Wind and water mill


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Ilperveld, Landsmeer , the Netherlands

Meadow mill along one of the many canals and little streams of the Ilperveld. This mill is preserved by the North Holland Landscape trust at the visitor centre of the Ilperveld

Meadow Mills
Meadow mills were used to keep the groundwater level in a meadow-area lower than normal. It didn’t need manual management, since it has a weather vane that makes the mill turn towards the wind.
This type of windmills were commonly used in the provinces North Holland, South-Holland and Gelderland. There are still a few of them left… (Source: Dutch Wikipedia )

The Ilperveld (Google maps ) is a 1.000 hectare peatland area in the North of Amsterdam, belonging to the municipality Landsmeer.

It is a natural area shaped by nature and human hands. The first inhabitants digged ditches to irrigate the original peat moor. The upper peat layers dried up, causing the ground to sink. The Southern Sea caused in the course of ages for several floods. The salt, added to the ground, creates a specific biotope for special plants.

Peat cutters transformed the area intro a true puzzle of little pieces of land, divided by ditches, small canals and little lakes. Farmers could only reach the meadows by boat. As sailing farmers, they already for hundreds of years provide Amsterdam and surroundings of meat and milk. They care for the land and the water in a way, that water and meadow birds continue to return to the area, year after year.
(Source: Translated from the Dutch Wikipedia and the Ilperveld information folder )

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
1/250 sec at f 8, ISO 200

Features and Top 10 placements
This image received a Top10 placement in the challenge Windmills of the world and was featured in the group Unique buildings of the world (Oct.10 , 2009)
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