The japonese cedar is growing.
The owls are no babies anymore.
A tiny spider nest.
What you see on the first picture is a branchling of the long-eared owl (Waldohreulen-Ästling) which is a kind of a teenager owl who can already fly but still lives with its parents who feed it. We had three siblings of them in our pine trees and they made hell of a noise. When it starts getting dark they start screaming “iiiigh” every other second all over the night. I called them Ilona, Ingo and Ignaz. They are so cute and fluffy and they can turn their head 180 degrees!
What an abundance when everything starts to bloom and grow!
The tiny Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) which I brought from the Azores and planted in October is still alive but it doesn’t (yet) grow.
Our private wilderness changes its face every week and shows us what nature can do without any influence. Tobias. the apple tree who was just a stick with roots four weeks ago has grown a lot of leaves and a lot of birds come to see us every morning. And Wolfgang the squirrel becomes less and […]
He already lived here last year, but he supposably didn’t understand the squirrel-feeder. Now I caught him finally getting it. Awe, he’s cute!
I made myself a present for Christmas. I sneaked around the Nikon D500 since a very long time and finally bought it. Now, we are still getting to know each other but first results make me happy for having come to this decision. I think every camera or in general every peace of technology changes […]
Our transport from Baltra airport to Puerto Ayora – 20.000 inhabitants and the biggest town on the archipelago – lead through a desert-like looking landscape with huge opuntia trees as main vegetation. There is real beauty in this islands but there is also visible hostility. Nature declared no-mans-land most of the time.
The really crazy and extraordinary thing about the Galapagos Archipelago is the tameness of the animals. Millions of years of evolution without natural predators and without mankind, led to this atmosphere of peaceful coexistence between men and animal. You’ll never see sealions, sharks, stingrays, finches, seagulls, tortoises and pelicans as near as you do here.
In a kind of kamikaze action we drove 650 km on friday night from Berlin to Rottach-Egern south of Munich to take part in a vertigo class. I highly recommend the useful lessons from our trainer Heike, who was a Höhenängstler (someone who has Vertigo) herself once, which makes her very credible.
Vertigo is not gone after two days but at least I know what is happening inside of me and what I do right or wrong in the moment of truth. The rest is training she says. And in fact: My confidence concerning the abyss has already increased slightly.
All the stress is forgotten when I’m standing on the top of a mountain and see the snow covered mountain tops of the near Austrian alps.
This magic feeling when the sun burns your face for the first time of the year, when small waves swashing lazily onto the lakes shores and when all the birds are singing like crazy to salute the new season. This must be spring!
Location: Bahnhof Bad Saarow – Scharmützelsee – Markgrafensteine – Aussichtsturm – Sprungschanze – Bad Saarow / Distance: 15 km / from city center:
75,5 km/south east / Weather: 16 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D90, 55-300mm lens