A warm (make that RED HOT!) Aussie summer welcome to my 3rd RED Alert guest Riet – where I'm guessing it's MUCH colder at her home in the Netherlands!
The first time I visited Riet's photoblog, her words next to a great RED photo immediately got my attention. 'Red and Redder' is also what I called my blog header photo – but Riet's version showed magnificent RED autumn trees. Another post showed fantastic RED sunsets – I just HAD to ask her to be my guest!!
RED: Riet, these trees are so RED! What kind of trees are they?
Riet: Don't know, maybe acer or cornus.
RED: They're so beautiful they don't need a name! Although maybe one of my readers will be able to tell us? I don't DARE guess, after incorrectly identifying RED Alert# 2's tulips as poppies …
RED: Where were the photos taken?
Riet: Near a little park not far from our home!
RED: You're so lucky to be within walking distance of such a beautiful scene! These autumn trees are the first ones I ever saw on your blog. Is there a lot of red in the Netherlands in autumn?
Riet: Yes, lots of red or reddish trees.
RED: How long before the red colour fades?
Riet: A few weeks.
RED: Even that's more than many parts of Australia – our native trees don't change colour in autumn. What are your favourite colours?
Riet: Red and Aqua!
RED: I can see you love colour from the great photos on your blog. How important is photography to you?
Riet: I am still a beginner in photography but I love it.
RED: I'm sure my readers won't think you're a beginner!! How long have you been blogging? Is it important to you??
Riet: I believe four years and I can't imagine going without it.
RED: It's not quite two years for me, but I feel the same! The Netherlands is so far from Australia – AND Botswana, where RED Alert #1 took us – so it seems a glorious RED sunset can be found all over the world! Where were these shots taken?
Riet: From my open windows, we live on the 12th floor so it looks on eye level.
RED: If I had a view like that, I'd sit there all day waiting for it! Do you often get sunsets like these?
RED: Is that an electricity tower?
Riet: No those are cranes. A new old folks home is being built.
RED: Well, I'd die happy with a view like that! When I think of the Netherlands I think of windmills like this one from your blog. Can you tell us one thing that not many people know about your country?
Riet: Maybe that we don't wear wooden shoes?
Riet: And we live with 16 million people in a very small country.
RED: It's hard for me to imagine that – but while Australia is a big country, many parts are not able to be lived in. Which countries would you most like to travel to?
Riet: Canada, Norway, Denmark.
RED: Well … I guess Australia is a LOOOOONG way away!! The Netherlands is very flat, like much of Australia. Are you concerned about climate change?
Riet: Sometimes yes.
RED: We're in the middle of RED Hot summer down here, while you've got winter. Do you see anything red during winter after the autumn colours fade?
Riet: Don't think so.
RED: Yes, many photos of the Northern winter look black and white! Do you drink anything red?
Riet: I love red wine.
RED: And there you have something in common with MANY Australians! Do you have a favourite RED thing?
Riet: Yes we have a beautiful red couch
RED: Thank you for being my guest on RED Alert and I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to post your wonderful photos and interview! Do you have any final RED words for my readers?
Riet: I hope you all had a wonderful Christmastime. I love to decorate with red and that makes me happy. I hope it does the same to you.
My next RED Alert guest will take us to parts of Australia even I haven't seen! Stay tuned!!
AND … if you've got some fabulous RED photos for a future RED Alert post, let me know and YOU could be starring in RED Alert!!