The Acrobat

Plant growing in the rock wall near Prunn in East Bavaria, Germany

Prunn, Germany, August 2014

I’m always fascinated by the tenacity of nature, life itself, struggling and stubborn, making use of any grain it would get. I mean all these little plants that manage to grow on or in the apparently most impossible places to grow, like between tiles of the road, on or from walls of abandoned buildings or the walls of stone from rocks and peaks. And they don’t only manage to set their roots in the rock, and grow, they are thriving, some even managing to break or destroy, bit by bit, the stone. And they look so fragile, with their thin twigs and delicate leafs. The little tiny seeds and plants that manage to overcome the mighty rocks.

From Above

The river Altmühl seen from the hill at the Castle Eggersberg in East Bavaria, Germany

Eggersberg, Germany, August 2014

When traveling by plane I prefer the seat at the window, because I get a perspective over the landscape that it doesn’t usually happen to have. Seeing the world, or at least this or that little piece of it, from above gives me a feeling of tranquility, as I see how beautiful our little planet is. Feeling followed by one of humility, as realizing, one more time, how small and insignificant we are in the large scheme of things, of out Universe.

 

 

Geometry in White

Mediaeval architecture: hidden balcony at the Prunn castle in Eastern Bavaria, Germany

Prunn, Germany, July 2014

 I’m always fascinated by such architectural details, like this little balcony, as it seems so random and yet the builder made all possible to serve a need, that that respective room has a balcony or a passage to the other room, to the left. It doesn’t seem possible in the architecture of our days, as everything is or seem to must be symmetric, fit a grid and nothing is allowed to get “out of the line”.

The Concert

Common European blackbird, ouzel, merle, singing on a tree branch in Germany.

Germany, June 2015

One of our neighbors is so kind to us, to come mostly afternoons, in our tree and enchant our ears and hearts with a beautiful free concert. One can only wonder about his rich and diverse repertoire of sounds, whistles and melodies. I even think that the inspiration for some of his whistles were sounds made by machinery (like cars and trains) created by humans.

The “Earth-People”

Meercat at the Zoo in Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany, August 2014

The German word for meerkats or suricates is”Erdmännchen” which would translate as “Earth-people” (or “little-ground-men”, as someone nicely corrected me). I find it suits these little fellows more, as they look to me like little furry people, with pointy noses and whiskers all over the face. I assume they were named so since they stand on their posterior legs, like humans do.