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Nederland - Velsen-Noord, Strand Noordpier

Nederland - Velsen-Noord, Strand Noordpier
Strand Noordpier (Noordpier beach) is located directly north of the Noordzeekanaal (North Sea Canal) and south of Wijk aan Zee. The beach is one of the widest in the Netherlands. The Noordpier - built to prevent the harbour from silting up and to offer ships a safe passage to the North Sea Canal - causes a special wind and waves, making the beach a popular spot for wave, wind and kite surfing.

Officially, the pier and the beach are located in Velsen-Noord, but can only be reached via Wijk aan Zee. That is why many people call it the pier of Wijk aan Zee.

The beach may be beautiful and wide, but what struck me during a visit on a freezing winter's day was the horizon pollution caused by the Tata Steel factory and some wind turbines. This makes it for me also one of the ugliest beaches in the Netherlands.

Gudrun, Leo W, Denis Croissant, micritter and 55 other people have particularly liked this photo

55 comments - The latest ones
Nouchetdu38 club
Great coast shot!!!!!!
13 days ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful coastal scene, great pov and perspective.
13 days ago.
Alice club
Un grand merci pour tout********************
13 days ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
A lovely littoral scene, Jaap. The rocks and gulls provide the ideal foreground interest. All the best, Joe
13 days ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Sehr schöne Bilder Jaap!
Es zeigt einmal mehr wie nahe Umweltverschmutzung und Schönheit eng beieinander liegen können.
13 days ago.
Schussentäler club
Walter sagt es treffend
12 days ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Fantastic coastal scene. I like the perspective !
12 days ago.
Jean club
Lovely coastal shot. The natural world is so beautiful. Human contributions vary considerably
12 days ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbe image !
Bonne journée. Amitiés
12 days ago.
Annemarie club
i lke the colors in the pip

good morning:)
12 days ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A nice coastline shot, Jaap !
12 days ago.
HappySnapper club
I think on a nice warm and sunny day you could forget about your surroundings here Jaap.
Excellent industrial landscape.
12 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to HappySnapper club
I wonder if the residents of a nearby village think the same way ...
12 days ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
superb wide view !!!
12 days ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Great shoreline!
12 days ago.
 Jean-louis Thiaudiere
Jean-louis Thiaudier… club
Jolie perspective!
12 days ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great shot and I like the fact that you have posted those PiPs too Jaap. Yes, we too, just across the water, have the same problems with pollution from our much needed industry, a pity for as you show, this is a most beautiful stretch of sand.

Keep safe. Herb
12 days ago.
J.Garcia club
Large, indeed!
Beautiful images but the text shows the unpleasant side of this place!
Thanks, Jaap!
12 days ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Lovely capture, have a good day !!!
12 days ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
An interesting series Jaap. When I visit the Somerset coast at Minehead, my view across the water is Tata Steel in Wales.
12 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Think the beach is really lovely..............wide, long and pretty much deserted. Easy to see why the surfers etc like it. The rocks make great foreground interest, especially with the coating of snow.

I like the close up images of the wind turbines and steel plant in the PiPs............definitely not beautiful, but there's nothing to be done about them.

Excellent work Jaap.
12 days ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
De toute beauté !!!
12 days ago.
 Weard Bültena
Weard Bültena club
ich war vor ca. vier Jahren dort. Kein schöner Ort. Da gibt es so viele schönere Strände .
Klasse fotografiert.
12 days ago.
cammino club
Tatsächlich nicht besonders attraktiv für Urlauber!
12 days ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A nicely taken reality image Jaap of course it spoils the view but apart from some very isolated tribes it is part of the life style we all lead, at least in the Netherlands the pollution is strictly controlled unlike some countries. I look out at two small turbines I would like to know how long it is before they have generated as much power as was needed to build and install them
12 days ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
C'est vrai, un paysage grandiose mais gâché par les éoliennes ....... Belle prise de vue<;
12 days ago.
RHH club
Seems like wherever one goes there are wind turbines and what a blot they are on the landscape.
12 days ago.
RHH club
Thanks for your visit.
12 days ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Excelentes tomas. Largo invierno este.
12 days ago.
Danielle club
C'est bien vu et une jolie plage quand même !
12 days ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
Magnifique plage ..... mais dommage cette grosse usine . Elle aurait été mieux quelques Km plus à l'intérieur des terres . :-)
12 days ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
lovely foreground contrasting with the threatening background
11 days ago.
Rafael club
Buen contraste !
Debe de hacer viento, verdad?
11 days ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
It is certainly a vast and beautiful expanse of sand Jaap. It reminds me of similar beaches such as Pendine and Pembrey on the south coast of Wales, minus the the industrial complex. I Think the foreground of the rocks and birds help to keep the eyes focused on the beauty of the beach in this fine composition.
11 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Doug Shepherd club
As a matter af fact these rocks are concrete buolders that protect the pier of the North Sea Canal from high waves.
11 days ago.
Doug Shepherd club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Not unlike the ones that protect the harbour walls and coastal road in Scarborough.
11 days ago.
Christa1004 club
I always find it impressive to see snow on the beach.
11 days ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
toujours curieux ce paysage avec la neige
11 days ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Wunder bar ins Bild gesetzt !
11 days ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
landwind merk ik op
11 days ago.
 Marco F. Delminho
Marco F. Delminho club
I think I saw the steel mill from Ijmuiden (beach or marina) a few years ago - however, I don't remember those turbines. And they can be loud! I once went on a hike which led me through a wind park, and as I approached it I thought of low flying planes, having lived near a military airport for decades. It was those turbines, and I had a headache still at least half an hour after passing that place...
11 days ago.
Esther club
A very industrial beach.
11 days ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe paysage !
11 days ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
10 days ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
beatiful depth of field with those rocks in the foreground!
10 days ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap
A very nice picture,but hard to believe the snow is still there!

Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
10 days ago.
 Jean Paul Capdeville
Jean Paul Capdeville club
Endroit etonnant que personnellement je ne trouve pas laid. C'est curieux car on a presque l'impression que la photo a été prise du côté des Emirats ce que contredit la neige du 1er plan. La photo est trés intéréssante. Amicalement. Jean Paul
9 days ago.
 Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel club
Good shot, yes I have seen nicer beach scenery, you are right.
9 days ago.
"seise" club
Absolument magnifique
8 days ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
It is true that the industrial environment spoils the remarkable perspective offered by this beach.
Your composition is nonetheless evocative and captivating.
8 days ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wonderful mixture of progress and Nature.
Excellent picture.
Thank you for the note Jaap.
7 days ago.
photosofghosts club
A large view over the beautiful seascape.
All the best
7 days ago.
 Denis Croissant
Denis Croissant club
Fantastic! I used to work in Velsen-Zuid in my younger days!!
5 days ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
Ein etwas anderer Windmühlenpark.
3 days ago.
Gudrun club
The Tata factory seems more disturbing than the wind turbines but the juxtaposition with the beach is striking!
2 days ago.

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