Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

grassy woodland

Between Haarlem and the North Sea lies Zuid-Kennemerland – a 3,800 hectare nature reserve consisting of beach, calcareous dunes, inland dune woodlands and wet dune valleys… and a great place for a Saturday morning bike ride (source your picnic-ables en route at the Saturday morning market on Haarlem’s Grote Markt!)

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

orange fringed

I developed a soft spot for these shaggy, ginger-haired highlanders during a visit to Scotland several years ago – a handsome herd in the fields surrounding Cardhu’s Speyside distillery, mellow and affable after lunching on the spent grains from the whisky distilling process (the draff), won my heart!

They’ve apparently been introduced to these low Lowlands to graze on the lush Dutch grasses, “keeping the land open”… and no doubt ponder the lack of topographical elevation (in such stark contrast to their land of origin) while chewing the cud.

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

highlander in the lowlands

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

cowlick

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

the north sea  |  pack leader

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

warm glow

In addition to handsome highlanders, dappled woodland cycle paths, soft stretches of fine, golden sand that segue seamlessly into the blue & quiet expanse of the North Sea, the colours in this place at this time of year are beautiful…

dunes colour palette

Zuid-Kennemerland, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

inland dune woodlands

Haarlem train station

homeward bound
(train shed and swallows at haarlem station)