The Muiderslot seen from the sea locks of Muiden

jchanders

Hilversum, Netherlands

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The sea locks at the lovely liltle town of Muiden at the most northerly end of the River Vecht once were much important than now once the level of the Zuiderzee rose heavily with the natural change of ebb and flood. When the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea in 1931 and actually re-named IJsselmeer, the difference in height became much less important. Still the locks are used these days, as the level of the IJsselmeer or the most southerly part of it, the Markermeer, is higher than the level of the river. It means that the water runs up-stream here.

Where it does it go? Well, that is a rather complicated story, and I shall not bother you with it today. It is just an ever so intriguing bit of Dutch water control, about most people here hardly ever think though they sleep 1, 2, 3 or even more meters below sealevel and without that water control would not be able to live where they do so.

An interesting element of this picture: it shows clearly a cultural change, the traffic of goods having completey changed to fun traffic! There are only very few commercial boats coming along any longer.

More about Muiden in a short Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muiden

Muiden, 15th April 2007, 11.24
Nikon D 80, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 60 mm
F 5, 1/320, ISO 100

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