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Throwback Thursday: blooming Heide

Two years ago on a hot day by the end of August, I was visiting the blooming Heide 🙂 This intense color shows us, the end of the summer is near.

This kind of landscape is called Heide. It’s a man-made landscape. For centuries, the area is used to feed sheep. So, no bigger plants are existing, expect a few for giving shelter to the sheep. Everything else is eaten by the sheep and plants don’t have a chance to grow bigger. Usually, the soil isn’t useful to grow plants to feed men. It has a very high percentage of sand. But, the erica (Heidekraut, Heide crop) grows well. The sheep are here as gardeners and keep the landscape in shape. It’s a protected landscape and a nature reserve.

This kind of landscape is quite magical at the end of the summer: the erica starts blooming for about 3-4 weeks and paints the ground pink. In between, you can see the natural shape of the trees. In this example, it’s a pine.

In the image above, the area looks much smaller, than it really is. Singel trees and soft hills hide parts of this tree surrounded of nearly 1 km(= 87,72 ha, 0.338 square miles, 216.76 acres).

Take care!

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Throwback Thursday: summer moved on


According to the calendar, it’s still summer. Summer means hot days, warm nights, sitting late in the garden and so on. But, this summer is different. It’s similar to the last years (expect 2018). Since early July (when the summer holidays for the schools started here in my state) the temperatures only reach 20 somethings in maximum, the days are mostly overcast and have gray skies. So, no open-air bathing, barbeque or bike rides. In the mornings we start at around 10°C. That’s way too cold for the season. This July and August felt more like an October. On the other hand, it did not rain. Ok, some drizzling every now and then. But, that wasn’t enough to refill the reservoirs and the groundwater.

Farmers have big problems due to the renewed dryness. First, the reservoirs were not filled up during the winter from the huge loss last summer. And second, the heat-period in May and June this year sucked a lot of additional water. Forests are about to die because the native trees are not used to such conditions (heat and lack of water). Other tree species must be used to fill the gaps, species i.e. native from Italy, south of France or Spain.

By the end of last week, we finally got some rain. It was very welcomed, but summed up it wasn’t enough.

Take care!

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Street Art in Krefeld

Yesterday I was in Krefeld with some friends. We were visiting a street-art exhibition located in a WW2 air-raid shelter, the down-town gallery. About 20 artists painted some of the concrete walls on two floors, some with very political statements.

I love this kind of art. So, I included such artwork here in the past.  In my other blog, I included some more images. So, feel free, to have a look over there, too.

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