The Dutch are well known for their fight against the water. Most of the Netherlands is below sea level and all that is between them and the water are the sand hills, dunes and dykes. The love-hate relationship is demonstrable throughout the centuries. The water has a way of giving and taking. It gives by making the Dutch rich because it enables them to reach out to the rest of the world and it takes by destroying their houses and lands in floods.
Fortunately the sea has kept a low profile since the last World War but with rising sea levels due to climate change things might become tricky again. This picture was taking in the dunes in the south of the Netherlands. I’ve spend many summers of my youth on this beach and it would be sad to see it all disappear. For now the dunes suffice but in time the Dutch might have to think of other ways to protect themselves against the water by building new things between them and the sea.