State Castle Český Krumlov

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – City.

In April of this year we visited Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  We arrived early one morning and left before noon on the next. It was the coldest we have ever been in Europe. We had planned and packed for 15 degrees Celsius and here we found 7 degrees (60 vs 45 degrees Fahrenheit).  We were not the only surprised tourists: we saw others in short sleeves without jackets. We even had lunch sitting outside beside the Vltava River, a prime location, with a large space heater on either side.

Český Krumlov is a well-preserved medieval castle city, and its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.  It has many beautiful buildings, with the centerpiece being the State Castle on a hill above the Vltava River that twists through the city. The photo below shows a view of the castle with the Church of St. James just below.  We took this photo from a park across the river as we walked to catch the bus to Prague, our next stop in Europe.

This photo was taken on April 13, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/400 sec, 42 mm.

Clarinet Keys

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Key.

This image of a clarinet resting on an instruction book was created in a darkened room, lit from behind by a small white-light flashlight during a 30-second exposure.

This photo was taken on November 25, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 30 sec, 135 mm.

Locks on the Canal Saint Martin

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

This past April in Paris, France, we cruised  The Canal Saint Martin from the Port de l’Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette, passing through four double locks and two swing bridges. The photo below shows the first of a double lock fully open as our Canauxrama boat passes through on the way to the second lock.  From the water pouring over the top, we can see that that lock has begun to open for our boat. One of the six pedestrian bridges over the canal provides an excellent viewing point for two passers-by, while other viewers stand behind a railing at the side of the canal.

For some very good photos of the locks and cruise boats from a pedestrian viewpoint, please visit Bushboy’s post Negotiating the Lock.

Apocalypse by Rudolf Rezső Berczeller

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Overhead.

In April of this year, we were fortunate to visit the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, which has been located in Buda Castle on Gellert Hill since 1975.  The photo below was taken looking up inside the center dome of the Gallery.   Titled Apocalypse, the hanging sculpture was created in 1990 – 1991 from galvanized mesh, plastic, and steel by Rudolf Rezső Berczeller (1912 – 1992).  It is part of the Contemporary Collection and measures 3 × 5 × 12 meters.  This installation includes six figures, but, according to artportal,

“At the end of his life, [Berczeller] wanted to create a group of 32 angel figures suspended in the church gallery of Budapest, in the church space of Budapest, or suspended under the dome of the Hungarian National Gallery.”

It isn’t every day that we can look up to see six angels overhead.

This photo was taken on April 22, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 200, f/9.0, 1/30 sec, 10 mm.


Boxed In

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rectangles.

The Hutchison Ports Freeport Container Port (FCP), located in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, is “a major hub for worldwide transshipment of containerised cargo.”  It has the capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs per year. (A TEU, or Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit, is 20 feet long and 8 feet tall.)  The capacity of a very large container ship can exceed 14,000 TEUs.

The photo below was taken from the Carnival Pride as it was docked in the Freeport Bahamas Cruise Port in Lucayan Harbour.  The containers in this end-on view are but a small percentage of all the containers in port that day.

This photo was taken on December 28, 2012. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SX40HS, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/200 sec, 74 mm.


Alexander Calder’s Rat

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sculpture.

Anyone who has visited the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has seen and admired Alexander Calder’s huge mobile (85-foot wingspan, 920 pounds) hanging in the Central Court.  However, one of our favorite rooms in Tower 2 contains several smaller sculptures by Calder:  of these, arguably the cutest is the standing mobile Rat (even more so than Cow).   Rat was created in 1948 of sheet metal, lead, wire, and paint, and its dimensions are 8 5/8 x 15 x 8 in. (21.9 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.).  It was last sold on November 16, 2016 by Christie’s of New York for $943,500.


This photo was taken on July 3, 2019. Specs are:

Olympus TG-5, ISO 200, f/2.6, 1/50 sec, 6.42 mm.

Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre Hill

This is our entry in Dutch goes the photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hill.

Sacré-Cœur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, stands 83 meters above the top of the butte (hill) Montmartre, which extends 130 meters above sea level, for a total height of 213 meters.  (Sacré-Cœur is the tall domed monument surrounded by the green space in the middle of the photo.)  The photo was taken from the top level of Montparnasse Tower, which itself stands 210 meters tall, putting Sacré-Cœur essentially at eye level for the photographer.


This photo was taken during the blue hour just before 9 PM on April 24, 2019.  Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, 135 mm.