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Carsten T. Rees

Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens sapiens

Carsten T. Rees

In the Heath

Wahner Heide near Cologne, Germany

1st of September 2013, 15:34 CEST

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From the huge heath called Wahner Heide only about 47 square kilometres are left. This area was used as a parade ground and as a shooting range for the army. Thus it was protected from the growing cities and villages in the surroundings.

The Wahn Heath may look just like a perfectly natural landscape – it is not! It is a so-called anthropogenic heath habitat. And thus it is the result of Culture! If left alone it would eventually turn back into a forest. Larger bushes would start to overgrow the heath and finally trees would re-colonise the area.

To avoid this, one needs to “manage” the heath. A good method to keep the heath is to let either herds of goats or sheep graze in it. Both will keep young bushes and trees low.

Europe / Germany

Lat: 50° 50' 17.73" N
Long: 7° 9' 28.78" E

Elevation: 95 m

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Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon 15mm, Nodal Ninja R1, DXO, PTGui Pro, Photoshop, Pano2VR EDIT

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