It was an ancient fascination; people dreamt of it for centuries – building a passage connecting the North Sea with the Baltic. It was King Christian VII of Denmark who instigated its construction. From 1773, the King of Denmark ruled the duchies Schleswig and Holstein, united under a single crown as integral parts of the Danish state. As a result, Schleswig-Holstein experienced a great economic and political revival and the building of the Eider Canal, forerunner of today’s Kiel Canal, created this most important waterway - at that time a much-admired feat of engineering. But a canal of this type was simply not big enough to meet the technical demands of the completely different political circumstances of the late 19th century.
In 1980 a “Canal-Verein” was set up in order to renovate the remaining parts but unfortunately preservation work on the Canal stopped after few years due to unsuccessful struggle against bureaucracy. Last year however the EU granted a subsidy amounting 400.000€ for renovation works. The tree planted by the water belongs to Gut Kluvensiek Manor. It is a remnant of a glorious past when the canal was even called the eighth wonder of the world.
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photoray (10921) 2013-11-18 5:49
Your canal scene caught my attention because it is reminiscent of my Parents backyard in Clearlake, California. They lived on a smaller canal constructed for the residents to motor out to the lake, to fish and water ski.
I like the natural appearance in your view, the ancient tree trunk, calm canal water surrounded with Nature's vegetation.
NorthernLight (1861) 2013-11-18 7:14
man lernt nie aus. Das hatte ich bislang noch nicht gewußt.
Das Foto zeigt einen verträumten Ort. Durch den alten Baum und das zur Bildbreite leicht schräg verlaufende Wasser bekommt das Bild Tiefe. Aber wir sind ja hier nicht in der Fotoschule, deshalb sage ich lieber: Das Bild ist sehr gefällig. Wieder hat es alle Zutaten, die es für meinen Geschmack sehr attraktiv machen. Das weiche Licht einer tief stehenden Sonne, Spiegelungen im Wasser und warme, natürliche Farbtöne.
Ich finde: Ein gelungenes Stimmungsfoto! An solchen Orten kann man Kraft gegen den Alltagsstress tanken. Das hast Du auch hierbei wieder hervorragend eingefangen!
Alles Gute aus dem Norden
saxo042 (37052) 2013-11-18 7:16
The tree is a very important part of this picture as it provides a good depth. The background river is very calm and the little boat adds to the strong feeling of peace and quiet here. A very pleasant and attractive view!
SNOOP_Chan (3841) 2013-11-18 7:32
Hello Harriet, very nice image here, i like the sharpness of it. Nice autumn colors on the composition. Interesting historical note. Well done.
holmertz (38523) 2013-11-18 10:11
It makes me smile to think this would have been the eigth wonder of the world. It must have been dreamed up by people with very limited experience of the world. I don't doubt, though, that travelling along the Eider Canal can be a very nice experience, as this photo indicates. The oldl tree is well balanced in the composition by the small boat and the canal makes a fine diagonal, filled with nice reflections.
cornejo (29279) 2013-11-18 10:55
Hi Harriet, very nice picture of this beautiful and interesting canal, very well composed and captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and pretty nice color. Great and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Royaldevon (27453) 2013-11-18 14:31
Some very interesting historical information, to be sure!
I like how you have used the tree for immediate impact and as a way to create a sense of depth. It is a natural movement from here to follow the canal across the frame, noting the well positioned boat.
The dof is excellent and the colours natural.
My warm regards,
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2013-11-18 19:38
Harriet, a very beautiful point of view and a great panorama of the river..
lovely colors and a fantastic peaceful ambiance!!
compliments on your work, always with a great personal style!!
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-19 0:34
This is a superb shot of the canal with the little lonely boat moored at the side. Lovely composition with the large tree in the foreground and the still water under beautiful light showing the reflections of the trees and bushes on the opposite bank. The whole picture is a scene of perfect calm and tranquility. Love it.
jhm (136580) 2013-11-19 4:42
Your notes is very interesting I have something learned today about these waterway.
This have to a wonderful place are for a good stroll middle of the nature.
Very well detailed picture with high quality taken.
Also a very nice choice of your angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
SWEETFREEDOM (21990) 2013-11-19 10:36
i like this composition with the tree in fg and the peaceful canal in bg. lovely colors and light.
danos (84275) 2013-11-20 11:30
nice the view of the waterway,canal in our days,with the huge trunk of the tree on the left to dominates the scene.I like the creative perspective,the light and the colour management,as the informative note about the place.
Silvio1953 (118143) 2013-11-20 11:42
Ciao Harriet, fascinating composition with fantastic tree in FG, beautiful reflections, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
papagolf21 (83978) 2013-11-20 11:43
Bonsoir, chère Harriet,
Très jolie composition bucolique avec cette rivière longeant la verte campagne et les arbres esseulés par la fin de l'automne.
Cet arbre au premier plan est parfaitement placé dans la composition.
abmdsudi (41134) 2013-11-20 20:53
A lovely walk along the waterway and great to spend a Sunday afternoon! Very luxuriant that looks so tranquil & quite serene, finely captured from what appears to be the best possible point of view where the waterway leads smoothly in and I like the way one can see the backdrop and the lone boat for these give such a good perspective, and tree trunk naturally provides an effective framing, making the perfection composition. A lovely indicator of an enticing still sight with lovely touch of autumnal colors supported by brilliant light and subtle colours. Very well thoughtout shot seamlessly done, Delightful. tfs
pajaran (49584) 2013-11-20 22:53
Interesantan i dobar tekst o kanalu, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Lepa priroda i mesto za ribolov, nadam se da u kanalu ima velike ribe.
Kod mene u Vojvodini ima veliki kanal Dunav-Tisa, ja sam isao u ribolov na kanalu, ulovio sam velike ribe.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the channel with the given data and history ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and time indicated.
Beautiful nature and location of fishing, I hope that the channel has a big fish.
For me, Vojvodina has a large canal Danube-Tisa, I went fishing in the channel, I caught a big fish.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
delpeoples (52771) 2013-11-21 0:55
This is such a wonderful photo. Those golden tones really have become your specialty and I adore the textures of the lovely old tree. The golden light on the reeds and water is marvellous. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Great shot, congratulations.
rbassin (16873) 2013-11-21 9:35
une bonne composition, bien vu l'insertion du tronc dans le premier plan.
L'eau calme du canal favorise de bons reflets et crée une ambiance très agréable.
Romano46 (16584) 2013-11-21 11:02
una foto nel tuo classico stile e con un soggetto che ti è sempre caro, il paesaggio ricco di acque dello Schleswig-Holstein.Molto ben fatta la composizione che evidenzia la tranquillità e la bellezza selvaggia del luogo nel quale sembra di sentire solo il rumore della natura senza il fastidioso rumore della presenza della civiltà.
Ciao e buona serata
ourania (28236) 2013-11-21 11:41
a wonderful combination of picture and note, a very delightful and interesting presentation of this place. Your composition, based on the robust tree trunk and the diagonals of the two banks is solid and elegant at the same time. Around these well placed features, there's an abundance of natural colours and details that make a very harmonious whole. The sense of serenity and harmony is also enhanced by the mildness of light, shadows, colours and reflections. I particularly like the strong shadow that follows the side of the trunk as well as the discreet presence of the boat, a fine point of reference. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Nicou (117978) 2013-11-22 7:12
quel beau tronc d'arbre sueprbe vue et iamge avec le plan d'eau en fond le bel éclairage doux quelle vue et compo fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
Buin (42262) 2013-11-23 2:09
Wieder ein Beitrag, der aus der Masse herausragt. Neben dem instruktiven Text gefällt mir hier ganz besonders das Bild. Du hast es wunderbar "komponiert" und dieser alte Baumstamm (ist es eine Kastanien?) gibt einem das Gefühl dort zu stehen. Alles strahlt Ruhe und Naturnähe aus - und die Windräder im Hintergrund sind eben da ...
Es ist schon toll, was vor 250 Jahren geleistet wurde.
Wenn ich aus dem Fenster schaue, möchte ich am liebsten in Dein Foto hineinsteigen ;-)
Wochenendgrüße aus dem nass-kalt-grauen Südwestfalen!
mesutilgim (81300) 2013-11-23 9:10
Viele Photographen wuerden diesen Baum links einfach weglassen aber gerade dieser vervollstaendingt diesen guten Kompo.
Eine tolle herbstliche Szene, perfekt aufgenommen.
Danke schoen und ein schoenes Wochenende
Sonata11 (33201) 2013-11-23 20:20
sorry, I missed a many beautiful pictures of yours, because I'm very busy. I will try to catch up. Fantastic
composition and wonderfully executed. Beautiful wild nature. I love it. Perfectly well done. Best regards and have a great WE,
Didi (55441) 2013-11-24 8:41
Very nice lateral perspective of the canal
Very good winter soft lights ambiance
Cricri (102943) 2013-11-28 11:29
Un endroit qui respire le calme, la tranquillité, si bien présenter et composer, bonne lumière, reflets, très jolie
fds (7498) 2013-11-29 6:14
dear friend kiela very nice landscape with the canal and little boat and the tree in the foreground
i licke very much this colors and super schrpnees
good quality in this paint
ciao dear friend
ikeharel (54045) 2013-11-29 6:40
Good evening Harriet,
A canal built from 250 years ago, must had been a wonder of engeneering project back in those days.
the big tree on side, and distance to the lone boat, gave good scale to the whole.
Nowadays it looks as a small waterway for the fun of the local anglers.
Besides the missing of any red color, the photo has a nice tones and texture.
*** Did not see you for a while on TE - hope everything is well and look FWD to see more of your photos and interesting notes.
willperrett (6378) 2013-11-30 2:24
Lovely peaceful rural scene. Your note makes the point that at one time this would have been a thriving, busy commercial waterway, so the contrast is marked. Many canals in Britain have been revived for recreational usage: I imagine the same is true here. Can small boats still use it to go between the North Sea and the Baltic?
fanni (14377) 2014-01-04 5:35
this big tree in the foreground reminds me of a fairy-tale ancient oak:) It helps a lot to create a very good depth of perspective, and, along with a nice tranquil landscape, creates a truly beautiful view!
warm greetings from Stockholm,
and wishes of a Happy New Year 2014 to you and yours!!
jemaflor (82098) 2014-01-08 23:04
A pleasant composition with tree and boat, well balanced, nice light on the landscape, interesting effet with calm water and reflections.
jmdias (53469) 2014-04-02 16:17
a very nice view of the canal. I liked the way you included the trunk in the foreground and these rural details around. beautiful and calm landscape. TFS.