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    Posted August 1, 2013 by
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    Zaanse Schans: a blending of works human and divine


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Filipino priest joelsdb, currently studying biblical languages in Amsterdam, captured these picturesque images of windmills near the city whirling away in the summer breeze. If these quintessentially Dutch scenes look a little familiar, it may be because they have inspired a host of famous artists, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh. "The whole Dutch landscape is one full of canals, seacoasts and low lying plains -- a perfect path for strong winds," he said. "And with their colors and shapes, they serve for purposes that are not only practical but also aesthetic." His third image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for September 9, 2013.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    The stars of Zaanse Schans are the windmills, colorful and enduring. Surround them with nature--a carpet of green on one side and the grayish indigo sea on the other; a sprinkling of clouds over the blue background; some flowers here and there. Then bring in wind in powerful gusts--the natural feature that are the reasons for their being... Then motion becomes poetry--and painting.


    Such blending of the human and divine has inspired the Rembrandt, van Gogh, Escher and the Dutch masters.


    (Photos taken at Zaanse Schans, 30 July 2013)

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