July 22nd, 2019

A windy vast polder on a summer Sunday morning around eleven.
Rijskampen in Gementpolder
The grass and reeds rustle. Hear the vastness of the landscape.
A dog barks constantly at the distant farm. On the old country road, which has been replaced by crushed stone, people who enjoy nature or work on their health run and bike. In the distance for the traffic that runs on the ring road of the city. Crickets sometimes drown out the wind. Crows always make a noise. Sometimes the shouts of a Buzzard.
This makes me happy; if the skylark shows itself for a moment even though it is far away. However, it seems that there are less and less in this area and I find that worrying.

This nature reserve De Rijskampen is part of a vast polder between Vlijmen, 's-Hertogenbosch and Vught in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It has been transformed into an inundation area for the Maas, Aa, Dommel and Dieze rivers that surround the city. This adjustment was made after the flooding of the A2 motorway in 1995. It should not have gone further or there would have been three meters of water in my home. The entire Bommelerwaard, to the north of this area, with 250,000 people, between the river Maas and Waal, was evacuated. Yes, yes, the Netherlands waterland, but not too much please.
Enough nagging; listen and enjoy.

Date/time: July 21st Sunday 2019, start 10.49 AM
Weather: 21c, some clouds and sun, wind W 3-4bft, 1020 hPa, hum 69%. Mic pointed SSW
Location; Gement Polder, natuurgebied Rijskampen, Honderdmorgensedijk ,Vught - ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Holland), Europe. Geotag 51.67853 5.27226. Google picture there a few years ago when it was farming land with corn fields; https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6787061,5.2725379,3a,60y,233.29h,64.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sGJ1FGfqYEu7g14veNycojQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Gear chain: Sennheiser mkh30/50 MS, in Rycote cyclone small, windjammer > Sound Devices 302 >Tascam dr-100 Mk2. 96/24 wav. Decoded to Mid-side to 48/24 STEREO. Editing: low cut most wind.
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