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Kinderdijk 2

By conrad  
Differently composed view of the same windpumps as in my previous upload. Again, taken with my pocket digicam.

Paul Croke asked about the name "Kinderdijk". It means "Children's Dyke" in English. There are four different stories that could explain the name, ranging from the simple explanation that the main dyke was built by a child labour force, to a Moses-like story about a baby in a reed basket who survived a flood and was found near the dyke. Not sure which one I believe...

Comments and mods welcome!

Thanks for looking.


Tags: The netherlands Windmill General Kinderdijk Windpump Landscape and travel

Voters: sooty 36, alife, danbaker1988 and 49 more

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 9 Wales
16 Dec 2006 7:22PM
Excellent comp/love the windmills in line.Great .

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16 Dec 2006 7:23PM
Great composition. Lovely blue sky too.

tommy_w 14 21 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2006 7:34PM
Great comp, great shot!

JouŠo 15 56 Finland
16 Dec 2006 7:35PM
brilliant shot, Conrad!
Love the clarity in this...

jonlonbla 13 4 England
16 Dec 2006 8:06PM
Good composition, colour & balance. Click
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2006 8:20PM
An excellent composition with a beautiful sky and lovely deep blue in the water.

geoffwd 14 1 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2006 9:04PM
Lovely composition - like it
conrad 15 10.9k 116
16 Dec 2006 9:42PM
Thanks, fellas!

Lenr 13 1 Wales
16 Dec 2006 11:56PM
Love the sky, Nice composition
bfgstew 13 668 105 England
17 Dec 2006 12:53AM
Great comp and colours.
rhiw_com 13 24
17 Dec 2006 4:48AM
Love the composition in this Conrad. Great camera work.

Rg Tony
Gecko 13 25 Australia
17 Dec 2006 5:01AM
Great composition, like it. pam
kevski 13 14 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 11:28AM
Very nice shot.Looks great.
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
17 Dec 2006 12:16PM
Great comp and sky.

conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Dec 2006 1:28PM
Thanks, everyone!

Kev - I rather liked the duck, but I can see why you wanted it out. Thanks for the mod!

colin 15 697 5 Scotland
17 Mar 2007 10:39AM
The strong blue sky compliments the dark blue of the water, and as has been said the line of the windmills is pleasing to the eye. I think I prefer without the duck, as it breaks the image slightlySmile

Do you live far from here, Conrad? We were staying with friends in Gorinchem and were travelling back from the Waterbus into Rotterdam when Ed stopped for me to get some shots. The only difficulty I had was there are so many electricity pylons and cables which spoil the view. It would take a lot of cloning to sort it outSmile)

Thanks for the comment

conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Mar 2007 1:26PM
I live about an hour's drive from Kinderdijk, Colin. I like going there, but don't often get the chance to go in that direction.

I know exactly how you feel about those cables and pylons - they're a nuisance, because they're literally everywhere in this country. It's just too small, you know, we don't have enough space to provide views of unspoilt landscapes. It's one of my great frustrations.

Which is why I like going to the UK and the US so much... Wink

I'll check what this looks like without the duck - you just might be right about that.

Thanks for your comment!

bmott001 11 5 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2008 11:15AM
This is a wonderful shot. Great composition and lovely colours.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
2 Jun 2008 1:54PM
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Paintman Plus
13 1.3k 177 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 8:25PM
Superbly composed. Excellent work.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
5 Jul 2008 8:30PM
Thanks, Alan!
10 Jul 2008 10:17AM
Not a big problem to take nice photographs with a pocket camera.
I know exectly were these mills are, between den Haag and Amsterdam just on the right of the autoweg.
Good pictures.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
10 Jul 2008 10:27AM
Er... no, this is Kinderdijk, which is almost thirty kilometres east of Rotterdam, so more to the south than the location you have in mind. Understandable mistake, though, because there are many look-alikes in the Netherlands - just not five identical ones in such a neat row as here, and certainly not as part of a large group of nineteen. But thanks for your comment!

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