This picture was taken from the ferry leaving the island of Schiermonnikoog, which is still visible at the horizon here.
The ferry runs from Schiermonnikoog to Lauwersoog.
SCHIERMONNIKOOG is one of the Frisian Islands, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands.
The island is only 16 km long and 4 km wide and is the site of the Netherlands' first national park. The only village on the island is also called Schiermonnikoog. Just under 1,000 people permanently reside on the island, making the municipality the least densely populated in the Netherlands.
The first known owners of Schiermonnikoog were the monks of a Cistercian monastery on the mainland. "Monnik" means "monk" and "schier" is an archaic word meaning "grey", referring to the colour of the monks' habits. "oog" translates as "island". The name Schiermonnikoog therefore translates as "island of the grey monks".
Because the island is small and flat, only 200 islanders have taken out the special licence allowing them to keep their own car, which the result that the few streets are virtually car-free.
Up to 300,000 people visit the island every year, staying in the 5,500 beds available in holiday homes, apartments and hotels. Most visitors, however, are day trippers, with the result that after the last ferry leaves at 6.30pm, calm returns to the village high street.
The only public transport to Schiermonnikoog is a ferry from the lock and harbour complex of Lauwersoog. Tourists are not allowed to bring their cars with them on the ferry. The most common form of transport is by bicycle.
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Morac (27723) 2010-05-24 12:03
Composition originale mais non dénuée d'intérêt.
BeBeHooker (0) 2010-05-25 0:18
Very fine minimal composition. Perfect capture. Sophisticated frame.
Vasa (17049) 2010-05-27 16:38
L'idee sur le cadre est bien originale. Laisse l'espace pour la legende. Tres content de te voir Benny. Amicalement
delpeoples (56084) 2010-05-28 4:07
Hi Benny, an interesting and very unique composition. I like the frame and of course - my favourite element - the sea. The silver railing also provides interest and an interesting perspective. TFS and I wish you a good weekend, Lisa
Juzo (4347) 2010-05-28 6:45
I agree with the others, this composition is original and frames the elements well. The pitch black half,well, it appeals to me as much as the sea. Great balance.
Hav ea great weekend,
crhieatt (5347) 2010-09-05 16:24
Hard to say exactly why this one appeals - but it does!
The art style presentation turns what could be a rejected snap shot (in someone else's camera) into, well, into a piece of art, and we are forced to look, forced to consider. To me, this is a valuable technique. I like the result.