Photographer's Note

We were out hiking in the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains) this morning and managed to climb Großer Ölberg 461m, the highest summit. Visibility had been excellent in the morning, but slowly deteriorated after noon. I was lucky to have taken some photos before lunch.

In close vicinity: Rhine river with Bonn, Germany's former capital. Post Tower and the UN Campus to the left, Münster and yellow Old University to the right (above the bridge).

Many people think that north of Bonn, there will be only flatlands including the Netherlands until you reach the sea, with major hills lacking. This is no more true. West of Cologne, there are several important brown coal fields which are exploited by opencast mining (and - for environment's sake - should not be exploited any more). The useless earth above the brown coal seams has been piled up and formed hills of considerable size.
Sophienhöhe in a far distance of 60 km reaches a height of 301 m, which is approx. 200 m above the surrounding flatland.

Taken with extender EF 2x III.

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