I TOOK THESE IDYLLIC, SYLVAN PHOTOS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MICHAEL MANTZ'S HOME IN THE HAGUE, HOLLAND. OF COURSE HE STAYS IN A NICE, UPSCALE RESIDENTIAL AREA BUT HIS IS BY NO MEANS RARE AND EXCLUSIVE.
Most neighborhoods are similar to this so this is nothing extraordinary or special. What is unique is the ambiance---full of mature trees, plants, lawns, bushes and above all the canal that traverses through many parts of Holland! No wonder Holland is considered one of the best countries to live in!
Most houses are well built, nicely designed and well maintained! I see all the houses and feel I would like to move into 80% of them since their architecture and style are so universally appealing!
So I took a stroll and photograph all these pretty scenes that could come straight out of a Cezanne painting! Or a Vincent Van Gogh landscape! Best of all, you see these kinds of scenes everywhere in Holland and they are nit restricted to expensive areas.
Even more amazing, such peaceful and irresistibly charming vistas are often metres from the roads! So there is a constant drone of traffic which are often hidden from view. But it is easy to find a spot where silence hangs heavy in the summer air and you truly think you have chanced upon an enchanted glade filled with fairies and elves and magic spells!
WEEPING WILLOWS ADD ROMANCE
FEELS LIKE I AM IN A FOREST IN LORD OF THE RINGS
GOLDEN GLOW ON LEAVES
MOORHEN GLIDES SILENTLY PAST WITH BARELY A RIPPLE
UPSIDE DOWN SCENE
WOODEN PLANK MAKES IDEAL PLATFORM FOR R & R
REALLY LIKE A PAINTING
WHAT'S THAT? A CAT!
REALLY ENJOYING LIFE
FROLICKING IN GRASS
WHITE PUSSY IN WHITE SETTING
THIS COULD BE IN ISOLATED PARK
BUT NO, THE SWANS ARE IN FRONT OF HOUSES!
THEY ARE OBLIVIOUS TO TRAFFIC
EASY DOES IT
SWANS IGNORING ME
THEY MORE SHY