A night photo of the magical palace of the Maharaja in Mysore, Karnataka, South India.
Soon, I'll be a beautiful and colourful flower !
Jan Patat, leader of the local motorgang.
Cherishing the memory with a sundued mood.
Shall I fly away or shall I attack the photographer... A dragonfly at Vordenstein Park, Schoten.
This photo is taken in the beginning of November last year on the Dal Lake (Srinagar, Kashmir) on my return from the floating morning market. It was a misty and cold morning and the weather was changing. I had the luck to spot a hole in the sky between the mountain while the sun tries to come through. The day after it started to snow...
Roman remains in Wadi Gimal (South Eastern Desert of Egypt). The area was of great importance as the Smaragd mines of Queen Cleopatra were in the neighborhood.
The survivors from the Cu Chi tunnels. These tunnels are part of an immense network located in the district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigan, South Vietnam).
Serenity while kneeling down in prayer. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A summer village of the Kashmiri Gypsy high up in the mountain (>3000m) near Gulmarg. These inaccessible woods are also the playgrounds for the Mujahedeen.
Flying out of the nest...
A porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) seen from below. They appear as a white, ivory slimy fungus. It is not considered of being toxic but is used as a medicine against mould on skin deseases.
If the worst comes to the worst... just open the window and let it go ! Or... is there another story ?
My son exploring the mineralisations on a copper vein in an abandoned mine in Devon, England, UK.
Hey you.... I had my milk and I ate all my bananas as a good boy! Where is my dessert?
The Golden Temple in Amritsar (Punjab, India) is the most sacred place for Sikh.
Akha woman from a village near Mae Sai, Northern Thailand.
Unexpected firework. Nocturne at Bouckenborg, Merksem near Antwerp.
The Donation Box
Some people have to paddle for getting to their job. Slower than any other transport but absolutely no traffic lights...
Imghrane is a popular South Moroccan group who brings the rich traditional Berber music in a modern style with trance-calling percussion, compelling melodies and poetic lyrics.
Rehearse in lining up for the next performance. Danceschool Chara, Schoten, Belgium.
Qara Oasis near the Quatara Depression in the Northwestern desert of Egypt. Home for many people until a heavy rain shower washed it all away.
Fishermen on the Chilika Lake (Odisha, India) on an early morning.
This is also a way to put someone to silence...
The modern mosque at Amritsar (Punjab, India).
Lonely animal on the broad steppe at Abijatta-Shalla near Wondo Genet in Ethiopia.
Entering the sacred Golden Sikh temple in Amritsar is like entering a whole new world. No shoes, no food and head must be covered all time... but an unforgettable experience !
A beautiful lonely Amanita Muscaria (Vliegenzwam) in the forests of Zandvliet near the border of Holland. These colourful fungi are one of my favorites among the small creatures of the dark forest, but don't eat them, you'll get poisoned and become sick.
Come on ladies... let's run up the stage and give the public a glance of our beautiful traditional dances!
Cleaning the mind and soul on the borders of the holy water at Amritsar (Punjab, India).
Sikh are regal friendly people and are mostly big in stature. They a very pride on their mustache and beard and always wear a dagger and sometimes a sword.
Good morning! How are you on this wonderful new day ?
Sitting on the edge of the Ghats and enjoying the view over the Holy water of the river Ganges at Varanasi. However, I think the word enjoying is misplaced in this case... (Uttar Pradesh, India).
Happy man from Kaili, Guizhou, China.
Nathan Daems from the Antwerp Gypsy-Ska Orkestra. They get their inspiration from the Balkan and bring a mix of gypsy and ska music.
This is the skyline of Tainan, the second city of Taiwan and struck earlier tonight by a severe earthquake. I wish them good luck and hope that all my friends are safe...
The Chinese celebrate NewYear next Monday. They leave the Year of the Goat and start the year of the Monkey. This family comes from Shaxi, Yunnan Province.
A young dancer (Dansgroep Chara, Schoten) practicing for her final rehearsal. Within two weeks this group will have their festival...
View to the Ghats of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India). This photo is taken on a very early morning from the Holy River The Ganges.
This honeybee is searching for the last remains of nectar. The beautiful flower has had her best glorious days and will now slowly fade away.
The Holy Ganges on an early morning near the Eastern side of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India).
And.... why not start this new beautiful day with a swim in the Holy water of the river The Ganges...
But be careful when you go swimming in the Ganges. Some break their neck...
A flower of light for everybody at this Happy Valentine Day!
An acid attack destroyed the life of this young woman. The reason why this happens can be very different; a jealous friend or husband, refusal of a marriage proposal or sex, or perhaps a target of a domestic argument. I admire her for her courage. This girl has been photographed in the North-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Time for me to go... or I might become part of the food chain.
Shopping in India.
Rice fields near Sapa, Northern Vietnam.
Young lady from Ayothaya, Thailand.
Showman Bart Peeters in action ...
A very hospitable Sikh wishing me a warm welcome at the Golden Temple (Amritsar, Punjab, India).
Monkeys are very cute as long as they don't see or smell a banana or something to eat. Then they change in little monsters who can be very dangerous. Although it's still the Year of Monkey in China, this little fellow comes from India.
After rain comes sunshine... and then the flowers will open again!
Sunset near Cavtat (Dubrovnik, Croatia).
An expressive woman at her front door in a Indian backstreet. A photo doesn't carry sound does someone has an idea what she's saying here ?
Things are always different underground. When you combine this with 'traditional' Wales it is not that strange to see a mailbox into the old mine workings. I don't know when the postman comes along but I'm sure there's no wifi (yet) or telephone here! Today the mine makes part of the National Heritage and is open for the public (maybe with wifi). Llywernog Silver and Lead Mine, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales.
Watching the men go by... I don't think she will throw that stone at me...
This little fellow has become one year and thus it's time to cut his first hair. The black eyes is not a fad but a protection against the flies in the sunshine.
An impressive granite dome in the Southeastern Desert of Egypt. It's a landmark in the desolate landscape for our way to the Al Shalatin Camel Market near the Sudanese border.
Orchha once the capital of the Bundelas; a Rajput people who ruled for centuries the region is not more than a village today. However the palaces and temples dating from the 16th - 18th centuries on the borders of the Betwa River are still fascinating.
Hungry bird op top of palace near the Betwa River, see previous photo, (Madhya Pradesh, India).
Indian families use mainly wood for preparing dinner. As this is not available in the local shop it has to be carried from the forest, day in, day out, which is mainly a women's task (young and old) and I admire them for their strength. The weight of such a package goes easily above 60kg... understandable that they don't like to be obstructed nor photographed...
The most famous monument in India is without any doubt the Taj Mahal (Agra). This marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan for his dead wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Probably this monument has been photographed a million times but nevertheless it's an challenge because you're never alone, even before daylight...
Happy family climbing a rope at the Olmense Zoo (Limburg, Belgium).
No no... this is not a monkey... But it is obviously where this circus artist got his name from... Monki Business !
The skyline of Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city of Vietnam. Before the union of North- and South Vietnam in 1976 the capital of South Vietnam was known as Saigon, a name given by the French. The photo is taken from the top of the Financial Tower.
Back to the roots. From the Mother Therese's orphanage at Agra (India).
The departure of Fishermen. Pwani Kunduchi, Dar-el-Salaam, Tanzania.
Playing with the morning light in the mosque near the Taj Mahal Temple in Agra, India.
Hungry guy... These squirrels appear quite often in India and are absolutely not shy. But how lovely they might look, don't touch them because they may give off diseases.
Enjoying a cigarette at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. The city was founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar. The capital of the Mughal Empire was abandoned in 1585 shortly after its completion due to a water shortage.
Iris Berardocco, vocal singer of the Jacquelines on stage in Merksemdok. This group of seven artists returns the music of The Andrew Sisters in a new up tempo jazzy style. Photographed last Saturday evening...
An impressive panoramic view of the Amber Fort near Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan (North India).
A very important discussion... photographed at a mosque near Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).
Safety first !
A dancing queen in the making.... Dansgroep Chara, Schoten.
It's all written in the books...
Crows are very intelligent and communicate with each other. However they are very noisy and can be annoying. In fact.... I don't like them !
This Aglias io is a common and thanks to his play of colours an attractive butterfly for Europe.
Busy traffic on the estuary of Westerschelde near Vlissingen.
Out of Solidarity !
Brussels in better days.
Waiting for the train that maybe never comes... Central Station, Antwerp.
The Jal Mahal or Water Palace is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in the north of Jaipur City, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India.
The brand new metro line of Jaipur at sunset.
This is Squint-eyed Joe, I met him at the City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).
We see here students of Helder Sabrea, an international Portugese dancer and choreographer, during a workshop specialised on floor, imagery and an organic way of moving.
The Laghu samrat yantra is an astronomical instrument to measure time. It has been photographed at the world's largest stone sundial of Jantar Mantar (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This is Two-Teeth Jim, colleague of Squint-eyed Joe (see image from two days ago) from the City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).
People from the Adi-Pasi tribe live in the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh (India) and it's believed that their origin is South China. They live from fishing which is a necessary activity among the tribe but the local delicacy for dinner are rats. She has been photographed at Balek village near Ziro.
This is sharp-eyed Birdie, master of the sky and fear of small animals on the ground. Unfortunately he's kept in a huge cage at the Olmenso Zoo (Limburg, Belgium).
Come-on boys... it's Pushkar Fair and you behaved yourself so good the last few days that we're going to buy you a sweetie. Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
This gypsy boy has been photographed while he was begging for money. Don't be fooled... he's perfect capable of using he legs and his parents aren't that poor :--) Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
Arriving with the train in Antwerp Central Station and then.... yeah... hurry up home!
Diwali is an ancient and the most important festival for Hindu. It means Festival of Lights which signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil. Everybody is happy and dressed on their best and offer flowers...
Skating is a popular sport for the youth, even for the youngsters.
Not everybody can swing up and down the pole without fear... for circus artists it's only a piece of cake !
This is Captain Jack of the Military Police in India. He's armed with a long thick wooden stick and with his severe look he's not afraid to use it. No... he didn't drink but the more envious his head, the cooler he is. Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
A beauty hidden behind the purdah...
White is the colour of hope but for me also the colour of the upcoming summer... Photographed yesterday in Vordenstein Park, Schoten, Belgium.
The way to the top is long and hard...
A rock in emptiness... The Great Sand Sea in Egypt near the Libyan border.
A different and strange way to work with the Roue Cyr... A performance of one of the ladies from 'Marcel et ses Drôle de Femmes' during the Atlas Festival.
Pushkar fair (Rajasthan, India) is one of the world's largest camel fair that takes place every year for 12 days. Camels are not only brought here for sale but it's also a perfect time to fall in love...
A panoramic view over the Pichola Lake and the Royal City Palace, the biggest Royal complex in Rajasthan.
Free as a bird. Tarek Rammo in the straps at the Young Talent Night and the International Circus Festival.
It's too obvious that Julie needs a little beauty rest...
The Wat Mahathat Temple in Sukhotai, Thailand.
Sun is shining and it becomes a little bit warmer, time for a good breakfast!
This little Indian girl from Udaipur is the absolute master of driving backwards with the moto.
White is the colour of hope, purity, cleanliness, innocence,... a flower stand for beauty. The only thing I can't give you with this photo is the lovely smell of it!
This photo from Udiapur (Rajasthan, India) shows how hard it is for man to work!
Why not combine good food and good company with candlelight and a beautiful scenery... The Lake Palace seen from the Jagat Niwas Palace Restaurant. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Hey mister, can I buy a silver bracelet and a new earring. And what's the price for a tongue piercing for my man? (Pushkar, Rajasthan, India).
Three friends on their way to the Pushkar fair. Will they buy some camels or will they have a go on a fairground attraction?
Three girls from Alula Cyr in a difficult and unusual position...
Are green-haired women different or worse than blondes?
Expedition on Mount Easter Flower.
Start the month of May with joy, elegance and happiness! Dansgroep Chara, Schoten, Belgium.
The 'Felix Pakhuis' (Antwerp, Belgium) was used in the previous century as warehouse for bulk goods such as coffee, grain,... Today it keeps the city archives.
A spectacular view to the monumental dome of the Central Station of Antwerp. The dome is 44 meters high and the station is judged as the fourth greatest and awarded as the most beautiful station worldwide. The photo is made from the end of the 185 meters long iron and glass train shed.
The dragonflies are back... (Vordenstein, Schoten).
A Rabari gypsy women with her traditional outfit photographed at the Pushkar fair (Rajasthan, India). The golden headgear and nose ring are part of the dowry and they will wear it for the rest of their life. The weight of such a headpin is only 5 grams...
A view to the ruins at the Buddhist Monument fields at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India.
L'etranjay (left) and Johnny the King of the Flemish Reggae (right) at the free Sfinks Mundial festival (Boechout, Belgium). Johnny den Artiest ft. Asham Band convert and add classic reaggae with a laugh, a joke and a dance.
Judith, the lead singer of Okon & The Movement. The band brings super groovy, jazz, hiphop and a mix of soul. Guest at Sfinks Mundial 2016.
Watching the people go by.... (Pushkar, Rajasthan, India).
This young man looks happy because he's on his way to get married. A festivity that takes a week. I have no picture from the last day...
Hopefully Charlie and Momo will catch this present from the sky (Aurore) on time!
A gypsy family from Rajasthan trying to sell some things.
Fun at the Sanchi Fair (Madhya Pradesh,India).
Basile Narcy, a phenomenal Roue Cyr artist in action at the finest international circus festival in Antwerp.
Thadeus Jolie with trombone from the Belgian pop group De boM! on stage at ccMerksem. The band brings a tribute to the Dutch band Doe Maar.
A certainty in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, India) is the sun. You have it from very early in the morning (as shown in this photo) till late in the evening. Of course there's also a raining season... but then I rather forget or ignore that!
Roman Codden and Dago De Smet (from De boM! at ccMerksem) playing the guitar full of passion and setting the ccMerksem on fire.
A brickyard near the road somewhere between Sanchi and Ujjain, India.
Jason Van Lith, a jugglery artist, receiving gifts from the sky. What happens when the buckets are full?
The frontman and guitarist Tom Van Damme from De boM! in action at ccMerksem.
A creative line with Victoria and Noémie. Dansschool Chara, Schoten.
Don't say 'it's impossible' when you talk about Ell Circo D'Ell Fuego, the famous Antwerp school for circus artists. Here you see how they learn to fly like a bird !
Happy child from the slumps in Ahmadebad (Gujarat, India).
Ready for the big jump! Will she or will she not? Ell Circo D'Ell Fuego, Antwerp.
Yeah, yeah, we all see you! Don't shout like that... Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh, India.
The 'Kalmthoutse Heide' is a beautiful nature reserve near the Dutch border, North of Antwerp. 5 Years ago a terrible fire destroyed a great part of it. Luckily nature recovers quickly so that today most of the devastation disappeared.
Friendly man from the slumps of Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India).
A beautiful rose for all my SP-0friends who wished me a happy birthday. As a present I received a smart phone from my wife that can take RAW-images (high resolution). This photo taken in the garden is a first result of it...
Strong women in India... they carry heavy loads with a smile!
Indian woman photographed in an indoor market near Ujjian. She's from a lower caste and once married she receive a tattoo on the chin what makes her less attractive.
Empty rails... not that unusual in Belgium as we have to deal with plenty of strikes. Today a general national action day! No trains, no public services, nothing.... again!
Plenty of water in India... Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Road to Quattara, Southeastern Desert, Egypt.
Tarek Rammo king of the straps at the International Circus Festival.
Spreading the feathers with The Yi-Tzy Folk Dance Group from Tainan, Taiwan.
Kwintijn from Prima Nocta with a release of emotion after a successful performance with the medieval bagpipe.
A pool in Vordenstein Park (Schoten, Belgium). This image is a combined result of 9 images (3 vertical and 3 horizontal).
Tom Van Damme (De boM!) shouts it out while bringing a tribute to the Dutch band Doe Maar.
A small beautiful arch bridge over the big pond in the 'Rivierenhof', a provincial domain in Deurne (Antwerp).
Reaching the summit of sexual pleasure... (Park Vordenstein, Schoten, Belgium).
No.... this is not what it might look! This woman has been photographed while she was lost in the Hall of Mirrors at the Carnival.
High and dry upside down in the straps... a student of the Antwerp Circusschool!
Not for female eyes! This man takes the saying 'sweeping the balls to it' very literally! However he's very respected in the slumps at Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) because he's responsible for cleaning the local market. For his job he gets money, food and drinks. Of course I took this image on the sly to avoid trouble...
Remains of World War I are still visible in the green forest at Kapellen, near Antwerp. Because there was never been a combat and the domain was on private grounds for a long time more than 70 German bunkers with an entrenchment of more than 4 km are still in a good condition.
An Akha woman smoking the pipe from Mae Chan (Northern Thailand).
It's still a long way in the water before we reach the copper vein of the New East Wheal Russell Mine. It's not difficult to get lost but luckily I have the best guide one can image, being my son (Devon, England).
This little owl doesn't need glasses to see in the dark...
This is not a sleep session ... they all will jump up together in harmony on the right second and continue with their fantastic dance rehearsal! Dansgroep Chara, Schoten.
This is the last bend before ships reach the roadstead of Antwerp a few hundred metres further on the left. Right in front we see the industry that goes up all the way to the Dutch border.
A Maasai with his herd is coming up. Time for me to move away... (Merelani Hills, Tanzania).
Having a well-deserved rest ! (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India).
Karen Peeters (Triladio) playing the harp during the magnificent 'Klassiek aan het Water' performance last Sunday in the Bouckenberg Park, Merksem.
Good morning, it's still early ... somewhere in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Sttt.... don't disturb... work in progress! I've never seen these butterflies before in Vordenstein, Schoten. Is there anybody who knows their name?
This is Rosetta, the Holy Hindu Cow from Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Crossing the desert is travelling in the purest sense...
Iris Berardocco, vocal singer of the Jacquelines.
The other side. Maharashtra, India.
A Sikh photographed at the Bangla Sahib Temple, Delhi, India.
Reaching the top. Dansgroep Chara, Schoten.
The Financial Tower at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
A stream of Dance. Antwerp Daily Dance Training by Tijen Lawton.
The Piano player. Stijn Wauters from The Jacquelines.
This strange ugly creature has reaching the end... and what now? A few seconds later he'll jump to another leaf a meter further away...
This is Skinny Jerry and he's dying to go shopping. He has to wait until someone takes him off the height of the seat under the tree. Burhanpur, Maharasthra (India).
This is Lovely Minoe Boem, Queen of the Antwerp Docklands and as you can see she's singing at the top of one's voice!
Here we meet Wako Walter. He lives in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh (India) and he's a man with a big heart!
Today I present the brother of Squinet-eyed Joe and Two-Teeth Jim (see March 2016). His name is Squint-eye-Two-Teeth Balded Jack from Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India.
This is Felix, my first grandson. We see a strong, happy boy, born 30 minutes before this photo was taken. Congratulations to Anu and Erik!
Perhaps this might be a suggestion if you are looking for a hotel in Mumbai, India. I don't think you have a lot of comfort but for some it looks promising :--)
A view to the historical Buddhist caves at Ajanta, Maharasthra, India.
Flamenco, a Spanish traditional dance brought to you by Araceli (Goyescas).
Two man from Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, India. As you can see they are discussing very import business...
Kataklysm is a Canadian death metal band, they had their first record in 1993. Last year they released their twelfth album and this weekend they were at stage at the Antwerp MetalFest in Merksem.
Let's start the day with a happy joyfully move! Dansgroep Chara, Schoten.
The Suicidal Angels is a Greek trash metal who brings songs that can be compared to music of bands such as Slayer and Sepultura. They brought voluminous entertainment in Merksem...
A view to the incomplete monastery of Ajanta, Maharashtra, India. This historical cave no. 24 is the second largest of the complex and is assigned to the 7th century A.D.
This little birdie is looking quite scowly at me. He's afraid that I will penetrate into his territory... however I cannot fly and I already had eaten. Maharashtra, India.
A view to an inner court of Mumbai's Shadow City Dharavi. As the city booms, the poor of its notorious slumps grows enormously. Dharavi Slums is one of the biggest of his kind.
I'll move to the moon... because I hope it's a place without hate and violence! Beautiful Kashmir (India) turned into a warzone after Hizbul Mujadideen leader Burhan Wani and two of his associates has been killed by security forces last Friday. We see here a peaceful image of the Khanqak Mosque of Srinagar. However... this very old monument still shows the damage after an earthquake a week earlier.
A happy family from the Dharavi Slums of Mumbai, India.
Reaching the top of satisfaction... Park Vordenstein, Schoten, Belgium.
Aborted is a death metal tornado: extremely brutal and extremely loud. Anyone who still stands strong after this band’s set, is made out of the right wood.
You'll never alone in the dark.... Photographed with an old Nikon 995 pocket camera with the use of the headlight. Killham Mine, St. Neot, Cornwall, UK.
The seated Buddha at the Wat Mahathat temple. This temple of the Great Relic was the largest and most important of the empire in the 13th Century. The Royal Palace is located just aside. Sukhothai, Thailand.
Early morning in the jungle in Northern Arunachal Pradesh (India). The upcoming sun is playing with the mist.
Majuli, an island in the Brahmaputra river (Assam, India) is the birthplace of Vaishnava Satras. A Hindustani movement who adore Vishnu as their highest God. These disciples of the Vaishnavite Monastery gave me a free music performance.
The beauty of emptiness and the way to nowhere... Wadi Sartout, The Southeastern Desert of Egypt.
Ok Jack! Obviously you reached the top after a hard struggle. What now... will you fall deep or do you still have the power and the spirit to fly?
The sun is there for everybody... Mumbai, India.
What's better to start the day with a chai tea? Chai is a delicious mix of hot tea with milk and sugar prepared with a mix of herbs. Madhya Pradesh, India.
Mumbai is a big city and of course there's a lot of traffic as well. As you can see finding a parking space is not impossible. How to put the parking disc is another question.
The guitarist of the Algerian group Rachid Taha. They bring fantastic rhythmic rock, electronic punk and raï. On stage at the Sfinks Mixed festival.
Flip Kowlier live in action with his group the Ertebrekers at the Sfinks Mixed festival ( Boechout, Belgium).
Roland van Campenhout is a very creative and talented artist and singer songwriter. For more than 40 years now he brings among blues, reggae, jazz, folk also new inspirational songs. He's a pioneer for the Belgian Blues and Rock and I believe he's is one of the highlights of Sfinks Mixed 2016 free festival (Boechout, Belgium) were he was on stage with Stevo Harpo, Bart Buls and Tony Gyselinck.
Roland van Campenhout is a very creative and talented artist and singer songwriter. For more than 40 years now he brings among blues, reggae, jazz, folk also new inspirational songs. He's a pioneer for the Belgian Blues and Rock and I believe he's is one of the highlights of Sfinks Mixed 2016 free festival (Boechout, Belgium) were he was on stage with Stevo Harpo, Bart Buls and Tony Gyselinck.
Time to read the newspaper. Madhya Pradesh, India.
Fish market for birds in Awassa (Wondo Genet, Ethiopia).
Soon I'll be a beautiful butterfly... (Vordenstein Park, Schoten).
It is said that stage diving is a gorgeous experience. That might be true but that honour is certainly not awarded to me... I prefer to see that from a far distance! A photo taken during the Metal Festival in Merksem.
Buddhist monks can have holiday too... (Aurangabad, Maharasthra, India).
Hell broke loose when the Antwerp Parody Rock Group Clement Peerens Exposition goes on stage at the LinkerWoofer festival. No doubt that Ronny Mosuse, the bass guitarist of the group brings a pleasant atmosphere. Tonight they give us another performance!
LinkerWoofer in an festival where young Antwerp talents gets a place to become well-known. The first of the festival is a young group Brenner... they filled the tent!
Three friends discussing important matters on an early morning in Srinagar City (Kashmir, India).
A view to the city of Antwerp with the river 't Scheldt in front and with the cathedral in the centre.
Bridges to Cross. Don't worry and don't be afraid... you can't see the crocodiles down below... Arunachal Pradesh, India.
A surrealistic landscape near Hampi (Karnataka, India) with granite boulders widely spread over this magical area.
These buddies are not harmless and one must be very careful when approaching. They don't hesitate to attack when you carry something that they like very much. For example food, drink or something colourful. Tourists often feed them bananas to play with them but they have never have enough to feed the whole herd and some of these guys might get frustrated..
A young gypsy girl photographed at the Pushkar Fair in Radjasthan, India.
Ronny Mosuse is strongly splashing out with his guitar at the LinkerWoofer festival.
Just landed in my garden ... I think she came from Fairy Land!
It's a hard work to get the net on the beach of Goa, India.
Crows are very noisy and annoying, in fact I don't like these black birds and I do everything to chase them away from my garden. Yesterday I was very surprised to see this strange mutation on the lawn.
A watch tower from the Zanana Enclosure at the temple complex of Hampi, Karnataka, India.
Night on the beach near Palolem, Goa, India. Small detail: I took this picture last year in December while it was freesing cold in Belgium...
Traveling with the train is already an adventure in India. You'll never know when the train starts nor when it arrives. Often it stops and you never know why or for how long. Of course doors and windows are open and you're always free to go out wherever the train stops or not. My advice: stay calm take it as it come and never get nervous; it's India!
The stone chariot at the entrance of the Vitthala Temple is a reproduction of a processional wooden vehicle of Lord Vishnu. This Vijayanagara style of art and architecture represents one of the largest temples built under the patronage of Devaraya II (1422-46 AD.) Hampi, Karnataka, India.
Something is wrong with our garden... yesterday I've been threatened by a mysterious creature in the tree... Does someone knows if they are dangerous and what to do with them. Luckily I've seen only one... yet... !
This man is very sad because he lost a dear family member. He's praying the Gods before he will give the ashes to the river.
For perfect dancing one need a lot of training! For me it looks if they are made of soft rubber... they never break... Dansgroep Chara, Schoten.
Oracles mixes a serene woman's voice with extreme metal and creates not only a unique sound but also a nice picture. Definitely a success at the stage on Metal Fest in Merksem.
This is Lady Blackface, the newest Indian top model from Maharasthra. She's beautiful, young and absolutely not shy of the camera!
Bouckenberg Park (Merksem, Antwerp) turned yesterday night into a enchanting spectacle of light, music and dance. The night was too short...
This little creep tried to hide himself... (Vordenstein, Schoten).
A very wise man from the Hoysala temple (Hassan, Karnataka, India).
Young woman from the slumps in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Of course I'm also very happy with some money... Not for food, nono... nor drinks because I don't use alcohol and I don't smoke...
The morning walk at Wayanat, Kerala, India.
I think his arm is too short to reach the other side... From the International Circus Festival in Antwerp.
A sister kneeling before the grave of Mother Theresa in the orphanage in Kolkata. Today she will be canonized in Rome after she died on September 5th. in 1910. In India Mother Therese is still visible because in most provinces there are still orphanages active (see photo posted earlier in March 2016).
This is not another planet but one of the most remote places on Earth and can be compared with the surface of Mars. The Gilf Kebir Plateau (South Western Desert of Egypt) is as big as Belgium. There's no water, no life and no vegetation... only a stupid traveler.
Life is quite different in the Backwaters, Thekkady, Kerala, India.
A view of the desolate landscape of the Gilf Kebir Area (South Western Desert of Egypt). The nearest source for natural water is more than 600 km away.
An Aglais ai (Dagpauwvlinder) butterfly eating from one of his favourite flowers (Vordenstein, Schoten).
These two friends are arranging craftily a date... Pahalgam, Kashmir, India.
In a minute I'll fly like a bird high up in the sky...
My first impression of South America... Willemstad a tropical island just before hitting the coastline.
I think there's chicken on the menu...
My two Ecuadorian girlfriends...
The Mojanda crater at Otavalo, Ecuador. I didn't succeed the climb to the top of the rim. This snapshot is taken from the place where I gave up... The weather-cast promised thunder and lightning, luckily it stayed dry for the whole day.
Quito (Ecuador) seen from the Pinchincha Volcano. The clouds broke open after arriving at about 4000 m height. Few hours later and after a good walk it started to get darker. Just back in time at the teleferico to go down because it started to rain, thunder and lightning. However I didn't get wet because it stopped raining when I've put the raincoat on...
The Napo river near Tena in the Amazon Rainforest... Rain , thunder and lightning in the morning and evening but luckily not when we're out!
My new girlfriend from Banos, Ecuador...
Banos Cathedral by night (Ecuador).
The Tungurahua volcano (more than 5000m height) revealed his summit only for a few minutes today. It’s one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the Geophysical Institute warned in May 2016 for a new eruptive phase.
Up to Riobambo, Ecuador.
I made it... The Chimborazo Volcano near Riobamba, Ecuador.
I made it... The Chimborazo Volcano near Riobamba, Ecuador.
As photographer one must have an eye for everything no? A local young woman near Cuenca, Ecuador.
The gang of Cuenca, Ecuador.
Today a walk of several hours at the El Cajas National Park near Cuenca (Ecuador). There are more than 230 lakes at an altitude of up to 4500m. I earned a beer tonight...
After successful hiking in the highlands i earned a good rest... Vilcabamba in Ecuador and for a change... 29°C...
Hiking in the mountains of Vilcabamba... 7 hours and 20km later I earned a beer and I'm sure I'll sleep well. I don't know how I'll feel tomorrow...
Searching for gold in the Napo river. Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.
People eat and enjoy ice cream on every corner of the street in South America. Unfortunately for us, European, it's the fastest way to get sick!
On the witches' market at Chiclayo, Peru....
A beautiful red bird is looking carefully if I'm not intruding in his territory (Chiclaya, Peru).
A view to the Ocean just after sunset. Huanchaco, Peru.
Two friends.... a Peruvian Hairless dog and a cat; the guards at the Huaca del la Luna temple at Trujillo, Peru.
A desert alike landscape. A snapshot taken from the Pan-American Highway somewhere between Trujillo and Lima the capital of Peru.
Searching for sand... Huanchaco near Trujillo, Peru
Love on the rock.... Ballastas Islands near Ica, Peru.
A fantastic wild landscape at the Balastas Islands near Ica, Peru.
Three wise Inca man mummified in a grave at Chaucilla near Nasca, Peru.
A snapshot of the desert near Nasca. In the background we see one of the highest sand dunes (>2700m) of the world.
Those who work hardest earn the lowest wage (25 Soles or 6 Euro a day). This is also true in Arequipa, Peru. This man is 84 years (young) and is making bricks for all his life. Only on Sunday he leaves this open cast quarry on the feet of the volcano and goes to the local market to buy food. I think he will die in this position because he’s not able to stand up straight anymore.
Three volcanoes on one line... The middle one, Sabancaya, is an active stratovolcano (5976m) in the Andes of Southern Peru. The last eruption took place in 1994 and the snapshot is made from a height of more than 4900m.
A local bus driving up the back streets of Arequipa, Peru.
This big fellow was begging to me for fish... Luckily this happened in the harbour of Arica (Chili) where many fisherman were cleaning their catch of fish.
A view to the Blue Lagoon at Salar de Uyuni, part of the Altiplano of Bolivia. This lake has been formed during the uplift of the Andes Mountain.
The vicuna is the smallest wild camel that lives in the high alpine areas of the Andes. They produce small amounts of very soft wool every three years. For that reason they were heavily hunted but today the vicuna is protected by law. Vicunas are very shy and live in family-based groups made up of a male and five to 15 females.
This looks as it is a very important discussion. However the woman at the left doesn't show any interest. Potosi, Bolivia.
This image is taken yesterday in Potosi, Bolivia. I don't put any comment, I'll leave this all up to your inspiration...
A view to the Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), the world largest salt flat at an altitude of approximately 3600 meters above sea level. The water is only an optical illusion and the thickness of the salt varies from 7 to 10 meters on most places.
Street life in Potosi.... Unfortunately people don't want to be photographed! Have a closer look to the left woman :--)
There are a lot of dogs on the streets in South. America and i avoid them as much as possible. But these hairless dogs have my attention...
A snapshot of Lake Titicaca which is the largest lake of South America and lies at an altitude of 3810 meters (Bolivia and Peru).
Old woman photographed near the local market at Puno, Peru.
The Uros are floating islands in LakeTiticaca (Peru). They are made of totora reeds and are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. According to their legends, they existed before the sun, when the earth was still dark and cold..In the far background we see the city of Puno.
A snapshot to the mountain seen from the Altiplano somewhere between Puno and Cusco (Peru).
Guinea Pig is the national dish for Peru and it can be compared with fe. rabbit by us where it also kept together with chicken. It’s said to be very delicious but I promised someone not to try it. With its 142 little bones it’s quite a task to eat and it helped me to keep my promise!
Waiting for the bus... Could be anywhere in South America. Public transportation is excellent and always on time.
Of course Peru is not complete without Macchu Pichu, one of the seven wonders of the world…
Arriving home in one of Antwerp's most beautiful monuments is almost like going back to holiday... The Central Station of Antwerp is judged as the fourth greatest and awarded as the most beautiful station worldwide.
Beauties from the garden...
A woman from Nagaland, India. The photo is taken during the Hornbill Festival in Kohima.
There's obvious no welfare in South America... as you can see people live on the streets.
Many music connoisseurs believe that Bark, this Belgian metal band, is going to make it in the next couple of years. On stage at the Antwerp Metalfest earlier this year.
Quito the capital city of Ecuador is dramatically situated, hemmed in by mountain peaks and often concealed by gray mist. With the telefériqo it's easy and fast to reach the mountainous flanks of the Volcan Pichincha (4680m) which is here on the backside. In the far distance we can see a part of the modern city.
Why are these hummingbirds so difficult to photograph?
A surreal 'super'-moon behind the Amazon rain forest and photographed from the Napo river in Equador.
When there's no sun for days and when it's always raining it might be a good day to escape to 'fantasy world'.
The jungle seen from the Napo River (Ecuador).
This looks like an underground water world. In fact this is an old abandoned mine passage to the copper extracting area deep down a mountain somewhere in Devon, England. At the end we see a flooded shaft that goes deeper but is only accessible for fish.
This is Melanie from Riobamba (Ecuador). She's coming from the local mercado and always in a hurry...
This is the grandchild of Melanie. Jamie is hungry and desperately waiting for her mammy in Riabamba (Ecuador).
I found Jamie's mammy sleeping somewhere on another step. Live is very hard in Ecuador :-)
The Bolivian Altiplano is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingos. We see here some James's flamingos in the Laguna Colorada, south of the Uyuni Salar at a height of 4270 meters.
This gentle man has been photographed at the market in Otavalo, Ecuador. He didn't make any objection for the photo and didn't ask for anything. I payed him a non-alcoholic drink as a present...
This will happen when you make too much noise ! Bac-Ha- Market, Northern Vietnam.
The white hunter... not dangerous when well-fed...
This is another friendly man from Nagaland, India. Better not to make trouble with him because the Naga's were famous warriors and headhunters not so long ago...
I didn't take long before Nathalie Meskens turned the concert hall in fire with her new show 'Meskens in Motown'. Surrounded with the best musicians she brought the best soul to live on stage in sold out concert hall an Merksem (Antwerp).
A panoramic view to the Chimborazo Volcano. With his 6310 meter it's the highest mountain of Ecuador. It's a very difficult climb to reach the crater and it takes at least three days to do it. I made it to 5100 meter in one day :--).
A nice view to a parabolic sand dune in the desert of Egypt. Gilf Kebir near the Aqaba Pass, South-West Egypt.
You don't have to buy a bread to get a smile. The market in Banos, Ecuador.
Happy family on the borders of the Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
It's always nice to travel with friends... Thuy-Phu, Vietnam..
Yesterday I received a very touching and kind reaction on my post. Today I give a beautiful flower to everybody as appreciation!
Hans Mortelmans and Group is already active for more than 10. Yesterday they present their new album 'Zand' in Merksem and brought a rough musical sketch in various colors with a glimpse of Caribbean sun and European folk.
A panoramic view to the Izhcayluma mountain near Vilcabamba, Ecuador.
'Les Truttes' celebrated this year their 20th anniversary with a complete musical spectacle called Elephantastic. Although it's a cover band you just have to close your eyes to hear Bono, Meat Loaf or any other rock band of the past decennia. The complete group showed so much energy and dedication that the concert hall of Merksem turned into flames from the first minute to the last second. It was an evening that I will not easily forget and I'm looking forward to their next show 'The Empire Strikes Black' in 2017 !
This is the reason why the streets are so clean in the cities of Ecuador....
The 'Groenplaats' is beside the 'Grote Markt' one of the most famous squares in the old centre of Antwerp (Belgium). The picture is taken yesterday on a cold dry night. The cathedral is on the left and the 'Rubens' statue on the right. Both are not visible but maybe more important is the publicity of the finest Belgian chocolate...
Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) is the world largest salt flat at an altitude of approximately 3600 meters above sea level. The thickness of the salt varies from 7 to 10 meters on most places. The mineralogical name of salt is halite and as one can see it crystallizes in the cubic system. The specimen has been collected near Isla Incahuasi, an island in the salt flat and photographed in my lab. It is not ready for consuming (too big) but if you're desperate for salt you can grind it and use it in the kitchen...
A salt lake in the Bolivian Altiplano near Uyuni at a height of about 4200 meters.
An old but happy and friendly Rabari gypsy woman from Rajasthan, India. The golden headgear and nose ring are part of the dowry and they will wear it for the rest of their life. The weight of such a headpin is only 5 grams...
Nele Bauwens and Ben Segers, actor and known from different TV programs brought with their 'Out of the Blues' a wide variety of music going from a quiet modest beauty to a solid blues. A splendid performance and an enjoyable evening to remember in the concert hall of ccMerksem .
This is an image for the Belgian TV-program called: 'What if? ...' ... What if.... these dogs could talk ?... Photo taken in Huanchaco, Peru.
Home Sweet Home... Old town of Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
A view to one of the 230 lakes of the El Cajas National Park near Cuenca, Ecuador.
Llama on the run.... (Riobamba, Ecuador).
An attractive image from Vordenstein Park (Schoten, Belgium). Unfortunately it was too cold to see the little gnomes.
A train machinist in Ecuador...
One of the better performances in 2016 for me was Clement Peerens Explosition at Linkerwoofer. We see the drummer and guitarist Lady Dave (Aram Van Ballaert) greeting the public.
Alpacas graze on the level heights of the Andes and are bred for their fiber which is used for making knitted and woven items. Alpacas are social herd animals that live in family groups, they are cute but they are also served for their meat which is quite delicious.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
A clinic in Lima, Peru... the name says it all !
Quite impressive when this flies above your head... Ballastas Islands near Ica, Peru.
The Masaï women, also called Queen of the Savanna are a proud and dignified people. They are free to choose their partners and the child that's coming out of it is included in the family and raised by her husband. This woman has been photographed at her village in the Umba Valley (Tanzania) near the Kenyan border.
Merry Christmas... Let's pray all for a peaceful 2017...
Preparing the Christmas Menu. Mae Chan, Thailand.
Live can be boring ... or perhaps they had an argument... Loja, Ecuador.
A view to the Sabancaya volcano (5926m) seen from the Altiplano somewhere between Arequipa and Chivay, Peru. This stratovolcano is one of the most active Peruvian volcanoes.
Nono... this is not photographed on Mars and it isn't the Cryptonite factory. The image has been taken just outside Arequipa in Peru and is the biggest cement factory of the country.
Nono... not again and not now my dear ! I'm tired, I sleep and I have headaches...
Hello... are you ready for 2017 ?