I live in an area named the “Gelderse Vallei”, a valley between a major hillside in the province of Utrecht to the west and hills of the Veluwe on the east in West-Gelderland. These hills, just ripples of some 40 to 60 meters high, are reminants of the Glacial Ice Age. The beauty of this land for me is the valley bog, the man digged river Valleikanaal, and the farm land.
This area is surrounded by some larger cities including my hometown. Thankfully many efforts are being done to save this area from further urbanization.
For a few hundred years this land served as agricultural land, but since the last few years more land is being returned to nature. It gives home to more birds, insects and plants.
The area also has a recreational purpose for the people like fishing, hiking and biking.
And some of the dairies and pig farms are so beautifully located.
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma