Even when the weather was not really nice today, I had a strong urge to go outside. Must have been all those hours we spend last week on Schiermonninkoog outside with walks and such…
So I took my bicycle and made my way outside of Heemskerk… against the wind at first (brave me!). It felt good to be outside. The wind playing around my head cleared up my head.
As it was just a ride to get some fresh air I left my camera at home, which was stupid of course. There were some nice views to make pictures of. Luckily I had my iPhone with me. Sure, the pictures of a iPhone cannot be compared with those of a SLR. But as I always say, better something than nothing!
I always try to get away from the busy roads. The more quiet and the less traffic, the better it is for me.
My attention is always caught by unexpected things in the landscape. So did this stone pole rising from the ground…
Luckily there was a plaque explaining all about this stone pole. The pole is called “De Stenen Paal”, which means literally The Stone Pole. After the dike breaches of 1717 (and until 1921) this pole showed the border to which “Hoogheemraadschap” (Water Board) was responsible for the maintenance of the dikes. In 1921 all the maintenance of these dikes were placed under the care of one Water Board (Hoogheemraadschap Noordhollands Kwartier te Alkmaar).
I just love this kind of bits of history!
During this trip I also found out where the museum of of air war is. I already heard and read a lot about it…
The museum is located in one of the fortresses that belongs to the Defence Line of Amsterdam. This museum is one of the places I still want to visit.
One day soon I will return to this area with my SLR to make some decent pictures :).