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The photo shows a blackthorn in bloom; evidence for the early arrival of spring. (The blossom on the edge of the Old Eider Canal may become someone's sloe gin later in the year.)
Blackthorn is a real favorite of mine, and a sure sign that spring is with us. It is one of several white flowered shrubs native to my region but these don’t tend to flower together, rather they bloom in sequence from spring into summer. Blackthorn kicks off the year being at its best in April.

The Old Eider Canal was the first 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.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2448 W: 0 N: 6432] (23003)
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