The Struggle of Life.

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The Struggle of Life, Netherlands
To restore original natural dynamics in streams many measures are necessary.
In the ‘Leuvenumse beek’ a nature organisation tried to increase heterogeneity of the river bottom and water retention by putting dead wood in the stream system.
In autumn when rainfall is high, pieces of forest get flooded.
I saw this little beech in the water, trying to survive under these harsh conditions. I returned sometimes to this place to take pictures.
One evening all the conditions were satisfactory and so I took the shot.
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François Thijssen the Dutch explorer who landed in Australia, 1627.

François Thijssen or Frans Thijsz (died 13 October 1638?) was a Dutch explorer who explored the southern coast of Australia.
He was the captain of the ship ‘t Gulden Zeepaerdt (The Golden Seahorse) when sailing from Cape of Good Hope to Batavia.
On this voyage, he ended up too far to the south and on 26 January 1627 he came upon the coast of Australia, near Cape Leeuwin.Thijssen continued to sail eastwards, mapping more than 1500 kilometres of Australia’s coast.
He called the land ‘t Land van Pieter Nuyts (The Land of Pieter Nuyts).
Part of Thijssen’s map shows the islands St Francis and St Peter, now known collectively with their respective groups as the Nuyts Archipelago.
The ship, which had been built in Middelburg and left Zeeland on 22 May 1626, finally arrived in Batavia on 10 April 1627.
Thijssen’s observations were included as soon as 1628 by the VOC cartographer Hessel Gerritsz in a chart of the Indies and New Holland.
This voyage defined most of the southern coast of Australia and discouraged the notion that “New Holland”, as it was then known, was linked to Antarctica.
Read on via Source: François Thijssen – Wikipedia

Plate is proof of Hartogh’s visit to the ‘Unknown Southland’ 1616.

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Terra Australis Incognita: the unknown southland.
The unknown Soutland was supposed to be enormous and full of incredible possibilities. Dutch ships occasionally passed the coast of Australia by accident.
Dirck Hartogh and his crew stopped there once.
Their VOC ship Eendracht was actually sailing to Batavia, but had been blown off course and sighted the unfamiliar coast by chance.
Hartogh and his crew had no time to explore, but to prove to future generations that they had in fact set foot there, he had a pewter plate brought over from the ship and flattened.
This was inscribed with a text to testify to their excursion and then nailed to a pole.
Eighty years later, it was another Dutch captain who found it and brought it to Batavia: the first European ever to touch Australian soil.
Source: 1595-1616 The route to the Indies – Timeline Dutch History – Explore the collection – Rijksmuseum