• http://kristismess.blogspot.com/ KfK

    Inspiring photos! Love the spindly pink branches. I wish I had the time to get my camera out more often. It is an art form that has eluded me. Or maybe it is the four kids that have made it impossible. Anyway, thanks for sharing and love your blog.

  • http://livinlife007.blogspot.com/ TigerLambGirl

    You guys are Shit-Ass-Ho-Muthafuckahs.

    I’ve just got one question:

    What’s in the pipe?

    Fab photogs. The one with the church spires through the window could be cover to your next calendar.

    The one with the pipe – next masthead. Let’s see if Jon can do some amazing-ness with that one for a masthead. Wanna try?!

  • http://karmadgeon.blogs.com Muffy Wong

    You always manage to capture live animals (and people) so well. That picture of the cat is fabulous!

  • http://www.xanga.com/SallySchilling Sally

    They are excellent photos. My mind easily climbs into the images. Thanks for sharing them. I have posted a fcouple on my site, but with links back to you. I hope that’s okay.

    The curious cat photo and the photo of the church through the cafe window speaks a gazillion words.

  • http://www.sanyasagar.com Sanya

    Those are simply beautiful. I love the very last one.

  • http://butterbeansandbabydreams.blogspot.com jen

    First time poster here….just wanted to tell you that you are a very talented photographer. I’m a huge fan! You are an amazing blogger!!!

    Peace!

  • http://thefathousewife.blogspot.com/ Strizz

    You take some really nice pictures. I think that the camera does make a difference, I feel like I just can’t make mine capture what it is I see. Of course dropping the camera until it needs to be taped shut and what not doesn’t help much.

  • http://www.kerrianne.org kerri

    I love the pic on the bottom left with the tulip’s eye view.

  • gabip

    Wow Heather, these are amazing pics. I think the tulips, the cat, and Jon with the umbrella are my favorites and postcard worthy. Perhaps you could use the tulips for next years Armstrong Family Calendar, making it a potpourri of shots that you guys have taken throughout 2006; vacations, Chuck, Leta and so forth.

  • Erin Schmidt

    Great photos. What kinds of filters/tricks do you use to get the effects on some of the pictures? Especially the first one of Jon.

  • http://www.sohosally.com sherships

    Beautiful!

  • http://johnsloas.typepad.com/crooked_line/ John Sloas

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like it was a great trip. Take care.

  • http://www.ibrokemymop.blogspot.com ExAfrica

    Ahhh – fab photos. Especially love the photo With Pipe. It’s beautiful and in such clear focus (so different than mine) and because it’s politically incorrect. Though not as much as it would have been if we’d had one of Jon With Joint

  • http://blogs.salon.com/0004595 Meg

    Those are gorgeous photos. The Anne Frank one was a very fresh take. Beautiful.

    But have you noticed how many Heathers read Dooce? Looks like you girls are Googling yourselves…:-)

  • http://www.vodkaforbreakfast.com Neil (Vodka For Breakfast)

    Those photographs are amazing, I love the Nikon D70. Amsterdam is one of those places ive always wanted to go but never made it, its only across the water!

    Fantastic stuff!

  • http://kassig.squarespace.com/ Kassi Gilbert

    Why did you take a photo of my cat?
    Better yet…how did my frikkin cat get to Amsterdam?

  • Charles R. Kaiser

    You and Jon are both such talented photographers. Based on those genes, Leta will probably grow up to be the 21st century’s Anne Leibowitz. . .

  • http://maarmie.blogspot.com maarmie

    Seems you prefer snapping people and Jon prefers places.

  • http://so.verycontrary.com/ Mary Craig

    I think the one of the cat is my favorite. It’s the kind of thing that would make me feel at home there.

    I have to visit the Anne Frank house one day. She was and still is a hero of mine.

    And. That’s it. I have absolutely no smart assed comment to make. I may be ill. Anyway, great pictures!

  • http://www.agirlandaboy.com leahkay

    Your first three favorite shots? Of Jon. Telling.

  • http://www.digitalpretzel.com fred

    is that the “special blend” jon is smoking?

  • http://www.paintingchef.com PaintingChef

    You both got some really fantastic shots! Amsterdam is beautiful, it may have just moved up several notches on the “Get me the hell out of Georgia” list…if for no other reason than all the beautiful people!

    Thanks!

  • http://www.xanga.com/novelle361 novelle

    I guess I’m with the majority in liking the pipe photo best. There’s something beautiful about capturing smoke because it’s only in that formation for a second.

    And as an architecture buff, I adore the building shots. And the green fence is great! It could practically stand alone as a sculpture, but I bet most people walk past without even giving it a second glance. Thanks for taking us with you.

  • http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.blogspot.com Heather

    Great photos!! Mine NEVER turn out that good. I don’t have the creative vision….

  • moonrattled

    Your pictures are so evocative I can feel the weather in them.

  • http://dollface.net/ Doll

    You and Jon are so unbelievably talented in Photography. It’s amazing.

  • http://anothermommymoment.blogspot.com jsmommy

    Jeez, I wish I could take pics like that. I am camera lover but my pics are rarely that good. Thanks for sharing those and it was a pleasure visiting! I’ll be back!

  • LSwan

    When I was in Amsterdam we really wanted to see Ann Frank’s house, but were on our own and couldn’t find it anywhere. We kept asking locals and shopkeepers, etc. and they just looked at us like, riiiiiight. So we finally get someone who lights up when we say Ann Frank and says, yes, yes, and tells us two blocks down, three blocks over, etc. We trudge there only to round the corner to see an Anne Klein store.

    Never did see Ann Frank’s house.

  • Irina

    Good Lord! I LOVE the one of the pink…flower, is it? So beautiful. I might want the D70 more than an engagement ring now.

  • http://www.kempland4u.com Goooder

    thanks for sharing the rest of the photos, i visit everyday and hope there is at least 1 new one. it doesnt matter what it is of! you & jon are very talented. whats the next camera upgrade?

  • http://www.dilettanteindistress.blogspot.com dilettante in distress

    Absolutely lovely photos of Amsterdam. I’m ready to pack up and go.

    Did you or Jon have “Holland, 1945″ by Neutral Milk Hotel running through your heads at any time during the journey?

  • Dana Lynn

    I love the branches, especially the ones in the foreground. I am always amazed by nature’s production of things in such vibrant colors.

  • http://www.mirror-song.livejournal.com EmmeJemme

    I cannot get enough of the pictures that you and Jon take. They take my breath away. My husband can’t get over the talent you both have. You show Amsterdam in its best light. Thanks for sharing them with us. And Thanks you for opening up comments! WHHEEEEE!

  • JenBlake

    Photos are very nice. We have 2 Nikon d-70s because we are both such shutterbugs… in my opinion it is worth the extra expense for the second camera body because we share lenses and other gear. Plus it really saves the marriage when we’re not fighting over the camera while on trips.

  • Lindsay

    :) I think it’s great that you’ve opened up commenting on here.

    Beautiful pictures, I love the colors and attention to detail. Amsterdam seems like a lovely place.

    Keep up the great work Heather. Your site is a pleasure to read – and this is coming from a 15 year old female ( probably one of few who read this blog).

    - LS

  • The Bold Soul

    Spectacular photos, Heather. I especially like the one with Jon smoking that pipe and the one with the bright pink plant (whatever it is, it’s stunning!) You really have such a great photographic style, I enjoy looking at your pix whether they are of Leta and Chuck or exotic Amsterdam. Well done!

  • http://pickleness.blogspot.com Stepha1202

    The kitty cat and Jon smoking a pipe are my faves. Each photo is a fantastic vignette.

    I did a lot of my best photography when I lived in Paris. Between the wonderful sites, the European vibe, and feeling empowered, I am at my artistic (not to mention wino) best when I’m there. In fact, I have Paris to thank for getting me into photography.

    Thanks to you and Jon for taking me down memory lane with your truly fantastic shots!

  • http://www.chaithere.blogspot.com AndreaBT

    I’m loving the photo(s) of the day, myself. But, it leads to more flip-flopping ovaries. Not nice! I want to be done at two!

  • http://squirrelstories.blogspot.com E-Lo

    Amazing pictures, girl. I’m so jealous of your talent! Mwah!

  • http://rivetergirl.blogspot.com rivetergirl

    They are wonderful. Thank you for sharing these.

  • http://www.thedrisin.blogspot.com dre

    Absolutely gorgeous! You captured the essence, beauty and charm of Amsterdam with each of your photos.

    p.s. I’m loving the comment addition to your site – thanks!!

  • http://www.cassioposa.net Cassioposa

    Fantastic photos. Stunning colors, great perspective.

  • Samantha

    They are wonderful.

  • http://www.martinbreton.com BREM experience

    I just realized how corny my last comment was.

    Yeah… the cat picture is awesome. That’s my favourite.

  • Nifle

    Gorgeous! God bless the internet. I’ve never been to Amsterdam and now I get to experience it’s beauty. Thank you :)

  • http://www.ozma.blogs.com Minerva X

    I love the one where you get up close to the ground. It’s very visceral–I feel like I’m right there seeing Spring arrive in Amsterdam. (Did you lie on the ground?)

    That cat is also very cool. Actually, these pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing these! I went to Amsterdam a few winters ago and have zero to show for it. I do have one hazy memory where, stoned out of my mind, I went to a theater and realized that the people up there weren’t just dancing, they were having sex, too. I’ll just pretend to myself I saw all these stunning images instead.

  • http://kylanagel.com vonny

    Wow! Beautiful….thank you for sharing.

  • http://jody2ms.com/ jody2ms

    Beautiful. Vivid color! My favorite is the one with the pipe.

  • http://www.martinbreton.com BREM experience

    I disagree with you that Jon’s pictures are better than yours.

    Personally, I prefer yours because you give an emotion and motion to them I wish I could give my photographs.

    You have an eye for composition, and you’re talented.

    I wish I was half as talented as you are.

    That being said. Great trip pictures.

    Keep the pictures pouring.

    brem

  • http://www.writingsucks.com Kerri Wood

    Great photos!