Thursday, 9 June 2016

Beauty in Nature | Good Fences #6

On a Saturday in May we made a beautiful bike ride along Het Valleikanaal. The aim of  this canal is the drainage of the Gelderse Valley to prevent flooding. A part of the canal (between our village and the town of Rhenen) is very, very old. It was dug out dug during the Middle Ages and named: Bisschop David Grift. Popularly: The Grift.

Op een zaterdag in mei mijn man en ik maakten een prachtige fietstocht langs Het Valleikanaal. Het doel van dit kanaal is de afwatering van de Gelderse Vallei om wateroverlast te voorkomen. Een deel van het kanaal (tussen Rhenen en Veenendaal) is erg, erg oud. Het is gegraven rond de Middeleeuwen en werd toen Bisschop Davidsgrift genoemd. Wij zeggen altijd: De Grift.



We paused to eat a banana and drink some juice. I cooled my burning feet in the cold water. It was really warm that day. My husband took pictures of me and also pics of the sturdy fencing on the weir Veenkampen. Special for The Good Fences Link-Up :-) On the pictures you can see the water on both sides of the small weir.

We namen een pauze om uit te puffen. Een banaan te eten en wat sap te drinken. Ik koelde mijn voeten af in het koude water. Het was zo warm die dag! Mijn man nam een paar foto's van mij en ook van het stevige hekwerk van de houten flonder. Speciaal voor Good Fences link-up. Op de foto's zie je het water aan allebei de kanten van de kleine stuw Veenkampen.
 


We also saw beautiful insects above the water.  I never seen before banded demoiselles. The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot. The body can be a metallic blue and we were so surprised! My husband took a photo but it isn't a close up. So ... seek the blue banded demoiselle on the picture below! My son later told me that he has had such a bug on his arm in the schoolyard. He was very frightened for it and hit him away.

Het leek daar net een klein paradijsje. De afwezigheid van verkeersgeluiden, het ruizen van de wind in het riet, de vogels  (vooral kieviten) en het kabbelen van het water. We zagen ook mooie insecten. Ik had nog nooit blauwe weidebeekjuffertjes gezien. Ze zijn zo bijzonder. Mijn man zette er eentje op de foto maar het is geen close up. Dus zoekplaatje :-) Alleen de mannetjes zijn mooi blauw. Met het zonlicht erop ... wow!



I think every country has its own beautiful places in nature. Sometimes not far from our homes ... What is your favorite place?

Ik denk dat elke land zijn eigen mooie plekjes heeft in de natuur. Niet ver van onze huizen soms. Wat is jouw favoriete plek?

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  1. Just spectacular! I can see myself enjoying such a bike ride!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful world.

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    1. Sometimes, when I read your blog ... I wish we could biking together. But reading each others blog is also topsport ;-)

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  2. Awesome....
    Even the birds along the reed in the first image portrays a fence in some ways!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and pictures from such a lovely, tranquil place. No one should be afraid of insects, just enjoy looking at them.

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    1. Eh ... sometimes I am a little afraid for spiders :(

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  4. a beautiful area. cute photo of you cooling your feet.

    thank you for your kind words on my horse...

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    1. Thanks. It must me so painful for you. But thanks for hosting Good Fences.

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  5. This is exactly the kind of place we love to cycle - as you remarked on my blog recently, sometimes I think I am looking at pictures of home!
    Lovely surroundings and fences and refreshing to dip your toes in the water!

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    1. exactly! How can it be so? Our countries are so different :-)

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  6. Lindas e belas fotografias, gostei.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

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    1. Obrigado por seu abraço, Francisco. Desejo-lhe um bom dia!

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    1. Gosia thank you. Swans are ALWAYS great, all over the world.

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  8. this place is beautiful! love the swan and her reflection!

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    1. Thanks. At first I thought the photo was unsuccessful, Tanya. Through the strange white haze on the water. Later I saw that I had caught pollen :-)

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  9. What beautiful photos. And that swan is exquisite. May I save it in my photos? It would be difficult for me to say my favorite place. I too have found beauty everywhere we have traveled. Each one really does have its own unique beauty.

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  10. Great photos of a beautiful place. Enjoyed this post very much. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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    1. Thank for your kind commet, Madeline. Enjoy the golden moments in your day!

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  11. We have gone to Niagara Falls numerous times. It is a beautiful place in New York State and across the river on Canada. Never tire of going or looking at pictures of it. Your day looked so lovely and peaceful :)

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    1. That must be so amazing to see, Avis!

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  12. I do live in Ohio! But cross from Ohio over into New York State and this isn't too far away.... also, this was right on our way to go to my husband's home area in New York State. :) Canada is right across the river from US side of the Falls.

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    1. So great, Avis! I saw you pics. Super.

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  13. Such a beautiful location to bike and enjoy the wildlife.

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  14. Looks like a great day for a ride with the bike. I love the birds.

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    1. Ja, and it was so beautiful to hear the birds too.

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  15. Beautiful series, Jedidja, and I love the reflections in your swan photo!

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  16. It has been a long time since I slipped off my shoes and dangled my feet in the water. Thanks to you I am going to do it soon!
    Love your photos!

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    1. O yes, I will see that. Make a photo :-)

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  17. What a pleasant outing. The swans are gorgeous. Loved seeing your photo while you dipped your feet in the cool water. Nice fencing there and the Damsal Flies are pretty.

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    1. I had never seen before, this insects.

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  18. Thank you for sharing your waterside views.

    I saw and photographed my first (for this year) Banded Demoiselle today. Will publish an image in a few days.

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    1. Frank, yours are so amazing on the photos!

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  19. It looks like you had a wonderful time! The pictures are beautiful. I especially love seeing the swan and its reflection. I also wouldn't mind dipping my feet into that cold water like you did!

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    1. Thank you Lois. Yes, it was a wonderful time and when you write about is ... well, ik makes me glad again.

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  20. Beautiful scenes.Those little damselflies can be so pretty.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I have found you beautiful blog too.

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  21. Mooi Gebied.
    Mooie foto's heb je kunnen maken.

    Groettie van Patricia.

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  22. What a beautiful canal! It would be great to spend time on the woods bridge,cooling feet! The family of the birds is so pretty! Happy Friday!

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    1. I LOVE such bridges! Thanks Tomoko for visiting me.

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  23. Yes, I think we can find beautiful spots of nature even if it is close to our homes...Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and I am blessed meeting you.
    Blessings

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    1. Ifeoma,and I LOVE your blog! God bless you!

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  24. Grogeous canal, wonderful reflection of Swan andd great fense shot.

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    1. Thanks Margaret for visiting this blog!

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  25. Such lovely photos! The first one is my favourite, those birds look so cute. :)
    Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Sara, thank you. I am seeking for your blog :)

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  26. A great post and a lovely bike ride you took. It is always lovely to dip ones feet into cool water on a hot day. Your photos are lovely, and seeing the swan and its reflection, perfection :) I felt something land on my neck yesterday in the garden. Instinctively I brushed it away and stunned a poor bumble bee. It was on the ground walking around thankfully, probably wondering what on earth was that? :) I told it I was very grateful it didn't sting me.

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    1. Denise you are writing so beautiful and good. Love the read about the poor, poor bumble bee :-) Are you also a writer???

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  27. What a beautiful place and your photos are stunning. My favorite is the swan.

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    1. HOw are you know, Happyone? Thanks for the compliment.

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  28. The swan is so beautifully elegant :)..love all the photos..

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    1. A;; swans are so beautiful! Best Wishes.

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  29. So nice stopping by to visit your lovely blog! I have enjoyed perusing all of your posts and look forward to returning.
    Kindly, Lorraine

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    1. You are so kind. Thank Lorraine for your visit.

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  30. Lovely post! Your photos are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your outing with your Hubby! Aloha to you and yours!

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