Mapping Hiking Trails of the Black Forest

Black Forest Hiking Trail

Black Forest Hiking Trail

Under perfect late-summer weather conditions it was a joy to track some hiking trails of the black forest. The API has been down for maintenance this weekend, so I could not use osm2go for live editing. Instead I used some home-grown software to record (annotated) waypoints while being out. The API meanwhile is up and running again, so bringing the stuff into the database was done in a couple of minutes back home.

The trails mapped cover the area between Seibelseckle and Ruhestein:

To protect wild animals, some of them must not be used between November 1st and July 15th, so currently it’s a real occasion. I took several photos, so here’s a selection of hand picked pics.

A digitalis:

A digitalis

A digitalis

A bilberry…

A bilberry

A bilberry

…and a lingonberry:

A lingonberry

A lingonberry

I’m often impressed when I do macro shots of moss. It really looks like a cosmos of its own:

Some Moss

Some Moss

I had the occasion to take several pictures of this insect which has just captured a lady bug. I have no clue what kind of insect this is. If you can point me to the right direction, please drop me a line:

Insect eating a lady bug

Insect eating a lady bug

Finally here’s some panorama created using Hugin. As always, I didn’t do any editing except for cutting the margins, so you can easily find some tree trunks with interesting shapes. On the right, you can see the Hornisgrinde peak (see the towers), followed by the (in)famous tourist attraction, the Mummelsee (some red roof, a crane and a queue of cars):

Panorama Seibelseckle

Panorama Seibelseckle