Holland, Return to the Motherland…
Even though my trip to Holland wasn’t a photography trip, I couldn’t leave without a least a few decent pictures of some windmills, a Dutch icon.
On our way Delft back to Etten-Leur in South Holland, we swung by the Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site of 19 pristinely preserved windmills. Built around 1740, the windmills were erected as part of the water management plan and drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders (an area of 16 by 32 kilometers) into the river Lek via the Elshout sluices where the water eventually discharges into the sea.
At the height of the region’s productivity in the eighteenth century, there were about 150 windmills and although the 19 remaining are still operational, the water is now moved through a modernized pumping station.