Wadden Sea

December 02, 2014

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Photographer: Hans Juergen Heyen
Summary Authors: Hans Juergen Heyen; Jim Foster

The photos above were taken over the Wadden Sea, the largest continuous system of tidal flats in the world. They were captured from a small plane approximately 1,000 ft (300 m) over the water, late in the day and near low tide. The Wadden Sea is an extension of the North Sea lying along the coasts of Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. At high tide only a few points of land protrude above sea level, but a boat is needed to reach them. At ebb tide, the Wadden Sea is primarily a seabed (top photo). Strolling the tidal sand flats is a popular activity of tourists, but the tide rolls in quite fast and can be dangerous. Note the dendritic shape of the drainage channels in the bottom picture. Photos above taken in the summer of 2014.
Photo details: Top - Camera Maker: Panasonic; Camera Model: DMC-FZ200; Focal Length: 4.5mm (35mm equivalent: 26mm); Aperture: f/4.0; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery 6.0.6001.18000. Bottom - same except: Focal Length: 5.6mm (35mm equivalent: 32mm); Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320).