the ferry is named after an old Ameland village that was swallowed by the sea
the ferry over the Waddenzee from Holwerd to Ameland
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.
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.
the ferry in July 2017.
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
the trajectory of the ferry-channel from Holwerd to Ameland
outside the sea dyke you can see the changeover from salt marsh to mudflat
the ferry has arrived, time to board
this ship's sole mission is to dredge and keep the channel open for traffic
time to board the car and explore the island
a seal is resting on a mudbank