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Jo Nijenhuis

Hoorn, Netherlands

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Canon EOS 350D, 18mm, 1/500 sec, F/4 ISO-400, Dynamic-Photo-HDR
Hondsbossche Zeewering
The Hondsbossche and Pettemer Zeewering, which is the actual name, is a 5,5 km long seadike between the villages of Camperduin and Petten. At the. St. Elisabeths flood of 1421 a major part of the dunes were “washed” away. Repairworks had not the expected long time results, extra reinforcements over the years did not prevent another break of the manmade built coast protection. At All Saint’s 1570 the country got flooded again.
The constructed, yet vulnerable sanddike got its final layout in 1880, that dike finally could hold the heavy storms.

This dike is a so-called watchman’s dike, behind a vulnerable seaprotection often a “sleeperdike” was constructed, at the Hondsbossche Zeewering the sleeperdike was built in 1526. Further into the country there was a dreamerdike as well, but the remains of this one were cleared in the 1970’s.

Vigilance have to be case, always, changes in climat and see-bottom (ocean-floor)will have consequences for the safety of the sea-wall. Supplements of sand at the coast and reinforcements of the dike shall always continue.
One of those reinforcements consists of basalt-blocks of various size, either as a cover on the dike as well as breakwaters.
The change of tides creates a perfect habitat for little seacreatures as muscles, crabs, starfish and small animals.
Oct 18, 2009 Petten, The Netherlands, Europe

Featured in Your Magic Place, Sea, Image Writing, The Woman Photographer, The Photographer in Action, Dutch Showcase

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