You know, I live at the southern border of an area called Ruhrgebiet, the area around the river Ruhr. Here, coal was found first, several centuries ago. This area was the starting point of the industrial revolution here in Germany. It has a long tradition of coal mining, as well as steel production. Unfortunately, it’s way more efficient to import coal and steel, than to produce them ourselves, nowadays. Thus, nearly all mines are given up and the last ones will be closed in 2018.
A few years ago our region was elected to be the European capital of culture. To celebrate this, a committee got the idea, to make all the given-up coal mines visible again, by flagging a huge yellow gas balloon over the former mine. Although in my town once there were several tiny mines, we only have had one balloon for that certain week, which was elected to flag the balloons. For the nights, the balloon was illuminated and guarded. It was placed in the park of our small Chateau.
While we have had only one balloon, other towns (further north) have had many of them. Those towns have had many more mines. They were visible from far away. I’ve had seen photos with many of them in it.
This is my contribution to the weekly photo challenge at “The Daily Post”
(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)