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Nederland - De Onlanden

De Onlanden is a 2.500 ha nature and water storage area, which is enclosed between the sand of Drenthe and the clay of Groningen. It is a low moor area, where water from several brooks used to be stored before flowing to the sea. In earlier times it was one large peat area. Nobody could pass through it and it was unsuitable for agriculture.

It was not until the Middle Ages that the first attempts to dewater the area were made. Slowly they succeeded in lowering the water level and systematically the area could be put into use; first only in the summer and from the 19th century onwards throughout the year, although sometimes the moorland was completely flooded. During the last century, the area has been fully used as pastureland.

In 2004 plans were made to give the area back to nature. Nowadays it has changed into an immense wet world with grasslands, swamps, marsh forests and creeks. Brooks flow again through De Onlanden and a swamp is developing develop with naturally changing water levels.

De Onlanden itself are difficult to visit, but we did find one path - Onlandsedijk - through the swamp with a lot of reed, but also with several species of flowers.
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61 comments

Alice said:

OH!!et ces belles couleurs de fleurs!!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Schussentäler said:

Wunderschön mit der Spiegelung
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Marie-claire Gallet said:

So calm and pretty, Jaap ! Marvelous view !! Wish you a nice week and take care of you !!!
7 weeks ago

John Cass said:

Great pov and perspective, wonderful reflections, beautiful PiP's.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Max Wenger said:

Très belle perspective et paysage reposant. Belle journée Jaap
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

Lovely gentle reflection of the sky Jaap and beautiful flowers in the PiP's
Stay safe and have a good new week.
7 weeks ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Magnifique et belle perspective.. Bonne semaine.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Dean Morley (on and… said:

Zo fijne foto's, Jaap, en wat een heel mooi gebied is dit. Zo heerlijk om veel prettige bloemen te zien, en altijd goed om een stuk land te zien dat voor de prachtige natuur is. :-)
Ik wens je een geweldige week toe, en zoals gewoonlijk, hou je gezond. :-)
7 weeks ago ( translate )

neira-Dan said:

superbe série ; en particuliers les plantes aquatiques dans leur milieu
7 weeks ago ( translate )

J.Garcia said:

Stunning landscape with excellent perspectives.
Fantastic variety of plants wonderfully observed, Jaap
Many thanks also for the interesting information
7 weeks ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

Interesting images Jaap and it's good to see areas given back to nature we will all eventually see the benefits
7 weeks ago

Christa1004 said:

It must be serene to cross these channels by boat.... Also great PiPs which show the typically vegetation of wet areas.
7 weeks ago

Walter 7.8.1956 said:

Danke für diese Bilder Jaap!!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Ulrich John said:

Ein Blick ins Unendliche ! Schöne Woche, Jaap !
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Ruesterstaude said:

Es ist immer und überall erfreulich, wenn der Mensch der Natur Raum lässt. Leider ist das nicht überall so.
Schöne Serie, Jaap!
7 weeks ago ( translate )