Nature   15 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Liquid Rotterdam   16 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Rotterdam at Night and some experience with light streaks.
Liquid Light Scheveningen   51 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
De Scheveningen Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Scheveningen, Netherlands. It was designed by Quirinus Harder and activated finished in 1875.

In de 16th century Scheveningen had a lighthouse already, and the church collected money from the ships using it. It was elevated in 1850, and equipped with a copper cupola and a new light. In the 1870s, Dutch lighthouse designer Quirinus Harder got the assignment for a new lighthouse.
The lighthouse is made of cast iron and consists of nine segments. At the foot of the tower is one house for the supervisor and four more for the lighthouse keeper. The original light rotated in a mercury bath, which was replaced in the 1960s by an electrical system.

Photography with the Urban Photo Collective Group.
Liquid Light   10 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
"Liquid Light Theme" photo session with the Urban Photo Collective Rotterdam.
Light Festival Amsterdam 2014   38 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Festival of Lights Amsterdam 2014
Kraanspoor Gebouw ( Craneway Office Building)   12 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Kraanspoor Office Building Hovers Above Repurposed Craneway in Amsterdam Harbor

We love it when architects repurpose abandoned structures, and Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas’s Kraanspoor office building in Amsterdam is a shining example. Literally meaning “Crane Track,” Kranspoor was an abandoned crane gantry from the 1950s, left to decay in one of Amsterdam’s former shipyards. Now, a stylish three storey office building has been built atop the original concrete craneway.

The solid gantry stretches 885 feet across the shipyard. OTH utilized the elevated base as a foundation for Kraanspoor, having the building span its entire length. The office building “hovers” strikingly above the concrete craneway by three meters on a steel frame. One side of the building cantilevers over the waterway of the River Ij, just as a revolving crane had in the past.
OTH created a dazzling double-glass façade for Kraanspoor, with a motorized moveable outer layer of delicate lacey glass.  The inner layer features functional floor-to-ceiling hinged windows, which allow for natural ventilation. The timber lined windows also block heat in the summer, and the winter cold. An internal pump utilizes water from the "ij" (The Harbour waters called the ij). to aid in climate control in the building.
OTH repurposed as much of the original structure as possible. The original stairwells remain and now house elevators and new emergency stairs. Catwalks that were used by crane operators have been updated to become Kraanspoor’s fire escape. The original space below the gantry has been repurposed as a massive storage facility.
At night, the illuminated Kraanspoor appears as a celestial body floating above the water. A fusion of old and new architecture, Kraanspoor brings new life to the wharf, while preserving its original shipping history.

Story by Lori Zimmer.
Human Adventure   77 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
NASA A Human Adventure The Exhibition.
Hortus Botanicus   35 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Hortus Botanicus was founded in 1638 by the city to serve as an herb garden for doctors and apothecaries. It contains more than six thousand tropical and indigenous trees and plants. The monumental Palm House dates from 1912 and is renowned for its collection of cycads.
The garden was almost bankrupt in 1987 when the University of Amsterdam stopped paying its expenses but a community of individual supporters prevented its closure. Now the Hortus Botanicus is supported by the Amsterdam City Council as well.
There are also two halls at the garden which are now used for conferences and ceremonies.

Hortus Botanicus is now one of the attractions of the Dutch capital for both Dutch and International visitors.
The collection is famous for some of its trees and plants, some of which are on the "danger" list, also well-known plants and trees can be found there, like the Persian Ironwood Tree which is known in Dutch as Perzische Parrotia.
Hortus Botanicus's initial collection was amassed during the 17th century through plants and seeds brought back by traders of the East India Company (VOC) for use as medicines and for their possibilities for commerce. A single coffee plant, Coffea arabica, in Hortus's collection served as the parent for the entire coffee culture in Central and South America.
Likewise, two small potted oil palms brought back by the VOC from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, produced seeds after six years, and these were propagated throughout all of Southeast Asia, becoming a major source of revenue in the Dutch East Indies and now in Indonesia.
In 1885-1918 Hugo de Vries was the director of the garden.
Recent additions to Hortus include a huge hothouse, which incorporates three different tropical climates.
Helmond   38 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Helmond Municipal Museum.
Hansweert   29 Photos   Jul 6, 2015
Old lock to Hansweert Zeeland

Hansweert is a village on the Zuid-Beveland peninsula in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is located in the municipality of Reimerswaal, about 2 km west of the village of Kruiningen.
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