The word wipfel is the German term for a tree-top. From the top of a tree we get a unique, often precarious, view of the forest below and the world around. This web page includes writings, photo galleries and other media that provide a broader perspective, not necessarily dedicated to silviculture.
- Wipfel 01: A view from the treetops | Essay
- Wipfel 02: Covered bridges on Route 910 | Photo-essay
- Wipfel 03: Koningin Elisabethzaal in Antwerp | Photo-essay
Reflections on travel to the Black Forest.
Covered bridges were once common in eastern Canada. Sadly, no longer. They are wooden structures that shed snow from the bridge deck in winter. Here on NB Route 910, in rural Albert County, New Brunswick, there are two fine examples still standing. It was a wonderful serendipity to stumble across them on a lovely Sunday drive. One (Turtle Creek No 4, built 1912) is no longer on the highway, but nicely preserved adjacent to its original location. The second (Weldon Creek No 3, built 1923) crosses Weldon Creek at Salem, NB. It is in fine working condition, and a great example of the engineering form, still serving its original function after nearly 100 years. The construction with local timbers attests to a time when Albert County was producing large beams of white pine and other species for a thriving forest economy.
More on the Covered Bridges of New Brunswick here.
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Completed in 2017, the Koningin Elisabethzaal (Queen Elisabeth Hall) is a state-of-the-art concert hall and new home for the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, the hall is embedded within an ensemble of historic buildings, adjacent to the famous Antwerpen Centraal Station. The auditorium itself has a conventional ‘shoebox’ configuration and the walls are lined with curved panels of oak. These features bestow outstanding acoustic qualities for orchestral music. Now settled into their new base, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is enjoying a period of critical acclaim. Other leading orchestras are finding their way to perform here. I can confirm it is worth visiting … and all the more special (and environmentally-friendly) if you arrive and depart by train.
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Page Updated: 08 October 2019.