The little wonders that will make you hopeful

How are you doing right now?

When I look out the window, at Europe and the world my heart gets heavy and quite sad.

Treetops, meadows and grass turn brown under a heat wave and an exceptionally dry year so far. Birds stop singing, fish die in rivers, insects are less abound. Wildfires rage in the Arctic circle, temperatures rise over 30 degrees Celsius in the same region, and some crops fail or are at least much lower than they are supposed to be. This is just to mention a few things that look terribly wrong for me.

What has already become regular in developing countries as they especially suffer from and feel climate change, the latter more and more hits and arrives in the developed world. After all, it is that developed world which is responsible for climate change in the first place.

What’s more, Mother Nature and above all the ocean is choking on plastic and rubbish from ever faster consuming humans. I think beyond repair. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean of our blue planet. “It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.” writes Coastal Care. And this figure rises. Read more

Lush, lusher, the lushest

What a privilege these days thanks to modern technologies to be able to write this new story while sitting at the edge of a river breathing in air filled with summery warmth and being refreshed after a bath in it. I am out of reception, though. Yes, thankfully, this still exists!

Grey heron, different species of butterflies, dragonflies, and even a European kingfisher hang out here with us. Just a mere 20 minutes bicycle ride from home in the city.

While the river is flanked by forest and as such the scenery comes in varied green tones as well, I actually wanted to finally take you to the Canton of Jura. Remember the postcard I sent you?

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Cows with a view

Thus my title. I think I have never seen something as lush and freshly green as this area in late spring, even though I hiked in rainforests on different continents, did my Master thesis in the biggest coherent pine forests of the Alps, drove hundred of kilometres through spruce forest in Sweden, walked trough the Valley of the Giants in Western Australia and the Giants forest in California. Never before did I feel like bathing in the lushest and most freshest #fiftyshadesofgreen. Maybe I just also was really in the mood for that green colour. Such a stupendous experience and a miraculous balsam for the soul.

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Under a tree

Dear readers

Where do (or did) you spend this first Sunday of July?

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Me, I am lying under a tree watching the branches move in the wind and the leaves dancing to its music. Something I deeply love to do. Lying in the grass on my back looking skywards observing the butterflies, and many other insects, birds, trees, and clouds in the mostly blue sunny sky. It seems as if I can’t really wrap my head around words right now, but I always lovingly share sights of nature.

So here I am enjoying the sounds of nature and the summer feeling all the while writing this to you. Live blog so to say 😎.

Nature means everything to me and I feel so deeply connected with and rooted in it. Moreover, nature is my medicine and it is where I calm down, relax, get energy and inspiration from. Nature also automatically creates space in my mind.

My dear soulsister used a wonderful metaphor yesterday when she said that she was so glad that the pharmacy nature is always open for us.

Yes, what a wonderful fact to be grateful for. Nature is all around us, sometimes wilder sometimes a bit more hidden.

I now prescribed myself with more LUX and more nature on a daily basis 🤩😇😋.

My hope is that you also feel some comfy wind in your hair today, the warm sun rays softly touching your skin, and that your eyes, mind, and heart are pampered with a view you love.

Here you can enjoy mine:

 

Big nature hug

Daniela

89 years

Today in the locker room of the gym…

I meet this beautiful elderly woman. Both of us are getting ready to train our muscles. She sits there wearing her surgical stockings and a pair of black leggings after getting rid of her pair of beige jeans. She is looking for something in her bag and then starts a conversation with me. You know, when you get older not everything goes the way you want it to. I washed my clothes today and in the heat of the moment, I forgot to bring an extra shirt. Oh, I answer, no worries, that is the same at every age, I just forgot to bring my badge to get into the gym some weeks ago.

Now, she asks me, do you think I could exercise just in my leggings? I normally always also wear trunks, but they are so hot, she says while showing them to me. Of course, I reply, of course you can go just the way you are dressed now! Actually, almost everybody “just” wears leggings in the gym. But at my age? She wonders. Of course, why not! I reassure her. Read more

Behind the camera

Good day dear reader, thank you for being here, for coming back and following my blog. How are you today?

I feel humbled by the beautiful feedback and comments I am getting. Thank you so much! Since I also receive so wonderful words about my photography, I thought to take you behind the camera. Maybe it is a cliché, but for me it is true: I am rarely in front of the camera, and I do prefer to be behind it.

Sometimes, though, my husband succeeds in taking a shot whilst I am taking pictures or I took one where I also appear. From time to time, I even ask for it being taken, because it needed to be on camera :0).

Small things and flowers are definitely something I am drawn to. This then may look like this:

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Yellow

Lately, when my mind was still and free to let ideas flow during a yoga class, the topic yellow jumped to my mind. I acknowledged it and focused on yoga…

But yellow stuck in my mind and I thought to give it a chance keeping it there for a while. And then, when we went for a little hike on a weekend, I saw and looked for yellow everywhere :-). My hubby said he would dream of yellow things so much a theme it was that day.

A lot of flowers actually come in yellowish whitish nuances. Especially, those early ones now flowering in the forests.

Having some ideas in my mind on how to fill this topic, I went through my archive of photographs and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of flowers and photographs I found. So I decided to post quite some images of all kind of yellow things I found and took photos of. Still, it is only a fraction of what actually exists in yellow all around us. Who knows, maybe you see yellow all over the place after reading and looking at my posts. The socks of your neighbour? The wallet of your boss? The ticket to your favourite theater? The most used ingredient in your kitchen? Whatever it is, I am very interested in reading what you stumbled over. Please feel free to comment or send a message my way.

I would like to start with some early bloomers.

Yellow
True Oxlip (Primula elatior)
and for my German-speaking readers: Hohe Schlüsselblume

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Sandy Feet

Talking of my feet being happiest when walking in sand along the beach in the About section, I would like to share a story about a place I am lucky to have often been to in the last couple of years, since my father-in-law and his wife emigrated to the small island of Lanzarote/Spain. We happened to visit them every year since their moving to the island.

Not a destination I would have chosen otherwise I fell in love with many of its aspects. The friendly people, the Spanish language, the barren volcanic landscape, the colours and flowers after rain, the plants that find just enough soil material and water to grow, the north of the island, the organic Aloe Vera products of Lanzaloe, and Playa de Famara.

Surf at Famara
Just watching the waves coming and going. I can do this for hours on end. Easily!

It is the latter I wanna take you to today. But you can rest assured that I will write more about my explorations on this island in other posts. Playa de Famara is on the north shore of the island. Yet what is north, east, south, west, and in between on an island that lies somewhat from northeast to southwest in the Atlantic ocean, I find difficult to indicate. At least I never understand it the same way as my husband and my father-in-law do when we talk directions. For me, north means everything on the upper coast of the island and south therefore refers to the lower side. And yes there is a north tip and a south tip. No northwest and no northeast for me, basically. It means we need clearer explanations or a map whenever we want to be sure everyone understands where to go :0). Read more

Hello New Adventure

Hello dear and a warm welcome to my blog.

This is my first post ever and I would like to tell you something about me and my reason for doing what I am doing here.

As a passionate photographer, traveller, nature lover, and curious human being, I hope to take you with me on my explorations of the Earth’s abundance and maybe reveal new angles, perspectives, conversations, and views. Foremost, it is my honour to share my words and photographs and if they touch your heart, it will fill mine.

I take photographs since a young age and started to travel for real when I was 21 years old, exploring my dream continent Down Under for three months. As you can imagine, it was then when I got the travel fever and caught the explorer’s virus. Since then I travel to different countries, landscapes, cultures, and natural wonders. As a biologist, I am drawn to experience the beauty, uniqueness and awesomeness of all living creatures with all my senses, be it near or far.

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