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Dagblad van het Noorden faalt..!

Erg jammer dat ze niet om mijn toestemming gevraagd hebben. Want zoals het artikeltje nu geschreven is, lijkt het alsof ons Drentse spel blokgooien helemaal geen Drents spel is.. Verder wil ik ook nog helemaal geen media aandacht, behalve dan de tekst wat voor DitIsRoden is aangeleverd.

Dus voor de duidelijkheid: Ik heb geen toestemming gegeven voor het stukje/artikeltje. Voor mijn eigen genoegdoening maken ze gelukkig zelf een enorme schrijffout om de afkorting UNESCO aan te duiden als 'Unseco'.. 

+Dagblad van het Noorden ....  :-(  Volgende keer even bellen..
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De Unesco heeft het aloude Drentse blokgooien erkend als Immaterieel Erfgoed. Het spel wordt in delen van de provincie nog in ere gehouden, onder meer in en rond Roden en Westerbork. Eigenlijk is het een Nedersaksisch gebruik dat in Groningen bekendstaat als ‘kaaibakken', in Friesland als ‘piksjitten' en in Overijssel als ‘butken'.

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I found a photo of this former chapel first (, and then went out looking for it.. The blog: 

The location and source of the image:
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Good day. (Old)  #NedersaksischWordOfTheDay : Ros

Dutch: ros
NDS: peerd
English: precious, noble (combat) horse (stallion/steed)

This is the first time I am using an NDS word that's not even used anymore in current day speech.. So technically, it's not even NDS at all.. ;-P But as it seems, ros is indeed Old Saxon by origin: hros. Compare Old Frisian: hors and hoars.

The image below depicts the heraldry and the colours of the medieval Saxons. It used to be a black stallion on a yellow field, when Widukind was still unconverted. There are still coats of arms and flags around that refer to previous Saxon territory, such as the flag of Nedersaksen (Niedersachsen), Twente (NL) and even Kent (UK). The flag of Drenthe only carries the Saxon colours.
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Very interesting +Rudy de Groot   Thanks, I was wondering about the "p".  

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These bright red blobs of the rode heidelucifer are no larger than the head of a sewing pin.. :-O These lichen are the most primitive (and pioneering) forms of life on our planet earth.

Cladonia floerkeana

The Dutch name ('red heather matchstick') should not be confused with the 'Devil's Matchstick' / Pilophorus acicularis, which are not red but black.
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Mushroom or Fungus?

Technically, they are both. The mushroom (only known in Dutch as toadstool / paddestoel) is the upper surface (the 'fruit' part) of the fungi, which is underneath the soil. Fungus is basically just mold.

This shot was created with the camera on the ground, on manual and with timed shutter. As the horizon was not straight I had to straighten the photo afterwards and as all you photographers out there know, this will do damage to the overall quality. So I enhanced it with RawTherapee by adding contrast and detail in the shadows and added a vignette.
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Hee.. Dank, +Lammert Doddema ;-)  Ik denk dat die paddestoelen denken dat het herfst is in verband met die enorme hoeveelheid regen van afgelopen weekend, maandag en dinsdag 's morgens.. ;-)
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Heideklokkie..!  (Gentiana pneumonanthe)

Heideklokkie is the name in my language (Drents) for what the Dutch call klokjesgentiaan. Heide = heather and klok = bell. You could call the plant 'typically Drents' because it grows on acidic and sandy soils, on moist heathlands.

On the outer side, the plant hosts the eggs of one of the most beautiful coloured tiny butterflies I have (sparsely) ever seen, the 'alcon blue'. Known in Dutch under the name of gentiaanblauwtje, which has wings with the same colour as the flower.

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The butterfly:
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Een klok die klinkt en een heideroosje die zingt, +Jeany Woabinni en +Jacq van de Putte-Hage ;-) Ik kom er trouwens achter dat er meer Drentse namen zijn voor het heideklokkie:
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For +Artistic Google (Spain Week) curated by +Jan McCartney +Penelope Taylor and +Rob Robinson 

The Green Hotel

I found a Dutch site mentioning that Santillana del Mar should be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Unfortunately, the Streetview car could not access the pedestrian area. Fortunately (if you have Google Earth), 360 Cities Panoramas are available in the center village and are worthwhile to view. Choosing this hotel was merely fun instead of artistic but I learned a great deal more about Gimp's retouching capabilities..

A fun thing to do is go to the Streetview location of this image and take a few steps back (SE) on the same road. You will notice a 'Time Morph' of the hotel in the days that it was still visible (and with that, bug-free)... ;)

The location and source of the image can be found in the Photo Details section when you click on the image. Then scroll down for the Google Map, click on it and zoom in to get to streetview.
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Traffic sign pollution..!!

Photographers like to capture raw, unspoiled nature scenes. So why is that stupid sign so dominantly present...? :-O There should be a law against it.. !!  ;-P Anyone who agrees, please plus this post.. ;-)

Captured in this photo is the fagus sylvatica purpurea ;-)
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np! , it's a busy week in RL for me too ;):S

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Broad casting the sunset..!

The sun is going down earlier and earlier.. It's 20:31 in this photo..
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Thank you, +Leo Deegan .. ;-)

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Because it's small here in the Netherlands, we have to have everything organized. Including hiking trails / walking paths. The left is a long distance walking path called Drenthepad:

The right sign is a newer long distance path called Jacobspad (After Jakobus de Meerdere) that was (apparently) created by Catholics to form a trail from Groningen through Drenthe to (eventually) Santiago de Compostella. According to their website, the trail was created to 'recreate an ancient pilgrim trail'.

That latter part can't possibly be true because in ancient times, there were no Roman Catholics in the former Frisian territory Groningen and Saxon region Drenthe.
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I think Jeany is very much on the right track.. ;-)

Anna von Kleve was German, she came from Düsseldorf. No doubt she spoke 16th Century German at that time..

In that time the German language was denoted (in Medieval Dutch) as Duutsc (current day Dutch: Duits, Old Dutch: Duitsch) or Dietsc:

The word 'dietsch' was probably a creation of English people living in the Netherlands or Germany at that time because dietsc combined the words Dutch and Duutsch, or 'Deutsch' as you will. 

So my two cents.. (as I have never trusted Wikipedia for one single bit...): 'Diets' is a word used by the 16th Century English to denote the language spoken in either the Netherlands or Germany, because for the English, those two languages (at that time) sounded quite similar.

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What the... ?

Found on a sandpath deep inside the dense jungle-like woods of my backyard.. ;-P
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Haha :-) I actually checked their website, it's a mudguard for bikes :-)

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Leaf snatchers..!

Oh my.. It's the invasion of the leaf snatchers.. :-O Anyone out there who can determine this kind of caterpillar / butterfly in disguise..?
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Do I ?!? hmmm...haven't noticed ;-):P
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