In the immense polder region southeast of Amsterdam (approx. 30km) lies the Tienhovense Plassen. This swampy region is famous for its peat bogs that provided fuel for cooking and heating in past centuries.
Perhaps the most known monument in this area is the windmill, "De Trouwe Waghter." Built in 1832 to replace two older mills that were no longer serviceable, this windmill's design is of the type that have existed in Holland since the 1400s. The purpose of this mill was to provide pumping action to drain the swampy area to increase viable land for agriculture and livestock pasture. It's name stems from its use as a communications tower for the Dutch Resistance in that signals were often arranged on it during the German occupation of World War 2. At the time, the mill was the tallest object for many miles around. There are many stories of the mill's signals guiding refugees from Amsterdam as they fled across the featureless polders in fleeing the Nazis.
I shot this on an older Canon A80 and did some tweaking in Lightroom.
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Corry (3348) 2013-12-17 19:58
Une très belle prise de vue de ce vieux moulin à vent. Les couleurs sont magnifiques et la netteté de l'image est excellente. Bien fait.
jadesgran (4286) 2013-12-17 22:31
I think there are two pictures here if you slice right down the middle.The windmill complete with the water and reeds is a pleasing picture on it`s own.
The house with nice greenery around is equally pleasant.
This is just my suggestion.
I like your presentation and admire the colours.
trevormoffiet (1796) 2013-12-18 2:03
I like the overall composition and the rich colours. There is a lot to explore in your image. I don't mind the vignetting.
SnapRJW (26034) 2013-12-18 6:06
Hello Ken - This is beautifully managed and your light management and colours are topnotch. IMO the crop is a little too tight and the vignette closes it in further. I would like to see more 'air' around the windmill as it seems jammed into the corner. I have no idea what lies to the left of the mill and perhaps a landscape presentation was not possible. Warm regards Rosemary