Lighthouse "The horse of Marken" HDR 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 neigborhoods 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:
The “Horse of Marken” is the lighthouse of Marken. The lighthouse, devised by J. Valk and built in 1839, stands on the Eastern point of the island. The Tower has an hight of 16 meters and licht-reach of 16.7 km.

The lighthouse tower started as a square fire beacon in 1700. Later some buildings were added to the tower, which gave the lighthous its characteristic form. In 1814, a fog bel was added to the tower. In 1839, is the round tower was built on the basis of the original square fire beacon. In 1919, the fog bel has been replaced by a fog horn.

Regularly the lighthouse suffers from drifting ice. In 1971, this was so bad that the tower was pushed some centimetres of its place. At present the lighthouse is inhabited.

Since 1970 the lighthouse has the status of national monument.

Photo made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
1/500 sec f unknown
300mm ISO 200

Pseudo HDR of 4 different exposures (Lightroom) of the same pic – processed in Dynamic Photo HDR and edited in Photoshop 7.0

Features and Top10 placements
Top 10 placement in Down by the sea – This, that and the other thing (March 31, 2011)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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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

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  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 4 years ago

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photo – beautifully composed.

  • Thank you so much, Anna! Very kind of you!

    – steppeland

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Audry!

    – steppeland

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 4 years ago

    Mooi Steppe! Erg mooi!
    Ben er vele malen met mijn broer langs gevaren, maar heb Het Paard vanaf deze kant nog nooit gezien…
    Groeten en fijne avond verder!

  • Tja, en ik nog nooit van de andere kant LOL – Dank voor het fijne commentaar, Hans!

    – steppeland

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Sarnia!

    – steppeland

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixabout 4 years ago

    Ook een super mooi plaat !!!
    Mvg, Erik

  • Dank je wel ! :)

    – steppeland

  • quiltmaker
    quiltmakeralmost 4 years ago

  • Great! Thanks a lot, QM, for letting me know and for organizing the challenges! It’s always a great honour to have one of my works voted in the top 10 :)

    – steppeland

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 2 years ago

    This is the kind of place I love to go…..quiet and peaceful…..such a lovely building with that red roof. You wonder about who lives there or takes care of it, the lighthouse keeper. Lovely shot.

  • Aww, thank you, Elizabeth! How did you happen to come across this image – it has been unnoticed for so long LOL – Yes indeed, it’s a fascinating place, and I too was wondering about the owner… May be a private person, since there was a fence around it with locked gate, but there also was a sailing boat arriving as I was photographing (see Sailing boat arriving at the lighthouse) , with a group of people embarking there… Would have loved to go closer to find out more ;)

    – steppeland

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 2 years ago

    I was just taking a browse when I saw this image…..a lovely walk with you on your journeys. I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing a lighthouse. I guess I feel that they are romantic. I can imagine two chairs and lovely basket of food….and a wonderful guy sitting next to me of course. lol…..that would be so nice.

  • You’re great in imagining your ideal scenery, Elisabeth, that’s for sure! LOL – and thank your for taking that walk throug my gallery ;)

    – steppeland

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