Hellevoetsluis by bike [80,79]
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I got up quit early and even put on my sports clothing. But I did not leave so early. I didnâ€™t feel like biking in the dark, because I wanted to take pictures and I thought to stop at my grandmothers, so I didnâ€™t want to arrive there before dawn.
So it was past 8 oâ€™clock and it was light. The weather wasnâ€™t that good. The clouds were dark and heavy. Passing Portugaal it started to rain, but it was a brief shower. I took a wrong turn at Bernisse and was reminded why I wanted another camera. I saw two black swans. Much bigger than I had seen before on my way to Houten and once at the childrenâ€™s farm. But they were too far away to take a pretty picture.
Just slightly up ahead was Canal of Voorne.
I was just stepping on my bike, when I felt a shiver going through my body. Just 3 meters up ahead was a buzzard sitting in a tree.
I turned left at Canal of Voorne and met some cormorants. They are pretty shy birds too. They are swimming between ducks, all kinds of gull, different kinds of geese. But they are always the first to take off. I caught two just ascending. What is a pretty neat side too. But because of my quickness to shoot, the photos turn out somewhat fuzzy.
At my grandmothers I had tea and sandwiches and left again at 3 oâ€™clock. I didnâ€™t go for Middelharnis cause it was too late. I biked the green zone back. I saw a raven, which was also too close on a fence. If I would stop to shoot a picture, heâ€™d fly anyway. So I didnâ€™t try. I found a wing of a bird on the floor and got myself a feather. I do not know what kind of bird. There were crows, ravens, cormorants and some geese which would fit.
I got to the sluice of Bernisse and there was a sign, right for Spijkenisse 5km. After that all signs stopped. There were a lot of falcons gliding there above the dykes and the fields. I got some of them on camera. Then at the end the road just stopped and I had to get back. I went through Hekelingen and Spijkenisse, getting lost 2 more times, because nowhere were any direction signs. Not even for the cars when I was biking along a highway. Finally I found the bridge and got home after dark. It was only half past five, but it gets dark early these days.