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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


intrigued by the pavement. never seen anyone use it before, but IMHO it has 'photo material' written all over it??
-except for distracting poles, signs, bicycles, etcetera.- can't wait to see what you will make of it!


Agree Ine, intriguing pavement! I used some of those distractions in these shots I made in 2017:

1 Rhapsody in greyish blue


2 Pink connection


both with a7rii + Taylor Hobson Cooke Kinic 1''/1.5 C-mount (APS-C)
 



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lovely shots Leo!
in search for pics on 'professional' sites, I learned something new. here -dutch-.
Vlissingen once had 2 railway stations at the same time. (called: Vlissingen City, Vlissingen Center and Vlissingen Harbour, according to Flushing's official site. ?? ;)), for 1 whole year?? if I understood correctly, the grand building at the harbour replaced a smaller railway station at the exact same spot. -no photo evidence to be found-. in 1894 the main railroad track was moved to the harbour station, and people were transported from the railway station to the center by boats.

station Vlissingen City, at the canal, was then closed. it didn't survive a Messerschmitt landing on top of it, and was demolished in 1946.
you can still see where this station was, because -part of- the waterbuilding (for steam locomotives) is still there, a lovely old building. (familiar?). unique to the province. unfortunately not so lovely anymore. it was squatted, served as a canvas for graffiti, then used as an advertising pillar for a nearby gym, which ruined it. (do have pics taken prior to that).



speaking of... daubed with paint...
the (Zeeland) liberation festival tomorrow has been moved from the Bellamypark to the Machinefabriek / 'engine factory' area ( ) -dutch-. part of the festivities is a PRIDE photo exhibition.
installed a couple of days ago, with some effect -dutch-. and, since last night, with some paint embellishments as well (on dick pics and kissing men in particular).


may 4...



















LEST WE FORGET...


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the 4th of may ...often referred to as 'dead remembrance' in this country. the flags half-mast, as a prelude to may 5th, when they will be flying high to celebrate liberation day.
unlike may 5, may 4 is a rather common day, but at 8:00 pm sharp the country gets quiet. for 2 minutes of silence.
busses and trams will (still?) stop, gatherings at graveyards throughout the country and 2 national commemorations, both broadcasted on tv.

one at the Waalsdorpervlakte, where the massive bell is sounded, before the commemoration and during a silent march that follows. an engraving on its rim:
'I sound to the glory and to follow those who gave their lives to the prevention of injustice,
to the recovery of freedom and to the appreciation and exaltation of all Dutch spiritual good.'

main commemoration + ceremonies at the Amsterdam Dam square. (the long story). in 2020, 75th anniversary of the liberation, for the 1st time also Germans would be present to commemorate, also Germany lost many innocent! victimized sons, but it didn't happen. due to corona, only the king and his wife and some other people showed up. and in 2021 as well. normally, there are always guests.







Liberation began with the Battle of the Scheldt. Operation Infatuate, the capture of Walcheren, in the early morning of november 1, 1944, here:




on a small beach beside the 'Orange mill' and 'these' were the original maps:








they picked this beach, that was given the code name 'Uncle Beach', because it was almost undefended, unlike the rest of the Walcheren coast.
AND because of the windmill, a great landmark. which I learned from this book, about a boyhood in Vlissingen during the war, but have never 'heard' anywhere else.





Near this spot 1st November 1944
Commandos jumped ashore
they did their task and did it well,
Commando No. 4.
So stay awhile but spare a thought
for thirty days before,
the dykes were breached and wit it brought
a deadly tide of war.
A warning given, it was said
but where were they to go?
A heavy price the innocent paid
for the freedom today we know.

poem written by: Patrick Churchill
No. 4 Commando






Patrick Churchill volunteered for the Royal Marines when he was just seventeen years old.
He was called up in March, 1942, just after his eighteenth birthday. He then volunteered for Special Service because
“it sounded more exciting than peeling potatoes,” taking the Commando Course at Achnacarry, Scotland.

Patrick served with the 2ndRoyal Marines Armoured Support Regiment and landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6thJune 1944.
After a month fighting in the Battle of Normandy, he returned briefly to the UK and was reassigned to the 4 Army Commando.
Patrick returned to Europe and participated in the liberation of Walcheren, the Netherlands, landing on Uncle Beach,
Vlissingen, on 1st November 1944. There is a plaque on Walcheren in Patrick’s honour.

In 1960, Patrick met a lady called Karin Busch, a German girl. She had lost her mother in the bombing of Dresden and her twin brother was blinded in the fire storm. Patrick and Karin fell in love and married in 1962. he was a DDay hero, she was bombed by the allies in Dresden.
mrs. Churchill passed away in january, 2018. Patrick travelled to Normandy in June with his son, Francis. A few weeks later, he passed away, at the age of 94.





in 2019, we commemorated the Battle of the Scheldt, and these were installed



















(we rescued the ones that were heading towards the sea ;))

















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greetings from liberated Walcheren



(ignore the banner)




Proclamation to the people of Vlissingen
november 8, 1944: please behave yourselves?
(and don't 'kill' traitors, keep them in one piece)








Freedom Flame- lit this year by a British WWII veteran, age 96
to be delivered here later today



may 5- liberation day- in the province of Zeeland, Vlissingen is the place to be. (also broadcasted on tv and live on internet - concerts start around 1:00 pm).
another Flushing tradition is the van Randwijk-lecture -d- in the St.Jacobs church. this year by the mayor of Rotterdam, about the price of freedom. (+ Russia, + Ukraine). H.M. van Randwijk was a publisher and resistance hero. can't find a word about him in english, although he was awarded the British King's medal for courage in the cause for freedom.
(Patrick Churchill -previou pot- was btw awarded la Légion d'Honneur, the highest French order of merit. all behind this link, that only shows all of the content here, when clicked for a 2nd time. ?). van Randwijk is best known for his 'Message to the Living', the last sentence in particular:

een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht,
zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen,
dan dooft het licht.


a nation that yields to tyrants,
will lose more than body and goods,
the light goes out.







another Liberation day classic is the parade. afaik, most/all vehicles from the Liberation museum.
(we seriously have one. ;) in Nieuwdorp on Zuid-Beveland -at a short distance from Walcheren- ).









except for the past 2 years- 'celebration' of 75 years of freedom in 2020


(+ Zeeland flag)

-with the Zeeland coat of arms that stands for- 'luctor et emergo'! (I struggle and emerge)


2018
















we also play with huge beach balls to 'pass freedom on'.
(+ an exhibition. Vlissingen is obv. all over the news, world famous in the Netherlands).

does anyone know how to shrink pics without Photoshop (windows 10)?
found a way to change pixels in explorer, but files are still 19Mb+.





bad idea, isn't it?





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Wonderful to see.
Van Randwijk's 'Message to the Living' is particularly poignant and relevant in these times.
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TY Joe.
about may 4- more than 5000 flowers -d- laid digitally at war monuments on thursday, approx. 1000 on wednesday. new habit since corona.
so you go to the site of national committee 4 and 5 may, choose a monument, pick a flower, either a red gerbera, a white rose or a blue iris
(colours of the dutch flag), and if you want you can also leave a message.





about liberation day- 40,000 visitors at the liberation festival -d- in Vlissingen. (municipality of Vlissingen has 44,565 inhabitants ;)).
(could have been 40,001, but didn't go).





but there is something I would like to show you -if I may-?
every year there are 2 concerts that are broadcasted on national tv. the 2nd one, in summer, is the Prinsengracht concert, on the Amsterdam Prinsengracht/-canal. classical music, -performed on a pontoon on the canal-, sometimes a treat (depending on ones -poor- taste in music ;)), but always quite 'intimate'. with many locals, sitting in their 'sloepen' and all kinds of vessels, on the sides or at their windows, it can be mesmerising. both concerts always end with the same song. the Prinsen-'canal' concert with 'aan de Amsterdamse grachten'/'to the Amsterdam canals', not very classical, yet a classic, very VERY dutch. :) (2021 version and) an old-fashioned pre-corona version with EVERYONE present.

"To the Amsterdam canals
I have given my heart for ever;
Amsterdam fills my mind
as the most beautiful city of our country.
All those Amsterdam people,
all those lights late at night on the square.
No one could wish for anything better
than to be an Amsterdammer"






the other concert is tradition on liberation day, in the presence of the royals. at a somewhat wider water, the Amstel.
(eponym of the city of Amsterdam). and it ends with another song.

what I would like to show you is everything AFTER 1 hour + 33 minutes
-pls scroll through? IF you'd like to see it that is, of course-
https://www.npostart.nl/nos-bevrijdingsdag-2022/05-05-2022/POW_05296977

a tradition, IMHO also the essence?
('vrijheid deel je met elkaar' means something like: 'freedom is what you share with each other'.
+ an oldie + an even older one ).






 



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(not done yet, commemorating )









10 days later



(earlier, we caught the poppy-wreaths just before they rolled into the water. not clever to hang them on just a hook at sea ;))


Uncle Beach, Vlissingen- the former Oosterhaven, formerly known as Slijkhaven / 'mire harbour', commonly known as the -little- mud beach.
and guess what?




(Flushing archives- approx.1973)




not a single beach to be found at Uncle Beach!
the beach, the wall, the bunker all disappeared when the dykes were raised in 1975.
(there are small beaches somewhat farther east along the dyke). the place changed quite a bit.
and again since 2014, but not everybody was happy with the new setting; not the neighbours,
and not the miller. (pic old situation).





on may 31, 1952, the 'National Monument for the 4th Commando' aka Landings monument, was unveiled.
initiated by the No.4 Commando and, on their request, depicting an attacking commando.
(sculpted by a Titus Leeser). that day, 250 veterans marched through the streets of Flushing again.





earlier, on august 3, 1946, a memorial stone for the 52nd Lowland Division was installed near the 'Orange mill', unveiled by major-general Hakewill-Smith. (they have btw also a monument at Baarland, Zuid-Beveland). No. 4 Commando actually wanted a monument at Uncle Beach, which, of course, was impossible. it sat behind the dyke instead, and the memorial stone was moved to sit beside it. it wasn't until 62 years later, that their wish was finally fulfilled. and also part of the ashes of Patrick Churchill, who died on june 28, 2018, were scattered here. a last wish to return to the place where many of his friends had lost their lives, in particular his mate William Harvey.














looks like this










































-posted before-


...and the piercing cries echoed


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something 'new' about the war...
(at least, the DD part was to me? do I talk too much?? )


reckon we are all familiar with BBC's Dad's Army (brilliant episode here ! -1973- )?
broadcasted from 1968 to 1977.






much earlier however, in 1940, Charlie Chaplin's 1st film with dialogue was released: The Great Dictator.
it was to become his most commercially successful film. recorded shortly after the Nazis had invaded Poland (september 1, 1939 -wiki-), the final speech added after Hitler had invaded France, may 10th, 1940. (on september 3, 1939, both England and France, allies of Poland, declared war on Germany). and Pathé launched more cartoons. the US still formally at peace with Nazi Germany and neutral at that time (until Hitler declared war in 1941, december).
the-great-dictator > the-film-that-dared-to-laugh-at-Hitler

from that movie, about "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts!", from the final speech:
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.



Don't be a sucker was a short film produced by the United States Department of War, released in 1943, and adapted as a slightly shorter version in 1947. it has anti-racist and anti-facist themes, and was made to educate viewers about prejudice and discrimination. the film was also made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.


but THEN: D. Duck was a villain ...banned from Russia
in 1943 (hard times for the US as well; and food and coffee rationed), Donald had a dream... about der Führer's face -after 1.30m-.   
'Donald in Nutziland' won an Oscar. because Donald had become a 'Nazi', even involuntarily, Disney had to decide to keep the film out of general circulation after its original release.

in 2010 (!), Donald made it onto the 'extremist materials' list, ruled by a local court in Kamchatka, and was banned in Russia.
THX to 2 locals, who received a suspended sentence of 6 months and were fined 3,000 rubles ($45) for uploading it to the internet and 'inciting hatred and enmity'. (a 2014 law signed by Putin prohibits distribution of materials including Nazi propaganda or symbols. holy symbols, - a must see HERE - ).

on july 21, 2016, Donald was unbanned by another Russian court, that highlighted that the film's portrayal of Nazism through caricature form cannot be deemed 'extremist' in nature.
+ 1944

+
1942 + and also Daffy + and Bugs
+
Private ...WHO ?
Private Snafu was a WWII cartoon series, that was specifically made to train American soldiers and was not available to the public.
+ the REST

however, also Russia created a cartoon in 1941.
(and banned others).


did y'all know that?


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life's a beach...





































































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'the ring rider', Middelburg






dancing with horses




(her name is Sophie)


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that way!


WENT ON SAFARI
at least, that's what they called it.
and I was treated to one (by myself).

Pentacost 2016- location: the Western Scheldt river...
booked the very last excursion-of-the-day -approx. 1.5 hours-, during the lowest tide. (which set me back something in the region of E 16, if I recall correctly).
luggage: 1 FF - + 1 crop camera and my longest lenses, and also brought some optimism, I thought we needed.
target: the BIG 2- the largest wild -native- predators around these parts. ;) weights: 50 - 150 kilograms, and 100 - 400 kilograms; lenghts: 175 cm to 2 meters, and 1.5 up to 3.5 meters.


after a long wait...


together








...finally our 'ride' showed up.
it was the tiniest little boat, named 'Pirate II'.
(and, considering its size, I tried very hard not to guess what had become of 'Pirate I' ;)).









(wrong! to leave Vlissingen with a tele zoom attached)















Nolle + native









the small windmill beach, low tide
showing what is (not) left of Uncle Beach on the other side of the mill



max. 12 -if I recall correctly-



maritime institute student





organised by the people of the Watertaxi Vlissingen








holiday park Scaldis, Breskens




spotting the lighthouse of Breskens, anno 1867.
the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the country.
retiree since 2011.



if there is anything you'd like to keep as far as possible from your gear, it must be seawater. leathal seawater. so my major concern was to avoid water spray, which was almost impossible on a fast moving small boat, heading towards sandbank de Hooge Platen, inaccessible to the public. although we were able to get rather near, the lenses turned out to be way too short. of course. even on a crop camera. meanwhile, being quite a challenge themselves; not the best idea to use mono-/tripods -I didn't bring- on a small boat, dancing the waves into every direction, with the engine shut off.














(both accidentally touched with the paint brush while saving)





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grey seals & harbour seals


it became clear this called for a 2nd excursion, with much longer, better lenses this time. but little did we know... the Flushing Watertaxi quit, after 9 years, in september 2020 -d-. although it had been quite popular, approx. 10,000 customers in 3 years time, tourists, and also offered crossings -d- to Breskens in summer since 2017, it didn't help that electrical bikes had become really popular, and that the railway station rented out those as well, that there were less big events, like the various versions of Sail, and that the tourist info office, VVV, closed its doors.

meanwhile someone else jumped into this niche market, rederij Dijkhuizen -d- with much larger boats, up to 50 passengers, thus unable to approach the sandbank, and not advisable either. (btw- that particular boat on the pic, lady Madeleine, is now for sale -d-; E 895,000 in case you're interested). quite common are 'seal safaris' on the Eastern Scheldt, preferably when the sun is at its highest, on larger boats as well.

even since I stumbled across this pic on what turned out to be a Belgian website for seniors, many many years ago, I dreamt about a pic with seals in the foreground, the skyline of Vlissingen in the background. and still do... I dream on.
(unfortunately the friends, who owned massive, seaworthy sailing yachts, are dead now. only acquaintances left, and don't intend to invite myselfie. in 1 case even a very bad idea. been invited numerous times, but intend to return safely ;)). (happen to have many more pics with seals, both cameras, but don't think they are much better. ).





and so we returned to the harbour. after a great outing, without a great catch.




seasick?




see the stains? is splattering seawater


during all the years I've lived at sea, with the sea as our view, or really close to it, I don't recall ever seeing a seal here.
makes sense though:








I was truly astounded to see how many were there. which doesn't mean that we don't 'know' seals. heard stories about seals popping up occasionally in the Middelburg canals, from the people of the roundtrip boat, heard stories from people that were fishing near Ritthem, about seals snatching away their catch.





and we've had our celebs...
the most famous one, a young grey one named Happie -d-.
as all celebs attracting paparazzi -after 4.40 minutes; text says: Happie craze- 'I am Happie and I want to take a nap'.- and later on lots of 'tourists', who even had their kids sit on him (everything for a FB snap? ;)).
meet our celeb?
but really playful, and always looking for new friends!

but there were also people moaning that seals are predators, can be dangerous, have impressive teeth. AND, in his interest, that he was getting way to tame. and so they moved him to sea in 2014, to a group of seals, that he immediately adopted as his new family, and that adopted him. everybody Happie.









another well-known seal, also grey, is a regular in the Canal through Walcheren. an adult this time with a Belgian mark, 2.50 meters long, weighs approx. 250 kilos. for years and years, 1st seen around 2010 / 2012. it likes to take trips all the way to Veere, where it receives privileged treatment, they even open the locks for him/her only. it sometimes spends the night beside the Middelburg courthouse or at the Prins Hendrik dock, eats 'every' fish from the Middelburg canals, and ate a swan near Souburg.   





































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back to the beach...




the harbour porpoise


grey seal attacks on harbour porpoises in the Eastern Scheldt
In the southern North Sea, hundreds of mutilated harbour porpoise carcasses (Phocoena phocoena) are found each year on beaches. Recent studies have confirmed that these concern the remains of predation by grey seals (Halichoerus grypus). A retrospective study of post mortem photos helped to further characterise grey seal induced wounds and indicated that grey seal predation is currently one of the main causes of death of harbour porpoises in the Netherlands. etcetera...




the seal -enlarged-. strangely enough in dutch only: what to do when you find a sick or wounded seal.


because of the Western Scheldt seals, PFAS was 1st discovered, many years back. in 2015, the province was wondering why there were so few babies, and asked Imares Wageningen to investigate the matter. the conclusions were alarming, VERY alarming! but since many seals from other regions emigrated to the estuary, the province was able to reach the climate goals and the PFAS/PFOS report ended up in a drawer. -d-





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facade in the Breestraat Middelburg
(across from the Oostkerk/ -church)
17th-18th century

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