Heavy clouds over The Netherlands.
Only a single break of sunlight to illuminate the flat country below, illuminating canals and rivers that characterise the Dutch agricultural landscapes.
This photo is taken North of Zaandam in the coastal province of North Holland.
A province that is largely cultivated artificially by pumping out all the excess water from swamps, lakes and Moores since the 1500’s. To prevent the sea water from flowing back in, a sophisticated system of canals, pumps and dikes was installed that is still in use today.
Breaking through the clouds during my approach into Amsterdam Schiphol airport, I’m always feeling home when seeing those views. Even the weather somehow adds to the familiarity; The Netherlands is not known for it’s year-round summer weather.