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This picture has been taken during a visit to one of the most beautiful rural areas out of my area.

During the summer are there a lot bikers, walkers but also people with horse and carriage, also fishers, everyone enjoying of the lovely nature.
The landscape in the Municipality of St. Laureins characterized by vast polders, dikes, creeks and quiet rustling poplars alongside the canals.
Because of the numerous floods have caused the creeks. One of the biggest floods in the Elisabeth Flood 1376. Which washed away 18 villages and claimed many lives.

History creek area (Krekengebied in Dutch)

Creeks and wheels are remnants of flooding. Although there previously floods with levees break, it was the basis of the current landscape laid during the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) when the Netherlands revolted against the Spanish King Philip II. Then in 1584 the entire polder under water in defense of Antwerp. Tides were so until 1609 a free hand and deep gullies are formed after the restoration of dykes in the landscape left behind as creeks and wheels.
By the floods, on top of the original sand and peat layers, clay deposited: a thick layer where the long and often flooded polders were a thin layer at short dikes and on higher ground. The salt effects of the floods disappeared only gradually from the soil. Now we look like plants or refer (Zeebies, Aarbeiklaver and Silt to torkruid) the brackish water at the time. The sea also brought to lime in the form of shells and calcareous clay. Acidic sand and peat layers were already present from the past.

I hope you like it.

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