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What you see here is a pumping station. In the 17th and 18th century the land behind the dike was a peat-moor. !!! Please read futher in the commentary I posted below. I was requested to shorter the text here, so I took it away and posted it in a comment...!!!!


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04/16/06 3:27 PM GMT
Great picture and the history was outstanding. Please give more history on your pictures. We Americans still have a lot to learn from the Europeans. Maybe New Orleans could use some windmills.
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04/16/06 3:30 PM GMT
As always shining. Stand the mills all, sometimes to the Ringvaart.
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If you love something, set it free. It it comes back to you, it is yours. If it does not, it was never meant to be. Wil
04/16/06 3:34 PM GMT
Superb image!
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"A picture is worth a thousand words"
04/16/06 3:51 PM GMT
The peat diggers cut bricks from the moor that would heat up the furnaces of the the houses and factories. As the land was lowered it became flooded by water and a lake was created. But the land was much too valuable. It was fertile and needed for growing crops. So the farmers commissioned a wind mill. From the time the wind mill was put into operation it drained the water from the polder into the man made channel for over a century. By then the steam ages introduced more powerful machines and thus the steam driven pumps in the brick building with the smoke stack made the wind mill unvoluntary retire. That lasted until halfway the 20th century when electricty driven pumps came onto stage.
The wind mill and the steam engines are still there, and they are open to the public sometimes. Volunteers mantain and run the engines now. And sometimes, like two months ago, they are called for to operate the machinery. That's when a major power failure put a big electrical pump station out of order. And all those modern engineers did not have a clue as how to start up and operate a steam engine!
So what we have here is a triple redundant pump station. And that's a reassuring thought when you live 6 feet below ground water level, like the author...
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
04/16/06 4:08 PM GMT
Nice one Pal...this is a stunning shot!...well done for it...thanks Bob
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04/16/06 4:19 PM GMT
Lovely image and an interesting story. Thanks for sharing this with us. Well done.
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View the world with your mind's eye. Mr. Russ
04/16/06 4:42 PM GMT
Excellent picture!!! Love it.
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Be happy. Enjoys our earth...Lien.
04/16/06 5:49 PM GMT
Prachtige foto weer, Paul! Mooi licht, mooi water, mooie lucht en de molen zelf heb je goed geplaatst. Het bootje erbij doet het ook goed. Great job!
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~ Natures Inspiration ~
04/16/06 6:26 PM GMT
Very nice colours but it would have been nice if there wasn't a boat in front of it, but anyway keep it up
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Keep your eyes open there will always be a challenge to tackle
04/16/06 11:20 PM GMT
Another great windmill shot.

Well done.
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04/16/06 11:21 PM GMT
What an awsome picture.. as usual. Great work, and interesting facts :) thanx Paul!
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Live every day as if it's your last... and take "pictures" of it ;)
04/17/06 2:18 AM GMT
Wonderful capture Paul... great colour and clarity,, great facts too... very nice work
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"A sense of humour is as important to life as shock absorbers to a car.. It helps us over the bumps im life" / P.K. Shaw
04/17/06 3:18 AM GMT
First of all, this one is going in my favs and on my desktop. I love that boat. Please ship it to me.. Love that white bridge going over the water. Next, you have no idea how long you had me studying that windmill and the fact that people obviously live in it. I am intriqued. Lastly, your commentary was very informative, one of the most educational I have seen so far. EXCELLENT post! 10,s.
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04/17/06 4:17 AM GMT
the picture is very exact. everything is so clearly presented. wonderful. jen
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i'm travelling around right now and might not be able to respond to your comments. please forgive me for that. i do so appreciate the comments.
04/17/06 6:20 AM GMT
Helly m' dear Paul....first of all the magnificience of this photo is just wonderful. SUch drama comes from that windmill..The softness of the sky and the colours and reflections is another grand thng...and all the info you shared with us makes it all come alive and so real. Such beauty there is in where you live...many hugs to ya...verena
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Simplicity is Elegance...
04/17/06 9:13 AM GMT
This is a very well done photograph as usual for you, and I especially appreciate the historical background you provided. Great work!
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04/17/06 2:58 PM GMT
An excellent photo made richer by your explanation and the boat. Is it a working boat or a pleasure boat?
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them thatís important. Ruth Ross
04/17/06 5:16 PM GMT
Stunning image Paul and narrative! Clean, rich, sharp image and a 10 from me!
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Every morning I will rest my arms a while upon the windowsill of heaven, gaze upon God, and with that vision in my heart turn strong to meet my day.
04/17/06 9:20 PM GMT
Great composition. Outstanding clarity. Well done!!! The narrative makes the image all the better.
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