Bark beetles.

Here in the Harz, especially in the National Park, we have quite some bark beetle troubles. There are just so many dead trees, because of the spruce monoculture left behind by the once sprawling mining industry in the area. Back in the day, the miners needed loads of wood for their mining operations. They escpecially… Continue reading Bark beetles.

Clausthals’ Teiche

We here in Clausthal have a load of small ponds called Teiche. Together with hundrets of kilometres of ditches and tunnels those roughly 140 ponds form the Oberharzer Water Regale, an important part of the areas mining heritage. With the rise of electric power and also the advent of more compact hydraulic systems the Water… Continue reading Clausthals’ Teiche

Almost made it to the Wolfswarte.

Today I was out hiking with a few friends. We started in Torfhaus and had planned to go to the Wolfswarte, about 3km away. We almost made it there. Just almost. We had decided to start our hike in the afternoon and arrived in Torfhaus around 3pm. And that's where we made our first mistake.… Continue reading Almost made it to the Wolfswarte.

Osterode from above.

We had some beautiful weather today, and so I decided to climb the tower of the St. Aegidien Market Church once more today. And the views didn't disappoint. Only that I had my camera set to the wrong mode for a part of the journey. A few weeks ago, I had thought of going up… Continue reading Osterode from above.

Taking the Brockenbahn.

Yesterday, some friends and I decided to attempt to take the Brockenbahn again, after we already failed twice this year. At the first time, there was a storm. And at the second time, a train had gotten stuck in a snow drift the day before we wanted to go. But this time, it finally worked!… Continue reading Taking the Brockenbahn.

Hiking in the Harz.

I never really liked hiking. But that changed for a bit. Since I got my Wanderpass (hikers pass) last Thursday, I was eager to get some stamps in it. You can even earn some achievements! Like the bronze Wandernadel (a hikers medal) for 8 individual stamps. So I was looking at a map with all… Continue reading Hiking in the Harz.

Exploring Heritage.

[NEW SERIES] Since I live in the Harz, I like exploring. I always lived in the Harz. And due to the rich history of the area, particularly in mining, there is a lot of old stuff to explore related to mining. Like the Oberharzer Wasserregal, that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now, I've… Continue reading Exploring Heritage.