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harbour, grey, gray, pier, harbor, bollard, amsterdam, grip, netherlands, patterned, squeezed, heavy metal, houthaven, wood harbor

Recently I made an exploratory photo walk in and around the Houthaven (Wood harbor) in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun. (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)

The friendly pier (as I’ve come to think of it) not only had these welcoming little creatures and awesome spirals, but also a nice collection of ‘heavy metal’.

What, exactly, happened here to create this awesome pattern? It looks as though some giant hand gripped and squeezed this bollard in the pier so hard with a patterned hand, that it went right through the thick coat of paint into the heavy steel. Yes, it is the right way up – this is where I found it:


Taken in Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010-06-26
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • Lena Weiss
    Lena Weissover 4 years ago

    Great series.. the grey tones are so good!!

  • Yes, all the metal of the pier itself was painted a uniform grey – it made such a striking difference with the mostly bright colors on the ‘working ships’ on the other piers!

    Thank you so much, Lena, for the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Nice shot my friend liking the patterned effect on this

  • Isn’t it weird? I just cannot imagine what kind of thing (or its function) caused this! This was one of those double-take situations: so much to see all around me on that pier, I walked past it, then saw, stopped, and took the shot. And then checked that I did get it the right way up, because it looks angled but isn’t!

    Lots of little riddles on the friendly pier, this may be the biggest. :)

    Thanks, Vee!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    Great find and capture, I love the questions you have posed with this, the lines and textures too! :))

  • I’m always wondering about how patterns and textures originate…. :)

    Thank you so much, Kylie!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • MarjorieB
    MarjorieBover 4 years ago

    Wow! it makes a lovely abstract.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment, Marjorie!

    It’s necessarily abstract since I have no idea what ‘made’ this. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Very well done!!

  • Thank you so much for the nice comment and the fave, Gena!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Jennifer Hulbert-Hortman
    Jennifer Hulbe...over 4 years ago

    This is wonderful. great shot!

  • Thank you very much, for the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 3 years ago

    Well done!

  • Ha! That’s great Andrew! Thank you very much for the feature in Metallic Junktion – and thank you for the favorite as well!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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