Passing through the locks from Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, and heading into the Markermeer to Durgerdam.
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.
Zaandam, Holland shortly after sunrise. A couple freighters are visible tied up on the far side of the Oude Haven.