I almost thought I had lost her

Relationships come and go. I have experienced this over the past few years all too clearly. I have ‘lost’ friendships over the past decade that I thought I would never lose. Friends I spoke to and saw every day less than a decade ago now don’t even know I have a kid, and even haveContinue reading “I almost thought I had lost her”

Garchinger Heide revisited

Today’s some weird holiday in Bavaria. Frohleichnam? No clue what it is, but I exploit it, of course. This morning – as planned since the weekend – I went to visit the local Garchinger Heide again (remember, from this post). When I visited it last time, it was mostly barren, and only some early-flowering gemsContinue reading “Garchinger Heide revisited”

Freisinger Buckl Revisited

Earlier this year – on the second of April to be exact – I wrote a short post about the Easter Flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in the Freisinger Buckl, a nature conservation area just South of the Isar river. Some two weeks later, I visited the area again. When I visited the area then, it wasContinue reading “Freisinger Buckl Revisited”

An orchid trip

To celebrate our finishing our field experiment, we had a lovely outdoor Iranian lunch prepared by my colleague Nafiseh (who’s Iranian, hence the Iranian lunch). After this celebratory lunch we went out on an orchid-spotting trip with my boss’s partner Bea, who turned out to be an excellent orchid tour guide. Now I know veryContinue reading “An orchid trip”

Botanist paradise

For a while I have been wanting to visit the Garchinger Heide, a small nature reserve located about 15 kilometres away from here (Freising). I had read some flyers in the ‘Landratsamt’ last year, when I was there to register our car. The flyers had some colorful flower pictures on it. When I tried toContinue reading “Botanist paradise”

All the lovely stupid flowers (part 3)

There’s a lot going on at the moment in the flowering world. Because I took myself a nice long Easter break, me and the family have explored several new areas that are close to home and also span a nice range of habitats. It is interesting to observe the range of specialization occurring in plants.Continue reading “All the lovely stupid flowers (part 3)”

Happy Easter

Easter Holidays for me already started a couple of days ago, and thus far I have made the most of it. The weather has been fantastic, and we have been outside quite a bit. Mostly, we have enjoyed family walks in the area (what else, given the circumstances). I have really started geeking out onContinue reading “Happy Easter”

A change of pace

As an ecologist that mostly focuses on plant-mediated interactions (above- and belowground!), I have worked with quite a few model systems, that I have gotten to know quite well. I have reasonable botany skills, too. Or well, good memory, rather. Of course, my knowledge is entirely limited to the severely depleted biodiversity found in theContinue reading “A change of pace”