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24.9.08
  Distant Views

Of course, I used the high vantage points on the mountain peaks of the Harzburg and the Ilsestein to take some photos, and despite the somewhat hazy atmosphere of early autumn, a number of them turned out fine.


View from the Harzburg towards the Brocken - the mist-veiled mountain in the background - in the morning sun. The Brocken (1142 m) is the highest mountain in the Harz and the central meeting place of German witches on Walpurgis Night. The place is a bit too touristy for my taste so I haven't been to the top yet. During the time of the German division the Brocken was Russian military zone and not accessible from either West or East.


Another view from the Harzburg. Fall has arrived in the Harz already, with crisp mornings, mists rising from the vales, the first brown leaves dancing in the breeze, and a lower sun tinting the trees golden like a last greeting of summer. A farewell.


On the other side of the Harzburg, the view goes towards the Norddeutsche Tiefebne, a mostly flat area that stretches all the way from the Harz to the Baltic Sea. In the distance, though beyond view, lies Braunschweig, the main seat of Heinrich the Lion; and further to the north-east Magdeburg and Berlin. The town at the foot of the mountain is Bad Harzburg, a popular spa town.


This one is less spectacular but pretty. The stones to the right are not a natural formation this time, but the remains of a curtain wall. The photo was taken at Stapelburg Castle, one of the smaller fortresses in the Harz. I got a few pics of what is left of the main hall and the trenches, so I'll leave a more detailed description to another post.


Another view from the Paternoster cliffs on the Ilsestein mountain. The blueish shadow to the left is the Brocken again - you can't miss that big boy from most of the Harz's high vantage points. The entire area is a National Park today.
 
Comments:
Lovely!

"Paternoster cliffs" - what an intriguing name. How did they come by them, I wonder?
 
Kirsten, they look like a man lifting his hands in prayer from a certain point in the valley, but I didn't see that one - I suppose it would be easier in winter anyway with less foliage.
 
Wow! look at all those trees... *claustrophobia sets in*

Neat pics. Love the fluffy clouds in contrast to the trees.
 
Lol Constance, it's not that bad from above. Try being under the trees - the pines aren't so bad, but the oak and beech woods can turn into a veritable jungle. :)
 
What a beautiful place! Your photos really show it off well - I especially love that first misty one!
 
Gabriele

Good pictures, on this post and the previous ones.
 
Lovely photos. Is "Brocken" related to "Brocken Spectre" at all, do you know?
 
Thank you, Lady D, Hank and Carla.

Carla, I admit I have no idea what the Brocken spectre is. ;)
 
Beautiful photos where history lingers in the vibrations left behind. I can imagine the knights riding off down the narrow roads into the forests.
 
Thank you, Barbara. Yes, those places make the imagination going wild. The plotbunnies, too. :)
 
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