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As summer approaches, spring in my region is often marked by dramatic shifts in weather as a winter pattern gradually gives way to a summertime pattern. The second month of spring initially brings weeks of relatively cool and changeable weather, which is even wintry for brief spells. When I took this photo, a cold front brought typical cool and changeable weather that went together with a rather dramatic sky and frequent rain showers, some of which were also accompanied by hail and thunderstorms.

The photo shows the Old Eider Canal at Kluvensiek near Rendsburg. This 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: 2469 W: 0 N: 6512] (23273)
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