impressive nature picture..
impressive nature picture..
Excellent example of fractals in nature!
Awesome geographical anatomy. . .
I knew somehow it was the Netherlands!
@ SecondLives, see what cjwj wrote.
This is a part of the "Waddenzee" in the north of the Netherlands, with several "Waddeneilanden" shown; from west to east Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling. The other major 2 Wadden islands not shown here are Ameland en Schiermonnikoog. Pronouncing the latter one is actually a good test to see if you have really mastered the Dutch language and pronunciation! The line across the water is de Afsluitdijk (literally "closing dike") that seals the former Zuiderzee (south sea), nowadays called IJsselmeer (IJssel lake) from the open sea, ending a lot of former sea-related water problems when there were storms.
There is actually a theory among painters and historians that the Zuiderzee/IJsselmeer, as a water inlet somewhat in the middle of the country, influenced a lot of classic Dutch painters, because this huge reflecting water surface supposedly creates a unique kind of lighting in the Dutch skies, especially when it is (partly) cloudy. It's just a theory...
The land on the right is the province of Friesland, with a boat approaching the harbor of Harlingen. In Friesland people speak a regional language called "Fries" or Frisian, that is not a dialect of Dutch (although some bits are comparable) but a separate regional language of which the grammar is actually closer to English. Most Dutch people have a very hard time understanding one word of this language.
The Waddenzee has lots of seals because of the mudflats, and some bird reserves. It's a national park; at least the Dutch part is, because it continues to Germany and Denmark. The Dutch part has 5 major islands (and a few really small ones without permanent inhabitants); and there's a lot more islands in the German and Danish parts.
Another national park are the dunes of the island Texel; the ones on the outer North Sea side.
So, no the light blue parts are not because of temperature, they are actually really shallow waters, sometimes even laying dry, so that's why it's a seal hotspot! The dark blue parts are the only suitable ways of faring a boat to the islands, and these routes actually change slightly every year.
Around the Waddenzee there are 2 major seal rehabilitation centers for sick and injured seals; one on the island of Texel (the island on the left) and one in Pieterburen, in the province of Groningen that lies east of Friesland. The one on Texel is open since 1952, and the one in Pieterburen since 1971.
Pretty. Looks so surreal too.
Can anyone els see a dinosaur?
Wow...that's one hell of a bridge.
It may be false color, but still cool.