Photographer's Note

The Eider-Treene-Sorge river landscape is the largest lowland area in Schleswig-Holstein. The landscape of this region is characterised by rivers, canals, peat lands and moors.

Where the land lies lower than the sea, the locals have always had their hands full stopping their livelihoods from going under. The pumps work ceaselessly. The photo shows a canal that directs the water of the river Sorge into the historic lock at Steinschleuse that has protected status. At low tide the lock directs the water further on into the river Eider, at high tide the lock is closed.

The birches (betula nigra) are native to Schleswig-Holstein’s wet areas along rivers, ponds and it also thrives excellently inside flooded swamps. Its foliage has a green surface and a yellow-to-green underside. The deciduous river birch's most striking feature however is its bark. Besides being an attractive color, it peels off and falls apart in flakes. But unlike other birch species, the river birch doesn't release any fragrance when you crush its wood and leaves.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-01-12
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-16 7:47
Viewed: 1914
Points: 70
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