Beth Olamin or Bet Olam is the Hebrew word for cemetery, meaning house of eternity. Unlike Christian cemeteries, the ground where the dead are buried should not be disturbed and graves should not be cleared. This means, that jewish cemeteries from the day of their inauguration, are keeping the memory of every community member for all times and are eternally growing. Eternally growing at least is not true for this sacred ground situated in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The first burial here was probably in 1586, the last in 1936. Jewish life was nearly extinct from the region before and during WW2.
It’s this history of course which is on my mind when letting the special atmosphere of this place resonate with my small self in this vast forest and fields in the middle of nowhere far outside the village. But as well something more. Eternity is beautiful and visible here and makes me reflect on evanescence and being reclaimed by and becoming eternal nature one time.
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Already when I got off the highway and saw the vast horizon over greenish fields and the sun shining through a nearby forest, I thought of the colour palette of the day, which is normally quite uniform. Meaning: As long as the weather and the light stays the same during a hike, the palette is […]
Location: Rehfelde Herrensee – Stephanstrasse – Waldpromenade – around Herrensee and back / Distance: 7 km / Public Transport: S-Bahn Hegermühle / from city center: 36 km / East / Weather: -3 °C, sunny / Camera: Nikon D500, 70-300 mm lens
Location: Rehfelde Herrensee – direction Garzau Pyramide – Brandsee – Langer See – Haussee – Garzin – Garzau – Rehfelde / Distance: 19 km / Public Transport: S-Bahn to Hegermühle or Regionalbahn to Rehfelde/Herrensee (1h) / from city center: 35 km / EastWeather: 15 °C, autumn sun / Camera: Nikon D90, 35mm lens
We hired some bikes and made a tour in the direction of the famous lighthouse. It was so hot this day that we didn’t get there but already the part we did was wonderful. It’s pure green and dark blue vastness with horses, birds and endless, empty beaches.
At the end of the day there was one more color: The shiny red of my sunburn.
Werbellinsee, one hour north of Berlin, is one of the clearest lakes I ever saw in the region. As we had a short stay at Schorfheide, we were able to have a 6km hike very early in the day. As I’m not a morning person, I always miss this perfect, pinkish, misty and still clear light […]
The “Dicke Marie” She is supposed to be more than 800 years old and the oldest tree in Berlin, much older than the oak in Grunewald near to Schwanenwerder. The name was given to her by the Humboldt Brothers after a well known overweight cook in the Castle Of Tegel. In 1778 even Goethe […]
Seven years ago in Kerala/India during a night out in the empty streets of Alappuzha I met Nicky from London. We had some funny days together and connected via Facebook where we shared our life and views. Some years later she came to Berlin with a friend but I was in Sicily with my mum. So I […]