LEFTOVER LOWLAND LANDSCAPES – my favourite shots

Behind the town of Zaandam is the area known as De Gouw, 'The Shire'. It's not large and there's not a lot there. I can see why shires appealed to J.R.R. Tolkien.

Behind the town of Zaandam is the area known as De Gouw, ‘The Shire’. It’s not large and there’s not a lot there. I can see why shires appealed to J.R.R.Tolkien.


We’re entering ‘Year in Review’ mode, so it’s time to publish photos that didn’t quite fit into any other stories.

Landscape photography suits me well. Unlike friends and relatives, birds and bikes, landscapes stay relatively still while you fiddle with the camera settings. I’m coming to appreciate Dutch scenery more and more. There are no spectacular snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls or breathtaking desert canyons. Instead everything in little Nederland is on a small and manageable scale.

The English word ‘landscape’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘landschap’. Remember that! Now you can say you learned something by visiting this blog.

Of course any collection of Dutch landscapes needs a windmill shot. This one is on the Amstel River, between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk.

Of course any collection of Dutch landscapes needs a windmill shot. This one is on the Amstel River, between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk.

I like this shot because it's of an unremarkable path near the Amstel River, just out of Amstelveen.

I like this shot because it’s of an unremarkable path near the Voetangel, just out of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.

The dyke that turned the Zuiderzee into the IJsselmeer. The statue is of Mr Cornelis Lely, the engineer of the project to reclaim the area that is now the province Flevoland.

The ‘Afsluitdijk’, the dyke that turned the Zuiderzee into the IJsselmeer and keeps Amsterdam’s head above water. The statue is of Mr Cornelis Lely, the engineer of the project to reclaim the area that is now the province of Flevoland.

And finally, another little bit of the small, unremarkable nature reserve near Zaandam. Unremarkable, except for its beauty.

And finally, another corner of the small, nondescript nature reserve near Zaandam. Unremarkable, except for its beauty.

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3 responses to “LEFTOVER LOWLAND LANDSCAPES – my favourite shots

  1. Angela Highstead

    Beautiful shots Richard. I love coloured photos that turn out almost monochromatic as in the windmill shot.

  2. I really like the clouds in the last shot.
    Poor old Mr Cornelis Lely looks rather lonely stood out there!

  3. Thanks for the heads up on landscape. I will think of you every time I use the word. Great shots.

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