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Panoramic photo by Nicolai van der Smagt Taken 17:07, 06/02/2012 - Views loading...

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Kanaalweg, Heiloo

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The winter sun sets over snowy farmlands in Heiloo. In the distance the A9 motorway can just be made out. The night will bring -15 celsius temperatures.

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