Autumn Colors the Trees and Ruins


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November 19th 2006
Published: December 27th 2006
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On a crisp fall day.
The colors of autumn were brilliant and blazing, so we drove out of the city and, despite the constant rain and fog, managed to document a vague representation of the glorious German countryside. It was 53°F / 12°C as we headed out towards Mannheim and into the Naturpark Odenwald. Here we stopped along the roadside to photograph the woods, and my husband’s car. The colors were amazing and overwhelming, and we would have stayed longer but for the cold rain. We were a little disturbed by the empty bus that nearly ran me down to pull off the road in front of us, and mused a bit on the bus driver who was taking a nap during his bus route #666. Then we got back on the road and, seeing a castle in the distance, weaved our way through the town to it.

Burg Lindenfels is named for the town of Lindenfels which is, in turn, named for the Linden trees in the area. Though there was an earlier structure on this spot, the present castle was begun in the 11th century. The ruination is apparently attributed to the 30 Years War.

The castle has fabulous views of the surrounding valley (this seems to be a trait with German castles…) though, of course, my little camera had a hard time showing this through the rain. The colorful foliage made it a delight to walk the grounds, doing nothing but taking everything in. But then, that’s what these little trips are all about.



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Naturpark Odenwald

Seth exploring the rocks.
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Naturpark Odenwald

These colors were just magnificent.
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Naturpark Odenwald

Behind this rock, you can see the road curving through the forest below.
Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood... Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood...
Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood...

Ok, so there's only one road, but I can't get that poem out of my head when I look at these pictures.
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Naturpark Odenwald

The wet road.
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Naturpark Odenwald

And our tiny car in the bottom left of the photo...
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Burg Lindenfels

With the blank, grey background, as it was raining during our entire visit.
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Burg Lindenfels Entryway

Looking from just inside the castle wall back towards the town.
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Burg Lindenfels Sculpture

As you walk up to the castle, you see a sculpture of Siegfried as portrayed in Der Nibelungen. (Famous German legend).
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Burg Lindenfels Gatehouse

We were pretty sure there was more to this at some point... in other words, we think it used to be taller.
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Burg Lindenfels

A stocky sillouette.
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Burg Lindenfels

A shot inside the inner courtyard.
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View from Burg Lindenfels

This is my favorite shot of the scenery. It's hard to grasp how amazing the trees on the hills looked because of the rain and fog which led to the blurriness of any long shots.
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View from Burg Lindenfels

The hills go on forever...
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Burg Lindenfels

An interesting shot.
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Burg Lindenfels: A Tree, A Well, and the Gatehouse

... I am inclined to inform you that this is probably my favorite shot of the castle grounds. What can I say? It's charming.
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Apparently Berlin is only a short walk from here, as the bear travels. (For those of us on the Imperial system, that's 386 miles, or the distance between Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina, but in this case it would actually be a trip across the country, not three states.)


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