Kinderdijk Elshout Windmills

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What started out as a grey, stormy & wet evening evolved later after midnight into a clear, dry, warm, starry morning. You could hear a pin drop as it was so peaceful. Just me & 19 beautiful windmills.

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In September 2012 I was fortunate enough to be sent from Munich to a branch of our company in Belgium at Vilvoorde on the outskirts of Brussels for 2 weeks. This of course lead to me taking my camera with me and using the evenings as best as I could to discover the area a little. On one evening I got to leave a little earlier and drove 2 hours up north into Holland where after quite a stormy wet drive I arrived at Elshout to be greeted by clear skies and some sunshine. I couldn’t believe my luck and was glad that I didn’t turn back as I had intended.

The Kinderdijk was deserted other than the odd cyclist and a couple of quacking ducks, I had the whole area all to myself. The sunset was quite spectacular with some nice cloud formations which later dispersed leaving me a clear star filled sky and a full moon. I clicked away to my hearts content until around 2:00am before making the journey back to Grimbergen near Brussels in Belgium to my hotel. At around 4:30am I fell into my bed and at 7:30am it was time to get up for work again.

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“This was absolutely amazing, a mad dash from work in Vilvoorde, Belgium to Elshout by pouring rain to be rewarded with a sunset and clear starry sky.”

―Douglas Stevens

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Did You Know?

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention listed the windmills at Kinderdijk as a World Heritage Site in 1997. The 19 windmills were built to manage the water levels & the drainage of soil near the Lek & Noord rivers as the land is below sea level. This was undertaken after a failed attempt using canals.

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