Dec. 21, 2009
Sledging isn’t possible here, anymore. Now, houses are standing on that meadow.
As I wrote in one of my last posts, the area at the German coast is very swallow and flat. The highest points, beside the huge wind engines and power poles are the dikes. The dikes were built to save the land from being overflooded during i.e. storms or storm tides. The water would be able to destroy the land or at least make it fruitless because of the salt. Also, people live next to the dikes and there are some nice towns.
People used to live as fishermen, farmers and rangers here. And you can still find many, many fields like the one in the image above growing rape, potatoes, corn, wheat and other grains. In the back, you can see the dike. I wasn’t far away from the shore while taking this photo.
The dikes not only part the beach from the fertile lands, they are also nice paths. There are usually good ‘roads’ along the dikes for checking and preventive maintenance. So, lorries can use these roads. But, usually they are for pedestrians and bikers. Cars aren’t generally allowed. Often you have one of these roads on the water side and one on the land side. So, you can change to the land side road, when the wind becomes too strong for you on the sea-side. sometimes there is a third path on top of the dike. But, this is primarily for pedestrians and gives you a nice view over the sea to one side and the land to the other side.
On Thursday evening we got weather warnings from the weather forecasters. A serious storm was upcoming and about to cross the European mainlands during the night. Although the temperature was slightly about 0°C it was snowing. Partly, there were heavy snow storms even in the usually snow free lowlands. This storm was called “Egon”. That’s a custom for every heavy storm, low-pressure area and high-pressure area. “Egon” came from western directions. Luckily, one major part of the storm passed about 100km north of my region. Another major part started in France (more than 300000 households were reported to have no electric power – for France that means “no heating”, because the houses usually have electric heatings) and passed east of us. So, we only got a snowy cover of about 3-4 cm in thickness, but melting because of the temperatures.
The warnings were still current on Friday, also of my region, and lasted until Saturday noon. Although a heavy snow storm came up on Saturday and hindered me from visiting a friend, we have had good luck: our region was spared from the disaster.
This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.
I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are published in each of here Monochrome Madness posts.
This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “ambience”.
Here, the sun rise lifted up the felt temperature of the snowy, cold landscape and made me feel a little warmer.
Take care have a great weekend!
(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)