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Veluwe

The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills covering 1100 km2 (I looked that up ☺) with many different landscapes, including woodland, lakes and sand drifts.

Deelerwoud is a part of this. It has a public area and a private area. In 1975 I was invited to take pictures of wildlife in the latter, provided I was prepared to get up early, wouldn't shower and wear dark clothes. Which I complied with, of course. Just a pity it had snowed that night in part of the wood ... 

Hoge Veluwe

Landscape as seen at nationaal park De Hoge Veluwe, from the road between Otterlo en Schaarsbergen. Exposure 1,5 sec @ F/27 at 229 mm.

--- 7 June 2021, Otterlo (NL) 👁 more icm ---

De Hoge Veluwe

Conspicuous

The dark clothes I was wearing made me stand out like a black panther on an ice-rink. There was no wind at all and it was extremely quiet. Breaking twigs sounded as if a gun was fired. We did see some wild boar and the occasional deer, but then only its backside.

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud ---

Landgoed Rijswaard near Waardenburg

1975?

Correct. I used 400 ASA Ektachrome slide film with its characteristic colour and grain in two Canon AE1-bodies. So we are talking analogue photography here. I sometimes used a soft-focus filter, which was quite in vogue at the time. Now I wish I hadn't done that.

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud (NL) ---

Deelerwoud

This is not going to work

So in the end my hosts and I changed tactics and concentrated on the trees, the shapes, the colours, and, as my shoes proved to be grossly inadequate for this job, on keeping warm.

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud (NL) ---

Landgoed Rijswaard near Waardenburg

Trodding around

In this secluded part of Deelerwoud, there are hardly paths. Just the tracks the animals use. My two hosts and girl-friend kindly had by now offered to help me carry my kit including the heavy tripod I couldn't do without. Well, I admit, they didn't offer, really.

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud (NL) ---

Landgoed Rijswaard near Waardenburg

Decay

The images were used in a slideshow I made together with my then brother-in-law to be, with Vivaldi in the music score. Unfortunately, when I started to scan the slides a few years ago, they appeared to have deteriorated because of moist. I tried to restore them as much of possible.

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud (NL) ---

Landgoed Rijswaard near Waardenburg

Memento

Which doesn't keep me from cherishing these pictures. They are the oldest in this website, and the occasion was unique and special.

† Marrie (2014)

--- 2 April 1975, Deelerwoud (NL) ---

Landgoed Rijswaard near Waardenburg