• j'aime - 1D110
  • Possible crop? - Panorama Paul
  • With the added water you probably watch 1 sec. longer to this photo than without.
  • I agree Ben... the water definitely does add more interest to the photo. My reason for suggesting the crop has more to do with how close that windmill blade is to the upper edge of the frame... than because I didn't like the water. My feeling is that the composition looks a bit top-heavy as it is... I was just wondering whether cropping off some of the bottom would not perhaps balance the image a little bit better? - Panorama Paul
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The famous Windmills of Kinderdijk

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The Netherlands is famous for its windmills. Today there are still more than 1.000 mills. Nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as near the Dutch village Kinderdijk. Around 1740 no less than 19 sturdy mills were built here. They have been well preserved to the present day. The mills drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders - which are situated below sea-level - after which the water is sluiced into the river Lek - the Rhine. The powerful mill sails serve to transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water. Nowadays power-driven pumping engines do the job, including one of the largest water screw pumping-stations in Western Europe. In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

The outstanding contribution made by the people of the Netherlands to the technology of handling water is admirably demonstrated by the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. Photo of the Windmills at the Kinderdijk - the Netherlands. Construction of hydraulic works for the drainage of land for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and have continued uninterruptedly to the present day. The site illustrates all the typical features associated with this technology – dykes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings and a series of beautifully preserved windmills.

Nederland is beroemd om haar molens. Vandaag de dag zijn er nog steeds meer dan 1000 in ons land aanwezig. Nergens in de wereld vind je nog zoveel molens bij elkaar als in het dorpje Kinderdijk. Zo rond 1740 zijn hier 19 stevige molens gebouwd die tot op heden goed zijn onderhouden en nog in bedrijf zijn. De molens malen het overtollige water van de Alblasserwaard polders - die een stuk lager dan zee niveau liggen - naar de naastgeleven rivier de Lek. De rivier voert op haar beurt dit water weer af naar de Noordzee. De sterke zeilen van de molens brachten hun kracht over op schoepen, die het water van de lager gelegen polder naar de hoger gelegen waarden pompte. Nu gebeurt dit d.m.v. een pompstation, één van de grootste in Europa. De Stichting Werelderfgoed Kinderdijk beheert en behoud het molengebied Kinderdijk. Naast de zorg voor de restauratie en het onderhoud van de molens betekent dit de zorg voor het gebied. In 1997 werden de molens van Kinderdijk op de Wereld Erfgoed lijst gezet van UNESCO.

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