Monday, July 16. Early this morning we were on the Lek River in the Dutch countryside. I can see the inspiration for the 17-th century painters in today's sky.
The river is above the polder. The windmills pumped seepage out.
The buildings in the river town of Lekkerkerk have some of the same feel of Amsterdam -- but smaller.
Arriving at Kinderdijk. The plants on the shore are Impatiens glandulifera. (Better picture later.)
The map shows 17 windmills, but all told there are 19 -- two more would be to the upper right on the picture.
One of the windmills is set up to display what life might have been like inside. (Others are still occupied.)
Kinderdijk. The windmill mechanisms are all wood. The gears mesh smoothly and really fly when the mill starts up.
This one hollow post mill was different.
The mills are lived in and some have very attrative grounds.
Kinderdijk. Heading back to the ship now.
Plenty of water birds among all these canals.
Epilobium hirsutum. Lots of wet-soil wildflowers too.
Lythrum. Not sure what the yellow/pink clusters are.
Impatiens glandulifera. Himalayan Balsam is an invader from the far east. (It's a problem in North America too.)
Kinderdijk. The pumphouse for the electric pumps.
In the afternoon, we cruised the rivers that make up the Rhine delta. "Noah's Arc" on the Beneden Merwede (Lower Merwede) near Dordrecht. It's raining.