Animals That Keep Me Sane • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Snotje • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Here are a couple of photos of the two Animals That Keep Me Sane for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Snotje 2• Tuesday Photo Challenge
Snotje • Tuesday Photo Challenge

First and foremost is my 10 year old cat called Snotje. As I’ve posted a while back, she rules my one person household. She’s a handful, and sometimes she drives me absolutely mad. And just when I’m about to kill her she just gives me an adoring look. And I just melt. And everything is alright.

Sophie • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Sophie

And then there is my girlfriend’s Sophie, who only listens to her. Her whole life seems to revolve around just two things: food and my girlfriend. I’m only on her radar when those two things aren’t present. More than once she reminds me of that Joe Jackson song ‘won’t you be my number two‘.

For my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

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Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge #204

Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

For Spread, the latest virus from Dutch Goes The Photo, I didn’t have to torture my sometimes already malfunctioning memory. It took me back to one of the souks in Marrakech, virtually immediately. While I was at least a mile from its origin when I caught my first whiff: the large open air tannery. I just wish there was some sort of way to electronically transfer this horrifying, nauseating smell, other than the way it spread through the air and nested itself into my memory.

Marakech Tannery 1 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

I never knew how a smell, or stench, could spread so far and mercilessly. It made me wonder how anyone could actually live in its vicinity, let alone work in the tannery. The mint leaves my guide gave me did not do anything to lessen this ordeal.

But all things considered, it was a beautiful photo opportunity.

Marrakech Tannery 3 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery 3 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

The main leather tanneries in Marrakech are located in the Bab Debbagh quarter in the north end of the medina; the location provides access to the Oued Issil river across the busy road (dry in the summer months and flowing quickly in winter months). It is removed from the city, so it doesn’t bother nearby residents with the smell. Or so they say…

Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Marrakech Tannery 2 • Spread • Tuesday Photo Challenge

If you like to know more about the process of turning an animal hide into a piece of leather, which takes roughly 28 days, click here.

For my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Scale back time • Tuesday Photo Challenge #203

Scale back time for the Tuesday Photo Challenge #203 has somewhat of a double meaning. Obviously, it is a scale model of the HMS Amsterdam. This was one of the ships owned by the Holland-America Line.

Scale back time • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Scale back time • Tuesday Photo Challenge

But what I found more of a challenge was to make this perfectly sharp, full colour photo, taken with my Leica only a month or so back, look like somebody had turned back the clock. I finally managed to produce this with Apple Photo and Adobe Lightroom.

For my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Now junk, but once I was… • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Junk radio • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Now junk, but once I was… somebody’s pride and joy’ is my submission into the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Junk. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust is the old saying. Unfortunately not everything goes back to ashes or dust that quickly. Especially since we abandon more and more ‘durables’ by the side of the road. From bikes (a true plague in the Netherlands) to TV’s and radio’s to toilet bowls. Even motorbikes and cars. It is strange to think that these abandoned pieces of junk once were someone’s pride and joy. I have been ranting about this in previous posts. But here’s the gist of what we find abandoned in the streets once more.

Junk toilet • Tuesday Photo Challenge
A different meaning to a Public Toilet altogether
Junk bicycle dredged up • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Abandoned bicycle dredged up
Abandoned lines square
Another abandoned bicycle dredged up
Daddy, I found my push bike
…and the dredged up junk comes in all shapes & sizes
Netflix anyone?
Junk radio • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Or a cozy evening listening to the radio?
Honey, do you remember where I parked my motorbike?
Abandoned • Wordless Wednesday
Or the Land Rover for that matter…?

So… despite our good intentions, we’re drowning in the consequences of material wealth. I.e. our junk! And we don’t really give a shit.

For my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Cadaquès Graveyard • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Cadaquès Graveyard window • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Cadaquès Graveyard • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Yard. To come up with a ‘spin’ on ‘yard’ I did not have to go back far. On a short break in Cadaquès, Catalunia, Spain we came upon this wonderful chapel, the Church of Sant Baldiri.

Cadaquès Church
Church of Sant Baldiri

We followed the road on the left of it, and the first thing we saw was a gate to the graveyard behind it, the Cementiri de Cadaqués.

Cadaquès gate to graveyard • Tuesday Photo Challenge
A view to the graveyard

Approximately ten yards (forgive the pun) away there was this little window in the wall.

Cadaquès Graveyard window

Another ten yards or so away was the main entrance to this Cadaquès graveyard.

Cadaquès main entrance to graveyard
Main entrance

The gates were all locked when we were there, so for a look inside click here and scroll down a wee bit. Or click here to see the photos on TripAdvisor.

For my previous submission in fpj-photo-challenge, click here.

Numbers on a Jaguar C-type • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Numbers on Jaguar side • Tuesday Photo Challenge lead picture

Numbers on a Jaguar C-type• Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Numbers. What you see in this photo is a rare, street legal Jaguar C-type racer en face. Complete with the license plate numbers.

Numbers on Jaguar front • Tuesday Photo Challenge full

This historic beauty had just come into the shop for its regular maintenance and a much needed tune-up after its latest adventure. The 90th anniversary edition of the famous (notorious might be a better word) Mille Miglia.

The Mille Miglia

This thousand mile race (as its name says in Italian) ran from 1927 to 1957. After it was resumed in 1977, the “Mille Miglia” has been reborn as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered to) the original race.

Mille-Miglia-Arrow

The route (Brescia–Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure/arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.

Numbers on a Jaguar C-type

This particular Jaguar had entered the Mile Miglia twice in recent years. As the stickers on the side say the 2011 edition, as well as the 2017 special 90th anniversary edition. Judging by its starting number of 468, the car was seen as a somewhat serious contender. From 1949, cars were assigned numbers according to their start time. For example, the 1955 Moss/Jenkinson car (which won the race that very year), #722, left Brescia at 07:22. While the first cars had started at 21:00 the previous day. In the early days of the race even winners needed 16 hours or more, so most competitors had to start before midnight and arrived after dusk – if at all. (Source: Wikipedia)

Numbers on Jaguar side • Tuesday Photo Challenge full

The cockpit

The cockpit-like interior shows that racing this C-type was anything but relaxing. Try to imagine racing it for more than 16 hours straight on Italian roads.

The C-type interior • Tuesday Photo Challenge

While the seat looks somewhat comfortable, I can assure you its not. It even lacks a headrest.

I took these photos in the shop of Kooij Cars in the Hague with a Nikon Coolpix D500. Minor colour editing in post with Apple Photos.

For my previous submission in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Cry for Action • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Action Lead • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Cry for Action • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Action. Ive taken a slight slant on the word ‘action’. I was walking around the city of Rotterdam at the end of January. What was unavoidably to notice was the cry for some action of shopkeepers in their (losing?) battle against online sales.

Action7 • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Action6 • Tuesday Photo Challenge.jpeg

Two things surprised me:
1. the variety of outlets. While my impression was that clothing stores were having to resort to these tactics, what I saw was electronics stores all the way to a jewelry store aggressively discounting their wares.
2. the use of the English language. But I guess it’s a bit more chic to use another language…

Took these photos with a Leica V-LUX 2. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected them in post!

For my previous submissions in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, Common, Moroccan Portal, Psychedelic Ride or the Queen of Lazy Mischief.

Queen of Lazy Mischief • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Queen of Lazy Mischief • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Queen of Lazy Mischief • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Cat. Meet Snotje, a.k.a. the Queen of Lazy Mischief. The vet estimates her to be somewhere between 7 and 9 years of age. Her exact age will remain a mystery.

Queen of Lazy Mischief • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Queen of Lazy Mischief • Tuesday Photo Challenge

I ‘found’ Snotje (Sniffy) in an animal shelter roughly two years ago. My girlfriend and I thought it would be a good idea if I adopted a stray cat to have ‘someone’ to care for (we’re not living together). ‘Someone’ who would return some love and attention.

Walking around the shelter I didn’t find the one that made go ‘yes, that’s the one.’ Until we came across her. Thing was however that, while I was immediately attracted to her, the lady who showed us around actually advised against her. She didn’t likepeople that much, and she had a urinary infection. The attraction was mutual it appeared, as I had no problem stroking her. To the lady’s complete surprise.

To cut a long story short, I was finally able to take her home a couple of weeks later. She put on at least a kilo in weight (she weighs in around 5 kilo or so).

While she sleeps most of the afternoon, in the morning she demands attention. Undivided attention preferably. When I’m behind my Mac she demonstratively sits down in front of the screen and after I’ve convinced her there are other places to sit down she haughtily walks off… Over my keyboard.

Almost a daily routine. Just as I’m reading on the couch and not giving her majesty the attention she thinks she deserves, invariably I hear something falling elsewhere in the apt. When I walk over to inspect, most of the time she just passes me with an air of ‘I hate to tell you I told you so, but I did bloody well tell you…’

Needless to say I never regretted adopting her for a second.

Took this photo with a Leica V-LUX 2 and it is the original. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected it in post!

For my previous submissions in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, Common, Moroccan Portal or Psychedelic Ride.

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge portrait

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Transport. Frank’s photo of the brought back memories of this ride in a Bangkok tuk-tuk. I was in a bit of a hurry that time, and had told the driver to ‘hurry hurry, chop chop’. It didn’t fell on deaf man’s ears so to speak; switching lanes continuously while doing 70 km/h, running red lights etc. etc.

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge

All the time Jim Morrison was squealing loudly on the sound system ‘Riders on the storm’, on repeat that is. After it had come on for the third time, it popped into my head that Jim Morrison had died at 27. And somehow I realized my time hadn’t come yet. And while still needing both hands to keep myself from falling off, I relaxed. A bit.

After tipping him handsomely for getting me there on time, I asked him why that song was on repeat. Smilingly he answered he liked the line ‘There’s a killer on the road…’

It sure was the most psychedelic ride of my life…

Of note: this photo was taken with an iPhone 4 and is the original. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected it in post!

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, Common or Moroccan Portal.

Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Morrocan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge 16:9

Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is a brutally imaginative challenge as it is a portal to our creativity: ‘Your challenge is to share some portal that might be representative of the great adventure that lies ahead.’

Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge

This photo is of a staircase in a hotel in Morocco, half an hour before the New Year of 2005. I took this photo on the fly from the ground floor and as you can see there are 4 stories of basement. What adventure was waiting there I’ll never know. It was off-limits and guarded by two men in traditional costumes including scimitars. They refused to speak and just beckoned me onward…

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, or Common.