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”

Being outdoors is not what it used to be…

You know that feeling when you have been outside in the cold all day, and you come inside and struggle to keep your eyes open? That’s how I feel right now! We were ‘hiking’ in the Altmühltal today. Well, we spent the first two hours covering one and a half kilometre, that is the timeContinue reading “Being outdoors is not what it used to be…”

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!”