Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice

It is summer and I am enjoying every opportunity to ride my race bike. It is about enjoying endurance sports and relaxation, as contradictory as it seems, because I choose scenic destinations along the water or through the farm fields, close to Mother Nature, as it is extremely relaxing.

And for that my choice for today’s challenge is Still Life.

I left Amsterdam heading north through Waterland, an environmentally protected area, which offers a cycle path along the Ij lake. From there I went through the farms crossing some villages and returned to the path along the water.

I stopped at a familiar place, which is always empty, where I usually stop before heading back home, to enjoy the sight of the Marken lake. This time I wasn’t alone as I saw people sunbathing and several windsurfers taking advantage of a day with wind force 20-26 knots. I surely felt its power while going up north against the wind.

I stayed there for a long time watching the surfers and wishing I had been doing the same. I wasn’t alone admiring them.

As the wind got stronger I left the place, not forgetting to stop 6 km later to buy organic ice-cream from a lovely 80 years old farmer.

It was another beautiful and relaxing day.


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I am joining Lens and Pens by Sally, who hosts each Monday the Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. 

Shot with an iPhone5.

The schedule theme for this week’s challenge is: Challenger’s Choice


 Thanks for visiting!

41 thoughts on “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice

  1. ‘Still Life’ is a wonderful choice for the challenge. Absolute tranquility with gorgeous colors and a beautiful boat. And the gallery holds so many treats. Loved the action of the windsurfers and the contrasts in your street photo of the woman against the maroon door. Excellent. So nice to see you having a lovely summer.

  2. We’re experiencing high winds today, too, Lucile. Not sure if my husband’s bike group will be riding tonight or not. Chicago is notorious for its wind and it can make biking rather difficult. Thanks for sharing these wonderful views. Just wish I could have the ice cream as well. 🙂


    • Well,as I understood, your husband is a pro biker and they are fearless! I am careful about strong winds and refer to ride at maximum 16 knots. I have once broke a vertebra in my neck and for that, riding against the wind causes unnecessary pain.
      I am happy you liked the views. I love this route and do it very often, I must confess that the ice cream is a bonus at the end!
      If I could I would send some to you!

  3. So relaxing.. Happy to see that you can enjoy this beautiful Indian Summer. The tourist Office should definitely pay you for your beautiful posts, one can tell how much you like it there:) Thanks again for sharing!

  4. Organic ice cream from an 80 year old farmer? I WANT! Ah, this place looks so beautiful and peaceful. Beautiful photos, Lucile, of what sounds like it was a beautiful day.

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