While waiting for a traffic light we spotted this ship – or a shipbuilding – home of a fish shop. You don’t see this everyday while driving! Location: Spaanse polder.
Month: March 2020
Confinement, dark days
This photo was taken by the shop assistant of the flowershop who created this flower arrangement. Made for Theo, my father in law. Unfortunately, he no longer had the strength to overcome the latest crisis. Hero.
The flipside of three of the oldest houses in the city
I photographed the front of the houses a few weeks ago, now its time for the flipside…
This picture is taken at our home. Because of certain measures we got to stay home as much as possible. The flowers add some color to sometimes grey days.
This time I had to go to the post office to have two large bags of important mail sent away before 4.30 pm, I was on time but the postman happened to have left fifteen minutes earlier! Quickly to another post office and everything turned out fine! After walking back at ease and being able to photograph this beautiful picture, the Noordsingel at the height of the Zomerhof bridge …
Somewhere in this image flies a lonely bat, can you spot him? Taken from the window of my house. Every evening around sunset a few small bats fly by looking for diner! Bats love Rotterdam! Its one of the largest bat reserves in the Netherlands! Why so much in the city and not in the forest? There are 22 species of bats and 10 of them live in Rotterdam. A big, stony city like Rotterdam makes it easy for bats to stay. There are also many in the parks in the city. Good for insect control! From March they fly off and on again!
While shopping I saw spring right in front of me! Click! Are you also a bit happy with this image?
The bird has flown
March 4, 2018, snow! And bird tracks everywhere!
Its a wrap!
Because of Corona and continuous duty at work I couldn’t and can’t easily take a daily photo, hence the occasional “golden old man” …
March 28, 2007, Its the year of the architecture in Rotterdam. Chosen buildings are wrapped in purple to let them jump out in the surroundings and as a festive wrapping! Location, the Overblaak, the Kubus appartments!
Waiting for a traffic light on March 8, 2007 I saw this beautiful light, much changed at this location, Wilhelminaplein towards the Erasmus Bridge …
Just a nice evening sky, taken through the windshield of the tram … not the best picture ever but still quite successful! Hofplein with the Weena, center of Rotterdam!
Due to social distance measures, no no long queue at the stops.
A early evening, a silent hospital. Erasmus MC hospital. Strange days…
ZOHO, urban landscape
I promised to show the urban landscape in that neighborhood and here it is. This part of the neighborhood doubles as a rainreservoir, it collect rainwater.
The tech behind the ZOHO logo:
The ZOHO Rain Letters placed in the garden contribute to the solution for flooding. The ZOHO Rain Letters, designed and developed by Studio Bas Sala, are rainwater buffer and area icon in one. The rainwater is directed to the ZOHO Regenletters (rain letters) and therefore does not enter the sewer. A built-in ‘smart’ solar-powered system monitors the weather forecast via the internet. When a heavy shower approaches, the system releases the water and creates buffer space for the coming rain shower. During long periods of drought, the water is retained properly to provide the surrounding greenery with water. Smart!!
ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism
Near where I live you can find this building and area;
“ZOHO is a living and working area on the edge of the center, a 5-minute walk from Central Station. For and by makers in design, art, culture, media, tech, food, architecture and urban planning. All pioneers who want to use their craftsmanship to strengthen themselves, ZOHO and the city in an innovative way. Sandwiched between Heer Bokelweg, Hofbogen, Teilingerstraat and Noordsingel, also known as the Zomerhofkwartier, this former industrial area was struggling with vacant space. In 2013, it was decided that the area will be developed for 10 years through a gradual form of urban development; slow urbanism.”
I do like it, in a next post I will show the urban landscape in that neighborhood!
Everything in Rotterdam
My (photographers) eye immediately fell on this shop window, it says “Van alles in Rotterdam” is translated “Everything in Rotterdam”. And I dare to say (with pride), that’s right! 🙂
Black and white throwback, sunny tracks
Taken in March 2018. View from the drivers seat of the tram, line number 7, at Willemsplein.
The second concert hall in the Netherlands in terms of visitors and concerts
De Doelen is a concert and conference building in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (RPhO) is the main tenant of De Doelen. Furthermore, pop, jazz and classical music are played and the building facilitates the International Film Festival Rotterdam with checkout and information areas and cinemas.
But De Doelen is now also closed for the time being.
Rotterdamse Schouwburg, no performances for the time being
A bit busy now at work in connection with the Corona virus, so be behind with the blog. In the coming days, so images but with little text or explanation, sorry!
This is the Rotterdamse Schouwburg or also the Theater Rotterdam. Closed for now and all performances canceled due to the virus …
Digital and analogue
There used to be a nice old camera en photoprintshop located at the Meent, a street full of shops, with a small stack of used camera’s. Canon, Minolta and Nikon camera’s that were not so long ago top of the bill but due to the digital age almost are forgotten. Still suburb quality and very cheap! I took this picture back in March 2007. This shop moved a few doors into the street and is now a only a photoprintshop, digital and analogue!!
Work café, work in progress?
On my way to work via the Luchtsingel I walked past this place, the door was open and on the board what you can just see is: “Work Café”. You first have to go through the opening of the gate and as you can see people are still busy with work at the building. The “Work Café” is another Work in progress, so to speak!
Light at the end of the tunnel
If you have to go to the other side of Rotterdam Centraal, the train station, you can go either trough the station, using your public transport subscription card or for free and without the gates pass the station trough the tunnel beside the station. I took this picture in 2018, so from the archives, but I like it!
I had dinner with family, homemade and very special! This was the finale, the dessert, beautiful and a great taste! Sorry that you could not taste it but I hope the picture will bring you joy too!
When in Rotterdam you must visit the Zwaanshals. A street with all kinds of small shops and business and a special vibe! I took this picture of a mural, a real knock out picture!
You can find this art object on Westersingel. The Italian artist Giuseppe Penone was inspired by a fallen tree whose roots grew on the ground. Around the art object are five living trees that live in symbiosis with the object. The bronze roots stick with their ends in the five surrounding living trees. Because the living trees continue to grow, the bronze will leave a trace in their bark. Penone uses the passage of time in the work of art: after years the elapsed time will be visible in the tree trunks.
Newest city transport?
I came across this scene at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge! The latest trend in city transport or just a cozy bachelor party?
These houses are three of the oldest in the city and a bit mine…
These three houses date from around 1700. And they are close to where I live! They are three of the no more than fifteen old merchant houses that the city still knows. All three have a storehouse on the ground floor. One of the three (nr. 407) still has the beautiful ceiling and wall paintings by the Elias brothers and others; a beautifully sculpted chimney made of Brazilian rosewood and a rococo style stairwell in very good condition! They have been national monuments since 1971 and in 1995 came into possession of Stadsherstel Historisch Rotterdam. So also a bit of me as a resident of the city …
P.S. You can find these houses at the Rechter Rottekade.
For the good cause
Is this also Rotterdam? Sure! This container is very important because if you still have clothing, shoes or other textiles that you no longer wear, but it is still good to wear further, put this stuff in this collection container. Everything is then sorted and then passed on to the people who need clothing or shoes! Isn’t that beautiful !?
Harbour lights, cafe lights!
Rotterdam at night just remains beautiful, take a look at the reflection of all the lights in the water of the Oude Haven…
March 1st, 2020, theme day “Municipal Building”
Oh oh! I was so busy the last weeks I forgotten that it was the first of the month already! Municipal Building is the theme and I had to search my archive because I didn’t make a fresh picture… (this one I did a few months back) I took this one in 2010 with my newest digital camera, just trying, and not the best picture ever made but through this camera I have been able to capture many memories forever! The cityhall is on the left, located at the Coolsingel.