Photographer's Note

After spending four fast paced days in England, we flew to Bergen on July 16, and joined the tail end of Seabourn Sojourn's inaugural cruise. The ship sailed south to Amsterdam, and spent 25 hours in port, from 8:00 am on 18 July to 9:00 am on the 19th.

In Amsterdam we had planned to have a 'micro' Trekearth meeting with the father and son Dutch photographers, Rob and Lars Zwemmer, the prospective site — the Rijksmuseum. Ironically, we ran into each other at the Central Train Station, each of us waiting to take a trolley car to the museum separately.

I had visited Amsterdam two or three times in the past, but each time missed seeing the Rijksmuseum, and its most famous single possession, Rembrandt's masterpiece, Captain Frans Banning Cocq Mustering His Company — otherwise known as "The Night Watch". On this occasion, I finally got to see the great painting created in 1642, but with considerable ambivalence. The painting was as beautiful as I had expected, but then I fond out that when the Rijksmuseum was built early in the early 18th century, the authorities saw fit to cut off about a meter of the painting from the left edge of the work in order for it to fit on a certain wall. This is a simple demonstration of the dictum that there might be a limit to genius, but there is no limit to stupidity.

I would like to dedicate the photo — showing the Rijksmuseum, just behind the colorful sign, "I amsterdam" — to my new, but already good friends, Rob and Lars, whose photograph appears in the ws.

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