"... Who in the land is fairest of all?" by steppeland

"... Who in the land is fairest of all?" by 

Hoge Dijk-collection
Amsterdam-Abcoude, the Netherlands

Great Crested Grebe ( Wikipedia ) – seems to be fascinated by it’s own reflection in the water… :)

Great Crested Grebe is on the IUCN list of threatened species – Status: least concern.

Earth Keepers
Because of the beauty shown in this picture:
SAFE our waterlands and PROTECT our birds!

The “Hoge Dijk” (High Dike)
is a natural area in the South of Amsterdam SouthEast, adjacent to Abcoude ( Google Maps )
There are large water parts and lots of reed lands and low bushes, and wooded area’s.
Just like the Reed Corner (Riethoek) it’s a very precious natural ecosystem close to the highly populated neighbourhoods of Amsterdam SouthEast.

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/60 sec, f. unknown mm
focal length 300 mm , ISO 200
Date: Nov. 06, 2010

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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
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 3 years ago

    beautiful and dream like…..georgie

  • Thank you so much, Georgie, for the great compliment and fav. Glad you like this image!

    – steppeland

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thank you so much, Cathy, for the kind comment!

    – steppeland

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    I love this Steppe.They are beautiful birds.I don’t see many here.

  • Thanks a lot, Jamie! Oh, they are quite common here – no canal, river, or lake without it’s own couple of Grebes – Not numerous though – I think that their territory is quite large, and they stay in couples or small groups. Add to that that they are rather shy birds. They keep their distance, and they can dive and swim underwater for quite some distance – That all doesn’t make it easier to get a good shot of them. It’s one of my favourite birds and I still hope to once be able to photograph them while doing their courtships dance. Saving for a stronger tele-lens, and a lot of exercise and practice still needed ;)

    – steppeland

  • dansLesprit
    dansLespritover 3 years ago

    The water ripples are otherworldly and I am equally fascinated by the birds reflection.

  • Thank you so much for your great comment!

    – steppeland

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Such a terrific beautiful work my friend, I love all you have arrangement; yes my winner of the day:)
    Hug someone you love everyday, you’ll feel amazing result.
    Best regards,

  • Aww, thank you so much, Sunny, you are always so kind with your comments! A big hug to you too! :D

    – steppeland

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you, Ann! :D

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, Ray!

    – steppeland

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    22 August 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Thank you, Konstantinos!

    – steppeland

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