Bicycle Ride Saubersdorf St. Egyden 16.4.2021

After the recent rain, it is unusually cold and windy, but mostly sunny. I have to post something in Weikersdorf and continue with the mountain bike to Saubersdorf and St. Egyden, then on a good narrow tarmac road to Würflach and back via Willendorf and Strelzhof.

Mori beck/Frauen beck shortly after the outskirts of Weikersdorf.

Lots of new snow on Schneeberg.

On the Gesanger Bühel ...

 ... last pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris).

Infructescences of pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) on the Gesanger Bühel.


Sun and clouds changing.

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in flower.

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in flower.

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in flower. Near St. Egyden, I pack my camera into the rucksack ...

 ... to take it out again near Strelzhof. Along the Frauen beck, the alluvial forest was partly cut down recently.

Many years ago, a saw mill was standing here, operated by the water power of the Frauen beck. Due to this sawmill and other mills down to Winzendorf, the Frauen beck has its rather large amount of water - for centuries, it was additionally supplied with water branched off from the Johannes beck. Thanks a lot to Dipl. Ing. Dr. Erwin Reidinger from Winzendorf, for historical background information.

Decayed sawmill buildings.

Old weir technique.

Above the saw mill, additional water flows into the Frauen beck from a small beck coming down from Strelzhof castle, and shortly behind the big tree in the background, the support channel from the Johannes beck is inducted. Therefore, strategically, this is a good place for a saw mill. Frauen beck itself originates from Oberhöflein.

Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) in abundance beneath the bush.

Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna)

Shortly behind the old saw mill, I pay a visit to this birch alley, one of my favourite view places to Schneeberg.