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De Zwaan

De Zwaan
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-10
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tulip Festival Michigan, Hollad
Theme(s): Windmills, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 14:41
Viewed: 3043
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 131
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Confused, if it is a real Holland or some replica???

TL, it is from Michigan, Holland, Windmill Island :)

Name of windmill is "De Zwaan: in English "The Swan"

This is a working windmill.
The mill is 247 years old and it was brought from Netherlands (Vinkel, North Brabant) in 1964.
This was the last windmill to leave the Netherlands..
Dutch law prohibits the sale of windmill, since it is their national monument.

Most of the parts on 4th, 5th and 6th floors are original. The brick tower is not original portion of the windmill.
It is in excellent working condition, and used for grinding grains.
Hey, its a "Lady Miller" here :D

For me, it was really pleasure to see and compare this with the windmills I saw at Kinderdijk.
One part I really loved here the view...
and yes, tons of tulips....
which I missed in my last year September visit at Lowlands.
Oh yes..the weather was cloudy, or should we say typical Dutch??...LOL

"Let me dedicate this photo to all our Ducth friends here on TL."
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
* Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hello Vandana!
Lovely image from America. Looks really like Holland.
Beautiful point of view and wonderful colours!
Best regards!

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-05-28 15:08]

Hola amiga,
perfecto panorama,
color, pov. y dof...
maravilloso trabajo,

Wow Vandana! Beautiful posting ! Very good POV and composition.
Many thanks for your interesting note. Well done.


Hi Vandana
Wonderful composition. The colours of the tulips are fantastic and the windmill looks a lovely old building.

Absolute Dutch feel.. excellent capture, a blue sky would have been the ultimate treat for you.. thanks Vandana


hi vandana, nice shot, great composition and colors, too bad it was overcast skies as this would look better with blue skies, still nice image to look at,

Hi Vandana,

My first thought was..... "you're kidding, the U.S.", but then I read your note.

I would have certainly believed this was Holland. I like the beautiful tulips, windmill, etc... very nice composition with the rows and rows of flowers.

thanks for sharing, Lisa

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful presentation and great naturel colors picture, Excellent POV. and details, very well done.
Très jolie photo , j'aime beaucoup.

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-05-28 19:27]

Hi Vandana,
Lots of wonderful colors. The windmill is incredible. The composition is excellent.

hello dear vandana

this is wonderful landscape scenery
nice nice colorful composition
beautiful tulips, winmill and atmosphere
excellent details


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  • Somu Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 17 N: 16] (180)
  • [2008-05-28 22:59]

Hello Vandana,

Excellent Composition. The windmill in the backdrop make it look great.

Saturation is a bit on the higher side. But it still looks great.


ciao Vandana..
an wonderful flield of tulipans.. the atmosfere is characteristic from Holland!! an excellent compo!! brava!!
ciao Marco

Hello Vandana,
Very interesting photo. I like your view. Very good contrast. I like your oryginal conception. Good colours and light. Well done.

Hello Vandana,
I guess some Dutch guys moved to America, but realised the missed home something terribly, hehehe!
The field of colourful tulips leads nicely up to the windmill, and the image is well composed with sharp fine details...
Pablo -

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-05-29 0:30]

Hello my dear,

Another beautiful captured, great colours, vivid and rich, great composition and mood... :D

Have a nice day,

:) ltr

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-05-29 0:33]

pleasant view of vast tulip and that windmind as bg, vibrant colours. simply beautiful composition, Vandana

So you saved yourself a lot of money Vandana??
Michigan is so much closer than the Europe Holland and can be done by car.
IREALY thought this was the REAL Holland.. thinking .. when and where the heck was THIS again ..Madurodam maybe ?
Than noticed the word 'Michagan ' ..so it was brought over??

This line I do not understand :
*It was brought over 247 years ago from Netherlands (Vinkel, North Brabant) in 1964*

You probb mean to say the mill is 247 years ald and transported to the US in 1964 .. yes? :-)
A perfect view

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-05-29 0:38]

Hi Vandana,
beautiful composition.What a nice place.Many thamks for this beauty.TFS.Necla.:)later.

Wonderfull image Vandana, great details and colours combination!!! Great work!


Hi Vandana,

Beautifull image, well composed.
Fine tones.
I love the flower carpet....


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  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 73] (1327)
  • [2008-05-29 2:25]

Hello Vandana,
Wow! Excellent vision to behold !
Gorgeous landscape whit this tulipes and this windmill.
Colors and details perfect.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-05-29 3:35]

hi Vandana

Very nicely captured windmill and the colorful flower bed in this good composed pov. I like the different mix of colors and the sharpness in this shot.

tfs, bill

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-05-29 4:12]

Hello Vandana,
Wonderful tulips camp and an excelent composition. Fantastic colours.
My regards, mb

Bom dia Vandana

This is Eden, the tulip one. Great composition with superbt light and colour.

My regards


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-05-29 6:45]

Superb "dutch" postcard !


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-29 7:19]

Hi Vandana

Good graphism, of the solitary windmill, against the lighter sky, with superb fg color provided by the tulips. Tfs!

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-05-29 7:21]

Hi Vandana,

Great shot. Beautiful colors, light and composition!



Ahhhh gorgeous!! Really nice! You should bring Johnny over and confuse him! HAHA! Blind fold him and then yank it off! He will be so confused! Really nice work Vandana!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-05-29 8:16]

Merhaba Myfriend dear Vandana.....
Excellent job with beautiful photo, wonderful colors and a very beautiful tulip garden.....

Hello Vanny.
Lovely 'replica' picture of a Dutch, Bulbarea in Holland.
I think the same kind of windmill is situated in 'De Keukenhof', the famous exehibition garden near Lisse.
Wonder if there are many farmers who still can speak 'Hollands'.
Very well taken picture, thanks for showing here.
Best regards from Jan

Holland, Michigan or Holland the flowers and the composition are to die for. If only the sky had cooperated, oh well can't have it all . Just marvelous composition - congratulations.


Beautiful capture.
Really thought that it was in Holland for sure.
Good sharpness and details in all these flowers.

Hi Vandana,
What an amazing shot of colourful garden...
Nice composition and excellent details.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-05-29 18:49]

Nice crisp FG. The diagonal rows of colours are great. Good cultural BG. TFS. K2

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-05-29 21:43]

Hello Vandana, very nice shot! It really looks like the real thing! Well done, a very nice composition. Thanks!


Hello Vandana!
Wonderful landscape! Beautiful natural colors and details! Good composition! Lovely place!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

hello Vandana ji
its a lovely shot
beautiful colours
nice composition
manuj mehta

Hi Vandana
I m home!!!
a nice american holland and great landscape
lot of colours and well balanced shot
have a nice day

Hello Vandana,
what a beautiful, what a colourful, what a joyful capture of yours again,
welldone and tfs,
:) ltr

Yes, this got me confused for a minute Vandana.

I knew about Holland Michigan, but not that they were really copying aspects of Holland like windmills - now see, they even know how to copy the dutch weather - what a great find ^-^.

A lovely picture to share,

Hello Vandana,
A masterpiece, a Vandana creation.
Breathtaking composition.
Selahattin E

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-05-30 5:44]

Hi Vandana
This shot could fool anyone re country it was taken.
I never tire of windmills and especially with tulips.
Beautiful composition, a John Tulip special.

Hello Vandana

This landscape has a little of similar with
here in Brazil, in Holambra, the farm of Dutch
that cultivate tulips also. We don't only have the mill!
But of the rest it is very similar with Holambra.
Congratulations for the beautiful look!


Lovely colours Vandana regardless of the skies. Nicely composed and fine detail. The only thing that really detracts from the image is the nasty lean to the right the mill has. TFS,

perfect composition Vandana, the colorful tulips and the windmill really gives a pretty depth on this image. well done, thanks for the note as well.

Hello Vandana,
Great image and story.wonderful colors,very nice composition and great point of view here.
Beautifully done my friend.


Hi Vandana,
What a superb view.Great POV, colours, light and perspective.TFS.


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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-05-31 4:27]

That's a beautiful image. Very nicely captured and presented here.
I like the POV and lot and all the technical aspects are right on the money.
Well done, and nice fakery. ;0)

Hello Vandana,

Very beautiful view from the American Holland. :-) Great composition, booth the FG and the BG look great, splendid colors and perfect clarity.
Best regards,


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-06-01 4:04]

So it is true what they say: one does find "The Dutch" everywhere on earth ☺^☺.
Excellent compo, Vandana, and the tulips provide excellent colours. The dull light ruins the shot a bit (for me, at least) because it really lowers the contrast.
Too bad we can't order the weather conditions we'd like when on a photo-shoot...
Anyway, TFS

2 of my favorite things to see together in a same frame :P
windmills and tulips

nice colors vandana, this would hav been perfect if the sky was blue
if only that was always the case...
still and excellent image :)


Hi Vandana,
Great posting with a beautiful foreground.
The mill is a bit heavy on the right!! Funny.
Very good job done.

This is beautiful image Vandana. Excellent shot.


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  • starky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 320 W: 2 N: 40] (2945)
  • [2008-06-01 21:44]

Hi Vandana.Beautiful,this is realy paradise.
Best regards, Bosko.

Hello Vandana! Wonderful windmill. Amazing field of tulips. Nice natural lightness. Very good composition. Good luck!

Very beautiful like fairy tale:)))
I love it dear Vandana :))
So beautiful and so colorful...
warm regards

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13342)
  • [2008-06-03 6:27]

Hello Vandana.
Great part of Holland in USA presented.
For first time I was thinking that this was in Europe ;) Great view and presentation.
Well done.
Janek Kloss

hello Vandana,

i heard of the little Holland in Michigan from my relatives who are living there.. still i forgot when i looked at this shot i thought it was in real Holland..

interesting note to read here.. good shot of this place.. the windmill is just lovely in the bg and looked at ease in her new home.. not really new but 2nd home.. well done on the composition..

regards, terry

Hi Vandana,

it seems you left your heart in the Netherlands! Lovely shot, from a great POV, giving that diagonal composition to the Tulips!
Great colors, DOD and sharpness!
Greetings and Hugs from both of us,

one could not mistake this for another place except for the land of tulips. perfect i must say. with delightful line of colors. TFS!

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2008-06-05 9:51]

Great shot, This is a picturesque and very impressive shot, composition is perfect, like a postcard. Beautiful work, Congratulations. Have a nice day.

Hi Vandana,
A very beautiful place very well captured..

What a lovely scenery well taken, Vandana! I like it a lot! Love the POV and perspective. Lovely rich colors and exposure. I like how you framed your shot.
Freddie :)

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-06-16 15:39]

Hi Vandana,
Tulips and windmills, nothing more Dutch than that! A classic composition, very well executed.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-06-27 7:07]

Beautiful posting ! Very good POV and composition. Well done.

Hello Vandana!

Nicely composed picture and wonderful colours!
Congratulations and TFS,


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