Leemputten 2019: Only Time Will Tell

Our local beauty spot is once again available, with the weather perfect and Ilona-Ruby on the very slow but positive path to recovery, this is our progress so far. Music is from my number 1 favourite album by Mike Oldfield: The Songs of Distant Earth. Poignantly titled track: Only Time Will Tell.

The Lake

The Mastbos is a nearby forest in the city of Breda, it has a spectacular landscape and is a great place to go for a gentle stroll.

This video was shot on one of the sunny days a few weeks after Ilona-Ruby’s last radiotherapy. It was good to be outside again.

The music is composed for this video, its everything and its nothing. Inspired by Mike Oldfield, it leans heavily on some of his greatest riffs. Enjoy: The Lake.

Strawberry Fields

After a year of self isolation to keep Ilona-Ruby safe during her chemo and radiotherapy, we finally took our first steps back out into the world- keeping it very local as Ilona-Ruby’s stamina was shot to pieces. Slowly but surely, we got a breath of fresh air and a moment to live once again in our own back garden.

June 2019, just before our 21st Anniversary she was given the all-clear after a very testing 6 months of darkness and uncertainty. We are glad the winter is over.

The music is a piece called Strawberry Fields and is a reflection of the awakening from darkness. Please enjoy our back garden with us.

Mastbos: Return to Ommadawn

Mike Oldfield’s chilly Return to Ommadawn album dropped and so it was to be. A walk in the last sunset of November, in the afternoon at half past three.

A place we frequently try to return to- as it is always changing, the lake at this place is very shallow and when dried up it reveals ancient farm cuts in the land. Its an incredibly beautiful place.

Video shot on a DJI Spark drone and piloted manually, composited in Luma Fusion, the colors are unaltered.

Chaamse Bos – Autumn 2018

Chilly weather, the last of the sunshine as 2018 makes its departure into the winter. This video was shot on a DJI Spark piloted manually and edited in Luma Fusion on the iPad. The music is by Mike Oldfield from his Tubular Bells II, an album I absolutely love.

The area is the remains of a filled-in outdoor swimming facility that shut down many years ago, nature has taken over the concrete and a natural pond has formed in the shallow remains of the swimming pools. It is, as you will see- quite lovely.

Leemputten – Memory of the Trees

Featuring a track by Enya, this was my first drone video created using a DJI Spark and preprogrammed flight paths. The video was first created in DJI’s own tool but then it broke, so I had to remake it in Luma Fusion and this is the result.

It’s not perfect but having this type of visual memory helped to keep us sane during our own self-isolation lockdown in 2019 due to Ilona’s cancer treatment. Sometimes memories are really fragile, so its good to have a way to preserve and refresh them!