Remembering Christmas break in photos (and a little text)


The Zurich Hauptbahnhof (the main train station in the city and the largest train station in Switzerland) is mostly deserted at 7:20 on Christmas morning. Our train to the airport will arrive at any moment. (Do the trains keep a regular schedule on Christmas? Travel anxiety has started.)


A few hours and a few miles later, the wooden shoes remind us that we’re finally in Holland (Michigan).


I couldn’t wait to get to the beach to try out my new camera lens, but a few other people obviously had the same idea earlier in the day. I was going to shoot a “footprints in the sand” theme with two sets of footprints leading off into the distance. I don’t know what this photo means. Maybe lots of people walking with Jesus.


The picnic table and fire pit look a bit forlorn in the winter.

stairs from the beach

The arrival of snow changes the look of things at the beach. Also, I don’t think I ever realized what a steep climb there is back from the beach to the cottage.


No one will be sitting on the deck today. Why don’t these people put their deck furniture away for the winter?

South Street sign

This is our street, but I’m thinking that the “rule of thirds” might have improved the composition a bit. There’s a photo here somewhere, but I will have to come back to it (next year).

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.


4 Responses to Remembering Christmas break in photos (and a little text)

  1. Jeff Edwards January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Interesting shots of one my favorite places – Holland Michigan, where Zoe, (and all my money) is in her final year at Hope. I took a class at the Morton Arboretum once that was titled “beyond the rule of thirds.” From one photographer to another, the “South Street” image if just fine.

    • Doug January 29, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      I remember Zoe! But sadly I’m guessing that she has no memory of me.

      You will survive the massive transfer of wealth that is now taking place between your bank account and that institution of higher learning. Hope College is a terrific school. Not as good as Calvin, of course, but a terrific school!

      Thanks for the encouragement about composition, by the way. I’m still determined to do a better job with that photo.

  2. Rev. Andrew Gifford January 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    So the foot print photo has several dog prints, so you know what controversy that brings up? 🙂 But it also gives a wonderful image of Jesus and the 12…and thier dog.

  3. Doug January 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I think Pope Francis got the question about animals right. Who am I to judge?

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