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Monochrome Madness 2-32


It’s time for another Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole. Have fun and don’t forget to the check out the other photographers contributions.

Today, I have an image for you, which is kind of typical for November although it’s taken two weeks ago in the early morning of October, 28th at 6:42 a.m. It’s the full moon above a foggy landscape.

When the Romans tried to conquer the parts of Europe north of the Alps about 2.000 years ago, they were confronted with huge dark and dense forests. Because of the Gulf stream, central Europe has a quite mild, but wet climate.* Rain falls down and the forests give back parts of the moisture by sweating fog. For the common sun pampered roman soldiers, these conditions were very frightening. Finally, they were unable to conquer the parts east of the river Rhine, despite their endeavors and they paid a very high price for their efforts. West of the river Rhine the landscape wasn’t forested as east of the river. So, they were able to found several cities in todays France and in todays Germany along the west bank of river Rhine: i.e. Trier, Cologne, Xanten to name a few of them.

Nowadays, we don’t have so much forests anymore. Thus, we have thick fogs ‘only’ in fall and spring. Although, they can occur during summer, too, but only on very distinct weather conditions and only very local.

Take care!

* Imagine, New York is located nearly parallel to Rome in Italy. Rome is locate yet 1° further north than New York, that’s about 111 km. And while New York suffers from snow each winter, Rome almost never sees any snow flake. That’s a result of the Gulf stream.

Rome        41° 53′ N, 12° 29′ O
New York  40° 43′ N, 74° 0′ W

and I’m living about 1,100 km north of Rome

17 thoughts on “Monochrome Madness 2-32”

    1. indeed, it is.
      And, did you know, UK also benefit from the Gulf stream. That’s one of the reasons for the big amounts of rain and why it is possible to grow wine in southern England.

              1. I think you’ll like the landscape, whether you are in the flat lands of the South Downs, where I live, the rocky and dramatic cliffs of Cornwall in the south west, the green fields, valleys and mountain of Wales, the impressive Lake District in the north or the majestic mountain of the Highlands in Scotland: I love it all! 🙂

                1. Beside Scottland and Cornwall, the cliff coast in the south and the area around Glastonbury are some of my wish destinations.

                  1. I lived in Dorset (Bournemouth and Christchurch) for 13 years and did a lot of travelling around that area then: also beautiful! It really is very hard to choose!

  1. Beautiful photo. I love morning fog. We get it here in Canada too! The black & white adds to the mood. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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