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Cyclist and the Dutch Windmills of the new age 14th February 2007

6 Responses to “Cyclist and the Dutch Windmills of the new age”

  1. 1

    Great composition – Nicely done.

  2. 2

    Excellent composition! Happy Valentines Day!

  3. 3

    I love all the radiating lines here. Very pleasing.

  4. 4

    I like how the windmills are aligned.

  5. 5

    Beautyful composition ! I like this lighting and angle !

  6. 6

    one of many awesome photos, and I totally agree with your views on windmills. I find wind power and the presence of windmills to be a brilliant addition to landscapes.

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Cyclist and the Dutch Windmills of the new age

The story behind "Cyclist and the Dutch Windmills of the new age"

The Netherlands were known for their endless rows of windmills. There were thousands, many of them used to reclaim the land from the sea. As a result about half of the country is effectively below sealevel and that percentage is now growing again as the sealevel is rising…

Nowadays most of the old mills have gone except for some monuments. Now we have these new windmills and I love them just as much. Some people complain about desecration of the landscape, I rather look at them as saving the landscape as if we do not act soon, this land will be drowned again as it was before: all this land on the right side of the water on this picture was still sea -later lake- 75 years ago.

One other thing I like about The Netherlands is the bicycle culture. Sights like these are common here: people cycling on a 2-lane cycle path which is a large as the road besides it. There are more than twice as many bicycles than there are cars in this small country with 16 million inhabitants.

I personally have cycled several trips of more than a thousand kilometers and will do this again, it is the best way to travel and really see and experience the places. So maybe you can take your bike next time you need to go shopping or ask your local government to make your city more bikefriendly to stimulate reluctant others as well. In the end I will be grateful as at this moment my house is only theoretical below sealevel, I would like to keep it that way :-)

Happy Valentine everybody!

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