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Illustration 1: Loss of open space
We must not dream and think that we can find any landscape in Europe not influenced by human activity. The richness in wildlife shrunk so much that the only sensible thing to do is to try to keep the place at least a bit open with a hint of green.
Even that is doomed to failure. Comes the day that we must rely on tv-channels and adverts to remember how the natural world was. This short picture story shows that we are very close.
©  published: XI.2000  Nederlands

Oktober 1971 December 1976 April 1977
 
  The pictures tell  us the story of a spot somewhere in the Belgian Polders.
The series is exemplary for the country. We start with the original landscape: pastures, open, horizon far away, pollard-willows. Hardly pristine, made by man, but still very valuable for many people see it as an escape from job and city stress.
 
July 1977 March 1978 November 1979
 
  The lack of  maintenance causes the top-heavy willow to crash. Is it an omen?
March 1978 sees construction-workers take the place and from then on new houses pop up in several waves until it's useless to continue the series. The last picture is from the same spot; you have my word.
 
December 1981 October 1985 September 1991
 
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