This is where the mighty Elbe river empties to the North Sea. At the western shoreline of the river’s mouth stands the 30-metre high Kugelbake wood tower, marking the most northern point for the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and providing a navigation aid for ships sailing into the port of Hamburg. First built in the early part of the 18th-century, versions of the tower have seen big ocean waves, flooding, and the ravages of war. The present version of the Kugelbake, built in 1924, is the landmark and symbol for the city of Cuxhaven, next to the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As a part of my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 3 January 2013 with the Canon 450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO400, and 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5S8.