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(March 20, 2004)

John E Schwarzell

Point Dume Beach

Holger Schulz

Flowering of Crocusses in Husum, Northern Germany

Husum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

11:00 am UTC

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© 2004 Holger Schulz, All Rights Reserved.

Every spring more than 4 million crocusses (Crocus napolitanus) are flowering in the Gardens around the castle of Husum. This is unique in Northern Europe. The crocusses probably were planted in the 15th century by the monks who then lived at this place. They did this with the aim to produce saffron which they needed to dye their liturgical vestments. The monks, however, must have been very surprised when, after the first harvest, they discovered that the species of crocus planted by them is not suitable for producing saffron.
Nowadays every spring tourists come from far away to see the crocusses flowering. Unfortunately the weather at 20th March 2004 was terrible in all Northern Germany, with strong winds, heavy rain and very bad conditions for photography - and very bad for the corcusses who did not open their flowers. The panorama therefore does not show the real beauty of the crocusses flowering in Husum.
Taken with a Nikon Coolpix 990, FC-E8 fisheye converter, F2 modus, 5 images. Camera mounted on a Kaidan QuickPan III CS. Stitched with PanoramaTools, PTGui.

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