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Rainy Day – walk
Netherlands – Amersfoort
Heiligenbergerbeek NS-hiking path (Dec.9, 2008)

Going for a hike is a favourite pastime in the Netherlands. No wonder that so many hike-routes are described and signed, so that it is easy for people to follow the route.
For me personally: nothing as inspiring as picking up my camera and gear, and setting out for a hike, be it here right in my own neighbourhood, or a little further away… With the camera in hand, I discover beauty with every step I go! :)

These pics were made during an early morning winter walk in Amersfoort the Netherlands – Two weeks before the “Frozen world – walk”, Stephan, a photographer friend and myself the first part of this same hiking path… Most of it in the streaming rain… :(

This photo
The dikes are such a typical feature in the Dutch landscape… often, large parts are fenced, so that sheep can roam freely on them… :)

When the sheep doomed up before us on the path, surrounded by these majestic oaks, it felt to me as is we were walking into another world all together, another realm…

Misty, wet, dark and moody weather, but awesome scenery… Hope you still enjoy… (we did!) ;) …

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Pentax 18-55 lens – Exposure 1/45 sec, focal length 55, ISO 400 – no flash
Views: 2635 – Favorites: 28 (Jan. 5, 2014)

Featured and top10 placements
Featured in Playful photographic animals (Nov. 16, 2009)
Featured in Rural around the globe (Nov. 17, 2009)
Top 10 placement in Groups of animals by Mood and ambience – group (Nov 24, 2009)
Top10 placement in Walkways with an Animal by Which Way (Dec 3, 2009)
Featured in Best from around the barnyard (Dec 6, 2009)
Featured in High quality images: Furry and featured friends (July 31, 2010)
Top10 placement in A country scene – Quality Unlimited Photography (August 1, 2010)
Top10 placement in Picturesque Scene – Even-toed ungulates (March 18, 2011)
Featured in Your country’s best (April 20, 2011)
Featured in Image writing (Apr. 21, 2011)
Top 10 in Hiking and walking paths – Which Way (June 29, 2011)
Featured in Weekly theme challenges (Aug. 2, 2011)
Top10 in letter S – Alphabeth soup (Nov. 19, 2011)
Featured in You big softy (Jan. 12, 2013)
Featured in Even-toed Ungulates (feb. 2, 2013)
Featured in 100% (Jan. 5, 2014)
Top10 in Sheep – Absolute Clarity (Jan. 15, 2014)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups, and to everyone who voted in the challenges! :)

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Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 5 years ago

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 5 years ago

    Excellent composition and capture! The one is waiting for you!

  • You should have seen them jump and disappear between the trees as soon as we started moving again after our first long-distance shots lmao… They didn’t trust us at all! LOL – thanks Kim!

    – steppeland

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertabout 5 years ago

    Terriffic shot! Wonderful work!

  • Thanks a lot, Ruth! Glad you like it! :)

    – steppeland

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    How beautiful. You live in such a wonderful place. x

  • Actually, we do, Lori… The danger is that we get used to it, and don’t see the beauty any more… But then, a camera helps a lot! :D
    Thank you for your kind comment and for the fav!

    – steppeland

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    this is great!!!!

  • Thanks, Dé – glad you think so. I must admit that I love this pic very much too! :) – and thank you for the fav as well! :)

    – steppeland

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot for your visit, fav and kind comment, Heloisa! I really appreciate it a lot, and am happy you like my work!

    – steppeland

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 5 years ago

    love it !

  • Thank you so much for the fav and kind comment, Lucindawind. I appreciate it a lot! :)

    – steppeland

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeabout 5 years ago

    This just struck me as so incredibly beautiful for some reason. What a lovely hike, and such cute sheep!

  • I really appreciate that, digitalmidge. Thank you for this personal comment… Yes, this image really speaks very vividly to me too! Thank you so much for the fav.

    – steppeland

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot, Catherine! Much appreciated! :)

    – steppeland

  • Smaragd
    Smaragdabout 5 years ago

    How brave of you to go for a hike in streaming rain. A girl has to do something to get the opportunity off a great picture. I like this one!

  • Say that! Well, we did hope that it would stop and get better… but it only got worse – haha… Thanks! Glad you like it! ;)

    – steppeland

  • – steppeland

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