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Throwback Thursday: don’t disturb my circles

 

“Don’t disturb my circles”. This sentence is assumed to be said by the Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer Archimedes of Syracuse. Despite Sicily is nowadays a part of Italy, it wasn’t part of the Roman Kingdome at his time. At that time the Empire wasn’t already founded. The story sais, he was working on some mathematical problems and therefore has had drawn some circles in the sand, when a roman soldier appeared during the Siege of Syracuse, a part of the second Punic war when the Roman Kingdom tried to defeat Carthage, to whom the kingdom of Syracuse was a friend of.

It’s said, the roman soldier became so angry about this disrespect, that he killed Archimedes although the orders were to only catch him and bring him along life and unharmed because of his valuable technical knowledge that could have been very useful for the Romans to improve their weapons.

I met this Gray wagtail one morning. She was extremely restless. For hours she was quickly running up and down along the pond where she lives. Finally, she went into the pond and in the end, she took a bath.

When looking at this image another idea came up to my mind, too. While she is standing in the circles and looking down at her mirror image, you could also say, she is standing self-absorbed in self-isolation inside her own-made circles at the edge of infinity.

So, that’s enough with psychology. Stay away from the SARS-CoV-2 virus triggering Covid-19 (aka corona virus disease 2019) and stay healthy during these dangerous times. Try to find some tasks to do that cheer you up or at least make you busy while staying in quarantine.

Take care!

 

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Throwback Thursday: cranes

common, Eurasian, grey or gray cranes (grus grus) / Grauer Kranich or Eurasischer Kranich

These cranes resting on a harvested patch in northeastern Germany. In this region, the cranes stay for approximately 4 weeks in fall before heading to the south of France and Spain to spend the winter in those warmer areas.

This year we saw plenty of birds, but only few of them were adolescents. The last two years were hard for them because they need wetlands to find food and also for protecting their nests from predators like foxes. The two last years were very hot compared with the usual summers. The months of summer also lacked rain. And the last winter was also way too dry so that the reservoirs were not properly refilled before the next hot summer started.

This hot summer ended way earlier than the last one, although the temperatures were much higher. We cracked the 40°C mark. While the highest measured temperature in 2018 was 39°C (36°C where I live), we got 43°C this year where I live. In 2018 the fall started in about mid-November, while it started this year by the end of July to get back to our ‘normal’ summerly weather and even fall started early. Up to now, we have several wet weeks again. No hard rain, but much of spray-rain and drizzling. Showers every now and then. I really hope, this will be enough to refill the natural reservoirs.

Take care!