Land of Water | Photography Lovers End of Year Contest

I want to dedicate my "End of Year contest" post to the country I am from: the Netherlands! A densely populated country, but despite that, we still have some beautiful and unspoiled places to go to (most of them involving water)! As a photographer and nature lover, I see it as my duty to show people the beauty surrounding us! With my images, I hope to show people why we should care about our planet!

Typical Dutch, I know... I could see the clouds packing from my frontyard, and I instantly knew where to go to.

Our country has a lot of water! As a matter of fact, most of the country is below sea-level. This made us the most skilled dyke-builders on the planet to date :-D But... We really have to! If the sea-level keeps rising, we are screwed! The Netherlands is built on a morene, left by the ice-age.

The Netherlands is incredibly flat!

Most of the country, especially where I live, up North, used to be swamp, delta or under water. That is why the early Dutch built all types of water management systems, like windmills for instance.

These poles were used to construct dams, to win land from the sea. This image is taken during a blizzard.

A lot of our country is taken from the sea. We've used all kinds of milling and pumping techniques to remove water. We've built km's of dykes, filled lakes with sand, and used everything in our power to get rid of the water. This makes our country terribly flat, but also really vulnerable for the rising water.

The Wadden Sea is incredible. When the water retreats at low-tide, the sea floor appears.

One of the most amazing places we have in the Netherlands, is the Wadden Sea. This is a tidal sea which runs almost completely dry at low tide. A crazy spectacle to witness. Millions of birds call this their home, and even more visit us during migration.

We let our ship run dry, next to our neighbors. The next morning, this ship was lying flat on the sea floor!

We share this sea with Germany and Denmark, and there are some beautiful islands at the edge with the North sea. Come to think of it, less than hundred years ago they wanted to damm the whole place, to turn it into farmland... luckily that didn't happen. It would have ruined a natural reserve of world proportion! The Wadden Sea is unique to the world.

Because the sea was so hard to navigate, all Dutch islands have lighthouses. Some even more than one!

Thanks to the fact that the Netherlands is built on a morene, we have very fertile ground. That is why the first inhabitants stayed! Always battling the rising tide. To stay warm in winter, the found peat. The delved lots of it, but luckily there are still some areas left, creating a unique landscape; a combination of water, swamp and forest.

A small area where the soil consists of peat. Is is strange and really stunning! Especially in winter!

When reading this, it might become clear that the Dutch took a lot of land from nature, and that is true! We have ruined a lot of the bio diversity. Which is very bad. Luckily, more and more people realize this. Therefore, we see developments that are positive towards nature. The city where I live is protected by a huge natural reserve: a place where the excess water goes. The plus side of this is that you see various bird species return. Otters and bevers call this there home too. And it is amazing for photography as well!

Watermanagement and nature can go hand in hand!

Thanks for reading
Of course, this story is far from complete, but I thought it would be a fun way to show some of the images I took during this year. I really hope you've enjoyed this and learned something about my country. I hope my stories inspire you to pick up the camera, and head out for adventure! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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Such a great set of images, you show many sides of nature and water here all of it beautiful!

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Awesome entry and some pretty incredible shots! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks so much buddy! I really tried to make an interesting little story for the contest!

Mission Accomplished! hahaha

very nice selection of photos. thanks for sharing
happy new year

Thanks very much! Glad you like them!! Happy new year to you too!!

Nice shots! They look like they just came out a magazine of National Geographic!

Thanks very much! That is such a nice thing to say!!