Walking along the dike, a small movement caught my eye. It was a bee that came to rest on a most peculiar looking plant. It seems to bloom into a flower and ends up as thistle or ragweed looking plant. The delicate white hair looking pods are gorgeous. The unopened pods are eye catching as well. The plant looks like something in a science fiction movie. I was told it is a Dandelion.
Bee on a popcorn plant pollen run
This still to be identified plant, looked like popcorn hence the name. As I started to photograph the flower, a bee came in for a pollen run.
Bee on a popcorn pollen run.
I think this wider shot of the bee on the plant with the blurred background gave a better perspective of the size plant.
This is the close up using the 600 mm end of the camera lens. See the wide shot to see how far away I was
There were lots of people who used the dikes for fun as well as a way to get from one place to another, almost always by bike.
This is the wide shot of Ed and Joan on the boat. You see in the other photo what a 600 mm lens on a camera can do.
1644 Oveerwaard Coats of Arms
This is a close up of the various coats of arms on the door to the city hall in Kinderdijk.
Kinderdjik City Hall
Life with all the toys ...and location, location, location
Nice life huh?
pam and the clog guide
Ton was our guide through the windmills... complete with hand carved clogs. Pam was about to sync her personal listening device. These things were great. We had each one. It charged in our stateroom. Every time we went on a group tour we synced to the guide's paddle by touching the number on the paddle. No need to be up close to the guide to hear everything he or she had to say.
Rhine River Gardens
Everywhere, people would take advantage of any patch of space to have a flower or vegetable garden. The guides said, having any kind of garden was important and so was making sure the greenspace was kept in immaculate condition.
Dutch flag garden 1
Another example of making sure that the green small available no matter how small was immaculate. Dutch pride was everywhere as well.
Jeans, shirt and jacket on a clothes line.
Somehow, the clothes on the line don't detract from the rest of the garden.
Dutch Pride and a life saver just in case.
10 year old clogs.
Faux Windmill home
This was the site of a windmill built in the mid 1700's. It was rebuilt as home in 1988
1743--- remodeled in 1988
Its not what you think.
It looks medieval, but really is just a water tower made to fit into the landscape. The tour guide said it was the most asked about feature around the windmills. He then laughed as he told us, it's just a water tower built about 40 years ago.
Heron in the boezems 1
working on the garden
A couple of homes with great views of the river and windmills.
Sails open to catch the wind.
Good view of unfurled cloth sails that are used to control how fast the windmills with spin. This kind of windmill is called a ground sail, because the sails are so big they almost touch the ground.
anno 1743 windmill wide shot. Its one of the oldest of the 17 windmills still in existence.
Braking polls side view
The multi-colored poles are used to brake and release the vanes as well as to rotate the cap section of the windmills. The tops rotate to be able to catch the wind no matter the direction. How do they determine the direction of the wind? According to the guide, the oldest way Millers did it was to get up in the morning...go outside and take a leak. The direction of the stream determined how to set the sails. Hence...the term pissing into the wind....or so the guide said.
Bee on flower 2
Reed woven basket in the water
No idea why this was in the reed, but it was big...and cool looking.
Getting a drink of water with the sun setting.
heron medium shot