Photo Story: Binnenhof in Summer
"It was impossible for me to wander by when this scene came into my view - such a beautiful skyline and the added colour of the flowers. It's a view I will simply never tire of."
The city of The Hague is known for its skyline of interesting buildings that sit beautifully right behind the centrepiece of the city, the Binnenhof. As much as I have photographed it over the years, I still can't resist going back and getting more shots again and again!
For those who don't know, this is where the Dutch government sits and where The Hague itself began. This area of buildings has so much history and has been home to so many famous names, including an English monarch in exile. The rest of the city built up around this place. The square cream-coloured building in the photo is the Mauritshuis, an impressive art museum that houses the famous Girl With A Pearl Earring painting by Vermeer and is a wonderful place to visit.
A slightly grey July Sunday, but nevertheless I headed to the city with my camera with the idea to take some street photos. I got off the tram (a quest these days, with mask and hand gel and active use of the core muscles to try to stay on ones' feet without holding onto anything!) and wandered along the stoney pathway next to the lake.
Beautiful bright red flower bushes were placed along the edge of the lake and despite everything, quite a few tourists and locals were enjoying sitting and admiring the view, or just strolling. People sat on benches, with family or simply alone and lost in thought. Several sat with their feet dangling over the edge by the water. Somehow, the red flowers brought a brightness that made up for the lack of blue sky! An ice cream cart was positioned nearby with no shortage of business.
It was impossible for me to wander by when this scene came into my view - such a beautiful skyline and the added colour of the flowers. It's a view I will simply never tire of.
Further along the path, I set up my tripod and got asked by some German tourists to take their photo. I guess I looked like a professional, playing around with my set of filters 😄. They seemed quite happy with the results!
Just behind the Mauritshuis, a market was taking place in the Plein, a square with bars and cafes. I'll hopefully get a chance to take some shots of that too one day soon. There's always something going on in The Hague to enjoy.
I went back home, not really with many street photos, but with a few Binnenhof pictures I'm very happy with 😊
This picture is now in my The Hague gallery, so head on over to have a look if you are interested in a print or digital download.
Are there any particular scenes in The Hague that you would like me to take? Let me know in the comments below, on my social media or by email!