A maintenance building at Schermerhorn, the Netherlands, with one of a group of windmills visible across a polder.
This windmill is part of a vast Schermer complex that originally included 52 water mills. In 1928 - after 300 years of wind drainage - the area converted to electrical drainage. Today two pumping stations keep water at bay.
These trees are among dozens that have been removed this week, as their roots began to push through soil and shatter the pavement. The trees were planted 30 years ago on property next to a canal (therefore, reclaimed land). The roots failed to take hold beneath the trees; instead, they spread out and up, damaging the street. The residents were greatly dismayed about losing the trees, but harsh reality trumped aesthetics.
A disgruntled reader
On Tuesday I received email from a reader in California. An excerpt: "...I came across your blog a while back and enjoyed your photography. However, I would like to unsubscribe from your list because I really wanted to enjoy the photography, and not your frustrated rants about copyright problems..."
My response:"...Life is messy and isn't always beautiful. I'm sorry to
disappoint you by writing about the realities of life. My aim is to
educate people about copyright law, so that they stop and think before
grabbing other people's work and undermining creative artists' ability
to earn a living. I also won't remain silent about important issues that
affect us all.
"Thanks for the kind words about my photography. But if you want only pretty pictures, you definitely should look elsewhere..."
In other news
This NRA lobbyist killing an elephant for sport is cruel, arrogant and stupid - and NBC Sports is airing the program! Elephants are endangered in many parts of the world, partly due to poachers targeting them for their ivory tusks.
But you don't have to agree with me! Think for yourself (no sheep allowed).
Photo of an inquisitive sheep at the historic St. Mary's Church, Froxfield Green, England.