Tornado Alley

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something. Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today, it’s time for part ten; “Tornado Alley”.

From Bourbon Missouri we drove right into Tornado Alley, an area hit by tornado’s every year. One of the cities we passed by was Joplin. About a year earlier, this city was hit by a massive tornado. About 8000 houses were destroyed, a whopping 25% of the city was wiped off the earth.

Because of past year’s events, I wanted to see Joplin for myself. How does a city look after such disaster? The answer: Not good.

Tornado Joplin 1Above you see one of the neighborhoods. There’re almost no houses left and look at that tree…

Tornado Joplin 2

I’ve never been in Pompeii, but I guess both cities are remarkably the same these days. For example, this is what’s used to be a house. The devastation of this house en the entire neighborhood was so complete, it hard to imagine how Joplin looked before the disaster happened.

Speaking of disaster, the next (and final) stop of our USA trip was Norman Oklahoma. Since I’m a huge IMAX fan, I watched a movie in the brand-new Moore IMAX theater. This building is amazing, the screen is huge and the sound system is massive. However, less than a year after I visited this IMAX theater, a tornado hit this building and the surrounding neighborhood. Oklahoma truly is Tornado Alley.

Moore IMAX before and after tornado

My final stop: Oklahoma

Previous posts

Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
Part 3: Look left! … No, look right!
Part 4: Johnny Depp
Part 5: Big, bigger, biggest
Part 6: The most beautiful road of the world
Part 7: The color of luck
Part 8: Willow Creek Church
Part 9: Bald Eagle

Square 2013, part four

As promised yesterday, here’s the compilation episode of Square Journaal 2013. It was broadcasted during last months Square after party (watch it here). I directed this service, but during the broadcast of this compilation episode I briefly slipped out of the control room and joined the teenagers in the auditorium. It’s great to see how they reacted to this final episode!

This year, Square Journaal (English: Square News) isn’t a news show. Instead, it’s more like a short movie mixed with news-items, aimed at teenagers.

Our story: Baroness Lulu von Pfirsch, the main character, wants to destroy Square, a large Christian teen event in the Netherlands. In three episodes we see her trying to achieve this goal. How it ends? Well, I guess you should watch all three episodes to find out.

Square 2013, part three

It took a while, but as promised, here’s the third and final episode of Square Journaal 2013. Enjoy! And to make it up with you (for the long wait), I’ll post the compilation episode, which includes some great new scenes, tomorrow. No, You don’t need to thank me ;-)

This year, Square Journaal (English: Square News) isn’t a news show. Instead, it’s more like a short movie mixed with news-items, aimed at teenagers.

Our story: Baroness Lulu von Pfirsch, the main character, wants to destroy Square, a large Christian teen event in the Netherlands. In three episodes we see her trying to achieve this goal. How it ends? Well, I guess you should watch all three episodes to find out.

Supermoon the Netherlands - June 2013

Supermoon

Yesterday I photographed the so called ‘supermoon’ (see above). It’s the normal moon, but because it’s fairly close to Earth, it appears to be 12 percent lager and 30 percent brighter.

Today, the moon will be even closer, so I’ll give it another try tonight.

Bald Eagle

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something (more on that in the future). Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today, it’s time for part nine; “Bald Eagle”.

My next stop is St. Louis, gateway to the west. The city is well known for it’s Gateway Arch, a monument I had to visit while being in the city (see photo below). But St. Louis wasn’t my reason for visiting Missouri. Instead, I headed for Bourbon, a (very) small town located about an hour’s drive south-west of the city.

And in Bourbon, it happened. A dear friend took us to his family farm which was located somewhere in the middle of nowhere. We had kayaks, huge quads, a BBQ and we went clay pigeon shooting. It was awesome! At one moment, I took one of the kayaks and went off alone. After a while, I rested my paddle, leaned back and enjoyed the scenery.

From behind, I saw something big getting closer… a bird, a huge bird. It flew less then ten meters above the water surface and came closer and closer. It didn’t take too long to recognize the bird, it’s a bald eagle. A real bald eagle!

Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera so you have to take my word for it. However, I did find a photo (by Bill Thompson) who looks quite similar to what I saw. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen!

My next stop: Tornado Alley

Previous posts

Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
Part 3: Look left! … No, look right!
Part 4: Johnny Depp
Part 5: Big, bigger, biggest
Part 6: The most beautiful road of the world
Part 7: The color of luck
Part 8: Willow Creek Church