Photographer's Note

Alkmaar - Cliches of Holland

This time I’ve questioned for a long time which picture I’d choose as the main picture and which one to post in the workshop.

When we travel and visit other places, we’re often looking for new experiences and we want to take pictures of unfamiliar sights or original views of well-known images. However, I found out that we also often want to confirm the cliche. The latter is certainly the case with both pictures I posted here.

Although a windmill in no case is something unknown in Belgium, yet it represents also for us something typically Dutch. The windmill, the channel and the flat landscape are characteristics of the Netherlands, in particular of its western provinces near the North Sea.

The picture in the workshop adds even cyclists to it. Can it get any more Dutch? OK, the cheese wasn’t available for these photos.

These windmills are located in Alkmaar, along the ‘Hoornsevaart’, a walk of fifteen or twenty minutes from the town center where the well known cheese market is held every Friday morning.

As title for the image in the workshop, I choose ‘Cycling in front of old and new’. With ‘old’ of course I mean the three 'classic' windmills and with new that one wind turbine a little further. (BTW, in North Holland I’ve seen much more wind turbines than the classic mills).

I hope you do like my Dutch cliches :)

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