Zeeland

The province of Zeeland is in fact one big river delta, situated as it is at the mouth of several big rivers. Most of the province lies beneath sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by the people over time. What used to be a muddy landscape flooded at high tide and reappearing at low tide, first became the scene of small man-made hills that would stay dry at all times. Later the people of the province would connect the hills by creating dikes, which lead to a chain of dry land that later grew into bigger islands and gave the province its current shape. The shape of the islands has been changing through time both by the hands of man and nature. The North Sea flood of 1953 claimed vast amounts of land that were only partially reclaimed. The subsequent construction of the Delta Works also changed the face of the province. The infrastructure (although very distinct by the amount of bridges, tunnels and dams) hasn't shaped the province as much as the geography of the province has shaped the infrastructure. The dams, tunnels and bridges that are currently a vital part of the province's road system were constructed over the space of decades and came to replace old ferry lines. The final touch to this process came in 2003 when the Westerschelde tunnel was opened. It was the first solid connection between both banks of the Westerschelde and ended the era of water separating the islands and peninsulas of Zeeland.

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 022 text
    Great shot! I really like your seaside shots.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 149
    Funny. Peter's position here makes this look like a GIANT cannon with him tied on the front of it. Very amusing.
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    I was trying to get a good composition and he was walking around and all of the sudden this happened...cool eh? so it was not even planned!
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 147
    Re: Peter's comment. We have similar structures on the shores of Lake Michigan, the world's second largest fresh-water lake (15 miles from the Glen). Ours "look" like old jetties but are, in fact, devices designed to minimize lateral erosion of the shoreline due to wave action. Perhaps these are the same thing. Looking at the nature of their construction, I would bet that they are.
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    I think that is what they are meant for indeed....gulf breakers like we call them, but normally they are much further into the water and look different so that's why I did not realise I guess...?
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 144
    I would like this place.
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    oh yes, but I thought it was a bit disappointing...we have seen nicer ones, lots of the historical buildings seem to be surrounded by modern ones and that is always a pity I think.
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 142
    I would be fun for a biologist to climb down that gate and check out the lifeforms colonizing the lower rung.
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    it would be fun for me photographing that! :)
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    Photographing what? The life forms on the gate or this life form climbing down to see them? ROFL
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 137
    Cool. Is that a circular restaurant for the tourists to fill their bellies with food and their eyes with passing ships?
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    much more...but we did not go in as the weather was nice and it is more fun when you have kids with you!
    http://www.arsenaal.com/index2.php
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 133
    Lighthouse?
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    yes, I thought it was funny, they used the church as a lighthouse. They removed the tower and put this red thing instead as the church was empty all the time and now it is useful. More and more churches are being used for non religious purposes lately such as museums, restaurants and there is even one that has been transformed in a sort of castle to play in for children!
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    Why not?
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 125
    Thank you. I know you took this just for me (or is that presumptious?). BTW...we have those kiddie-carts for the young children over here, too.
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    yes, Peter asked me why I took a picture of bikes...LOL
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 124
    Fantastic. One has to wonder at how they managed to get those heavy bells way up there without a crane to do the lifting. Marvelous engineering. Of course, they used block-and-tackle, but it must have been a LOT of work.
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    I like towers with these huge bells in it, the sound is really great too!
  • LesTension Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    2006-09-12 Zeeland 116
    Interesting...in the previous shot, the cisterne looked like it was inside the building.
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    It is, the building is a cirkel shape...the cisterne is exactly in the middle...(look at the floor...) The doorway is taken from the inside in this shot...same doorway!
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    I meant inside the church....but you knew that!
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    I did not!