I wish you all happy holidays and a beautiful 2023!
It’s cold today, with temperatures below zero the whole day. It’s also beautiful!
In the coming months I’ll be spending some time in Amsterdam to teach a course on Christianity. The big city is slightly intimidating if you like to spend time in forests, but has its moments of beauty as well!
The weather was great in the past week, but the forest is still waiting for spring. And maybe that is for the best, since tomorrow the temperature is expected to drop again.
Once in a while it’s great to go back and look at old unedited photographs. Sometimes they are gems waiting to be discovered!
On Christmas Day I fell during a hike and it left me sore and unable to walk – let alone walk with my camera backpack – for some time. I’m happy that I’m now completely healed and again able to go on hikes with my camera. Fortunately this weekend the weather was perfect as well, so I was able to take some nice misty shots!
According to a Buddhist saying, “The flowers in spring, the moon in the fall, a refreshing wind in summer, the snow in winter- what do I need more? Every hour is an hour of happiness for me.”
Being in nature and perceiving its beauty certainly gives me happiness!
I’ve been living here for almost five months now, an sometimes I really feel I’ve entered a fairytale when I go for my morning walk!
Yesterday we found not one but two of these lovely little owls in Dinokeng Game Reserve near Pretoria, South Africa. They hunt during the day from a perch, like this dead tree. A very special thing is that they have eyes in the back of their head, or at least spots that look like eyes as well!