The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen shows how the Dutch lived and fished in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. At that time, the Zuiderzee was open to the North Sea. In the 1900s, a dam was constructed, making it into a lake, known now as the IJsselmeer.
A beautiful day for a sail on the Markermeer. This is the southern portion of the IJsselmeer, part of the “wet heart of the Netherlands.” Much of the land surrounding the IJsselmeer has been reclaimed, resulting in formerly underwater land becoming livable and protected from flooding, as a result of huge dam and dike construction projects.
Passing through the locks from Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, and heading into the Markermeer to Durgerdam.
The Morning News: Originally, the thatch of girders, encircled by their attendant cranes, was indistinguishable from the rest of the mostly low-rise cityscape. Gradually, however, an alien, skeletal form emerged, pushing higher and higher, the cladding racing to catch up with the structure. Only in the past month have the final steels been craned into place, completing the curvaceous form.
Here’s a photo of “the gherkin” (30 St Mary Axe) I posted in January.
A traditional Dutch sailing vessel heads north on the North Sea Canal, past the Shell Oil building.
Heading past Amsterdam on the North Sea Canal. That’s the train station behind the channel marker buoy.
Old and new along the North Sea Canal, near Amsterdam. Which would you rather live in?
This bridge connects Zaaneiland to Zaandam. It was originally built with no way for boats to pass through, so the opening mechanism had to be designed specially to fit the existing bridge. As a result, the blue arm lifts the bridge deck up and out at an interesting angle (towards the camera and to the left).
To request an opening, boats move up close and press a button, then back away. Electric eyes check for things (cars, cats, bicycles, etc.) on the bridge, or a boat in too close, then the bridge automatically opens. It shuts again a minute or so after no boat traffic has been detected.