Dutch Tides

Last month I was back in The Netherlands for a visit. It was a great, yet very busy visit.  Was glad I did make it to the coast. If only for a few hours. The salty air, the Dutch dunes and the wide beaches have a special place in my heart. It really feels like coming home.

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The Brouwers dam between Ouddorp and Renesse is where I used to live near by. Lots of walks on these beaches. I truly love the beaches there. Always windy, always. So getting out of the car and feel that wind going through my hair, will instantly make me feel better. And will blow any day’s worries away.

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I sometimes can feel homesick to that feeling. And that day it felt so good to be back if only for a little bit.

I’ve made these photos when walking up to the beach. It was low tide so the already wide beach here was extra wide. And the low tide and the rain the day before had made for some interesting textures on the beach.

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Loved this one. Beautiful as a very delicate piece of art. I was almost sad that the next high tide might wash it away again. Hopefully the photo I made has made it last a little longer. For me at least. 🙂

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.

~Rachel Carson

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