January 2012 wallpaper

January 2012 wallpaper

The photo for the January 2012 wallpaper was taken in the village Volendam in the province Noord-Holland in the Netherlands.

A traditional Dutch windmill is marking one of the entry roads to the old fishing village. Volendam is not only well known for its eel fishing, but also for a long line of successful and popular musicians and singers. The Volendam style music is often referred to as the eel-sound!

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Postcards from Holland

Postcards from Holland

Windmill near Volendam, Noord-Holland

Due to family reasons I am currently spending some time away from home and back in my country of birth, the Netherlands.

Although I have visited the Netherlands the past years frequently I never spent much time to seriously photograph it. Actually, some Dutch cows are currently the only gallery in my portfolio from the country I lived in for more than 30 years (you can view them here).

Now that I have lived abroad for many years it seems that I view my previous home with different eyes. While I was living there it would not have had my preference to go out and shoot some images in stormy and cloudy weather, but it was different two weeks ago.

There was a heavy storm with very strong winds and regular rainfall a few weekends ago. Flights from Schiphol airport were delayed or even canceled and traffic on the roads was seriously effected. These were the conditions I went out with my camera (I did not even bother to take my tripod with me) and shot the attached photos.

“Towards the end” at the coastline of Petten, Noord-Holland