Holland: Panos and Details

More Than Wooden Shoes, Tulips and Windmills

Even though only 3% of the Dutch population works in the agriculture sector, Holland is the third largest exporter of agricultural products, trailing behind only the U.S. and France.  Moving goods is not a problem, as the city of Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world.

One quarter of Holland is below sea level, with its lowest point being 6.7 meters below sea level.  Its highest point – 323 meters above sea level – is referred to as a mountain. With more than 4,400 kilometers of navigable rivers, canals and lakes, sights like the ones below are not uncommon.

The city of Amsterdam is built entirely on piles and has 1,281 bridges.  With water almost everywhere you look, bridges are as ubiquitous as windmills. Holland still has nearly a thousand old-fashioned working windmills.

The Dutch connection to land, water and environment is a way of life. There are twice as many bikes as cars and over 15,000 kilometers of bike paths. Everyone owns a bike – finding it is another issue.

The Dutch are equally serious about art, having the highest concentration of museums in the world – 42 in Amsterdam alone. The Van Gogh and Kroller-Muller Museums house the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.

And yes, The Netherlands and Holland are the same place.

20 responses to “Holland: Panos and Details

  1. Hi Larry
    Very nice photos, thank you for sharing. But do you mind me asking which parts of the Netherlands were the photos taken, I am planning a family holiday next year and might possibly visit some of these beautifully peaceful landscapes. Peter

  2. Larry
    Your photos are gorgeous. Looking at them makes me miss home. You were lucky to have such nice weather when you were there. I hope it will be like that in September! Thanks for sharing your art!

  3. LARRY,
    Your photos are gorgeous. They make me miss Holland even more. You were lucky to have such wonderful weather. I hope it will be like that in September. Thank you for sharing your photos with me.

  4. Valerie Hamill

    Hi, Larry! Your pictures illustrate why my claim to fame is being your sister-in-law! There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe the beauty that your photos so well explain!

  5. i love them. i had the great great fortune of being in the Netherlands over a decade ago and loved every minute. the air, the sound of people sweeping their stoops and sidewalks at the top of the morning, the breakfast of meat and bread in the guest house, the van gogh museum…. ahhh and the color. next time, take me!

  6. Great share!

  7. Nice, Larry – very open, airy, fresh … and Ver-r-r-y tempting! Thanks for sharing. Leslie

  8. Samantha Primmer

    Awesome photos. Holland is beautiful. I had no idea they had so many waterways. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Fantastic pics Larry, as always. The last time I was in the Netherlands was in 1999 and it’s a gorgeous place. You photos brought back lots of great memories. Thank you!

    What did you shoot with? Curious…

    • Hi Nate,
      Thanks! I shot 3 exposures of each frame using a Nodal Panorama head. Then stitched the 12 to 14 frames together in Photoshop. I shot all with a 21 megapixel Canon Mark lll DS with a 16-35 mm 2.8 Canon lens

  10. Thanks, Larry…. more light than when i was there.

  11. I like the saturation in the images. Its been many years since I visited but it still looks familiar. How many motor bikes? Thats how we traveled.

  12. I truly miss Europe!!! Never went to Holland, but I went to every other country!!! Thanks!!

  13. Thom Theibert

    Wonderful pictures Larry. It looks as though you had some good weather. Thanks for sharing these photos. Hope to see ya soon !!

  14. Absolutely breathtaking! I wish I could go today! Maybe someday before I die for sure. I can’t believe the landscape. What a view!

  15. Thanks for my little getaway!

  16. Hi Larry
    Its nice to see how an american looks at my country. It is so different. I can’t tell why. Alltough…. The light is dutch, thats for sure. But your eyes are not. So every picture is Larry’s point of view. Because of your trained eye, your lenses, your camerawork is splendid. Marlies

  17. Nice Photos See Ya Soon

  18. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. The photography, as always, is outstanding.

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