The white house & watermill in Sonsbeek Park
On the left side of this Water Mill house which dates from the 15 th Century ,is a wooden Waterwheel Mill where the buckets will fill with water and then the weight of the fallen water will make the energy for the wooden mechanism and this is how the Mills were run.The water came from the
''Jansbeek '' or '' Johnscreek.''
This is just a beautiful shot of the fall colours.
I really like this shot it has my favorite woman in this pictcure and it has a nice shot of the
incredible beautiful fall colours that were in the trees ,it looks just about half peak time for the trees to show the colours of their leaves before the winds will blow them off the trees.I guess early October is beautiful time of the year.
Looks like Lori is in having great fun here, with her new camera.
THE EUSEBIUS TOWER
The Eusebius Tower lift glides soundlessly upwards towards the melodious seven-toned bells, then on to the Eusbius Carillon, the most extensive in Europe. At 73 metres, there is the belvedere. The view is breathtaking in all directions. The "Bridge too Far", the outline of Arnhem's medieval city gates and the fine countryside stretching all the way to Germany.
THE EUSBIUS CARILLON
The EUSEBIUS CARILLON is the heaviest carillon in the Netherlands. Paul stopped the lift to where the big bell was and Hans got out and rang that bell. The sound was just totally awesome and you could actually feel your body vibrate.
A Bridge too Far
The Market Garden plan got 10,000 men to the mission of capturing bridges over the rivers Rhine, Maas ,and Waal which were held by Germans and it was "a bridge too far".
In September 17 1944 the British 2nd parachutists battalion of Lt. Colonel John Frost arrived to the bridge ( now called the John Frost Bridge) which they were suppose to defense for 48 hours ,then other troops would arrive too. Unfortunately it wasn’t a successful battle and the expected help never made it to Arnhem. After four days of the battle a very few soldiers that survived became prisoners.
The bridge you see now is the same bridge. Every year veterans are coming to Arnhem and Oosterbook for the commemoration.
Read the story of battle of Arnhem written by John Frost, who survived the war and returned home in the Spring of 1945. John Frost's story (click General and then Battle of Arnhem)Related to:
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The chimps , an important contribution to science
In 1971 Burgers' zoo and the university of Utrecht brought together a group of chimpanzees on a large island.
Till that time that wasn't done. It was new , because zoo's considered these animals as dangerous. They where mostly kept alone or as a couple in small cages.
The beginning was hard for the group. None of the animals where used living in a social group. Especially raising up the youngster . It is so that how smarter an animal is how more they have to learn. Young chimpanzees learn from there mother and other groupmembers how to raise a baby.
When the group had their 25th birthday a little book was published with funny storys that had happened during this period.
-Altough Arnhem chimpanzees have lived in a group from around 30 animals , they do know each others names. When the keepers shouts a name to throw some food at the chimps , the others move fast to sit near that animal.
-there was an experiment going on , the chimps had to place different volumes on each other to reach for some food. When the saw where the food was coming from , they simply had build a bridge over the water.
Please read 'chimpanseepolitiek' 'chimps politics' by Frans de Waal , a highly readable book with a family saga in it - completely based on the research of the Arnhem chimp group.Related to:
Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla is the scientific name of this species. The gorillas shown in Burgers' are western lowland gorillas and the most ommon.
habitat : they live in the forest of west africa. They are highly endangered.
In Arnhem when i visited there was a group of 7 individuals. One dominant male and 3 females with their youngsters. The group is doing well. They got a spacious island outside where you can admire them when you are in a cage.
Here the male is often find near the public. He is more the macho type of man and he doesn't like his females to be too close near the public and the windows. A great opportunity to take pictures.Related to:
The desert was founded in 1994 and is an imitation of a desert in Arizona , North America. Ittries to give an idea how life is in the sonora desert.
This desert as you might think doesn't only contain sand , but has mainly rocks in it.
The animals found here are highly adjusted to the large temperature differences and often active during nighttime.
In this 7500 square meters ecosystem you will find red lynx , different species of birds , snakes , sheep (ovis canadensis california)...
You can also spot fossils...
Also the rule here is , keep quit and look attentively..
In a corner you can also sit for a drink and some rest.
Me , what I like the most are the free flying birds (caracara - polyborus plancus) , and many large cactuses in a natural setting.Related to:
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White tailed eagle..
The sea eagle is EUROPE's most impressive bird of prey. (the largest).
With his wings from 200cm-250cm length it was quit a sensation to see him fly.
In western Europe he became extinct because of polution , agriculture poison , hunt and the lost of their natural habitat.
This species is quit special since they are the only ones that like to live near eachother socially.
Now they where reintroduced in scotland succesfully , but with a lot of effort.
For now in the Netherlands you will have to go to Burgers' zoo to see these birds.Related to:
This is a picture of Hans at the entrance to a little area where the waterfalls go over the rocks. It is pretty neat to see the cascade of water right before your eyes. It's pretty wet and slippery on the rocks in there, so watch your step.Related to:
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The fountains of Arnhem's parks
Within the many parks in Arnhem, the beauty actually lays in the presence of water. Sonsbeek and Zijpendaal parks (the largest within the town's centre) have the Jansbeek (Jan's creek) running through it "falling down" from the higher grounds of the "Veluwe". Within the ponds that have been constructed in the running of this creek, fountains make the water even more present then it already is. And ... don;t forget that all the green that's surrounding you wouldn't excist if it was not for the water!
The "Singels", a green circle around the centre
Where once there used to be the old city wall and around that the defensive canal, now-a-days cars are running along the circular road around Arnhem centre. One way against the clocks direction. But luckely Arnhem made this road wide and the middle part green. Trees and flowerbeds, as well as fields with ponds and especially wonderful fountains.
Take a boattrip from Arnhem on the Rhine
A trip on the river Rhine is a very wonderful thing. The green fields and forests that gently pass by, while the sun is shining on you and a cool breeze is going through your hair.
There are several possibilities. Rivercruises from Rotterdam to Switzerland anchor in Arnhem, but also short daytrips are possible from here. To Nijmegen, Zutphen or Kleve (Germany) for example, or just a couple of hours floating by my hometown.
On the Rhinekay near the "new" bridge is the largest shippingline in Arnhem: Heijmen. On the other side of the bridge as well as on the other bank of the river, there's: Scheers.
About the first you can read more under "local customs".
View from the old and new bridge
Arnhem is best to be remembered when viewing the town from either the new or the old bridge. Then one sees the river Rhine and watches over the buildings along the Rhine-kays towards the Eusebius-churchtower that summits above everything else. Towards the South the green riverlands that are a huge contrast to the citycentres houses and officeblocks. To the West one sees the KEMA-telecommunicationstower rising out the green hills that stretch out to the "Veluwe"-forests. Next to it is the dome of the prison clearly visible. To the East one might see with clear weather the third bridge in a wide curve crossing the Rhine.
Landscape - "Nederrijn" = The Lower Rhine
Arnhem and the Rhine go a long way back, but not many know that Arnhem didn't start along the Rhine at all. The first settlements were along the little stream called "Jansbeek" that now-a-days still runs through the Sonsbeek-park. Only in the middel ages the citizens of Arnhem decided that their growing town should be on the banks of the river Rhine that was running few kilometres South. The Arnhemmers started digging a wide curved canals thus bringing the river to it's gates. Now also a harbour could be built and the city florished like never before.
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