We live in the small town of Delden in the east of the Netherlands. Close to Delden in Twente lies the Twickel estate. The estate is almost seven centuries old and covers 4,500 hectares. Characteristic are the castle, the historic farms and the small-scale scenic landscape. A landscape in which forests with ancient oaks, moors and fens, fields and meadows bordered with hedgerows alternate. Twickel is only a 10 minutes walk from our house. 
On the estate there are 148 farms {recognizable by the black and white shutters} two water mills, a water tower and sawmill. Culture, nature and activity go hand in hand at Twickel.

A liitle bit of history

On 27 May 1347 Herman van Twickelo bought the 'Huis to Eijsinc' in Delden. Since then this property, which later went on to bear the name Twickel, has been passed on from family to family by inheritance. Successive owners belonged to the families Van Twickelo {14th-16th century}, Van Raesfelt (16th-17th century), Van Wassenaer Obdam (17th-19th century) and Van Heeckeren van Wassenaer (19th-20th century). The last owner, M.A.M.A. van Heeckeren van Wassenaer-van Aldenburg Bentinck (1879-1975) , placed her goods in the Twickel Foundation. 

A few times a week I walk early in the morning with a camera through the woods, meadows and moors of Twickel. Especially morning fog in combination with Dutch cloudy skies and a rising sun make it a fantastic landscape to photograph. It never really gets boring.

Roe deer in Twickel

Early morning in Twickel; shot with a Fuji XH1