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This Willow-tree I found in the foreland of the Lek river just at the bottom of the dike near Culemborg.

A foreland to a river is an area which is situated outside the dikes but usually high enough to remain dry. Under high water conditions these lands typically drown to give the river more space. This mosty happens during winter and early spring.

During summer the waterlevel will nowhere near come as high as you see here. You will find cattle on these lands or they are used to grow grass to cover for the winter feeding needs for the cattle when they stay indoors.

Willow-trees you mostly find in the lower parts of the Netherlands along the flows and creeks where they can find soft soil and humid conditions. After several years the twiggs are usually cut off and being used elsewhere. If the twiggs get to large the tree might get to heavy and fall down in the strong winds during fall.

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