Wind- or water mills

Challenge #17 in the Nature and Culture series. Hosted by AndrePooh.
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Show us an artistic view of (a) wind mill(s) or water mill(s), old or new, in harmony with nature or in contrast with nature.
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Zaanse Schans
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Of the 10,000 windmills in use in the Netherlands around 1850, about 1000 are still standing. Most of these are being run by volunteers though there are some grist mills still operating commercially. Many of the drainage mills have been appointed as backup to the modern pumping stations. The Zaan district has been said to have been the first industrialized region of the world with around 600 operating wind powered industries by the end of the 18th century. Economic fluctuations and the industrial revolution had a much greater impact on these industries than on grain and drainage mills so only very few are left.
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Submitted: Saturday, 28th January, 2012 09:43 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 8th October, 2007
Focal length: 95 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F11
ISO: 400
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