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Andrew Varlamov

Roller Skaters awaiting Friday Night Skate

Peter van de Haar

Those Who Lived Off the Wind

Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands

June 16, 2007, 14.00 UTC

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In this area along the river Zaan, a community of people literally lived off the wind.

They built hundreds of windmills, which were used to grind corn, saw wood, crush seeds and nuts (for oil), grind minerals (dyes for paint), and to pump the polder to keep their feet dry.

Only a few of those mills remain today, which together form a pretty group along the river. Zaanse Schans is located just north of Amsterdam.

The image shows the miller redirecting his mill after a rainshower passed over.

Have a look at http://www.footootjes.nl for more panoramas (inside and outside) of classical Dutch windmills.
http://www.footootjes.nl

Location

Europe / Netherlands

Lat: 52° 28' 30.02" N
Long: 4° 49' 4.3" E

Elevation: -3

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Equipment

Minolta 7D DSLR, Sigma 8mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 3 panohead, Velbon Ultra Lux tripod. Stiched with Hugin & Enblend.

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