We decided we wouldn’t be defeated by the forest, and once again our family went in search of the, “Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen” – here David and I stand by the sign near the parking area before setting out.
This is another sign for the Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen – which is the translated version of the sign, which reads, “Ringwall Von Otzenhausen.”
We stopped at this little hut in a clearing in the woods for some photos and a picnic lunch – David is having some fun sticking his tongue out as his mom snaps this picture – we both often joked around for the camera.
This was the most unusual flower for a plant that I’d ever seen – looking like a snake searching for the light – and you can tell that the forest is pretty dark in places…no wonder we didn’t find the wall on our first attempt!
Setting out on our search for the Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen, we came across this stretch of beautiful forest with massive boulders and rock outcroppings – as if strewn like marbles by giants in the forest long ago.
The very nature of the land was beautifully rugged, and a great playground for a child to scramble among the boulders – here David has scrambled up onto another boulder.
For this posting I looked for the Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen on a Google Map satellite view – and had a very difficult time finding it – here’s another boulder that David perches on like a mountain goat.
If you select, “Otzenhausen, Germany” on Google Map satellite view, go north towards the top of the photo to just east of the Talsperre Nonveiler Reservoir – you can see what looks like a “white eyebrow” in the forest – that’s it – in this photo David has mastered another boulder.
The dappled sunlight filtering in from the tall trees overhead made nice soft lighting for these pictures, and David had the best time climbing boulders – but we still hadn’t found the wall.
Zoom in on the Google Map satellite view and you see what looks like a massive white snowdrift – which are all the white stones piled as high as the tallest trees – you only see half of the wall in the satellite photo due to the trees – here’s another boulder challenge mastered by David.
Then finally, in the very shadows of the forest, a staircase of rocks climbs up towards the sky – this is a cropped picture of only the wall’s base – and looks like a place out of, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Looking up at the top third of the wall only, you see large chunks of rock piled endlessly one atop the next, creating this massive wall that can be seen from the satellite in space.
This was only about the top third of the original photo, and I’d guess the wall is at least 50 feet high, with the forest growing right up to the very edge of the wall.
David shields his eyes from the sun while standing on top of the wall, and you can see how it literally parts the forest – visit Wikipedia for more information and read their article titled: “Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen.”
David stands on top of the Celtic Circular Wall of Otzenhausen, where you can see how the forest seems to go on forever into the distant horizon – the wall was difficult to find – but we’re glad we eventually found it! 🙂