the ferry is named after an old Ameland village that was swallowed by the sea
the ferry over the Waddenzee from Holwerd to Ameland
 
The Wadden Sea is the intertidal sea between the Frisian Islands. Over a total lenght of 200 km, its waters lap the northwestern shores of the Nederlands, Germany and Denmark.
 
People have tinkered with the coastline here since pre-historic times. By building terps and dykes they not only could protect themselves again high water but they could also claim the fertile land from the sea.
 
The shallow area between the islands and the mainland is very dynamic with ever changing marshes, mudflats and tidal creeks.
Sediments flow in and out with the tides creating a rich habitat for birds and seals.
 
Ferries connect the dutch wadden islands with the mainland. These vessels have to negotiate narrow and winding channels that provide just enough draught to pass safely at low tide. The channels are dredged continously to prevent silting up.
 
The ferry to Ameland starts at the Holwerd pier and the 45 minutes ride is a nice opportunity to see Mother Nature at work in this dynamic environment.
 
We took the ferry in July 2017.
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this Jackdaw seems to be waiting for the ferry too
a view over the mud flats
at the pier, waiting for the ferry
we approach the pier of Nes
buoys mark the narrow and winding channel
this watertaxi is for those of us that think they are in a hurry
no stress here
leaving the Holwerd pier
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the trajectory of the ferry-channel from Holwerd to Ameland
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outside the sea dyke you can see the changeover from salt marsh to mudflat
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the ferry has arrived, time to board
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this ship's sole mission is to dredge and keep the channel open for traffic
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time to board the car and explore the island
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a seal is resting on a mudbank