Once upon a time... in Kinderdijk!

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This is the tale I was commenting in prior pictures…

The name Kinderdijk is Dutch translation for "Child's Dike". During the Saint Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder stayed unflooded. It is said that when the terrible storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas, to see what could be saved.

This person saw in the distance a wooden cradle floating. There was no hope that anything would be living in it, but when it approached, movement was seen. When the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water could come into it.

When the cradle eventually came near the dike, someone fished the cradle out and saw that in it a baby slept quiet and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat. This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle" in English (Meder 2007; Griffis, 1918).

This is the tale, and when I found it out days later in the Wikipedia, I understood this sand sculpture I captured last time I visitted the place....

What do you think???

Esta es la historia que os comentaba en anteriores fotos…

El origen del nombre Kinderdijk (traducido del holandés al castellano como "El Dique del Niño") proviene de las inundaciones de Santa Isabel de 1421. Tras una tormenta diluvial el Grote Hollandse Waard quedó totalmente inundado pero el pólder Alblasserwaard consiguió resistir gracias a sus diques.

Se dice que, cuando la terrible tormenta había disminuido, alguien se subió a uno de los diques que separaban estas dos áreas, para ver si algo del otro lado se podía salvar.

Dicen que lo único que se podía distinguir en aquel desolador paisaje era un moisés de madera flotando en la distancia. Tras la terrorífica tormenta, no había esperanza lógica alguna de que hubiera nada dentro, pero según las aguas iban aproximando la cuna a la orilla, se pudo comprobar que no seguía el movimiento del agua sino que tenía movimiento propio. Cuando se acercó lo suficiente, se pudo comprobar que había un gato saltando de un lado a otro intentando mantener que la cuna no se llenara de agua y por consiguiente, volcara.

La sorpresa fue mayor cuando se comprobó que dentro del moisés, se encontraba un bebé durmiendo seco y seguro.

Me encontré de casualidad con esta obra de arte en forma de "estatuas de arena" inmortalizando esta leyenda la última vez que visité la zona pero no entendía el motivo... Días más tarde encontré de casualidad la historia y todas las piezas encajaron. :)

¿Qué os parece?

lë pëtit luciën, Mariusz Petelicki, and 94 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Linda DV (on the old layout with a hacking tool) 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Excellent Photographer Awards ADMIN INVITE only / Post1/ Award3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    perfect shot, lighting, composition, love it, faved it
    PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO AWARD 3 PICTURES IN THE POOL

  2. pitfrom 60 months ago | reply

    Wow is beautiful, very nice!

  3. nicolasalechile 60 months ago | reply

    genial, genial, genial

  4. philippe calandre 59 months ago | reply

    do you like photoshop?

  5. maybemaq 59 months ago | reply

    dramatic composition!
    brilliant capture of the sky

  6. Rivamist 58 months ago | reply

    Great image.

    I would appreciate it if you could add this photo to a new group called Wow Factor Photos. This group has been formed to be the place people can go to see the best photos and best photographers on Flickr, all in one place.
    www.flickr.com/groups/photowow/

  7. Ramon San Juan 58 months ago | reply

    vaya pasada de tratamiento!! los colores son brutales!

  8. IMAC- 57 months ago | reply

    Ufff, esta es tremenda... ¡menudo dramatismo!
    Me encanta.

    ¡Saludos!

  9. Ian@NZFlickr 57 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *Little stories-pics with "soul"*:Invited photos only !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Wonderful picture and story!

  10. patRii 57 months ago | reply

    otra más increible!
    espero q pronto, me enseñes todos esos paisajes!

    besos bro!

  11. Lightpoacher 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Applauding Talent Around the World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. lo.tangelini 54 months ago | reply

    Genial ! siempre me sorprendes con tus fotos.

  13. Haidée 51 months ago | reply

    Genial la historia, pero la foto de concurso!! :O

  14. Pepeketua 51 months ago | reply

    Love the light and the clouds on the background.

  15. Solo Imaginacion 40 months ago | reply

    Que hermosa foto!!!!!!

  16. Bluebelier - catching up soon 30 months ago | reply

    bellisimo en todas las formas posibles!!

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