Photographer's Note

The last days I showed you some pictures taken during a hike in the low mountain range Rhn - in the federal state Hessen. Now we are on top of the highest mountain there, the Wasserkuppe (950 m), looking in north-westward direction. The Wasserkuppe is a mountain where Fulda river and about 30 other brooks have their origin. Gliding was developed here on Wasserkuppe at the begin of 20th century.

Everywhere in the Rhn you can find mountains of volcanic origin. In tertiary volcanic melt intruded the mottled sandstone here and mostly it solidified in this bedrock. Erosion within millions of years carried away the sandstone and laid open the much more harder basalt funnels. The most impressive laid open basalt mass here is the "Milseburg" (835m) which you can see here right hand in the background. You can see also some other basalt cones. Please also look here.

Many of the Rhn mountain tops since the Middle Age were used as pastures - not only the slopes - and so today great parts of the Rhn still are woodless with wonderful panoramic views. Flocks of sheep today ensure that these neglected grassland with its very special flora is preserved. By this means the Rhn is a very special mountain range in Germany - and my favorite one ... and it's a true paradise for hikers.

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  • Copyright: Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
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  • Date Taken: 2008-09-27
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 22:59
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