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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Erik Krause

Forest on the Border

Erik Krause

Abandoned Fitness Trail

Wyhl, Kaiserstuhl, southwest corner of Germany

March 25, 2011, 17:59 local time

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© 2011 Erik Krause, All Rights Reserved.

Forests are used for many different things one of which is recreation.

In this area a nuclear power plant was to be built in the 1970s. Luckily this was canceled due to protests. Apparently the administration of the nearby village Wyhl decided to build a fitness trail instead, most likely during the fitness boom in the 1980s.

Later on jogging became popular and maintaining fitness trails turned out to be expensive. Like this one, many trails where abandoned. Now everything is overgrown with a 30-year-old forest, an alluvial forest which might get flooded sometimes—there are some old meanders of the Rhine nearby as can be clearly seen in Google Earth. An embankment protects the farmland to the east. The whole area is a nature reserve now.

I found this spot while searching the location for the spring equinox WWP event "Limits".

Europe / Germany

Lat: 48° 11' 10.71" N
Long: 7° 38' 26.98" E

Elevation: 177m

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Canon EOS 5D II, Zenitar 16mm fisheye, DPP, PTGui Pro, Photoshop

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