted was to run a bit more and be free... 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 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

SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…

DAY 7 It is Friday and many seem to be shopping, including us, tomorrow we go home! Talk about serendipity, this lady comes out, with an armful and, LOL, the arrow points at all her purchases… Sitting on a terrace with cool water, people watching. Can be great fun! Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

DID YOU KNOW?

DAY 2 You can go for a tour on one of these Segways? Good-luck on the famous Brugge cobblestones! I spotted this from the window onto the narrow street, in the centre of my beloved Brugge, as they were noisily hobbling along. LOL. The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition. It is good to be back, but wow, IT IS SUPER HOT!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

Brugge THE STREET and BRIDGE...

DAY 2 THE STREET and BRIDGE... A view of the street near the bridge where we stay. Saturday, and we arrive at 10 in the morning in Zeebrugge, the harbour of Brugge, well rested and ready. In 1/2 hr we are in Brugge, and it is HOT!!! There is a heatwave, oops, just my luck... NOT... It is since I was in my teens that I stayed in Brugge for more than 2 consecutive nights. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

DAY 4 BRUGGE, The canals and bridges...

We decide to explore this city of canals, little bridges and narrow streets, in depth! I know it so well, from the days I stayed with my grand-parents. Each corner I turn, conjures up a memory. So many, for a brief moment brought back to life again, sometimes it can be a bit bitter-sweet. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

A FAMOUS CANAL VIEW…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. We cross another popular bridge with view, where you see again the Meebrug is said to be the oldest bridge of Bruges. On the right, Steenhouwersdijk, which is mentioned in a document from 1390. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLIND DONKEY STREET…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 BLIND DONKEY STREET… A FUN STORY… The Brugge inhabitants are renowned for their fine sense of humour, and I always feel it is reflected in names of streets, places, houses, shops, food/drink and lots of other things! We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. Don’t forget to look up to the lovely arch between City Hall and Old Civil Registry, do you see Solomon? Left of him is the statue of Prosperity, to the right the statue of Peace. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to… a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a mill driven by a donkey. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, a blindfold was put on the donkey. A new street name was born. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

KNOCK KNOCK… in BRUGES

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 A beautiful ornate door in the Blind Donkey street yes the Brugge inhabitants like to flaunt their wealth, achieved through hard work! LOL. The Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to… a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a mill driven by a donkey. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, a blindfold was put on the donkey. A new street name was born. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANYONE for A COACH-TOUR?

DAY 3 We emerge from the Town Hall, onto The Burg and are greeted by a wall of heat. We decide to have some refreshment on the terrace, I mean, we mustn’t dehydrate! LOL It all of a sudden all comes together, again, that patience you need as a photographer. the coaches, and not one person in the way! I mean this square is mega busy. Sheer luck! The carriages had for some reason gathered there, waiting. A carriage ride through the historic winding streets takes about half an hour. During the ride gives the coachman expert explanation. Many of the drivers are female, and most carry a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ is a summer hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Coachdrivers who work the whole week, have about six horses to do the tours. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA DAME AU CANOTIER…

DAY 3 And they’re off! This coach driver had clients and it looks like it is serious business. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. A carriage ride through the historic winding streets takes about half an hour. During the ride the driver gives expert explanation of all the things you see along the way. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Coach-drivers who work the whole week, have about six horses to do the tours. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HEY, LISTEN…

DAY 4 The horses and carriages are resting on the market. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, like these two here. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear, like he does here! To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. I often had a good opportunity to observe how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. that is at the Beguinage. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE BREAK…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. Set against one of the most famous row of colourful and typical gables. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some chack their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

LOST TO THE WORLD…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. A closer look. Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, to see her sitting there, this young coach driver was completely absorbed in her book, lost to the world around her. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…

DAY 4 At the end of the resting row of horses, carriages and coach drivers, I spot an other reader. No hat, he doesn’t look like a coachman? Then I ask myself, what does a coachman look like? I have seen plenty, and this one is the odd one out, more the arty or professor type? LOL Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, he is sitting there again, completely absorbed in his newspaper, lost to the world around him. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

FEMININITY…

DAY 5 This lady sits in solitude, all the fun bits in her hair attract my attention, plus the fact that, although it is very warm, she is wearing a black, heavy coat. As I press the shutter…… a puff of smoke appears next to her head. We ALL have a story! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

FRIENDS…

DAY 5 Not many are friends THAT long nowadays, 46 years, people move more, then loose sight. Not here, we live in different countries but always see each other when we can. This was after the meal, a relaxed moment in the balmy night, on one of the most iconic places in Brugge, the Rozenhoedkaai. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 THE SPOTLIGHT…

DAY 7 Do swans ever sleep? I often spot them gyring the day, on one leg, LOL, head hidden in the plumage, but at night, when the waters of the canals are calm, they majestically, silently glide… Swans, so iconic to Brugge, one here under the illuminated, famous Peerdebrug. The spotlight made it all look rather erie, almost like a painting. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SPECIAL FACADE… The Chapel of the Holy Blood

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Day 12 Hiding on the right-hand side of the gothic town hall is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a mystical double chapel, below which sits the Romanesque church of Saint Basil (1139-1149). Judging from the richly decorated facade you would not expect immediately that there is a chapel hiding behind the facade. One floor up is a basilica in Gothic revival style where the reliquary of the Holy Blood has been for centuries. Each year on Ascension Day the reliquary is carried along in The Procession of the Holy Blood, a much-loved event that has been warming the heart of the entire population from as early as 1291. It leaves the chapel only once a year. This procession is a colourful procession that portrays many historical and biblical scenes. It attracts many thousands of spectators every year. This flamboyant facade is actually a 16th century staircase that connects the two underlying chapels with each other: the Romanesque chapel of Saint Basil and the (neo-) Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood. St. Basil's Chapel was built by Thierry of Alsace in the 12th century as a double chapel. Later, the chapel was modified several times. This house of worship is primarily known for the relic that is kept here: the relic of the Holy Blood, which was brought in the 13th century from Constantinople to Bruges. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A WARM INVITE…

Day 3 We continue our bit of ‘cultural’ for the day and step into the old, Roman part pof the Holy Blood Chapel. Once inside, I look back and see how heavy the entrance doors are. The thick stone walls are still cool, the lights warm. St Basil’s Chapel is the lower chapel of The Chapel of the Holy Blood . The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DEEP REFLECTION…

DAY 3 DEEP REFLECTION… The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. Places like this invite you to be still, the outer noise all gone, to sit, pause and reflect for a moment… it invites you to do that eh? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE ROMAN PART…

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Day 12 St Basil’s Chapel, the lower chapel Here we enter the lower chapel. Via a side door we enter the crypt. The contrast between the interior of the chapel (St. Basil's Chapel) and the facade of the staircase could not be greater. The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. In a small room next to the chapel there is a statue of Christ and a grave. The passage between the two rooms is decorated with a tympanum depicting the holy baptism of St Basil. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Romanesque architecture…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 St Basil’s Chapel, the lower chapel of The Chapel of the Holy Blood The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEW of THE BURG….

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Day 12 Through the stairs you enter the upper chapel, the actual Basilica of the Holy Blood. It has finally started to rain some. I look out onto the square they call THE BURG. This place was already inhabited in the 2nd century AD, and in the 9th century it became the base of operations of the Count of Flanders. Their residence now the Town Hall. On the left you can see the windows of the Basilica, then the ornate front of the town hall, across I look at the old Court of Justice, the building dates from the 18th century, A classical and eclectic facade. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE CHAPEL of The HOLY BLOOD…

DAY 3 We go out and take the stairs up to the upper Chapel, actually a minor Basilica. Legend has it that after the Crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea wiped blood from the body of Christ and preserved the cloth. The relic remained in the Holy Land until the Second Crusade, when the King of Jerusalem Baldwin III gave it to his brother-in-law, Count of Flanders Diederik van den Elzas. The count arrived with it in Bruges on April 7, 1150 and placed it in a chapel he had built on Burg Square. The upper chapel was originally Romanesque as well, but is now Gothic with mostly modern decoration. It is lit by stained glass windows and covered with murals, including a brightly painted altar backdrop depicting the Trinity and scenes relating to the Holy Blood relic. The pulpit in the form of a globe dates was made in 1728 by Henry Pulinckx. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE, Chapel of the Holy Blood

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 In 1134, Thierry of Alsace decided to build a private double chapel next to the Oud Steen, the first residence of the Counts of Flanders, transformed today into the town hall of Bruges. Thierry went on crusade a second time in 1147 during the Second Crusade. According to the tradition, Thierry of Alsace returned to his capital Bruges on April 7, 1150, with the relic of the Precious Blood. In the first half of the 13th century, the name of the upper chapel was changed to the Chapel of the Holy Blood. During the 19th century, successive renovation campaigns gave to the chapel its final Gothic Revival aspect, with its characteristic mural decorations. The stained-glass windows in the choir date from 1845[5] and represent the sovereigns who reigned over the County of Flanders. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GOTHIC HALL…

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Day 12 Having admired its exterior of the Town Hall, we enter the impressive Gothic Hall and gaze in awe at the polychrome floating ribs of the impressive double wooden vault ceiling. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. This Gothic Hall is an absolute must , a magnificent work of art with its murals from around 1900 and ornamentations. The vault keys contain medallions and four lobes with scenes from the New Testament and of prophets, evangelists and saints. The corbels that support the whole, are decorated with thematic representations of the seasons, months, and natural elements. On the walls are scenes from the history of Bruges painted by artist Albrecht De Vriendt . Like the monumental mantelpiece are these are neo-Gothic additions. Each time visit the place, I fall silent, the stairs up are worn, I can’t help but think of my grand-parents, my parents, they got married here, they walked here, they sat in front of the mantelpiece surrounded by their family, in all their finery, you still get married here today! I sit and dream awhile! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE GOTHIC HALL…

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Day 12 Beautiful stained glass windows and details. The City Hall, in typical Bruges style, this is the oldest type in the Low Countries. It has two floors and was built late 14th early 15th century. Super articulation of lancet and pointed towers, windows and frames with numerous images of the princes of Flanders. The walls are dressed in historic Gothic Revival style painted with scenes from the history of Bruges. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTHIC HALL, THE MANTELPIECE…

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Day 12 An epic carved chimney place and dark oak carvings. And yes, this is where a couple sits, to get married! Still today! How grand is that. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GOTHIC HALL…

DAY 3 On our second day in Brugge, a bit cooler, we go out, and revisit one of my favourite places. Having admired its exterior of the Town Hall, we enter the impressive Gothic Hall and gaze in awe at the polychrome floating ribs of the impressive double wooden vault ceiling. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. This Gothic Hall is an absolute must , a magnificent work of art with its murals from around 1900 and ornamentations. The vault keys contain medallions and four lobes with scenes from the New Testament and of prophets, evangelists and saints. The corbels that support the whole, are decorated with thematic representations of the seasons, months, and natural elements. On the walls are scenes from the history of Bruges painted by artist Albrecht De Vriendt . Like the monumental mantelpiece are these are neo-Gothic additions. Each time I visit this awesome place, I fall silent, the stairs up to the hall are worn by millions of footsteps, including my ancestors, I can’t help but think of my grand-parents, my parents, they got married here, they walked here, they sat in front of the mantelpiece, here at thattable, taking their legal vows, surrounded by their family, in all their finery.. You still get married here today! I sit and dream awhile! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY SON…

DAY 3 My beautiful son has joined us for the day. We caught up first and then set out to explore Brugge. So we were in The Gothic Hall of The Town Hall of Brugge, I was photographing lovely details I spotted and when I turned around, there he was, in the light, where his ancestors had stood…. my parents, my grand-parents. I told him how they had taken their wedding vows in this magnificent room. It was just another magic moment. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Corbels…

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Day 12 In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different.. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Corbels…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different.. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TROBAIRITZ…

DAY 3 This wooden corbel represents a female troubadour in extreme beautiful detail. The trobairitz were the female troubadours, the first female composers of secular music in the Western tradition. The word trobairitz was first used in the 13th-century Romance of Flamenca and its derivation is the same as that of trobaire but in feminine form. The trobairitz were in most respects as varied a lot as their male counterparts, with the general exceptions of their poetic style and their provenance. They wrote predominantly cansos, the love songs, and tensos; a poetical debate which was usually an exchange between two poets, and could be fictional. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FOUR SEASONS…

DAY 3 There are 16 corbels in all, representing the months, elements and seasons. Here you have the four seasons. In the four corners. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT WE SEE…

DAY 3 So, in this Gothic Hall of Brugge’s Town Hall, there is much to see, the beauty in the details of which there are many. Here between two windos, a corbel representing one of the 4 elements , this one is: January-June Wonnenmaand = air (Juno pulled by peacocks) Hans Memling (also spelled Memlinc; c. 1430 – 11 August 1494) was a German painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. He spent some time in the Brussels workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, and after van der Weyden's death in 1464, Memling was made a citizen of Bruges, where he became one of the leading artists, painting both portraits and diptychs for personal devotion and several large religious works, continuing the style he learned in his youth. Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 – 9 July 1441) was an Early Flemish painter active in Bruges and one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century. He was well paid by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, who sought that the painter was secure financially and thus had artistic freedom and could paint "whenever he pleased". His work comes from the International Gothic style, but he soon eclipsed it, in part through a greater emphasis on naturalism and realism. Van Eyck utilised a new level of virtuosity, mainly through the use of oil as a medium; the fact that oil dries so slowly allowed him more time and more scope for blending and mixing layers of different pigments. Apart from the Ghent Altarpiece and the illuminated miniatures of the Turin-Milan Hours, about 20 surviving paintings are confidently attributed to him, all dated between 1432 and 1439. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTHIC HALL. More Detail…

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Day 12 Everywhere you look you see beautiful little details. Bruges' City Hall is well worth a visit. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CORBELS EVERYWHERE…

DAY 3 It is a massive vaulted place the town Hall, so corbels everywhere you look. The beauty once more in the details. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LANTERN…

DAY 3 On the way down the beautiful stairs to the foyer, I spot this beautiful old light. Now electrically lit, one of the panels opened up to light the candle, now to change the lamp. I am surrounded by beauty. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LAST KNIGHT…

DAY 3 In the beautiful big entrance hall, this corbel, a Noble Kneeling Knight holding the coat of arms of Brugge, a clawing lion… A stone example. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE FACADES…

DAY 3 BRUGGE FACADES… We come out to be hit by a wall of heat. I look up and see clouds gathering above the facades of Brugse Vrije and the Town Hall. Brugse Vrije is a little too ornate for me with that building, but hey… Next-door to The Town Hall is the smaller Renaissance period Old Civil Registry (1537). This was once the Old Court House. Although smaller than its neighbour, it rivals it for beauty, colour and style if not size. The Palace of the Liberty of Bruges was the place from which the surrounding countryside (Brugse Vrije) was governed from the late Middle Ages until 1795 – the “Liberty” was the name of a district of Bruges. This palace later served as the Old Court House for nearly 200 years. Atop the building's large, central dormer stands a bronzed statue of the blindfolded Lady Justice and on either side of Justice, on a pair of smaller dormers, are statues of Moses and Aaron, also in bronze. Cutting through these two landmarks is the colourfully named Blind Donkey Alley (Blinde Ezelstraat), a narrow pedestrian passageway linking Burg Square with theish market. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLIND DONKEY STREET…

Day 13 A FUN STORY… The Brugge inhabitants are renowned for their sense of humour, and I always feel it is reflected in names of streets, places, houses, shops, and lots of other things! We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. Don’t forget to look up to the lovely arch between City Hall and Old Civil Registry, do you see Solomon? Left of him is the statue of Prosperity, to the right the statue of Peace. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to an old inn… In a document of 1490 named the inn, The Blind Ezele that given to the Registry, a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a malt mill driven by a donkey as well. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, And according to the custom of the brewers to blindfold the donkeys that had to step on the treadmill of malting, and thus prevent them from becoming dizzy. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A MONUMENTAL FIREPLACE…

DAY 3 The lady at reception in the Town Hall informed us that our tickets are also valid in Brugse Vrije, another building on the Burg. It has been years since I visited, Paul and my son never saw it, so… Next to the old Court of Justice lies the renaissance hall called Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges). Located in this former aldermen's chamber of the old Palace of the Brugse Vrije, is the monumental 16th-century Emperor-Charles-fireplace, made of oak wood, alabaster and marble, designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. It is one of the most ostentatious pieces I have ever seen, goes up into the ceiling and the whole wall! From this mansion, erected between 1722 and 1727, Bruges’ rural surroundings were governed. The building functioned as a court of justice between 1795 and 1984. Today the city archives are stored here. They safeguard Bruges’ written memory. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE INKWELLS and the story…

DAY 3 THE INKWELLS and the story… At the end of the 14th century, the Brugse Vrije (Free Region of Bruges) formed part of the County of Flanders, one of the Four Members of Flanders together with Ghent, Bruges, and Ypres. The government of the Brugse Vrije first assembled on Burg Square, where so many civilian, municipal, and ecclesiastical official buildings were. We’re in the alderman’s hall, and Away from the ornate fire-place, there is a massive table, green felt coated, with two ornate brass inkwells, the light is good, I like what I see. I am very intrigued buy the cord and hassle hanging. I go in search of an explanation, nowhere to be found. I go back to a lady in the other room, sitting silently at a desk and ask her, a wry smile, she replies, connected to a bell, to call people to counsel… I thank her and say, ‘only I could not find it anywhere’ only for her to reply, ‘madame, if everything was explained or written there would be no mysteries left……’ I am flabbergasted and on my way out just say over my shoulder, that I know a lot because I have always had a hunger for knowledge. Later, outside I discover the turret that houses the bell. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HIDDEN BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Brugge is full of little surprises, small canals veering off, narrow cobbled alleys, don’t be afraid to stray off the ‘main’ streets! A very different view of the famous Rozenhoed Quay. In the distance you see the St Magdalene Church. Another of many, far less photographed. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE BEAUTIFUL…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 happy and content, we go to our room to refresh before a meal. This is the view, evening is closing in and regaling us with some lovely light. We cannot get enough of it, so, no relaxing then only great excitement and joy… ahhhh la vie de photographes!! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE ROMANTIC…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 happy and content, we go to our room to refresh before a meal. This is the view, evening is closing in and regaling us with some lovely light. Whenever you look out of one of the windows, you see something new, and yes Brugge is a city where lovers love to come. We cannot get enough of it, so, no relaxing then only great excitement and joy… ahhhh la vie de photographes!! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE of SEVENTY BRIDGES…

DAY 2 It is extremely hot, so we take it easy, and make ourselves at home. It was an 18 hour ’enjoyable’ travel. When I walk out of our house, along the Groenerei (Green Quay) I come to The Peerdebrug, from which this view was taken of The Meebrug. The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. These two are the oldest, and apparently there are 70 bridges in Brugge. Mee is a plant which’s roots contain a dye in order to dye cloth In the Middle Ages and long after. The mashed root are called madder, Turkish red. The madder (Rubia tinctorum), also whether fellow (see woad ) is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae (Rubiaceae). Madder was used as raw material for the red dye alizarin. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

PEERDENBRUG over the GROENEREI…

DAY 3 The sky is white with heat, we return home for the car, we’ll flee the city for a cooler place! So, on the way home, another photo of one of the famous bridges. The Peerdenbrug is first mentioned in 1392; it was a wooden bridge already rebuilt in 1431. This bridge was, like the nearby Meebrug an important link between the city and the adjoining suburb, called the "Braamberg". The current stone arch bridge dates back to 1642. In addition to the bridge, along the Groenerei, they built a watering hole for horses. From 1855 was advocated by the residents to remove the watering hole, which happened in 1862. . The Peerdenbrug a humpback bridge. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant watermill. It was dug by the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Groenerei translates into ‘Green canal’, I see why! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE We have come, because we want to explore Brugge… fully! I want to revisit places I haven’t seen since I was very young, I want to show Paul, I’m chasing memories. Often when we came to Brugge, it was with someone, so as you do, you show them parts they ‘have’ to see, and in the meantime, you ‘miss’ the bits you ‘want’ to see? LOL The lesser know Brugge! So, we set out, view from the Groenerei onto the Molenbrug. Somewhere in the distant past… there was a mill (molen) close by, hence the name. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,

DAY 7 BACK IN BRUGGE… We are going on another exploration in this beautiful city. Always new angles and details, always different light on the familiar places. A view of De Groene Rei and canal from the Meebrug, In the distance the Belfry. The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. These two are the oldest, and apparently there are 70 bridges in Brugge. Mee is a plant which’s roots contain a dye in order to dye cloth In the Middle Ages and long after. The mashed root are called madder, Turkish red. The madder (Rubia tinctorum), also whether fellow (see woad ) is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae (Rubiaceae). Madder was used as raw material for the red dye alizarin I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 yet another view of the PEERDENBRUG, taken from the end of the GROENEREI… The Peerdenbrug is first mentioned in 1392; it was a wooden bridge already rebuilt in 1431. The current stone arch bridge dates back to 1642. In addition to the bridge, along the Groenerei, they built a watering hole for horses. From 1855 was advocated by the residents to remove the watering hole, which happened in 1862. . The Peerdenbrug a humpback bridge. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant watermill. It was dug by the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Groenerei translates into ‘Green canal’, I see why! The majestic Halletoren , Belfry, is towering over Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…

DAY 4 yes, the heatwave still on, so we sit, in the shadow of the Belfry, the Halletoren, on the market in Brugge, having some refreshment. I look up and see this, an extreme angle, but I like it. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The city archives, however, were forever lost to the flames. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE HALLEN…

DAY 4 relaxing on a terrace in the shadow of the Belfry, on the market, we notice great activity in and out of the right ‘Hall’ paintings and sculptures being removed from the exhibitor that was held there. We walk over and ask if we can step inside to have a look? It is near empty, a few are still cleaning up, the lights are on! WOW. I remember, how my grand-mother used to ‘drag’ me along on a Saturday morning when there was still market in these beautiful halls. She went to the ‘Butter-hall’, which was the hall on the other side, where farmers came with their dairy products. She loved Boereboter (farm butter) for everything, and always went the same woman, they would have their weekly chat and I would get bored… Later, I remember dancing at a ball, the halls filled with music, dancing, laughter and beer, aaah… More memories. Medieval remains in the city include the old Market Halls (13th–15th century), to the sides and back of the Belfry-tower stands a rectangular building only 44 m broad but 84 m deep, with an inner courtyard. The belfry, accordingly, is also known as the Halletoren (tower of the halls). Now tete awesome spaces only get used for the occasional exhibition. We were lucky!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE

DAY 4 well, a warm day, perfect to see Brugge from the water, so many boats on the canals… here the Saint Anna-rei. On the right the Verversdijk with in the background we see the 19th century stepped gable of a former chicory factory, demolished in 1976. The St. Anne Bridge, was built in 1975 to replace an iron swing bridge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH

DAY 4 Next to the church, a gable with a window… to the sky? For any visitor to Bruges, the Jerusalem Church is off the beaten track. It is in an old working-class district, with low brick cottages surrounding a substantial complex of buildings that originally belonged to the wealthy Adornes family, who migrated here from Genoa in the thirteenth century. The Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk) in Bruges is a unique chapel built in 1428 by a rich pilgrim, Anselm Adornes who had returned from Jerusalem. There were many notable guests of the time, such as the King of Scotland, the Lords of Gruuthuse and the Dukes of Burgundy. Modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it includes a round tower, a macabre altar featuring skulls and ladders, and a replica of Christ's tomb. The exterior of the chapel is dominated by an octagonal tower, which is topped with a Cross of Jerusalem, to commemorate the trip to Jerusalem and Mount Sinai that Anselm and his son undertook in 1470. The two turrets are crowned, one with the sun, the other with the moon, somewhat echoing the two different towers of Chartres cathedral, which also represent the sun and the moon. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…

DAY 4 Off the beaten tourist track in the Venice of the North – Bruges – stands a chapel, commonly known as the Jerusalem Church. In the early part of the 15th century, the Italian Renaissance brought great benefits to Bruges, which saw the arrival of Florentine bankers like the Portinari family, the local representatives of the powerful de Medici family. The Adornes prospered in their role of middlemen, as they traded in the wool from Scotland that arrived and which was enriched into the luxury products that were sold in the Italian cities. It is why Bruges became known as the Venice of the North, even though it was largely ruled by merchants from Florence, not Venice. With its increase in wealth and the new breeze that was the Renaissance blowing over the city’s canals, the Adornes family decided upon the construction of a new chapel in front of their home, to replace a wooden chapel that had become derelict. A Papal Bull of Martinus V, dated May 12, 1427, detailed the pope’s consent. Size-wise, the new construction would remain small: a nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…

DAY 4 The Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. The main altar is weighed down by three enormous crosses, representing Golgotha. On the altar itself are depictions of skulls – Golgotha translates as Place of the Skull – as well as ladders, bones, whips, the crown of thorns, nails, hammers, even dice – as the Roman soldiers were said to have been gambling while the Lord was dying behind them on the Cross. The various instruments of the Passion have been depicted on the altar as if chaotically heaped together. A nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…

DAY 4 Behind the altar is the crypt, at the back of which is a very low entrance into what is a representation of the Holy Sepulchre, in which the body of the dead Christ was placed. It is this feature – quite unique in Flanders and more in vogue in Mediterranean countries, thus betraying the country of origin of the Adornes family – that gave the church its name, whether or not its floor plan is conform to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS

DAY 4 JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS While in Scotland, in 1483, Anselm Adornes was killed in a battle near the town of North Berwick. He was buried in Linlithgow, inside St Michael’s Church, but his heart was placed in a leaden box and brought back to Bruges, where it was placed next to his wife, inside the central mausoleum. Decoration wise, the chapel has remarkable stained glass windows, which alas “only” date from the 16th century. They represent members of the family, each accompanied by their patron saint. The walls are graced with two triptychs from the 15th century: one is a Madonna with St Catherine and St Barbara, the other a Christ on the Cross with Jean de la Coste Adornes, his wife Catharina Metteneye and their sons and daughters. Though it is often the small room in which the body of the dead Christ is placed that is believed to have earned it the name of Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. (info Philippe Coppens) Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else, the most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…

DAY 4 Of course we climb the stairs up to the mezzanine, only to find the ancient doors closed. Now, I know that way up, in the tower there is a beautiful vaulted ceiling, which I so wanted to photograph! So, what can you do? Chance it, put your camera in, face it up, try to angle it correctly and take a few, hoping that one will be ‘IT’! LOL So this is my ‘IT’ The Adornes family had a hand in many pies: local Bruges politics, Scottish interests, links with noble orders with ties to Jerusalem and, who knows, perhaps much more, for despite their local prominence, much of the Adornes family history remains obscure. Unexplained, for example, is a “treasure” of the Jerusalem Church: a silver cross, said to contain a piece of the wood of the True Cross. How the family would have gotten such a precious relic in its possession, is a good question. Why it is so little-known, or hardly worshipped at all, is an even bigger question. In fact, so little pomp and attention is given to this relic that one might almost conclude that its origins could not easily be explained and that it might perhaps be the real deal? Not necessarily that one could ever prove it is a piece of the real cross, but that some organisation strongly believed as much, and that only very few families were privileged enough to own such a relic. And it would explain why the Adornes family constructed a chapel that would have, as theme, the Holy Sepulchre and whose interior would be dominated by three gigantic crosses, the central one symbolising the True Cross. Only the future will tell. For the moment, the chapel remains largely the obscure twin to the more illustrious Holy Blood Chapel in the centre of the city. In the much quieter St Anne quarter, the remains of Anselm and his wife lie facing Golgotha, while nearby lies the body of the dead Christ and a relic said to be of the True Cross. Though we could perhaps call it the Jerusalem of the North, somehow, the question needs to be asked whether some people back then were not shaping Bruges into a New Jerusalem. (info Philippe Coppens) The most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE ALMSHOUSES…

DAY 4 The compound of the Adornes Domain also features twelve almshouses (Godshuizen) for poor women provided for in Anselm Adornes' will. They are adjacent behind the Jerusalem church. Six of these houses still are existing, view here on the left. Also. it looked and felt like they were still the original cobblestones! More of the other Brugge.Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…

DAY 4 This is the Strostraat (translation: Strawstreet), A narrow alley, since the Middle-ages-> a street, yes this is Brugge! A bridge over the St. Annarei, the canal this is heading to, was mentioned already in 1305 the Strobrucghe. The origin of the name is doubtful. It could have had something to do with straw, for example, if there was a storage place for hay and straw in the periphery. It is not excluded that the Straw family here could serve as origin. The name was known in Bruges and maybe a ’Straw’ lived near the bridge or in the street. The Strostraat runs from the St. Annarei to Jerusalem Street. Typical Brugge, cobblestones, leaning old walls, narrow, it does take you back , strange feeling… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ALLEYS of BRUGGE…

DAY 7 Brugge is famous for its alleys and cobblestones. The narrow alleyways are a network of shortcuts if you know them. I use them often, very few people, you really gain time! It gives you once more that feeling of ancient history, I know my for-fathers walked here mmmmm. As for the cobblestones, they got a little bit better but still not made for ladies in stilettos! LOL Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

VENICE of THE NORTH…

DAY 4 Canal after canal, bridge after bridge we walk… This is the Gouden Hand Rei, ( Golden hand) and de Torenbrug, a lesser known place, out of the centre, where you meet less tourists! ‘Tower’ Bridge is a bridge across the Golden-Handrei and Augustijnenrei in Bruges . The origin of the name is the Spanish family of merchants de la Torre. A rich family of Spanish origin mentioned in connection with the bridge; 1331: the Brugghe Daer Jan van den Torre; 1340: an die vor Brughe John van den Thorre. It is true that the name then covered the bridge that is now the Golden-Hand Bridge, particularly the bridge that allows passage over the water where the Golden-Handrei flows into the Langerei . They named that bridge not the Torre Bridge, they just said the bridge next to the house of de la Torre… Gold-Handrei is part of the first city walls and, together with the Smedenrei the Speelmansrei and Augustijnenrei dug in 1127-1128. In 1270 the Golden-Handrei was, along with the other inner canals , deepened to make shipping possible. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…

DAY 4 The people of Brugge are know for their sense of detail, ornaments and humour. I noticed this above a door, and was curious why all the ‘Golden hand’ in that area? So here is the legend! Long ago, when the Gold-Handrei was still called St. Gillisreitje, the water of the Bruges canals was so pure that it was swarming with fish. Perch, bream, pike, carp, roach, white bream and eel. You only had a net or throw out a line and a few minutes later you already caught a fish. But, and this was common knowledge, eel you better stay away from. Eel has something of a snake. In addition, it only emerges at night. It has to be possessed by the devil. There was an unwritten rule prohibiting fishing for eels. Now there was a man, it is said that he came from Lissewege, who wasn’t worried about laws and traditions. One evening he laid a trap in St. Gillisreitje. The next morning, his eyes sparkled with pleasure at the sight of so many delicious fish. Since his wife would make a nice meal of it. For a few days they would not have hungry stomachs. But to his surprise he saw a beautiful, golden yellow eel amongst black ones. Curious, he pulled the trap a little higher to lift the eel out of water. Until suddenly a strong, golden hand rose from the water. Who grabbed the man by his ankle and dragged him into the water. Never has anyone heard from the poor guy, and since then they call the inhabitants of Lissewege rather mockingly "eel catchers." It was as if the devil himself wanted to warn fishermen no more fishing for eels. Impossible, because since that day all eel disappeared from the canals and they never returned. The bridge, since then is called the Golden-Hand Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ARCHITECT or BUILDER…

DAY 6 On our way to another exhibition, I spot this in the facade of a house. A bas-relief in terracotta, trying to figure out what it represents, a building-master with his planner? All in good old Flemish bricks! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

FIFTY SHADES OF RED…

DAY 5 And we’re off again! One of the first things I spot is this terracotta madonna with lantern, rather unusual,set against red brick. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

MODERN MADONNA…

DAY 5 and then, suddenly, what a surprise! This Madonna must be a modern replacement. On the corner of a street. the old foot stand, completely different to all others. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

The BLUE DOOR…

DAY 4 and, the inevitable and beautiful Madonna and child. The College campus of the Europa College and its halls of residence are situated in the centre of Bruges. In order to maintain a close proximity, the College has a policy of acquiring suitable buildings and of renovating them to an equal standard of comfort. Gouden Handrei This beautiful Bruges style house dates back to the 17th century and is a listed monument. Now Europa College. During the 2005-2006 academic year it was renovated and provides 48 spacious rooms with private bathrooms. The Gouden Hand student bar which is situated in the cellar is the place where students have been gathering for years. The building has been a backdrop for many films and documentaries. On the Torenbrug, Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…

DAY 4 We continue as the canals change names after each bridge. I love the reflections on the green water. This is a different bridge,the Augustijnenbrug. The name comes from the Augustinian monks who settled in the second half of the thirteenth century on the Augustijnenrei. In 1294 given the Augustinians of the city's permission for their religious right to build a bridge over the rei. They must do this at their own expense. The current bridge dates from 1391 and was built by the Bruges master mason Jan van Oudenaarde († 1412). In 1396 Jan van Oudenaarde was charged with providing two stages of the Augustine bridge. In 1937 the bridge partly re-maconed and strengthened. In 1984 the bridge was again restored to the design of the Bruges Studiebureau Verschave. The Augustine Bridge is a triple arched bridge. The facing stone built of regular cut stone blocks, probably Tournai limestone, bluestone using the keystones of the arches and the wrappers. The middle stone between the arches are reinforced with buttresses. At the height of the road surface, there is a profiled, bluestone water table on both sides of the parapet. On the west side bridge and two on the east side one brick flare. On the inner side of the ramparts are made stone benches. The road surface of the bridge is cobbled. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

SPAANSE LOSKAAI…

DAY 4 Standing on the Augustijnenbrug, I look back and see the lovely reflections zigzagging on the water. From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was an important trading centre at the crossroads between the Hansa cities of Scandinavia, England and Germany (known collectively in those days as the 'Easterners’) and the most important commercial regions in France, Spain and Italy. The Spanish traders established themselves at Spaanse Loskaai (Spanish Unloading Quay). Numerous foreign merchants were welcomed in Bruges, such as the Castilian wool merchants who first arrived in the 13th century. After the Castilian wool monopoly ended, the Basques, many hailing from Bilbao (Biscay), thrived as merchants (wool, iron commodities, etc.) and established their own commercial consulate in Bruges by the mid-15th century. During the 15th century the Zwin, the waterway linking Bruges to the sea, silted up. Despite attempts to build another canal, the city’s economic lifeline was gone. When the headquarters of the Hanseatic League moved from Bruges to Antwerp at the end of the 15th century, many merchants followed, leaving abandoned houses, deserted streets and empty canals. Bruges, a former hub of Europe, slept for 400 years. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

EVENING IN BRUGGE…

DAY 5 we walk in the welcome shade of the tall trees of the Dijver. Dijver is the canal and a street in the historic center of Bruges It runs from the Gruuthuse Bridge to the Rozenhoedkaai and Huidenvettersplein. Dijver is part of the course of the original river Reie and is spanned by the Gruuthuse Bridge and John Nepomucenusbrug. Still people are filling up the boats to tour and view Brugge! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…

DAY 5 HUIDEVETTERSHUIS, it was already in 1302 was this pleasant place was known as the 'hudewettersdam' where the tanners gathered ... The tanners were members of the wealthy and influential ‘guild of tanners’. They lived not only in the largest house in the square, but they also had the use of the entire square until the 15th century. Previously, the two entrances to the square were closed by two solid doors. The blazon (coat of arms) is still located in the middle of the square: two lions and scales that served to weigh the sheets. The guildhall of the tanners dates from 1450. It was rebuilt to its current form in 1680. It is now a restaurant. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE Presumably in the 13th century, a rich family from Bruges received the monopoly to levy taxes on gruit. Great (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. They built a storage for it. The building was changed in the early fifteenth century by Jan IV van der Aa to a luxury house for his family, which subsequently changes its name to "Van Gruuthuse" ("From the Gruit house"). His son Louis de Gruuthuse adds a second wing to the house, and in 1472 a chapel. This connects the house to the adjacent Church of Our Lady, Bruges.[1] In 1596, the house is bought by king Philip II of Spain and in 1623 given to Wenceslas Cobergher to house the Bruges mount of piety. The city of Bruges bought the house in 1875, and architect Louis Delacenserie completely restored it between 1883 and 1895. The exterior is partly original, partly a reconstruction; the interior is mostly a late 19th century Neogothical reconstruction of a medieval interior. Currently, it is closed for major restoration work. The reopening is planned early 2018. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…

Day 5 Massive renovations are going on still, so for a number of years now, I have not been able to visit it. The reopening is planned early 2018. Presumably in the 13th century, a rich family from Bruges received the monopoly to levy taxes on gruit. Great (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. They built a storage for it. The building was changed in the early fifteenth century by Jan IV van der Aa to a luxury house for his family, which subsequently changes its name to "Van Gruuthuse" ("From the Gruit house"). His son Louis de Gruuthuse adds a second wing to the house, and in 1472 a chapel. This connects the house to the adjacent Church of Our Lady, Bruges.[1] In 1596, the house is bought by king Philip II of Spain and in 1623 given to Wenceslas Cobergher to house the Bruges mount of piety. The city of Bruges bought the house in 1875, and architect Louis Delacenserie completely restored it between 1883 and 1895. The exterior is partly original, partly a reconstruction; the interior is mostly a late 19th century Neogothical reconstruction of a medieval interior. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

Brugge, St BONIFACIUS HOUSE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Must be the MOST photographed house(s) in Brugge. Situated next to the St Bonifacius bridge, this is the absolute Medieval Bruges! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 WEEPING BEECH…

DAY 5 A WEEPING BEECH… This must be the most photographed tree in Brugge. Hanging like a Tantalus above the still water. I’m pretty sure it is a weeping Beech, could not find any info, I would have love knowing how old it is. View towards the corner of the Rozenhoedkaai, again in evening light. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

GROENEREI…

DAY 7 The sky is still white with heat yet it feels like change in the air. We are once more at the Groenerei. Groenerei is a stream and a street in the center of Bruges. The name "Groenerei" would be derived from an inn called 't Groene. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant mill (the Molenbrug on the St. Annarei, dug in the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Of all the canals in the centre of town; The Groenerei, the 'green canal', is the most romantic I think. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

DAPPLED LIGHT…

DAY 7 A beautiful old house, and the Peerdebrug, around the midday. I love dappled light, especially on these beautiful buildings with the gables and well maintained facades. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

ANOTHER of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…

DAY 3 I spot yet another of the hundreds of street corner Madonnas… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. This one surrounded by a different creeper. An important habitat for insects and small birds. And… Madonnas! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ONE of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…

DAY 2 One of hundreds of street corner Madonnas… On streetcorners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. I thought this one was so well framed by the beautiful leaves of the Parthenocissus, Virginia creeper. An important habitat for insects and small birds. And… Madonnas! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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 Madonna, statue, leaves, green, Virginia creeper, Goenerei, Brugge, Belgium, colour, horizontal, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

LATE SUMMER WINDOW in Bruges

My AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ It is always a thrill for me to return to the city where I was born. Melancholic, yes, the streets are filled with the ghosts of loved ones. I love the non-touristic places, where there is silence, where I can hear the sound of distant voices and laughter, where I can recall, the little blond girl, at the hand of a grown-up, looking up, always full of questions... But also always a happy reunion and revisit of places that are so dear to me and so filled with joy and happiness. This is the Potterierei, along one of the canals, dappled sunlight flecking walls and windows, highlighting and the sunflowers inside and the cobweb. Yes, Autumn was already nearing it would seem. Have a lovely day and thanx, as always for your visits, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OH SO BRUGGE…

DAY 8 The sun is pounding again, I look for shade to walk in. This is the Boeveriestraat. Have not been here for a very long time. I remember walking along these typical houses, on my mother’s hand, from the station to the center of the city, where we would meet my grandmother. You see the black border on the bottom? Houses who had a garden would have flowers against them, and THATis the origin of the idea to paint and later photograph flowers against a black background! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SHORTEST STREET? GLORIBUSSTREET...

DAY 8 A lesser known part of Brugge. The old and the new, Although the laws of preservation are very strict, now and then something modern crops up, like the huge block that is the Concertgebouw here behind the street. The Gloribusstraat is a small street in the Boeveriewijk of Bruges. The street that runs between the Boeveriestraat and King Albert Avenue, got its name from Isabella Gloribus, the widow of Pieter Van Peenen. She founded six almshouses for needy widows, there in 1634. Residents of old Bruges origin continue to call the street Muzevol, Muzenhol (Mousetrap). I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RECEPTION in THE HALL…

DAY 7 After the ceremony, the top brass enter the City Hall of Brugge where they attend a reception up in the Gothic Hall. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. Responsibility for its construction was given to Jan Roegiers, and the project was completed, eventually, in 1421. The City Hall is the earliest late Gothic monumental-style municipal council building in Flanders or Brabant: its flamboyant opulence testifies to the city's economic and political power. The building's admirers highlight the effect of the "Brugian span", referring to the abundance of repeating systematically positioned niches encompassing the windows. The statues under the stone baldachin-canopies on the building's facade have been renewed several times. At the time of the French Revolution all the statues were destroyed. A small number of genuine pieces are now included in the collections of the city museum. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ILLUMINATED FACADE…

DAY 7 The party’s over. All gone home. Inside the city hall, the lights are out in the stunning Gothic hall, windows still open, it gently starts to rain, at last. We’ve had our meal and our fun. All that is let is taking a few images go this interesting, illuminated facade. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. Responsibility for its construction was given to Jan Roegiers, and the project was completed, eventually, in 1421. The City Hall is the earliest late Gothic monumental-style municipal council building in Flanders or Brabant: its flamboyant opulence testifies to the city's economic and political power. The building's admirers highlight the effect of the "Brugian span", referring to the abundance of repeating systematically positioned niches encompassing the windows. The statues under the stone baldachin-canopies on the building's facade have been renewed several times. At the time of the French Revolution all the statues were destroyed. A small number of genuine pieces are now included in the collections of the city museum. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

REFLECTIONS…

DAY 4 I spot the sunny reflections in the windows of the beautiful row of houses, on the shadow-side of the market of Brugge. Some things change, some things remain. I see the book shop, still the same, where my father would take me, put me in front of the correct section of books for me to choose, while he had a chat with his friends, the owners. Sweet memories. I am still a reader, Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

REFRACTED REFLECTION…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME Windows are interesting… you can look in and you can look out. They reflect their environment… looking up is a good thing,LOL. 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 OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

TO ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR DAY...

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Wishing you a bright day and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

I SPY…

DAY 4 Always looking for the weird and wonderful, it is a type of spying… I saw, way up, this little gnome, hand over ears, it struck me, less, as weird and wonderful… abstract, the reflection of sky in the window: a bonus! The other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

STRICTLY DANCE….

DAY 4 it often pays to look up too! I spot this couple dancing, totally engrossed in each other… during the day? LOL Brugge, humour… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

WINDOWS…

DAY 5 probably the most photographed in Brugge, along the ‘canal route’, alongside The Dijver. It’s been like that for years now. and people seem to love the quirkiness so they photograph it, as I did! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

THROUGH THE WINDOW...

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Spotted this through a window,on a walk in Brugge. It often pays to look up? You could go either way with this, spin a happy or unhappy story, someone who likes to play pranks... or someone who is mighty ill... or someone who shoved this quickly away? LOLOLOL M, (*_*) With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, 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

Mid-Summer-window in Bruges…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme It is always a thrill for me to return to the city where I was born. Melancholic, yes, the streets are filled with the ghosts of loved ones. I love the non-touristic places, where there is silence, where I can hear the sound of distant voices and laughter, where I can recall, the little blond girl, at the hand of a grown-up, looking up, always full of questions... But also a happy reunion and revisit of places that are so dear to me and so filled with joy and happiness. This is the Potterierei, along one of the canals, dappled sunlight flecking walls and windows, highlighting and the sunflowers inside and the cobweb. Yes, Autumn was already nearing it would seem. Have a lovely day and thank you, as always for your visits, 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

LONG CLOSED DOOR…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Bruges, the City where I was born, my childhood play-ground... So many memories! They do come back, images, flashes, emotions! Always a pleasure to revisit. The people from Brugge/Bruges are renowned for their art, articity and great sense of humour! Now you know where I got it from! LOL! This is a detail of a beautiful old house... the door, long-closed... playground for the spiders! Have a glorious day and 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

DAPPLED LIGHT…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Another ornate door in my beloved Brugge. On the Potterie-rei under the trees, making for interesting light-play. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, 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

RAINY REFLECTION…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME taken on the market in Brugge, it was raining, but NOTHING will stop me as you can see, lol Nikons are well sealed they say? This is the DIAMOND SCOPE by Vibeke Jensen... An octagonal structure with an amazing shell of mirror glass stands across from the Belfry on the Market Square. Depending where you stand, reflecting the medieval facades, or in the case, the Belfry/Halletoren. 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

ANGELUS...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 Another little discovery. The Angelus is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell, which is a call to prayer and to spread good-will to everyone, three times a day: 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm The Angelus (L’Angelus) is an oil painting by French painter Jean-François Millet, completed in 1859. The painting depicts two peasants bowing in a field over a basket of potatoes to say a prayer, the Angelus, that together with the ringing of the bell from the church on the horizon marks the end of a day’s work. So I rather suspect that this is reflected in this wooden sculpture Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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’S the TIME???

DAY 4 Alice in Wonderland? Walking on, I discover all kinds of weird things, here a garden, again along the canal where they seem to collect alarm-clocks! Surreal! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

SWEET BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 SWEET BRUGGE… On the right hand side of the Church of our Lady, on the way to the St John’s Hospital(now a museum) and the Beguinage, you will find one of the many ‘sweet shops’. Brugge is renowned for its sugary side? Chocolate galore, sometimes even rude sweets, no, not shown here, LOL. I could not resist this, I had to be, again, patient, people constantly at the window, The reflection in the window is of course from the church. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 sweets, window, shop,reflection,Brugge, Belgium, Flanders, vertical,colour, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

LE TEMPS des FRAISES…

DAY 8 We have a whole day ahead of us. I remember that Saturday is market day, so, we’re off there. The stalls are dispersed over different squares and streets, not as I remember it, but hey… So beginning of September and still beautiful, firm and especially tasty, top quality strawberries. Belgium is renowned for its fruit. We buy and eat a punnet of the little delicacies. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Le Temps des Mûres…

DAY 8 Blackberry is the fruit of the bramble, a thorny bush of the very pervasive gender Rubus of the family Rosaceae such as raspberry. Glistening in the sun, who can resist them? Belgium is renowned for its fruit. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHOCOLATE… by the KILO

DAY 7 These are BIG chunks of dark chocolate, with hazelnuts, with fruit, white chocolate, chocolate galore! It looks like they smashed big slabs. Belgian chocolate is renowned, it is quality and tasty, more cacao and less fat. Good for the skin, did you know? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

ALL CHOCOLATE…

DAY 7 The aroma of chocolate comes out of many shops when walking the streets of Brugge. It is now trendy to buy these, everything for the DIY-er: IN CHOCOLATE. Looking like rusted tools. I would think that is a small market? But there you go. Gimmicky, fun, personally I am not overly keen on it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

OIL&VINEGAR…

DAY 4 OIL&VINEGAR… back in the busy, commercial streets, I find the shop I’m looking for. One of my favourites. Not only am I creative with photography but also in the kitchen. I love to experiment, I love salads so I need oils and vinegars. Here you can taste all kinds of specialties, tapenade and other spreads One of the top ones is Champagne vinegar and Chardonnay vinegar not easy to find. But at Oil&Vinegar, THEY have it! Here you can also fill your bottle, in the size you want. A wall of different oils and vinegars, so well presented, wow I’m in heaven, lol. Taking home some goodies! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

LEFFE BLONDE…

DAY 4 We arrive back on the market of Brugge, and need some more refreshment. Choose one of the many inviting terraces. A few table removed I spot an Oriental family enjoying a proper Belgian beer, Leffe. They come from all over the world to sample the beer of Belgium! Dripping cool, on draught, they slowly savour it. I photograph it. There are several beers in the range, and they are marketed as Abbey beers. The abbey of Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale, starting in 1240. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale with a subtle taste and high alcohol content, brewed only at the abbey. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. There are 9 different Leffe beers. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and is best served at 5-6°C in a beer chalice, which will allow all the flavours to come through. SANTE!Cheers… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

MORE FRIENDS…

DAY 6 We drive to the southern part of Flanders, towards France, the ‘Bowl’ formed by the river Isere, scene to so much fighting during the first WW. We are meeting friends for the day. First exchange of presents, a book of my latest flowers, which delights them. They appreciate it so very much. After that, we set off to Ieper, for a meal and a visit to the exhibition Flanders’ Fields… I do not take many photo’s, it is either socialising or photographing, I find it difficult (impolite?) to mix them. So, Ieper, on the big market place, walking along, I pass a shop with this window display. They are still having the (unusual) heatwave, so this is a bit incongruous. But I like it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…

DAY 7 We walk the main street, where all the shops are. I see this display, telling us what the trendy colours are to be for Autumn and Winter, LOL. I was taught how to knit, but have no interest in it, I was merely attracted by this window display, the way it was presented with the needles and especially the colours! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BRUGES LACE…

DAY 4 once more, memories, my family all being from Brugge, my paternal grand-mother and my sister, had lace making as their passionate hobby! Had the schooling. I remember winding the bobbins! I remember how important the patterns were, some kept secretly.Just another facet of Brugge’s fame is its beautiful lace. BRUGES made bobbin lace in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and the name of Bruges is given to a lace of a scrolling character. From the end of Middle Ages Flanders maintained an active exchange between the Low Countries and the great centres of Italian art, so it was not unnatural that at the close of the sixteenth century lace was known and made in Flanders. Spinning flax threads and weaving fine textiles is closely associated with the early commercial history of Flanders, and when the progress of manufactures was endangered by the religious persecutions of the sixteenth century, the linen trade alone is said to have upheld itself, and to have saved the country from ruin. The fineness of the thread used especially is important. These date from about 1630 to 1660. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

THE WEAVE &SHUTTLE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 12 YOU MUST know how much I LOVE COLOURS??? LOL On the picturesque Fish-market of Brugge, we meet this weaver from Latvia again. Last Summer we bought a scarf, pure linen, for Paul here, now we meet him: the creative textile designer – weaver Janis Rozentals He began his career in the Old Town Riga and for several years wove on the wheeled loom and sold the scarves, all over the world. Made out of linen, they are beautiful. He loves Bruges. Of course, we go home, with… yes, you’ve guessed it, another scarf! If you are interested in seeing a dedicated artist at work, a fascinating movie here. See Janis on his loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6w6bb9trMc I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ORIGINAL DISPLAY…

DAY 7 Another beautiful display this time of trendy materials for the coming Autumn and Winter. Presented in an original and creative way, looking like giant scarves. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BOTTLE BRUSHES…

DAY 5 It is a very hot day once more, we saunter through the narrow streets, the stones radiate the days of heat. We end up at the Simon Stevens place where we relax on a terrace, in the shade. I see a shop that I remember: Dille & Camille. They sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A proper attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. These bottle brushes make me smile, this is from my youth! Long handled brushes with rows of radial bristles, designed to fit into small mouthed bottles and access the larger interior. The things you encounter… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

BASKETS ANYONE?

DAY 5 Still at ‘Dille & Camille’ Where they sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A real attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. They sell baskets, LOTS of them… I find them very photogenic. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

VIEUX JEUX 2...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 Always looking for the unusual! Old games. Still fun! An example of centrifugal force. In Bauernroulette, a spinning top is spun in the middle of a wooden circular playing surface that contains 6 wooden balls, here metal. The balls bounce off the top in random directions, and sometimes land within one of several hollow indentations within the surface. Typically, the most points are scored by landing balls within these outer chambers. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..

DAY 6 We decide to have a drive through that part of Flanders, South and close to the boded of North France. what a Plat pays, it does my eyes good to see it again. As it is a hot and thirsty weather, we end up in a tiny village, Houtem. Turns out my friend knows the owner of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure), the village pub. Quite a character, as is his establishment, full of antiquities. I spot this gorgeous pulley lamp. Before the simple flick of a switch, pulleys were used so the lamps could be lowered, lit, then raised up high again for general lighting. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 A DARK CORNER…

DAY 6 Of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure, LOL), in Houtem, Flanders, where antiques were lovingly collected over the years, I spot this lamp. I can’t help but wonder, where has it hung, what house has it lit up before and how did it end up here, in this remote corner of Belgium, almost France? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…

DAY 7 I shot this photo from the hip. We walked inside after we had a drink on the terrace. So beautiful and inviting. Le pain quotidien means: the daily bread. The Simon Stevin square is situated in the heart of Bruges, a picturesque city with a long history. The building where you nowadays find the bakery and restaurant of Le pain Quotidien used to be a weaving factory. The location always has been a place for craftsmanship, only now it serves artisanal and organic fair. Their philosophy: “Long enough for all to fit and narrow enough for all to talk, our tables are where friends reconnect and new friendships are forged over the shared appreciation of delicious food and good company. In a space where colour comes to life, music mingles with the melody of conversation and fresh-baked smells stoke the imagination, there will always be a place for you at our table.” Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 "Beer Wall" RIDE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 We say good-bye to Brugge for now, with a smile. The Beer Wall is bar containing all 780 Belgian beers. This is outside, to attract attention, and it did! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

WILD ROSE…

UNDER ATTACK… Spotted this beauty but when I looked closer I saw all the movement of the furry caterpillars. They were slowly eating this bush of gorgeous pink wild Roses. Notice they are single roses. THANk you for your comments, 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

LE TEMPS des TOURNESOLS…

DAY 8 AAHH the Sunflowers, very much one of the flowers of end of Summer. The abundance in everything strikes me again, I do see people carrying flowers, yet there are much more flowers than people! LOL Also known as Helianthus… Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des GERBERAS…

DAY 8 There is an unbelievable choice in everything, it all seems too much? Such abundance. I remember when sellers came to market with their wares, towards the end, if you were late… there was little left, certainly no choice anymore. Now everything seems overstocked and never-ending FULL. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des ROSES…

DAY 8 We end up on the flower market, AAHH bliss! I always come back from the Continent with a lot of ‘work’, lol, meaning, I bring back flowers (to photograph). I see sorts there I cannot find here. I would not buy these though, you buy roses in bud only! More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des COULEURS…

DAY 8 So, the last one from the market. These are sleeves to go over a plant-pot, very colourful and attractive to photograph. Love the dof here. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…

DAY 7 We arrive back on the Burg, we had seen the set-up earlier, but not paid it much attention. These things pop up, come and go. This time it is different, there is a buzz in the air, and lots of security… We sit on the terrace as more and more people gather, we ask the waiter and he mumbles something about a parade and royalty attending. So, unwittingly, we are about to witness something special! The empty chairs are beginning to fill with lots of dressed up, uniformed and decorated men, plus ladies in their fineries, le beau mode! I check the batteries of my camera, like a chef sharpens his knives before cooking,lol I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BRUGGE THE INTERESTING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Our room has many windows, so, many views! This s seen from the side, a beautiful red roof. And the evening-light sets it off beautifully. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PURPLE RAIN…

DAY 5 A house in BRUGGE… COLOUR CO-ORDINATED with the plants! The Wisteria still has some purple blooms pending although it is late Summer now. All purple, very attractive! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

WISTERIA in BRUGGE…

DAY 5 A detail of the trailing Wisteria on the ‘purple house’. Could it be that I have withdrawal symptoms already? Starting to take flower photos? LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

ON OLD WALLS…

DAY 4 we walk a little further, another old wall, along the canal of the Augustijnenbrug, covers with vibrant Flamenco Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans 'Flamenco' Like the species, this vigorous, hardy climber has clusters of rich red trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer and excellent for covering walls, stumps or rock work. An irresistible invitation for a photograph! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

SPOT THE WINDOWS…

DAY 4 A house, a wall, windows and a curtain of Ivy along the canal. It drapes onto the green water. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…

DAY 7 Alongside the canal, still warm in the late-Summer sun I spot the first sign of Autumn on one of the old historic walls. A Virginia Creeper (parthenocissus) clinging on very elegantly. Brugge will be even more beautiful in Autumn dress! I can just imagine it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

UN AMOUR de SWANN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Why this title? Because this was a tiny feather of one of the many swans of Brugge. It must have flown up from the water beneath, to be trapped in one of the young, budding branches. Un amour de Swann is the second part of the novel; Du côté de chez Swann, the first being À la recherche du temps perdu, by Marcel Proust. Or, it also reminded me of this poem from my youth: Mijn harte, ’lijk het wuivig pluis der lichte vachten, op de ure dat moede avond neigt naar bleeken nachte, dat de aarde trage golft van schapen, en ’t gedein der kudde en van een herder-fluite zoete zijn; — aan elke doornen-haag een wuivig pluis gebleven, en ... — God: ziehier mijn hart, ziehier dit moede leven, gerafeld te Uwen wille als een geplukte vacht; — maar laat me voelen, dat een warme stal me wacht ... My heart, like the waving wool of the pale fleeces, at the hour when weary evening leans to pallid night, when the earth heaves sluggishly with sheep, and the rippling of the flock and of a shepherd’s pipe are sweet; — a waving woolly tuft caught on each thorn-bush, and ... — God: behold my heart, behold this weary life, frayed to your will just like a plucked-out fleece; — but let me feel that a warm byre awaits me ... written by Karel van de Woestijne, a famous Flemish writer and friend of my father. I love details, always looking for them. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 RUSTLING REED…

DAY 8 O! 'T rustling of the slender reed! I understood still your sad song! when the wind over run and bowing your blades stirs, thou cast, humbly bowing, down, stands up and bows humbly again, and sings all bend 's sad song, that I love, O slender reed! This poem comes to mind, by the great poet Guido Gezelle. O! 't ruisen 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 nijgend, neer, staat op en buigt ootmoedig weer, en zingt al buigen 't droevig lied, dat ik beminne, o ranke riet! We drive through narrow roads amongst fields where small canals often seam off the fields, the land is flat, the water important. Waving reeds all along, so much a part of the Flemish scenery. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR

The little winding road takes us to the Ostend-Brugge Canal, this canal flows partially in the historical bed of the Ieperlee . In the period 1618 - 1623 this old sea-gully was deepened and from Plassendale connected to the sea. From then on you could sail from Ostend via Brugge, to the interior of Ghent. The blue sky colours the water blue, and right next to a bridge over the canal, a patch of Nénuphars. Water lilies, specifically the European white water lily (Nymphaea alba). From Medieval Latin nenuphar, from Arabic nīnūfar. Monet would have put up his easel there, me… I lifted my camera to my eye. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SASHUIS Brugge…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Sashuis (Sluice House or Lock House) (1519), taken from the entrance bridge to The Ten Wijngaarde Beguinage. The Minnewater is the place where the River Reie entered the city. The flow of the Reie was notoriously variable. If rainfall was heavy, the water level rose rapidly, so that the lower lying land on both sides of its banks was soon flooded. As the city graduallyexpanded, it became necessary to build on this low-lying land. This meant that the temperamental Reie needed to be controlled. For this reason, a series of locks and weirs were constructed during the 13th century. This led to the creation of the Minnewater, as a water catchment area and reservoir. The pumping station, which also served as the lock keeper’s house, dates from the 16th century and was restored during the 19th century. The mechanism for operating the lock has not been used for a few decades. A beautiful and so typical house. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 BEGUINAGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 BEGUINAGE… BRUGGE REVISITED... A wonderful time in my city of birth. The 'Beguinage' or Begijnhof in Spring dress. The Beguinage'De Wijngaard' (= the Vineyard). It is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a lovely garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters,only very few live here now. The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinople, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate. Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 BEGUINAGE HOUSES…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 The 'Beguinage' or Begijnhof in Spring dress. The Beguinage'De Wijngaard' (= the Vineyard). It is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a lovely garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters,only very few live here now. The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinople, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate. Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

SERENITY...

A Benedictine nun, on her way to the St Elizabeth church in the beguinage, where she lives. This photo is 25 years 'old'... captured with my (beloved) Nikon F4, on Fuji Pro film iso, 400, a real grab-shot. We had been there quite some time when she suddenly appeared, walking swiftly, I sensed it, turned around, camera up, focus, click... I didn't think I had it, but I did! There are very few of them left now, I hear. I like the look of serenity on her face. Almost all photo's have a story behind them. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

MINNEWATER Brugge…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 The Minnewater, from superstition to romance The Minnewater is one of the best-known and most frequently visited places in Bruges. The oldest existing photograph of Bruges dates from 1845 and depicts a scene on the Minnewater. There are different opinions about the origins of the name. Most people now agree that the name derives from the Middle Dutch word ‘minne’, which means ‘water spirit’. During the Middle Ages, superstitious people believed that an evil water spirit lived under the bridge at this spot. But ‘minne’ also means love, an interpretation that led to the more romantic French translation of the name as ‘Lac d’Amour’. The Minnewater is the place where the River Reie entered the city. The flow of the Reie was notoriously variable. If rainfall was heavy, the water level rose rapidly, so that the lower lying land on both sides of its banks was soon flooded. As the city gradually expanded, it became necessary to build on this low-lying land. This meant that the temperamental Reie needed to be controlled. For this reason, a series of locks and weirs were constructed during the 13th century. This led to the creation of the Minnewater, as a water catchment area and reservoir. There is a Lockhouse above the locks, I sit with my back against it, I have always loved the view from there. The beautiful reflection in the water is of the striking building on the eastern shore of the Lake of Love, the castle de la Faille . This neo-Gothic castle was built in 1893. The first wooden Minnewater bridge was built during the 14th century. It was replaced during the 18th century with the current arched bridge in stone. The sturdy rampart tower dates from the end of the 14th –beginning of the 15th century, and once served as the city’s gunpowder storage depot. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

BRUGGE, REFLECTIONS...

The beautiful reflection in the water is of the striking building on the eastern shore of the Lake of Love, the castle de la Faille . This neo-Gothic castle was built in 1893. It is now a hotel. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

SPRING in BRUGES…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 SPRING in BRUGES… These ducks live on the ‘LAKE of LOVE’? Must be a lot of love! This mother duck was shifting her ducklings on, towards the water, for a swimming lesson? A fun smiley moment. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

HISTOIRE de SWAN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 You cannot visit Brugge, and return without a photo with or of a Swan. Why Swans in Brugge? At the end of the 15th century, the oppressed people of Bruges rose in revolt against the unpopular Emperor Maximilian of Austria. They captured Maximilian and imprisoned him in the Craenenburg House on the Market Square, together with his equally unpopular adviser, Pieter Lanckhals. Lanckhals was condemned to death and Maximilian was forced to watch the execution. The Emperor eventually escaped and later took his revenge: he decreed that ‘until the end of time’ the city should be required at its own expense to keep swans on all its lakes and canals. And why swans? Because swans have long necks – and the Flemish for ‘long neck’ is ‘lange hals’ – or ‘lanckhals’! And so a city legend was born… Reality? More likely… The first swans in Bruges go back to the Middle Ages. In the early 15th century, Bruges bought the right to keep swans from the Count of Flanders. At that time swans were a symbol of distinction. The killing or stealing swans was forbidden. Swans were first mentioned in the city accounts in 1403. At that time the swans tended to stay on the vests around the city because the canals were the water highways of the city and too busy for the swans. A Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), sleeping with one eye open. The mute swan is commonly associated with romance because of its stark white beauty, graceful swimming and the fact that it mates for life. Yet there are many things most people don’t know about this swan, including that it is not native to North America and it can be one of the most aggressive waterfowl. I chose this strong graphic composition, because I wanted something different. Hope you like it too. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

ETERNAL BRUGGE…

Day 13 This is the exact spot where my father used to stand, with his easel, painting this view: the bridge and entrance to the Beguinage. Yes Brugge holds so many memories for me, everywhere I walk, there is someone by my side again. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

LIFE IS A CLIMB…

We climb MANY mountains during our stay on this Earth… Some because we HAVE to… some because we WANT to? quote Magda Indigo The windmills of Bruges sit on a pathway around the edge of the old city boundary. Originally there were 25, but now only a handful remain and they have become a popular attraction for visitors. It’s quite a walk from the city centre to get here, but it really is worth it! ou can walk on some of the old city walls here too. The northern most windmill, built around 1765, is Coelweymolen, but was rebuilt here in 1996 and is open to the public for a small fee. Next is the Nieuwe Papegaai Mill, a rebuilt oil mill placed here in 1970. Next is the Sint Janshuismolen windmill, which was built by a group of bakers in 1770. It’s the only one still in it’s original position. Enjoy and make the BEST of every day! Thank you, 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

SOAP in BRUGGE…

#abfav_favourite_street_activity_theme BIG BUBBLES, to the delight of the visitors, their children and, as you can see, the man himself! 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

TRENDY HAIR COLOUR...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_STREET_ACTIVITY_THEME Colour is definitely 'IN'! This young lady walked proudly, feeling confident about her appearance? ANOTHER MUST photo, LOL I'm ALWAYS fascinated by COLOUR! Have a lovely day and thanks for your visit, 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

HOPPA… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

#abfav_2_together_theme A father and his son, dancing, full of joy. You just try and sit with the music of Zorba, the Sirtaki. A special bond. Love the rapid movement of the legs. Wishing you a fun day and thanks for your visit, 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

ARTISTS’ SHOES…

#abfav_2_together_theme I always say: you are never ‘creative’ just in one area, often in many, and us artists often feel we have to ‘express’ ourselves in other ways! LOL Here, a Belgian musician, singer, song-writer, Willemsson and artist Jook in Oostende. Both are on Facebook! A portrait of a couple, united in many ways, divided in their creativity, he is all about music, she is a Neo-expressionism surrealism doodle-artist. This was a fun shoot, creatives together… 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

ARTISTIC COUPLE…

#abfav_2_together_theme Belgian musician, singer, song-writer, Willemsson and artist Jook in Oostende. A portrait of a couple, united in many ways, divided in their creativity, he is all about music, she is a Neo-expressionism surrealism doodle-artist. This was a fun shoot, creatives together… 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'S TO DO IN SUMMER?

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_STREET_ACTIVITY_THEME The travelling musicians Bruges, Belgium, on one of the many bridges over the canals (well, it IS the Venice of the north!), these two young ladies were playing their tunes, they are Norwegian, busking their way through the different countries. A nyckelharpa is a traditional Scandinavian musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. https://youtu.be/7sfBcWvVUbs?list=RD7sfBcWvVUbs 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, (* _ *) 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, musicians, female, portrait, Brugge, instruments, street, colour, horizontal,Flanders, Nikon F4, magda indigo

AAAH BACH…

DAY 7 As we approach the Burg, we hear the floating of music, lovely tones! Buskers from an Eastern European country, judging by their instruments. They play Bach, and they play it very well... for our enjoyment. The girl is playing a massive instrument that sounds to my western european ear like a balalaika. Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

THEY ARE COMING!

DAY 7 More and more activity now. The Burg is now closed off, with lots of armed security and military people. Sadly a flavour of our world today. But hey, on a happier note, little by little we are beginning to see what is awaiting, so, recap: I am from Brugge, live in England, here I am back in Brugge for a week and hey, the English followed me here and are to play for me? LOL. Two soldiers walk on, nicely synchronised even in walk! The Grenadier Guards trace their lineage back to 1656, when Lord Wentworth's Regiment was raised in Bruges, in the Spanish Netherlands (present-day Flanders), from gentlemen of the Honourable Artillery Company by the then heir to the throne, Prince Charles (later King Charles II) where it formed a part of exiled King's bodyguard. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! Of all the coincidences.WOW I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 FULL RAGALIA…

A bearskin is a tall fur cap, usually worn as part of a ceremonial military uniform. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers and it is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the 1st Foot Guards was renamed the Grenadier Guards and their entire regiment adopted the bearskin covers for their ceremonial dress. The purpose appears to have been to add to the apparent height and impressive appearance of these troops both on the parade ground and the battlefield. A Bearskin weighs 680 grams. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

ON PARADE…

In The Royal Guild of St Sebastian of Bruges, in 1656, the exiled future British King Charles II created the Grenadier Guards (and in 1658 the Life Guards) to be his personal bodyguards and defend his allies in the Low Countries from French invasion. After helping to restore the monarchy in Britain in 1660, these British Troops have gone on to fight with distinction against oppression on Belgian soil for centuries, most notably at Waterloo and in two World Wars. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! In commemoration and gratitude the Belgian Government and Government of Flanders are hosting a series of parades and events this weekend for Britain's First Regiment of Foot Guards. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

ARMOURED PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and rest and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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 MUSKETEER…

DAY 7 A little series of The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers parading in Brugge, an occasion attended by the sister of the Belgian king, in honour of their 360th anniversary. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. A musketeer (French: mousquetaire) was a type of soldier equipped with a musket. Musketeers were an important part of early modern armies, particularly in Europe and the west, as they normally comprised the majority of their infantry. The musketeer was a precursor to the rifleman’s. The iconic "Redcoat" of the British Empire was the staple unit in the British armies that created the largest empire in history. The British infantryman was well trained by the standards of the time, training with live ammunition. A fully trained redcoat could fire four times a minute. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

WITH PANACHE…

DAY 7 The musketeers wear their plumed black felt hats with great panache! Waiting, while the royalty enters the arena, lol, they stand holding the pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

A PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I couldn't help myself, I just HAD to take some portraits of these characters! Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

OLD WARRIOR…

DAY 7 It is just one after the other of interesting looking men, huh, Pikemen that is! I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

MORE LACE…

DAY 7 The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s and are tasked with providing a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and escorting him when he is on official business. Company of Pikemen & Musketeers to parade no more than 63 members at any one time, that being the size of a company in the 17th century. Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

SHINY ARMOUR…

DAY 7 With pomp and circumstance the whole parade eventually disperses, but I see there is a reception in the beautiful Gothic Hall, in the town hall, for the top brass. These come out early, once more synchronised in their dance? They must be high up Pikemen, laced and medalled. So much finery! The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

WILLEM in NIRVANA…

Day 14 Nirvana is a place of perfect peace and happiness, like heaven. And that is where he goes as soon as he picks up one of his many instruments. Always beautiful moments. Yes with some people it is absolutely ZEN. And such moments are pure magic. I wrote a blog on the importance of hands, HERE: http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-portrait.html 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEFORE WE GO-GO…

DAY 8 BEFORE WE GO-GO… So, it is Saturday, the day we go back home in the UK. Everything is packed and in the car, We have time for a portrait in the mirror in the hall. We have very few photo;s of the two of us, so, it is an occasion, lol, plus, the name of the house that was ours for a week features in it: Huyze Lanckhals. A very Brugge name! At the end of the 15th century, the oppressed people of Bruges rose in revolt against the unpopular Emperor Maximilian of Austria. They captured Maximilian and imprisoned him in the Craenenburg House on the Market Square, together with his equally unpopular adviser, Pieter Lanckhals. Lanckhals was condemned to death and Maximilian was forced to watch the execution. The Emperor eventually escaped and later took his revenge: he decreed that ‘until the end of time’ the city should be required at its own expense to keep swans on all its lakes and canals. And why swans? Because swans have long necks – and the Dutch for ‘long neck’ is ‘lange hals’ – or ‘lanckhals’! And so a city legend was born… I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Marché des Artistes…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_STREET_ACTIVITY_THEME No market is complete in Summer if the Artists are not there he? Have a lovely day and as always, THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

TOWN HALL DAMME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 Many a photo further, we drive into Damme, sit on a terrace and have a last drink before we will have to say good-bye to Sonny. The Town Hall Damme is an example of Brabant Gothic . When Damme was still a port and the Zwin, before it silted up, the ground floor of the town hall was used as a goods warehouse. Governance, administration and justice happened upstairs. In the tower a carillon is installed with 39 bells, including two from the 14th century . Remarkable are also the town clock from 1459 and a sundial . Against the facade of the town hall are six statues of the counts of Flanders ( Philip of Alsace , Johanna and Margarethe of Constantinople (who has in hand a model of the St. John's Hospital), Philip of Chieti and Charles the Bold , which to Margaret of York , his fiancee, offering the wedding ring (this marriage was indeed celebrated in Damme in 1468), these sculptures are by Gustavus Pickery . Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: 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

UP UP and AWAY

DAY 4 IT WAS A LONG DAY… On our way home, I spot a hot-air balloon, gently floating through the sky, above the city. Must be quite a spectacular view! In the last sunlight of the evening. We are to download our images and look at our catch of the day. And go to sleep with a smile! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, 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

WELCOMED BY THE MOON...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! We saw the moon coming up... greeting us in England, somewhere around London... many hours and hundreds of miles later, including the stretch of water that is the Channel between England and France, the moon welcomed us with this, in Flanders, shortly before morning broke... We had arrived at our destination. Last night, we did the reverse, tired and content filled with joy, happiness and lots of great and wonderful memories, of which our photos will be testament... View On Black 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.co.uk 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

TIMELESS BEAUTY...

OPEN it to see how special? With film, sometimes you would have aberrations if used in more challenging circumstances, here it worked and created a very special effect.... No matter how many sunsets... each one different and fresh and rich and more spectacular than the previous one, a miracle to my eyes each time. Dusk is probably my favourite time, to reflect back on the day and look forward to the evening , the next day, the next sunset...and such, life passes... Nature at its best. This is again taken from the terrace of the penthouse we used to live in,Ostend, on the one side overlooking the sea, the other the town. Even after a full day’s work I would very much relax with a glass of Chardonnay and my camera, looking at the sea-traffic and ultimately the sunset. This is one of them. Different? I'll let you be the judge of that. NO FILTERS USED OR PP, A ONE IN A MILLION NEG... Wishing you a glorious day and thanx for your visit, 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

SPECTACLE of LIGHT…

Another night another image... Does anything give as much pleasure as NATURE? From the series 'Celestial delights'. The story behind this image still makes me smile: The seaside view from the terrace of the 10th floor penthouse where we used to live. We’d had a very busy day in the studio and after a quick light meal, just sat there unwinding with a nice glass of cool Chardonnay, enjoying the fresh sea air, the nightlight, the sound of the water, when SUDDENLY, a first distant rumble and a flash of lightning. We bumped each other as we both rushed inside for camera and tripod. Set it all up, went back to our chairs and wine, and waited. I saw it moving across the sea, opened my lens and let the camera record this fabulous lightshow of Nature. With the cable release in one hand, wine in the other, yep, that’s the life, he? Mind you, this was a one off, there was no rain and no danger, just this awesome spectacle. Wonderful, great memories. Thank you, M, (*_*) PS:it must have been F11 and open for between 1 to 3 min. It's done by 'feeling', if you get a lot of flashes in the first few seconds, then, you've got your shot, otherwise, you wait and have sip of wine... This here is NOT an 'exact' science, the success depends entirely on the elements! This was the best out of three. (*_*) 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

BONFIRE-NIGHT, TONIGHT 5 November....

Guy Fawkes Night 5 November is Bonfire night in England. Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. We see no reason why Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!" Words to Guy Fawkes rhyme. In November 1605, the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes along with a group of conspirators, took place. The story is remembered and celebrated each November 5th when 'Guys' are burned in a celebration known as "Bonfire Night". Huge parties all over, in every city and town, villages and parks, the spires are ready, the fireworks waiting to be lit. Preparations for Bonfire Night celebrations include making a dummy of Guy Fawkes, which is called "the Guy". Some children even keep up an old tradition of walking in the streets, carrying "the Guy" they have just made, and beg passers-by for "a penny for the Guy." The kids use the money to buy fireworks for the evening festivities. This image was however taken in Belgium, and the pyrotechnics courtesy of a Spanish group, music and fireworks amongst the people, never seen anything like it! Keep safe, and have a great day, Magda, (*_*) Just adding this note for those interested in the techy stuff; this was taken on my Nikon F4, on 400asa film, because I loved grain, low light, handheld. I am such an impulsive/ intuitive photographer and after all the years, I do things by 'feel', like driving a car, you know what I mean, but I'll try. I'd say f 4.5, 1/30 of second. Of course on a tripod and with cable release. I was way behind the crowd on a small hill, with a long lens probably between 200/250. The result also depends on the film and sensitivity. Photographic film is a sheet of plastic (cellulose acetate) coated with an emulsion containing light-sensitive silver halide salts (bonded by gelatine) with variable crystal sizes that determine the sensitivity and resolution of the film. Colour film uses at least 3 layers, I now use film with 4. Dyes added to the silver salts make the crystals sensitive to different colours. During development, the silver salts are converted to metallic silver, as with black and white film. The by-products of this reaction form coloured dyes. The silver is converted back to silver salts in the bleach step of development. It is removed from the film in the fix step. Hope that helps, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

AUTUMNAL OUTING...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Nothing Gold Can Stay poem by Robert Frost (1923) Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. It all looked very leisurely, I was photographing when I heard the clopin-clopant of hooves... I turned, pointed and got this image! They disappeared into the green distance... Have a good one! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR 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

A VIVALDI WINTER in FLANDERS…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_yKk0k5XEAz Flander’s winter-sunset waited a long time for the right moment, was on my way home when I saw this in the side mirror. I left my car on the side of the narrow road, grabbed my camera. Nikon F4 and 400asa film, scanned from neg and comp in camera! This is so very typical, the gnarled willows to keep the flat land 'dry', the sky reaching poplars, the majestic elm trees standing tall against the North wind. In winter the sun just drops,he? Ah well I got it... 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

SNOWPAINTED BRANCHES…

So, January almost gone. I ‘declared’ that WINTER THEMED MONTH. One Winter photo every day. Next one, February is to be LOVE MONTH. I think we all NEED it more than ever. I wonder where these pictures will all take me. As curious as you! But in the meantime: I just like the design in this, snow does beautiful things, brings out shapes and details otherwise unnoticed. In this image, I love the way the artist 'Winter' chose his palette and played with the greens, blacks and whites. Hope you'll like it too. I wish you the best of days and thank you for your time. Magda (*_*) 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

SNOWY PINHOLE...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We lived on the 11th floor, the penthouse, one side overlooking the sea and harbour-entrance, the other side the city-view. It was a watery, wintry, stormy morning. Snow blown against the window, the heating melted the center... just enough to oversee the city and take a shot through it... A small window of opportunity, literally, LOL. THIS IS NOT AN EFFECT ADDED IN Photoshop!!!! Pure unadulterated photography. Thanks for visiting, have a great day, 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 Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINTER WONDERLAND...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ The world changes with frost or/and snow, you see things you did not know were there. A silence envelops you, sound doesn't travel so well anymore, but the air is crisp, the cold fills your lungs and makes your eyes sparkle and cheeks blush. AAAhhh I love the cold! LOL. Thank you for your visit, Magda (*_*) 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

ON FROZEN GOLDEN POND…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Having walked around in Winter Wonderland, the sun had done her job and erased the ephemeral magic. On the way home I saw this chaud/froid of the lake, golden rays mirrored on the ice, the island in the centre, already looming in the fog of darkness... The ice was never strong enough to walk or skate on! Wishing you a lovely warm day and thanx again for viewing and leaving your words, always appreciated, Magda (*_*) 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

FOGGY DEW in the PARC…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I woke up, after only a few hours of sleep, to this fairytale sight, well what could I do? Get ready and going, I just had to catch this short-lived beauty. The orange dustbin an absolute ‘MUST’ in my composition lol I love patterns and minimalism, I have many images taken over the years. Some are more abstract than others. Snow and frost is the main theme, they are great at setting off details we otherwise pass without seeing. Have a glorious day and 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

FROST…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ a detail of the bandstand, in the park in Ostend, where in Summer you’d have brassband concert on a Sunday. Here I used to walk with my father, after we’d had a ride in one of the boats on the lake. Once more the orange dustbin an absolute ‘MUST’ in my composition lol Snow and frost is the main theme, they are great at setting off details we otherwise pass without seeing. I love patterns and minimalism, I have many images taken over the years. Some are more abstract than others. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

ICICLES under THE PIER…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Ostend, on the Belgian coast, is a tourist city that also used to be a very important harbour, with ferries in and out, as well as a thriving fishing industry… The port entrance consisted of two piers; the main one on the city side is wood, the one on the other (industrial) side was mainly in concrete and wood (used to be a very rickety affair!). This was taken at ebb tide; it is the bottom of the concrete part of the pier, on the same day I took yesterday’s image, one cold, cold, cold day. The sun could not reach this part. It is rare thing to see anything like it, often the sea is still too warm and there’s also always the salt content. Another Winter ‘abstract’. Some are more abstract than others. Snow and frost is the main theme, they are great at setting off details we otherwise pass without seeing. Have a glorious day and 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

PACK ICE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ More Winter patterns and minimalism. A BIG fave of mine. This is a very busy canal being kept open for shipping traffic, but it was freezing over again very fast. The 'grain' that you see is actually that crizzly snow that kept falling in swoops. Best On Black I remember my boys made it a sport to jump from on ice-float to another (without falling in the water!!!), when we lived in Holland, along a narrow canal... Hair-raising stuff... boys will be boys! As their mother I only knew some time later of course, after one DID fall in. Sent him for a hot shower, he was ready to go again... NOT!!! I love 'graphic' shots like these, hope you do too. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your visit, 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

THE BRAVE ONES… OSTEND

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ SNOW-FROZEN BEACH… A few people were out, the one on the left is Paul. It is a rare thing to see that much snow on and near the beach of Belgium... A lot of snow fell, it was bitingly cold, the beach absolutely deserted, except for those 2 mad photographers and a little family. The sun was going fast, where the sea, frozen in the shallow parts, touched the snow it churned up the sand, hence the strange colours. The series of Winter photos gathered over the years continues. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

MY MAD PHOTOGRAPHER…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ This is Paul, it was cold, it was dangerous, it was adventurous… We visited this wide beach, so a long way to the shore-line, the big layer of snow was hiding pitfalls, I sank into one of them and Paul had to come and help me, lol. All for a shot! It is a rare thing to see that much snow and ice on the beach of Belgium. A lot of snow had fallen, it was bitingly cold, the beach absolutely deserted, except for 2 mad photographers. The sun was going fast, where the sea, frozen in the shallow parts, touched the snow it churned up the sand, hence the strange colours. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

SNOW-FROZEN BEACH, OSTEND…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ It is a rare thing to see that much snow on and near the beach of Belgium... A lot of snow fell, it was bitingly cold, the beach absolutely deserted, except for those 2 mad photographers. The sun was going fast, where the sea, frozen in the shallow parts, touched the snow it churned up the sand, hence the strange colours. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

FAST FADING LIGHT on SNOW-FROZEN BEACH…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ So, end of January, the darkest month of the year over, I hope you have enjoyed this ‘loose’ series of Winter images I had gathered over the years? For me it is always great to revisit ‘old memories’. Here we are on our way out of the beach, the light fading fast. The lighthouse is called Lange Nelle. NO MANIPULATION, this is how it came out of the camera. It is a rare thing to see that much snow on and near the beach of Belgium... A lot of snow fell, it was bitingly cold, the beach absolutely deserted, except for those 2 mad photographers. The sun was going fast, where the sea, frozen in the shallow parts, touched the snow it churned up the sand, hence the strange colours. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

FROZEN BEACH…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ It is a rare thing to see that much snow and ice on the beach of Belgium. A lot of snow had fallen, it was bitingly cold, the beach absolutely deserted, except for 2 mad photographers lol. The sun was going fast, where the sea, frozen in the shallow parts, touched the snow it churned up the sand, hence the strange colours. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

A WINTER DUNE…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ You must know by now what my favourite photography is: tight, graphic, the familiar and mundane, shot in a more unconventional way? For those who like it... First there had been a lot of snow and then a lot of sun, melting the snow in strange patterns and shapes. The sand and dune-grasses now golden in the warmth of the sun, so contrasting with the cool of the snow. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

UNCHAIN ME…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ We used to scour the industrial fishing harbour of Ostend in Belgium. Netting, rusts, chains and all kinds of different ‘clutter’, so even more interesting with the beautiful white stuff. I love patterns and minimalism, I have many images taken over the years. Some are more abstract than others. Snow and frost is the main theme, they are great at setting off details we otherwise pass without seeing. Have a glorious day and 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

DESIGNED by SNOW…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ An abstract I love patterns and minimalism, I have many images taken over the years. Some are more abstract than others. Snow and frost is the main theme, they are great at setting off details we otherwise pass without seeing. Have a glorious day and 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

THE STONES in WINTER...

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ I love details like this. A pile of stones, snow, sun... the black ridge designed comes from melting snow. Another of my faves. I wish you the best of days and thank you for your time. Magda (*_*) 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

A BUOY in WINTER…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Left behind, on a frosted pontoon, by the side of the oh so still sea, the bright yellow such a happy accent in the cold weather. I love patterns and minimalism, I have many images taken over the years. Some are more abstract than others. May your day be filled with joy and thanx for viewing, Magda (*_*) 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

SNOWBLANKET…

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ walking through this wood, the snow crunching underfoot and leaving perfect bootprints in the virgin white, I arrived at this clearing, the pile of logs looked ever so snug under that blanket of snow. Wishing you a very good day and thanx for visiting Magda, (*_*) 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