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Monday, February 20, 2012


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For centuries windmills have  been a source of energy in the Netherlands.
There are mills for grinding flour, or saw mills to cut wood. In my childhood years
  a major landmark in the village I lived in, was a windmill.
Inside were two huge round stone blades,
on top of each other that did the grinding work.
This windmill above looks slightly different from the outside.
Note: the raindrops on my lens are for Watery Wednesday:)

This is the mill you mostly see, and located in Amsterdam

The NEW (Alpabe) windmills are much bigger,
as you can see when comparing it to the car.

This is the "NEW" landscape in the Netherlands.


Stephanie V said...

I admit to having a love for windmills. I think the idea of harnessing the wind is an exciting one to any kid who has flown a kite or run with a spring wind. My reaction to the new windmills is all good. I love their enormous yet graceful shapes. I love seeing a forest of them along a hill top. Wherever we go, I try to visit the local mills - they are usually museums now.
A few years ago I visited a windmill museum in Etzikom Alberta which is home to many historic mills.

Joyful said...

I like the different moods you've captured!

Linda Higgins said...

these new and modern windmills are also becomming more frequent in the USA. I tried to get a close up view of a windmill recently and it looked like a space ship at the top. Just not as cozy as the Dutch windmills. No wodden shoes outside of the door either. I think I like the "old fashioned" Dutch version much better! :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice shots.

Regards and best wishes

Nora said...

It's easy to love the old windmills. Who wouldn't love to see a row of them in the landscape? I know I would.

Barb said...

I must admit those old ones are much more charming to see dotting the landscape!

LadyFi said...

I have to say I love the old mills! Lovely shots.

Just a quick aside, do you really need word verification and comment moderation? Those words are so hard to read!

beagleAnnie said...

Thank you for showing different windmills. It seems former windmills are symbolic architecure of Netherland.


I like the 'old' better. Don't you? We have those wind turbines all around our horizons these days.

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Gemma Wiseman said...

I so love the enchantment of old Dutch windmills! But love the slim, silent music of the new ones too! Interesting post!

Gattina said...

As your neighbor, we also have quiet a lot of windmills in Northern Belgium, I love these old mills and yes, now the landscape looks like your last picture here too !

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful captures.

My Ruby Tuesday 2.

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful pics!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another Our World Tuesday participant, we also have wind turbines appearing in our local landscape!

Karin M. said...

Very good photo work. I like the windmills...
Best regards, Karin

Leah H. said...

Those photos are interesting. Cool different windmills..

Visiting from Rt2- hope you can stop by:)

4U2 said...

Nice pictures, loke most the last one!

Anonymous said...

I sort of prefered the old windmills. sigh. progress.

jeannette said...

Stephanie V,
Good point, I Am grateful too that the new ones are elegant shapes!! The old ones just have a lot of character:)

Thank you joyful - I probably pay attention to that 'cuz I also do landscape painting:)

Your name sounds so familiar...
The new ones are all steel,sstone, and maybe plastic:)

Thanks so much Friend! wishing you a wonderful week.

Aren't we lucky they're standing in Holland? Have a greet week!

Now I think of it, often older things look more charming in a landscape! Thanks for your visit!

Already went to your blog to explain:)

Maybe they're associated with Holland, because we have a lot more of them:)

Ah you have the right word: wind turbines! /Thanks!

Thank you!We took these pics when I was in Holland a few months ago.

Do you know if it has to do with that Southern Belgium is more hilly?

Cafe au Lait,
Thank you! BTW that's how I drink my coffee - with milk:)

Anonymous said...

I mentioned that I enjoyed your flowers or did I? My impression and possibly prejudice about holland is flowers. In Switzerland most of our flowers come from there. Nothing like my own roses of course in my garden. These are my babies.

About Jung and Geneva. Jung is from Zurich Canton. This is further away from Geneva than Timbucto. Swiss find it difficult to mix east west and prefer north south, i.e. france and germany and both seem to like the italian side. Jung would not be liked in Geneva simply because he is from Zurich.

Marie said...

Great windmill post, celebrating the old and new. Enjoyed it!

jeannette said...

Maria LSS,
Thank you - I believe you have been here more? -thanks for coming back!

You mean wind turbines in Italy, right? I like to see much more from Italy than Venice (which I did a long time ago!)

Thank you! some of them hubby took, so I'll pass it on to him too. Thanks for visiting here!

Leah H.,
Thanks! Am glad you like the pics:)

Thank you - I can see you like abstract shapes (went to your blog:) ) -Thanks for visiting here!

Eveningson - 2x,
Thanks for visiting here! I've lived here now so long on this side of the ocean (USA) that I forgot about the different directions in Switzerland! So, on which side do you live?
Jung is pretty popular in the States in the psychologists community here!

Thank you, and also for visiting here:)

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for taking us to this beautiful place.

alicesg said...

Fantastic scenery of the windmills, we dont get to see these in our small country.

NitWit1 said...

I love windmills, both old and new.

Your last photo reminded me of photos I posted from along I-90 in Minnesota near the South Dakota state line.

They are call wind fields, I think.

Sallie ( said...

Lovely -- and enjoyed the information about windmills. And I thought you added that raindrop effect in post processing!

By the way, if this comment goes through it will be the second try...the new "prove you're not a robot" thing on the comment form is almost impossible to use. Sometimes I just give up. I'm not the only one complaining -- many bloggers with younger eyes than mine are having trouble as well ;>)

jeannette said...

Thanks so much, and also for visiting here!

In trying to discover what "your small country" is, I enjoyed your trip to Quang Zhou, where I was in 2007, as part of our 4 cities China trip. But I still couldn't figure out in which country you live?

Thank you! Am not surprized that the people who came here with Dutch roots, also built windmills here:)

Thank you! And went to your blog to give you an explanation about the word mod.:)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How interesting! We have those big windmills here and I find them quite pretty, no where near as pretty as the older ones though...

anitamombanita said...

I think harnessing the energy of the wind with the new sleek mills is wise, but aesthetically I prefer the older quainter ones.

Steffi said...

I love windmills and I love the landscapes in the Netherlands especially in Noord !Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!


Jim said...

Sydney - City and Suburbs

DawnTreader said...

I wonder if in a couple of hundred years our modern windmills will be as admired as the old ones? Had a bit of a revelation the other day when I realized a 110 year old postcard of a water tower back in those days was not an OLD water tower but a NEW one...

mary said...

Beautiful shots!!


FotoAnna said...

What a surprise Jeannette :-))
I really love your photo's of the mills!
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

storybeader said...

Love your photos!
I absolutely love windmills! Wind power is the way to go in the Great Plains, where it blows so hard. (Some) Americans are finally realizing that wind is a good source of energy!

Wenche said...

What lovely pictures of the windmill :0) Great shots :0)

NatureFootstep said...

I like the windmilles. :)

NixBlog said...

Great captures! I love windmills and I enjoyed seeing them when I visited the Netherlands.

wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful views love the windmills most :-) Visiting from MYM, hope that you can return the visit too.

JM said...

Windmills in the Netherlands are so different from ours but also very beautiful.