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Nederland - Zwanenwater

The Zwanenwater (Swans Water) is a beautiful nature reserve of more than 600 ha nestled in the dunes, just south of the village of Callantsoog. The reserve was created in 1597 after the construction of the Zijperzeedijk; dunes, valleys and lakes have been created by drifting sand. Since 1973 the area is managed by Natuurmonumenten, a society for preservation of nature monuments in the Netherlands.

Swan water' has beautiful freshwater lakes - among them the two largest natural dune lakes in Western Europe, marshes, heathland, woods, dunes, flowers and plants.
There are more than 120 endangered plant and animal species living in this area. It is an important stopping place for migratory birds and ore than 100 species of birds breed in this nature reserve. Besides birds, there are many other animals in this area such as: sand lizards, butterflies, foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs, mice, toads, cattle, frogs and water salamanders.

In all this natural beauty several species of orchids grow. They are often well hidden among the hundreds of other flowering plants.
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88 comments

Claudia G said:

Comme la nature est belle !
11 days ago ( translate )

Gudrun said:

Beuatiful shots of this paradise! I see you found the orchids:-)
11 days ago

Jaap van 't Veen replied to Gudrun:

Couldn't miss themjust along the path.
11 days ago

Guy Bacca said:

Qu'elle est belle cette nature qu'on laisse en paix... Qu'il est encourageant de voir des hommes la protéger... De belles photos accompagnées d'un riche historique
11 days ago ( translate )

Madeleine Defawes said:

Very beautiful pictures of this beautiful nature !
Have a nice week.
11 days ago ( translate )

Nouchetdu38 said:

interessant en mooi nat gebied!!!!
11 days ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

a serene image Jaap
wonderful!
Happy new week:)
11 days ago ( translate )

Edward Bowthorpe said:

Beautiful Jaap,eddie,
11 days ago ( translate )

Judith Jannetta said:

I bet that is also a wonderful place for dragonflies and damselflies!
11 days ago

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

Beautiful pictures Jaap. I especially like the third PiP.
11 days ago

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

de belles prises !*********************
belle semaine mon ami♫
11 days ago ( translate )

Anji. said:

Paix ....
11 days ago ( translate )

Marie-claire Gallet said:

A marvelous peaceful place, Jaap !!! Great captures !! Have a very nice week !
11 days ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

Lovely series of images Jaap, the lower pip look like a marsh orchid.
11 days ago

Jaap van 't Veen replied to Roger (Grisly):

Don't know, bur could be with all that water.
11 days ago