The void

It’s the strangest thing. With every ecological experiment that I have done, I felt a bit of emptiness inside after finishing it.

I just drove back from our new field site in Jena to Freising. Driving 80 kmh it took us a good 7 hours tomget back. It didn’t help that there were a couple of crashed cars and a small lorry on its side blocking the road for a while. Anyway, there were a bunch of crates that I borrowed from the greenhouse facilities, so I figured it would be kind to bring them back. I passed ‘my’ greenhouse compartment, where the mother plants and some backups were still taking up some space. However, the two previously full tables were now empty (obviously, I emptied them myself). The tables had even been cleaned out by the gardeners already. Seven months of care. And now the babies have left the nest.

It’s a reality check every time. And I really don’t like it. Obviously, in this case emptying the greenhouse is only the start of something longer-term, but my babies are far away. My caring job is more or less done. I guess I do best with some plants growing in the greenhouse to look after.

I’ll miss them

Let’s see what kind of experiments we can do with the leftover plants….

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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