England – Spirit of the Fenlands, Cambridgeshire

England, Autumn 2018: The fens, an expanse of low lying fertile lands extending from the North sea southwest across 3 counties. back in time, before the middle ages infact, the fens were little more than a giant bog of marsh and quicksands with very little value other than producing reeds for roofing materials. Then one day, early 1600’s a group of smart folk had the idea of draining the place to expose the fertile soils from which delicate crops would grow. Their legacy today is a plethora of canals and waterways, pump houses and sluice gates to control the excess waters, much like we would see across the North Sea in Holland. (Google Map)

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The Fenlands are crisscrossed with a network of waterways and channels ensuring that excess water has a place to flow thus keeping the cultivated fields free from flooding. The channel depicted here would have been constructed sometime in the late middle ages, 1700′ era.

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The Fens, featureless but with big wide open skies.

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On a landscape such as the Fens, one can see a rain shower way ahead of it reaching ones location. This shower is about 20 minutes away!

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Big skies means great sunsets such as this one at Parsons Drove, Cambridgeshire.

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