My first (film) camera
When I was in my mid 20's (more than 30 years ago) I found out that a lot of epic Hollywood movies on TV were heavily cropped. Televisions back then had a 4:3 aspect ratio, but those movies were 16:9 and sometimes even wider. Back than most people preferred to watch the movie fullscreen (in stead of having black bars on the top and bottom of te screen). Where I lived there was one departmental store that sold a small selection of wide screen VHS tapes. I bought one (I think it was Bad Boys) and was immediately hooked. I started collecting more and more wide screen movies and eventually bought a Sony Wega 100 hertz widescreen television and a surround sound receiver, as soon as I could afford one, so I could enjoy them in full glory. I also discovered that my (film) camera had a panoramic setting. I didn't photograph much back then and only on vacations (which I didn't go on much), but I loved the pictures I shot in that wide aspect ratio (the camera just blacked out the top and bottom of the 35mm frame to achieve that look).
When visiting the botanical earlier this year in April, we were pleasantly surprised by its beauty, even though some parts were still a bit barren as it was still early in the season and the weather until then wasn't that great. Revisiting the gardens in August, made it an even more beautiful experience. The pictures say it all. So no more text, just scroll down and enjoy!
At the beginning of this year we got a generous invite from good friends of ours, to stay a week of our summer vacation at their home and visit some beautiful English places. Late July we started our journey by plane, traveled quite a bit by train and were finally picked up at Peterborough station by car by our good friend Simon. Reminds me of the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but a lot smoother and a less frantic ;)
Despite it being a grey day, we decided to visit the Botanical Gardens of the University of Utrecht on Easter Monday. Steffie and I love gardening and we figured Robin might like it also (even though she wasn't sure what to expect).
The warm weather the past few days, makes me think of our vacation last year. October 2022 Steffie and I went on an epic trip to Bonaire, where we had the time of our life. Our stay couldn't have been any better. A beautiful room in an excellent hotel with a sea view to die for, great weather and a small pier we could dive off and swim between the coral and fishes, almost all to our selves. In this blog a few pictures to give you an impression of this smal gem of an island.