16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
The Windmills of Kinderdijk

The Dutch constructed an ingenious water management mechanism in the form of windmills way back in the Middle ages that has the kept the soil dry. In a constant struggle between nature and humankind, without these windmills, some 40% of the Netherlands would be under water! They were granted the UNESCO world heritage status in 1997 to celebrate their presence as a monument to the history of mankind. Today, electric and diesel-powered hydraulic systems are in place, but these windmills still continue to do their job through the pure force of wind.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 04.2018
Photo Location: South Holland, Netherlands
Camera: NIKON D5300
Copyright: © Girish Sundaram