Grandpa on wooden shoes - Marken by steppeland

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This is Holland – collection
A walk through Marken – series
Marken, North Holland, the Netherlands

Marken is a peninsula in the IJsselmeer, the Netherlands, located in the municipality Waterland in the province North Holland. It is a former island, which nowadays (since 1957) is connected to the North Holland mainland by a causeway. Marken, originally an isolated fishers community, is now a well-known tourist attraction, well-known for its characteristic wooden houses and the typical traditional costumes

In the 13th century monks from the abbey Mariëngaarde from Friesland went to settle on the island. Their main means for living were agriculture and stock farming. To protect themselves against the water, they started building dikes around the isle, and build their houses on ‘werven’ – artificially heightened grounds.
In the 14th century, the dikes repeatedly were broken by the sea, and the salt water got free way again. Inhabitants of the isle started to specialise in fishing.
The construction of the ‘Afsluitdijk’ (Enclosure Dam) in 1932 meant the end of this source of income.
In October 1957, the dike between the main land and Marken was opened.

The village of Marken exists of several neigbourhoods that originally were separated, but now some of those neighbourhoods are connected to one another.
The typical wooden houses have several building types that are easily recognized: the tightly packed houses on the ‘werf’ (artificial building hill), the pole-houses, with their now closed under-houses, and the houses without basements which stand below sea-level on the meadows, built after the closing of the Afsluitdijk (Closing dike), that separated the Zuider-sea from the North-sea. The bleaching paddocks for the washing, now used as gardens, can be clearly seen in several places.

Wikipedia – English
Wikipedia – Dutch – and an ANWB tourist information board

This picture:
Grandpa on wooden shoes and in traditional dress, taking the baby out for a walk
Close-up here

Technical information
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
exp.time 1/250 sec. at f/ 8,0
ISO 100 – Focal length 20mm

TAGS: Netherlands Holland Marken, Dutch_nederlands, traditional dress, wooden shoes, people, grandpa, baby, pram, ships, harbour, travel, tourism, street_photography candid spontaneous_portrait, seasons, summer

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in 50+ group (Dec 1, 2010)
Featured in Your country’s best (Jan. 18, 2014)
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netherlands, holland, marken, dutch, nederlands, traditional dress, wooden shoes, people, grandpa, baby, pram, ships, harbour, travel, tourism, street_photography, candid, seasons, summer, ft10 jan, mmm ggg steppeland

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • StamatisGR
    StamatisGRover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Stamatis!

    – steppeland

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 3 years ago

  • Dank je wel!

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Veel dank! :)

    – steppeland

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    November 30, 2010

  • Awesome! Thanks a lot! My first December-feature,yay!! :D

    – steppeland

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharp3 months ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Marie!

    – steppeland

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