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This is an archival photo from one of my first trips after I switched from an analog to digital camera.

As much as I complain about the Irish weather now, when I lived in Northern Germany I was pretty much unhappy as well. Maybe because I moved there from California :-) Island Helgoland was not a short trip for me so I waited forever for a perfect weather to do it. I was lucky as you see. Boats depart from Hamburg Port or Cuxhaven. If you want to do it in one day you will have just 4 hours on the island. 2 hours is actually enough to walk around the island but if you like taking pictures 4 hours is not enough. If you like photographing birds you definitely need more. I deeply regret that I did not stay there over the weekend. It was worth it. Wonderful coast in amazing red color, great views, unique lighthouse, tiny colourful houses, small village with plenty of cafes and charming atmosphere.

This particular view point to the characteristic rock Lange Anna which in German means simply Long Anna you can enjoy at the end of the island opposite to landing piers.

Heligoland (German: Helgoland; Heligolandic: deät Lun ["the Land"]) is a small German archipelago in the North Sea.
Formerly Danish and British possessions (Britain gave up the islands to Germany in 1890 in the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty), the islands (population 1,650) are located in the Heligoland Bight (part of the German Bight) in the southeastern corner of the North Sea. They are the only German islands not in the immediate vicinity of the mainland and are approximately three hours' sailing time from Cuxhaven at the mouth of the River Elbe.

Werner Heisenberg first formulated the equation underlying his picture of quantum mechanics while on Heligoland in the 1920s. While a student of Arnold Sommerfeld at Munich in the early 1920s, Werner Heisenberg (1901–75) first met the Danish physicist Niels Bohr. He and Bohr went for long hikes in the mountains and discussed the failure of existing theories to account for the new experimental results on the quantum structure of matter. Following these discussions, Heisenberg plunged into several months of intensive theoretical research, but met with continual frustration. Finally, suffering from a severe attack of hay fever, he retreated to the treeless (and pollenless) island of Heligoland in the summer of 1925. There he conceived the basis of the quantum theory. [He was 24 and for this work 7 years later he recieved a Nobel Prize.]

Heligoland was formerly called Heyligeland, or "holy land," possibly due to the island's long association with the god Forseti.

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