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”

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”

Chasing beavers

No, you silly perverts. This post is not about your wildest dreams. It is just a simple story about me – a simple Dutch ecologist – chasing wet beavers that are out there looking for some solid Bavarian wood. It had already occurred to me during various hikes along the river Isar last year, thatContinue reading “Chasing beavers”

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)”

It’s not pretty

Times have changed. A lot. When I was a young boy, we used to have a small and not too special garden, located in a small town in the East of The Netherlands. (Some readers may think ‘argh shut up Robin, you’re still a fucking child’ and although that may have some truth to it,Continue reading “It’s not pretty”

She made me kill it

A couple of years back, Heike and I traveled around the Yucatán Peninsula, with several weeks spent in Mexico, and several in Belize. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the trip. To be honest, the media do not really paint a fantastic picture of Mexico (druglords, kidnappings and the like), although Cancún and PlayaContinue reading “She made me kill it”

All the lovely stupid flowers – part 1

The weather has been exceptional this week! Fifteen degrees centigrade afternoons, after having weeks of sub-zero temperatures. Quite a change. I walked home today and just decided to be mindful, enjoy the splendid weather, keep my eyes open for once, and look around instead of be in zombie-mode. I can recommend that anyone try this.Continue reading “All the lovely stupid flowers – part 1”

Frühlingszeit!

Today spring began in Bavaria. It is hard to believe that we had temperatures far below zero only one week ago. Temperatures hit the 20 degrees Celsius today in direct sunlight and at 5 PM our car temperature sensor still indicated 15 degrees. I have complained before about the lack of activity we experience duringContinue reading “Frühlingszeit!”