AMSTERDAM AUTUMN – splashes of colour and colourful splashes

We'll be sorry to say 'Tot ziens'.

We’ll be sorry to say ‘Tot ziens’ to our Vondelpark.

We’re coming to the end of our European stay for the year. The days are getting shorter and chillier. Usually we’re well back in the swelter of a Sydney summer by now, so it’s been a bonus to be here to see the autumn in.

Amsterdam isn’t New England or Canada. There are few maple trees turning glorious red, so the prevailing autumn colours here are those of the elms, poplars and plane trees – yellow and brown, the prevailing Dutch drizzle soon turning fallen leaves to grey sludge on the paths.

But this year’s weather has been unusually mild, so taking the camera for a stroll through the Vondelpark is rewarded with a few colourful snaps…

Of course the bikes are still there.

Of course the bikes are still there.

The visitors are still taking selfies.

The visitors are still taking selfies.

The low sun angle shows off the fountains to their best advantage.

The low sun angle shows off the fountains to their best advantage.

The Vondelkerk points up over the lakes.

The Vondelkerk points up over the lakes.

I don't know what those red trees are called...

I don’t know what those red trees are called; tell me if you can identify them…

...but I love them anyway.

…but I love them anyway.

The Schinkel, the canal that passes our apartment is not colourful, but still beautiful.

The Schinkel, the canal that passes our apartment, is not colourful, but still beautiful any time of year.

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10 responses to “AMSTERDAM AUTUMN – splashes of colour and colourful splashes

  1. Richard,
    You are lucky, Fall is always too short here.
    Enjoy the Sydney warmth, if you have any excess, send it to the upper Mid-West.

  2. Angela Highstead

    Beautiful photos Richard. Thank you. Off the blog goes to the ‘Dutchies’ in Glasshouse and Sydney. They are old enough now to become sentimental about reminders of their childhood.

    rjglaser. 41C in Sydney I believe……….tooooo hot.

  3. Looks like a dreamland to me!

  4. kevinmayne

    Beautiful.

    Brace yourself for that Sydney cycling too, I bet it is an annual shock to the system.

  5. Nick

    Hi Richard,

    I’ve stumbled onto your blog and it is great! The red trees are Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum).

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