Almere Castle is a half-finished castle in the Dutch town of Almere in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands. Construction started in 2000 but was halted in 2002, after which the building has turned into a contemporary ruin. It is located on the Oude Waterlandseweg in Almere Haven and is visible from the A6 motorway.
Fort Honswijk, originally called Fort Willem II, is a fortress of the New Dutch Water Line (NWH) and is located on the Eiland van Schalkwijk near the hamlet of Honswijk in Tull and ‘t Waal (municipality of Houten ) on the north bank of the Lek.
The Hatertse and Overasseltse Vennen is a fen area of approximately 520 hectares in the municipalities of Heumen and Wijchen , province of Gelderland . The area consists of about twenty named fens and the surrounding river dune, heath, and forest area.
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The Henschotermeer is a recreational lake of approximately 70 hectares, of which 13 hectares is water. The lake is located in Woudenberg in Utrecht , in the Henschoten estate , part of Den Treek-Henschoten . About 600,000 visitors come every year. This number is significantly lower since access has to be paid from 2020 onwards.
Until 1895 the lake was a large sand drift. To prevent the meadows and roads from disappearing under the drifting sand, the sand drifts were covered with sods and heather. Trees were planted between the sods. The lake was created in the early 1930s with sand extraction for the construction of the A12 highway and later the Grebbelinie. Afterward (1972) the pool that was created during that time was deepened and enlarged to serve as a swimming pool.
There is an island in the lake, which is connected to the beach by two wooden footbridges. Around the lake is a recreation area where you can go for a walk. In winter, if it has sufficiently frozen, you can skate. The Henschotermeer is accessible from sunrise to sunset.
This beautiful historical site has a deep connection to NTG Drone Media. This place where the NTG Drone Media idea was found back in 2017. It was just a normal walk to spend our relaxing day at that time until we talked a lot about the future as that time I was still looking for a way to share all of my drone flight documentations. Short story we decided to create our sharing media which is called NTG Drone Media now.
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A short story about the Moerputten bridge Credit to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moerputten_Bridge
Moerputten Bridge is located in the area between ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Vlijmen. Before World War II this was regularly flooded by the overflows in the Meuse dykes. An overflow is a stretch of dyke that is intentionally left lower than other sections. At exceptional or seasonal high water levels, it overflows and relieves the pressure on other dykes, thereby preventing these from breaking.
East of Vlijmen, water would enter the area from the seasonal river Beerse Maas, which was caused by the Beerse Overlaat near Grave. It led to water entering the area from the north, and sometimes from south of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The second overflow that regularly flooded the area was the Bokhoven Overflow, even though it could also be used as an exit for the Beerse Maas. In January 1880 water from the Bokhoven Overflow entered the area with such force that the big bridge before the Vughterpoort (Vught gate) south of ‘s-Hertogenbosch was flushed away.
From the first plans for the railroad, it was clear that in order to cross the area, the railroad would have to be constructed on a high solid dyke. This dyke could not be allowed to block the flood plain of the overflows, because that would necessitate reinforcement of dykes in a very wide area. Therefore, the railroad would need to be constructed with so many openings that the overflows could flood the land without obstruction.
Summer is almost ending in the Netherlands, we decided to fly at the Maas river and it was a beautiful day.
FYI, The Meuse or Maas is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea from the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta. It has a total length of 925 km.
We had a great time walking at Oisterwijk’s Forests & Fens. This place gave us such a feeling of peace and harmony in nature.
A little info picked from Wikipedia
The Oisterwijk forests and fens are centrally located in Brabant, a short distance from Tilburg and not far from ‘s Hertogenbosch or Eindhoven. The area is one of the best-known hiking areas in this province. To the east, it (almost) joins the Kampina, also owned by Natuurmonumenten. To the west, the area joins the area ” Oude Hondsberg, Ter Braakloop en Galgeven ” (374 ha) which is owned by the Brabant Landscape . Together, these areas are part of ” Het Groene Woud “, a chain of large nature reserves in the middle of Brabant, approximately from Tilburg to Schijndel.