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This photo was taken in the early afternoon near the village Büsum on shore of the German North Sea - when the tide was out.
As you can see the the muddy shore was glittering in the sun and these hikers are walking in direction of the retreating sea - a hike not without danger. One must know exactly the times of ebb and flow because the coming back water will be much more faster than these hikers. Besides this there are many trenches in the tidelands which are filled with water and by this they render the way back to the coast impossible. Each year some of these hikes end tragically ...

The Wadden Sea is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea and it is a unique landscape which has been inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The Governments of the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany have been working together since 1978 on the protection and conservation of the Wadden Sea which is famous for the rich flora and fauny, especially birds.
The word wad is Dutch for "mud flat". The area is typified by extensive tidal mud flats, deeper tidal trenches and the islands that are contained within this, a region continually contested by land and sea. The landscape, shaped by the Ice Ages, has been formed for a great part by storm tides in the 10th to 14th centuries, overflowing and carrying away former peat land behind the coastal dunes. The present islands are a remnant of the former coastal dunes and it is possible to reach some of them by foot during the low tide. Nearly in each seaside resort guided tideland hikes are offered - and they really are unforgettable adventures.

In workshop you can see some other impressions.

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