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Check out those two jaw dropping extremes Steve !! 😵😵 In the first
pictures you have an unending summer, and then in this one above,
an unending winter. It's just THE best, and also extraordinary that all
of this beauty is on one planet ! 🙂 (y) We are so fortunate it's not
even funny really. It leaves you in awe. All of it !

Thanks a lot Steve !!!
 

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Frans, your pic reminds me of our trip to the lovely north Holland countryside last year. This one near the Vollendam area
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Yes, we've been there as well. I don't know in which area the photo I showed was taken. Kinderdijk is a very big tourist attraction as well (19 mills). There are still 1211 windmills operational in The Netherlands and becoming a miller is starting to get popular again. This had become a major challenge, it's hard work and it won't make you rich. But our new 'post-yuppie' generation that demands bread made from wheat flour supplied by a real windmill, mustard made in windmills and the folklore that surrounds it gave a much needed boost. And you live rent free in the mill. But it's a real craft, make no mistake about that. The wind is both their friend and enemy. Rotterdam lost a couple of windmills to fire and because they're mainly constructed out of wood nothing remains and rebuilding them is very, very expensive.
 
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If I can find the time I will take a picture of a windmill in Delfshaven, this is a completely restored windmill not far from where I live. It was once part of the supply chain for Jenever (Dutch Gin). This is a stock photo:

 

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We don't get a chance to see windmills every day guys ! Awesome !!! :D
Between the different styles, craftsmanship, and beauty, and then the
overall ingenious design, and functions, they leave you in awe. 😯😎
Each one seem to have it's own personality, and it seems like there
are all kinds of sizes, and even variations.

You know was thinking how they remind me a little of light houses.
Do people actually work, or live inside of these Frans, and Steve?

In any case, thanks a lot for the pictures !!!
 

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We don't get a chance to see windmills every day guys ! Awesome !!! :D
Between the different styles, craftsmanship, and beauty, and then the
overall ingenious design, and functions, they leave you in awe. 😯😎
Each one seem to have it's own personality, and it seems like there
are all kinds of sizes, and even variations.

You know was thinking how they remind me a little of light houses.
Do people actually work, or live inside of these Frans, and Steve?

In any case, thanks a lot for the pictures !!!
Some of them are mainly tourist attractions and stationary and only manned during the season but not lived in. The one above is an example (the sails are not deployed). But a growing number are fully operational and earn their keep. Those have a house attached to it and the miller lives there. They are the wind turbines of the 17th century and played a big role in land reclamation by pumping vast marshes and lakes dry. They used hundreds of mills for this. It took a lot of time but wind it free. Or is it? No, the Dutch are THE inventors of tax and landowners were able to tax millers for the use of wind that moved the blades! Everything was taxed and nothing has changed. Because of this we pay the highest price for petrol at the pump in all of Europe and now the excuse is 'the environment'.
 

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Some of them are mainly tourist attractions and stationary and only manned during the season but not lived in. The one above is an example (the sails are not deployed). But a growing number are fully operational and earn their keep. Those have a house attached to it and the miller lives there. They are the wind turbines of the 17th century and played a big role in land reclamation by pumping vast marshes and lakes dry. They used hundreds of mills for this. It took a lot of time but wind it free. Or is it? No, the Dutch are THE inventors of tax and landowners were able to tax millers for the use of wind that moved the blades! Everything was taxed and nothing has changed. Because of this we pay the highest price for petrol at the pump in all of Europe and now the excuse is 'the environment'.
What an extraordinary lesson sir. Holy cow, thank you !!! (y) (y) Not only do
I know more about windmills, and who runs them, and how they are run. But
even am finding out they have sails that are deployed, and how they pumped
water out of the various lakes, and marshes over there. Fascinating stuff, and
then on top of it all, they just look plain awesome ! 😃 The beauty of them has
to help make paying the taxes easier I would imagine, or hope sir. That is really
something to hear about. If I am not mistaken, I think you had stated that the
high price of gas was one of the reasons you liked 'Land Yachts' from afar so
much, and had an appreciation for them years ago. It's all so neat to learn
about.

Thanks a ton for the lesson !!!
 

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These pictures always get me Steve, and can't get enough ! 😯(y)
The sheer beauty is jaw dropping to me right off the bat. With
just the animals taking your breath away. Plus the look of the
scene, or landscape always amazes me. Looking so epic, as
well as stunning, that you would swear it was a cool computer
generated picture, or rendering. 🤯 Man oh man, check it out !!!

Unbelievable stuff sir ! THX so very much !!!
 

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World Rangers Day - 31 July
World Ranger Day is celebrated on 31 July to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural heritage, without which the world would be a poorer place for sure.
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Very cool sir ! 😎😎 Happy, or good Rangers Day !!! (y)(y)
Can really never thank those who serve like this enough,
and just learning about this day there is terrific ! So want
to thank you for the post, as well as lesson about the day,
and also all of these heroes. Always learning Steve ! Hope
everyone enjoys the day !!!
 

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Yowza, you guys are in amazing mode as usual with all of
these wonderful pictures ! 😲😎 There isn’t one that doesn’t
seem like a piece of art, or at the very least, a postcard. It’s
really remarkable not only seeing these mesmerizing pics,
but realizing how fortunate we all are to be here enjoying
such a special place, or world.

THX so so much for reminding us about that Steve, and Eric !!
 
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