(VfC) Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore: 227 photos. After yesterday’s excitement–my ears still ring–I had a quiet day at a national park and a wildlife park just north of Kennedy Space Center. Had an amazing view of the VAB building and Launch Complex 39, so I took another series of photos there. But I spent most of my day hiking and photographing wildlife: over 100 shots of manatees in the wild, a few alligators and some dragonflies. To top it all of I had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal Studios Resort and did some night shots there.

(VfC) Springsteen Live

Gave my camera the day off to concentrate on the “Vote for Change” concerts tonight. Drove to Clearwater near Tampa in the morning to pick up my Dixie Chicks ticket. The will call booth at the Ruth Eckerd Hall only opens 1 hour before the show, so I could not get my ticket and try to resell it. So I drove back to Orlando and stopped at Downtown Disney for a little shopping along the way. And then… Ladies and Gentlemen… Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band… my very first time live in the US. Boy, what a show, what power, what fun. Should have brought the Canon A95 though, ’cause evertbody around me had their camera with them 🙁

(VfC) Kennedy Space Center

I went down to the Atlantic coast for a visit to Kennedy Space Center (260 photos). I met a very nice guy from Philly… Thank you Craig for the great company and great food. We toured Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral together. Got a splendid look at the Capes past and future… No less then 6 launch pads had a rocket ready to go. Unfortunately, they had postponed the launch that was scheduled for today. And I also got a first hand look at the damage done by huricanes Charlie, Ivan and Jeanne. The damage to the VAB at the Cape was obvious, but when Craig and I drove up to Cocoa Beach for a bite to eat, I saw trees and road signs that were snapped as if they were matches. A lot of house at Cocoa Beach suffered damage to the roof, some windows were still boarded up and one gas station was completely blown away.

(VfC) Sea World

Shot 345 photos at Sea World today. Always loved Seaworld and just can’t get enough of it. I got to the park early since I woke up at 06:00H. And with nothing else on my mind but shooting photos walked around the park. I spent about 3 hours with Shamu. Put my camera to the test at the Shark exhibit–should have gone for that dive–and petted a dolfin. I actually touched a dolfin! Had dinner and a Yankees game at Hooters across the street from the hotel. As a little extra: there’s a Domino’s Pizza across the street too 🙂

(VfC) Goin’ to Orlando to See Bruce

Springsteen is playing a series of concerts with REM to get the American people out and vote (for John Kerry). I just had to take the opportunity to see Bruce play in the US. So, I hopped on a flight to Orlando for one of the Vote for Change concerts.

Had a pretty smooth flight over. But man, do I hate those red-eye flights: got to the hotel around one at night and woke up after only 4 hours of sleep… Major bummer.

New Gallery Available

We had previously introduced a few photos on our new photo website gallery.victorie.com. Since then, we worked hard to get the first galleries online. Check’em out if you want…

First there is a small gallery with impressions of the visit of the Queen Mary 2 to the Port of Rotterdam. The Queen Mary 2 is the world’s largest cruise ship. And there is part 1 of the Belgium Digital Shooting Day. Finally, check out the gallery of our trip to Warner Bros Movie World. Us and some friends had some good clean fun with Bugs Bunny, Tweety and of course Marvin the Marsian.

Belgium Digital Shooting Day

We went to the 2nd Belgium Digital Motor & Car Shooting Day last week Sunday. Although we are frequent visitors of the Belgium Digital website, it was the 1st time we participated in one of their shooting days. We had a blast: a bunch of people, all with digital cameras, looking for and taking pictures of nice spots in the Flanders countryside.

Also look at Luc Bogaerts’ and Robert Den Ouden’s albums of that same day.

Rolling Stones Fan Day Belgium

A good friend of mine, Peter De Vreese, is a die hard Rolling Stones fan. He’s as much a Rolling Stones fan as Kris is a Springsteen fan; maybe even more. He and some friends are organizing a Rolling Stones Fan Day in Belgium on Saturday, October 09, 2004. Check out their website for more information: Sticky Fingers Belgian Rolling Stones Fanclub.

Back from holidays

We’ve just got back from 3 fun weeks of holidays. Visited relatives in Austin, TX and then flew down to Southern California. Hiking in the national parks, shopping in Vegas and Beverly Hills. Following the stars in Hollywood… anything goes… as long as it is fun. Have a look at our photos from a week in Texas and 2 weeks in California.

And we absolutely want to thank Peter & Ann for having us. It was great fun. See you guys soon.

Gallery Update

The gallery pages have been updated with more photos from our past holidays. Updates that were long overdue, because only now have we added the highlights of our trips to Florida in 1997, and to Beijing and New York in 1998. Another 50 or so photos have been added in the respective galleries.

It was nice doing this update though. It had been a while since we looked at some of these photos. And looking at them brought back a lot of nice memories. It reminded us of how many interesting places we’ve visited and how many great things we’ve seen.