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Netherlands - Haarlem - Foggy Sunrise at the Windmill De Adriaan | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Netherlands - Haarlem - Foggy Sunrise at the Windmill De Adriaan

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Haarlem - Harlem is the capital of the province of North Holland, the northern half of Holland, which at one time was the most powerful of the seven provinces of the Dutch Republic. The city is located on the river Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. It has been the historical center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and bears the nickname 'Bloemenstad' (flower city), for this reason.


De Adriaan was built on the foundations of the Goevrouwetoren, or Goede Vrouwtoren (Goodwife Tower), a tower that used to be part of the city's defences. The towers were located on the river Spaarne, on each side, and historically they were defending the city from possible attackers over the water.


After waiting for a blue hour during rainy evening previous night without any success, I have returned to this place for the morning blue hour. It was very clear and lovely (and cold). When I finished I thought I might wait for the sunrise, suddenly from nowhere the fog started to pick up and created very moody atmosphere. No wonder Holland had such a great world painters when the country can provide dreamy light like this.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 20.00 mm; Aperture: 5.6; Exposure time: 1/40 s; ISO: 100


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Taken on March 19, 2011