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The Leopold Canal is a canal in northern Belgium. Construction occurred between 1847 and 1850 after the Belgian government granted permission in 1846. It runs about 40 km westward from Boekhoute to Heist-aan-Zee just south of the Dutch border. It is between 1.2 and 2.3 m deep. The idea was put forward in order to prevent the Dutch from blocking the discharge of water and inundating the Meetjesland after Belgium's independence from the Netherlands. It is claimed to have drained 360 km² of arable land. This canal was a major line of German resistance during the Battle of the Scheldt in World War II and this particular place was the scene of heavy fighting in 1944.

This one was made on an unexpected detour on the way to Brugge, sometimes my navigation system chooses very curious itineraries, so instead of driving normal highways it sometimes takes me along narrow country roads because it thinks it would be quicker like that... of course it isn't, but as a compensation I frequently come to the places I hadn't planned to visit and sometimes they turn to be quite interesting, just like on this occasion, because after having seen the tall trees along this famous canal numerous times on TE, I immediately recognized the place, stopped the car and made some pictures. The location should be close to the village of Moerkerke.

This is a HDR of three bracketed handheld shots with 2 full stop intervals. One of the useful features of Photomatix software is that it can align the initial images before merging them in HDR, so having ultrasteady hands is not really neccessary...

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Additional Photos by Alexander Pasternak (pasternak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1341 W: 179 N: 3373] (15185)
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