The Beast from the East

With the end of February in sight, the temperatures dropped in whole western Europe below zero,
with the strong wind from the East the windchill factor dropped very further than just that.

In several countries they give it names like, "the beast of the east" or "The Russian Bear" but it was actually just not more
than a high pressure area above Scandinavia that brought us winter.

With good and the right clothes there's nothing wrong with it.


The advantage we had was that we had several days of sunny cold weather and together with the full moon it took care of extra low tide,
that created ice at the borders of the Western Scheldt. Its something that you would not see very fast.

Because of strong winds and the tide that changes several times a day there emerged crossing ice what gave a beautiful sight.

I visited this spot many times before but with this scene it was very special to be there, two days later i returned in the early morning just before the snow came that they forecasted.

It was minus 6 and with 6 beaufort it felt like around minus 15. It wasn’t funny to stand there at that moment.
After trying to take a couple of photographs i decided to go home again, so the beast defeated me 😉

No just kidding, the light and circumstances were not where i hoped for.

The cold is chased away and temperatures are rising so it’s time to think on spring now.


Last week we had another heavy storm here in the Netherlands. And fortunately I had time to go directly to the beach after my morning shift.

At the same time with the storm there was also spring tide, so extra high water this time!

At home I had already mounted my telephoto lens on my camera with the idea of taking pictures of the waves smashing against the breakwaters, but because of the extra high water there was no one pole of the breakers to be seen.

The water came so far that I even had to get off the beach, into the dunes.
Good that they are there!

From the dunes I had a nice view over the rough sea and how the waves had knocked away part of the front dunes.

So I had to change lenses, but luckily I found a spot out of the wind.

Nature’s Power

When I walked back along the water line, the loose sand blew beautifully over the beach. This image was certainly worth a photo too!

Storm Creations

It was a hard day for the equipment but totally worth it!


Finally we had a bit of winter again, a whole day of snowfall with a lot of wind.

The wind provided beautiful pictures in some places, although it was difficult to keep everything dry.
But it was beautiful in any case!