Posing in a tulip field with the bike, Bollenstreek area north of the Hague. We spent about a month in the "Low Countries" - Belgium, Luxembourg, and Netherlands, known collectively as the Benelux countries.
Leaving Tampa Bay on a 16-day Atlantic crossing.
First stop was Bermuda, where we found these White-tailed Tropicbirds
Antigua Anole, an introduced species to Bermuda.
White-eyed Vireo, a common neotropical bird
Our ship in port, Bermuda
At sea, a Northern Gannet
A square in Saint Malo, France, our first stop after 7 full days at sea.
Fortifications, old-town Saint Malo
Panorama of Saint Malo from a fort on an adjacent island
Rotterdam, Netherlands, end of the transatlantic cruise.
The Great Tit, a common European bird.
We rented this campervan and depended on the ubiquitous campgrounds throughout the Benelux countries.
Looking for birds, De Meinweg National Park
A campground by a lake, Robertville, Belgium
Lynn at the hIgh point of Belgium
We came to Troisvierges, Luxembourg to find the highest point in the country. Somebody has to do it.
The high point of Luxembourg near Troisvierges
A Long-tailed Tit.
High Point of Netherlands, and the junction of 3 countries.
The left foot is in the Netherlands, the right in Germany, and the right hand in Belgium.
A common Shelduck, a striking duck.
On one of the famous dikes of the Netherlands.
Fields in Zuid Zeeland
Pheasants are very common in the Netherlands
A female Ring-necked (Common) Pheasant.
A gaggle of Shelducks.
Egyptian Geese, a non-native species that is expanding.
A mute swan on her nest.
A small windmill in the Bollenstreek (Bulb area)
One of tens of varieties of tulips in the Bollenstreek.
There are nearly a dozen different types of tulips in this field.
Workers in the tulip fields.
Catching a train to return from our ride in the Bollenstreek.
A parking lot in the Hague. The Dutch take cycling very seriously. Obesity is rare here.
Vermeer's stunning "Girl with a Pearl Earring".
More Dutch masters' paintings in a small museum in the Hague.
A Van Gogh painting, showing his later Pointelle style.
Crossing a river on a ferry.
The Kinderdijk, a famous site where traditional windmills are preserved. INCREDIBLY popular with tourists.
A Blue Tit
Barnacle geese and horses in Friesland
Taking the ferry to Schiermonnikoog Island
The Tufted Duck, yet another life bird for us.
On Schiermonnikoog Island, a Dutch national park.
Eurasian Jackdaw, a common Corvid in Europe.
Automobiles are not permitted (except for residents) on Schiermonnikoog Island.
A whale bone gateway in Schiermonnikoog
The village of Schiermonnikoog.
Memorial to the workers who built the longest dike in the world across the North Sea. Looking at this makes my back hurt.
Afsluitdijk, the dike that secured the Netherlands from disastrous floods and allowed continued development of new land.
Tulip Fields north of Amsterdam
Have you seen enough tulip photos yet?
Typical terrain north of Amsterdam.
Zaanse Schans, near Zaandam
Exploring the working windmills of Zaanse Schans. This one produces powdered dyes.
Exploring the working windmills of Zaanse Schans
Hanging out in Amsterdam for a day.
Boats and bikes, Amsterdam
A Great Crested Grebe near our hotel.
Another Mute Swan showing off.
Crossing the E. coast of Ireland, about to land in Dublin on our 24-hour journey home.