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Autumn blues

Last weekend I walked the last stretch of the “Overijssels Havezatenpad”, the long-distance walking path that made me discover a lot of landscapes near my own home over the last year and a half that I hardly knew. From the “Weerribben” I came back on the “high” land around Steenwijk. The Weerribben were boring and there even were hardly any geese or other birds to enliven the area; I definitely liked the area around Steenwijk much better, because… it looked like Twente. And I was not even born in Twente! Still I prefer the fields with trees around them and the (very) low hills to the flat wetlands. The cows were a nice welcome, as well.

On the other hand, this being the last part of the walk put me in a ‘goodbye’ mood, strengthened by the beginning autumn. The picture with the completely dried-out corn waiting to be harvested and the skeleton of a small windmill symbolised that autumn feeling. If you’d print it a little darker and with more saturation than the original colours, it might look like a 21st century version of Van Gogh’s last painting, the one with the crows. and that association made it even more of a goodbye!

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