Monday, 31 August 2015

Walks to the Vondelpark

reflection of man in water
We have found our way to the Vondelpark, K. and I. I live so close by that it surprised him and since the weather has been really good the past two weeks we've frequented the park on warm evenings and sunny afternoons.
purple flower and basket
K. became so enthusiastic about my kind of photography that he decided to buy a camera himself so that he could walk around with it and look. He found moments of happiness in wondering with a blank mind, open eyes, a clear perception and coming home with a few photographs.
man with camera straps
branches in mud
I recognize the feeling: that is what it brings me too. Accept for investing in a camera, perceptions are for free and at the same time they are priceless. Ordinary magic, seeing the magic in everyday life is what still surprises after a couple of years of practicing contemplative photography.
party lights
K. went to the Botanical Gardens twice, the first time he saw the tips of branches touching the water and when he wanted to photograph it the battery of his camera was dead. When he came back the second time he saw that it was not the same, the wind had changed, the colour of the water was different and he didn't have the same experience as the first time. So in the end he didn't take the picture.
rays of light
I recognize that too. Moments are so about being in the now, they can't be reproduced. Five seconds later, an hour, a day, even if it has changed even for the slightest bit, it is no longer what I perceived the first time. The moment is gone.
red rose petals
Do you have those kind of moments?

Friday, 28 August 2015

Pizza in the park

glass of Hoegaarden beer
Last weekend on one of those warm summer evenings my new sweet K. and I went to the Vondelpark after work. We both didn't feel like cooking and earlier that week I saw that one of the establishments served vegetarian pizzas in the park which were made by a deli right around the corner from my home. 
lemon in soda
K. hasn't been drinking alcohol for years and feels great without it so he ordered a soda, I ordered a glass of white beer. I drink sporadically, with all the yoga and mediation in my weekly routine I don't have much need for alchohol and I noticed that the three don't go well together, but I do enjoy an occasional glass.
empty pizza plate
We both choose the vegetarian pizza and oh boy, it was wonderful! Usually if I eat one in a pizzeria it is not something special, but this pizza was very tasty. 
male hand
rows of empty chairs
After dinner we walked around the park a bit and noticed the empty chairs which were waiting to be filled with people at the small open air theatre.
shadow of necklace
This was a very lovely and relaxing evening and I hope many more will follow. I realize it is all about the moment, what do we feel like doing at a particular moment and can we stay with the joy of fulfilling what we felt like doing or are we rushing to the next need or distraction?
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