Paard van Marken ("Horse of Marken")

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    Explore #359 - 14 August 2011

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    Yesterday I went testing my new graduated ND filter. I can nott wait to use it on sunsets. It works just great. However, it is quite a challenge to give the clouds the right exposure. They tend to get a bit to dark.

    At this picture you can see one of the most photographed lighthouses of the Netherlands. It was build in1839 on Marken. Marken is a former island in the IJsselmeer which was separated from the mainland by a high tide in 1164 and is now linked with the Nes promontory by a 2km/1.25mile long dike built in 1957. The dike is part of the ring dike round the future Markerwaard, the fourth area planned to be reclaimed from the Zuiderzee. Since the decline of the

    fisheries following the dyking of the Zuiderzee Marken's main source of income has been tourism. In 1232 there was on Marken a daughter house of the Frisian abbey of Mariengaard, which from 1251 to 1345 owned the whole island. Thereafter it was purchased by the town of Amsterdam, and as a result was frequently involved during the Middle Ages in the conflicts between Amsterdam and the ports on the opposite side of the Zuiderzee (e.g. Kampen). In the 17th century the shipping trade of Marken flourished. During the French occupation (1811) the island became independent. At the end of the 19th century there were 17 villages on Marken; now there are only seven in addition to the main village of Monnikenwerf. The principal tourist attractions of Marken are its characteristic old wooden houses and its traditional costumes.

    picture 4B, leuntje, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. picture 4B 43 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot, great processing and very impressive sky!

    2. leuntje 43 months ago | reply

      Een heel bekend plekje en altijd weer anders. Wat een schitterende lucht heb je hier gevangen ! Superplaat !

    3. Peter Gol 43 months ago | reply

      Indrukwekkende lucht zeg!!

    4. D o m i n i q u e K. 43 months ago | reply

      Práchtig! De lucht is indrukwekkend.
      Mooie en overeenkomst tussen boven en beneden in vorm...

    5. Ricardo Gomez A 43 months ago | reply

      Woow waht a wonderful photo! Excellent capture and impresive edition! The sky is really fantastic!!

    6. Rene Mensen 43 months ago | reply

      Prachtige lucht, vormt een mooie lijnenspel met de onderkant

    7. Orient Sea 43 months ago | reply

      Very impressive picture!

    8. Aheroy(2Busy) 43 months ago | reply

      Prachtige lucht,..,de groene golf met wiite schuim,ook erg mooi !!

    9. just DM 42 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image, well done.

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