Photographer's Note

The lowlands of the river Eider are a part of the Geest, a band of moor lands that form the "central spine" of Schleswig-Holstein. The Geest is a deadly monotonous landscape and as you can see, ditches, green meadows and pastures prevail. Soils in this region are less fertile than elsewhere in the state.
The lowlands can be characterized by means of a slogan used by the Schleswig-Holstein administration: “Land of horizons”. Because it is so flat! And especially in summer the landscape and the horizon become just narrow rims of the vast sky arching infinitely over the fields.

Farmers have drained these wetlands for decades, turning marshy areas into pasture. This allows oxygen to penetrate the peat bog, sometimes a meter or more thick, and material that has built up over the course of millennia out of reeds, sedges and mosses begins to decompose, largely into the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The drying of wetlands also spells a loss of habitat for many animal and plant species.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-15
  • Categories: Natureza
  • Exposição: f/4, 1/160 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2012-03-02 3:08
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Points: 72
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