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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 ... 

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