Walking on the December heath


Hilversum, Netherlands

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One of the most beautiful elements of the countryside around Hilversum are the big stretches of heathland that fortunately have been preserved. It is such a joy to walk on them, to cycle on them, to jog on them, and, I presume, to ride your horse on them.

Actually this landscape is considered to be very un-Dutch, so much that someone last stated that it need not be preserved. Well, in the east, ok, but here in the west, it was the polderland that counted, not these small stretches of heath and woodland. Build, build, build, Euros, Euros, Euros, some big builders and project managers will think. The population pressure is enormous and room is ever so scarce! So would this not be a great place for houses, houses, houses. NO! NO! NO!

Heaven and some common sense forbid that they will ever win. After all this landscape is very much a Dutch landscape. It was formed by the Ice Age, the last push of the Scandinavian ice but one. So about 100 000 years ago the Scandinavian ice masses reached up to just here and pushed up the countryside to the enormous heights of 30 to 50 m above today´s sea-level. For Holland – and this is Holland too, as the Counts of Holland won this bit in bloody battles from the Bishops of Utrecht in the middle ages – this is an absolute exception! Mountains!

I could ramble on about the geology and history of this area, but forgive me, I shall not. And you will be relieved.

There is some other information which I up till now did not yet share with you: the photographic info. At deviantArt it was done automatically. Here I have to do it myself.

Location: Westerheide at Hilversum/The Netherlands
Time: 29th December 2007, 3.11 pm
Camera: Nikon D 80 with Nikkor 18-200 mm, used at 27 mm
F 9, 1/160, ISO 200

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