Pollards (“Kopfweiden” - “Knotwilgen”)
Ponts de Paris
Prints with typically Dutch (they are not…..) landscape dominating pollards are often just irresistible. Childhood memories happen to be an important motivation in later development of the collecting virus. As a boy I helped the neighbouring farmer cutting these sheltering the cattle against wind and rain trees, lining the ditches, meadows, brooks and rivers in our lowlands. When farmers still had 20-30 milking cows, some pigs, some sheep and and a barn with chicken. When they had enough. When you could disappear in the field flowers in spring, when field birds were still abundant………..
Although the birds and field flowers declined and have all but gone completely in the last 25 years, remnants of preserved lines of pollards survive in many regions. Thank God……. And the volunteers that help maintain them.