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    Posted: 26 February 2021 at 20:40
OOOOPS
posted twice? (how did I do that?    )
as if it wasn't too much already
SORRYYY   

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dear visitor,
welcome to the chapel of silence:
a place of contemplation, to light a candle... etc.

+ the usual- 1 person, 1.5 meters, cleaning and so on

'chapel' being the entrance hall of the church, opened daily since corona






on the wall, btw, is not a cloth. it's a photo of the cloth that was stolen from the 'silence chapel' in november.
the church people are still hoping for a remorseful thief.








ice skating on puddles










not yet











and traces of dogs








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little snow and ice in 2019








take-away across the street

















and the Only ice seen in 2020




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spring has sprung !


after spending a week in the freezer, temperatures rose approx. 25+ degrees C. overnight. (and approx. 30+ elsewhere in the country -still sea climate here- ). from 10+ C. below zero at night to 15+ C., day time, in the shade. lo-ve-ly weather!
still in 2018 though








posse









bicycle path




spreading salt








...lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow




Hollandse aardbeien / 'dutch strawberries'





Dodge RAM 5.7L- large cars, large icicles





greeting card & gift shop, bakery next door





Marskramer- household items & toys





thrift store










bed store replaced a Spar supermarket
(because my ma used to be a very loyal customer, I took many pics of Spar supermarkets -for her-, amazed to find them abroad.
nowadays they seem to face extinction in this country. only a few brave -or forgotten- ones left in the smallest villages).


















catch 'em ...if you can


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but we've had our share (or dustings) of snow during recent years?




2017





and, village of Oost-Souburg, 2018...












palm berries





lenses everywhere ;)































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it's obvious that the Netherlands felt the breath of winter as well last week.
deeply frozen and covered in snow.
we experienced the last harsh winter in 2012.




beam me down, Scotty!




(and ...touch down)










no lens porn (nor appropriate sharpness) here. forgive me?





gull-on-the-rocks









'get out of my hole!'










9 years ago today...

 



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@Leo (should you see this)- will you start a new 'former islands of (from-left-to-right) Walcheren and Zuid-Beveland'-thread?
(no particular order). or + Zak van Zuid-Beveland exclusively?
(de Zak being a -protected- national landscape whereas Zuid-Beveland as a whole is not. but Walcheren neither)?

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tow path from Souburg to Vlissingen









and vice versa







135mm

tow path from Souburg to Middelburg
called the Vogeldijk / 'bird dyke'








100mm

same path- facing opposite direction
(all of these trees..... )
in the BG Vlissingen. crane at the Damen -super yacht- shipyard.
which, btw, also has to go.






mooring bollards- dozens of them along the Walcheren canal.
254 to be precise.
does anyone know or see what they are? or rather were?





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< forgot- 'verder dan ver' means 'farther/further than far'.
(still guessing what they actually mean though).
the annual Zeeland (coastal) marathon was cancelled last year and seems further away than ever.
although they, optimistically, planned the next one for october this year.


Canal through Walcheren








village of Oost-Souburg + the Souburg bridge





2015- all of the trees still present





tow path from Vlissingen to Souburg


















in the distance 1 of the towers of the Middelburg city hall and (tower) de Lange Jan / 'long John'.
every tree on the right will 'have to' be destroyed before 2025.
   





december 2017- the massacre has begun   














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still Zoutelande...




'salt of the earth'










'farther than far' ...prophetic words? ;)


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september 2016


and Zoutelande 4 years later- also september




see that jungle of wind turbines at sea?   





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wow, TYSM Simon and Joe! how very kind!!
I wish though...

there ain't no pride. on the contrary. just sentiments and a sense of loss, and a longing for what was taken away from us, concern about what they are trying to take away from us. ('they' being project developers, -who think BIG-, often not even locals. the keyword is tourism. -and in the past available cooling water for huge polluting factories-).

yes, I love this island. (after WWII Walcheren was still an island, only connected to the next peninsula, Zuid-Beveland, by a dam. it wasn't until after the 1953 North sea flood that bridges and more dams were built and parts of the sea -arms- shut off, some land obv. reclaimed). it's not the prettiest of islands, but I totally get how the coast and country have mesmerised so many -loyal- tourists.
but to capture the soul of Walcheren, takes more than just a grand tour + snaps at random -my middle name-. or bad pics of a lady with her dress tucked into her undies (previous post).
any of you would come up with better pics -so far ;)-! it has to involve the elements of nature, weather, seasons and the incredible force of the sea and this land, gained from it. and capturing the magnificent light. the famous Zeeland (Walcheren- actually) light really excists, it's light reflected in whirling salt crystals, that appear to be bigger in summer). it's a tale of fertile land and old customs, of tide and dunes and dykes, woodland, animals, an ongoing song of wind, waves and sand, and more ...hovering just outside the scope of reason.   

which sums up my pitfall. and huge frustration, as if it wouldn't be tricky enough to try to make an effort. I'm a s*cker for light! pretty light, threatening clouds and golden hours. which means having to travel to/from many locations during darker hours. (or pouring rain/thunder storms). I often leave with lots of pricey stuff, strapped to my back. (at least, it's rather expensive for me). not afraid of anyone, but often feeling vulnerable when on a(n old skool) bike, or (moped)/scooter, on deserted roads, still daylight. (carburator of my -1986- car has been stolen AND the horn grr. the starter motor + start relay of scooter broken). or (obviously? ;)) alone in remote places. in the past my -diseased- husband always came along.
tried company. they either don't get it -and asking for the 5th time in a row if they could pls stop running -and worse, stop popping up in the frame time after time- won't make you any 'friends'. ;) - willing to lower their pace for a few steps and like to remind me that I 'have already taken a pic of that dune/beach/flower/unameit' and that it's not done to lay on the ground ;), question why I'm not swiftly running onto the next sets of stairs, with a heavy load on my back. it has to be enjoyable for them as well? OR they say they would love to come along, will even bring their cameras, at 1 pm "when the sunshine is really nice". well, that. which doesn't mean that I couldn't do more, whilst still not living my passion ...like my best?!(!!) for a change?!       

perhaps I should leave the history part out. who cares anyway?
however, IMHO it does place things in a context, (it c/b easily skipped), and is not what Dyxum is about? ! (and sometimes amazes me).
this is not common knowledge. i.e. we were not taught about it at school. I've always been familiar with -what's left of- that castle and often drove past it when our rabbit food-dealer was in Westkapelle, while taking the nicer short cut. it intrigued me every time, but no clue what it was back then. 'the Cats' house' btw is the dutch equivalent of 10, Downing street, but I would be surprised if any of the fellow country(wo)men knew that the man, Cats, known for corny poems and hi-level politics, spent most of his working life on Walcheren. read later on the wiki page that he had to leave his country house, because a dyke had broke and didn't know that either. Middelburg happens to be the (2nd before WWII) 5th city in the country with the most monuments, but not every monument looks like a gem?

@Simon- I so love your pics! every time I watch BBC's 'escape to the country' (a fave program, along with Kevin McCloud's 'grand designs'), it strikes me how incredibly stunning your country is, every county! and often hope for more 'city' threads! to watch the unknown and perhaps even familiar places.
(in a former life, we've spent 4 years at sea, merely coasters (499 GRT) and a few larger ships. during which period the UK -and Ireland- were our 'home away from home', a return to the 'civilized world' (forgive me? ) + an opportunity to freely roam the streets again and to buy stuff like stationery, books/mags > Practical Photography!, (Cadbury bars ;)), contact lens fluids, camera batteries, toothpaste and so on. in particular Cornwall, Par (China clay) and the region around it. the longest trip was 7 months in a row, not been in Holland for 6 months. our 'local' camera store was in Par. (and regulars at a pub in Dundalk. ;)). I, for one, have seen many a shore in the UK and every shore of Ireland + the regions behind them, but unfortunally not much of the inland). 'in short': how about more 'city' threads of regions that deserve more of the limelight than Walcheren does? would love to see them! this is not a hint! ;) (I wouldn't dare ).

@Joe- (love your pics too! :)). sincerely hope so! so far it seems to go from worse to worse.
(really glad that you surfaced again. hadn't seen you around for a couple of days, none of my business, but relieved that all looks well. :)).

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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Walcheren is very lucky to have a photographer like you Ine, I feel I know the city well through your eyes!


+1.
Ine, you are putting together a beautiful chronicle of Walcheren past and present, with a lot of obvious love and pride.
Wonderful to see from a distance. Hopefully international travel will become a possibility in the not too distant future to enable adventures with my camera once again...
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Walcheren is very lucky to have a photographer like you Ine, I feel I know the city well through your eyes!
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