20-Jan-2001 -- This is the confluence that I thought would become my first (as
it is only
16.42 km from where I live), but it actually became my second after
After having studied Mapquest and some local maps, the site of the
looked very promising: it is located near a bend in the river Weser, which
river flowing through Bremen just a few km further NW.
On this saturday afternoon, after some days of snow and drizzle, it began
up a little and the promise of sunshine made me get out to go confluence
map had shown a small road only 100 m from the CP, so I thought it should be
accessible (as most confluences here in northern germany seem to be). I had
to leave the car about
1 km before the confluence (at the old dike which protected the small town
the occasional Weser floods) because the roads leading there were
only (and it was a nice winter day anyway, so a little walk was OK). On my
way, I passed
some people ice-skating on a small lake-like river (which seems to be an old
part of the
Weser river)... They didn't have any problems with going there by car.
the CP was not as near to the river as I had assumed from the maps, which
made it not quite
that interesting. Since this was just another barren wheat-field, I decided
to plant a
Ceremonial Confluence Marker Tree (which had been cut off a nearby hedge). I
gets to sprout some roots before the farmer returns in the spring...
On my way back I saw some galloway oxen which seemed to be quite
interested in what
I was doing and seemed to be quite happy despite all the problems with mad
disease we have here in germany right now.
So, another one of those agricultural confluences captured. Again, this
one might me a lot
nicer in the summer. My camera (or the film) seemed to have some problems
with the cold, the
pictures came out a little dark and brown, I tried to brush them up a