Tag Archives: nature

Photos: Magical Hoarfrost

Our current cold spell is still continuing with temperatures as low as minus nine degrees Celsius last night. My students, who hail from Syria, Iran and Eritrea, are not used to such weather at all and a lot of them … Continue reading

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Photos: Snowy Winter Woods 2016

Last weekend, we had snow again, quickly followed by an extended period of frost. And since I had the time and inclination, I took the opportunity to go for a stroll through the snowy winter woods. The woods in question … Continue reading

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First Snow of the New Year 2016

After an exceptionally mild December, we are currently experiencing a cold spell. And last night, it did not just get cold, it also began to snow. Over the day, the snowfall only increased. I would have loved to go hiking … Continue reading

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Photos: Toadstools

The meadow across from my house is currently home to a colony of toadstools of the species Amanita muscaria or fly agaric. They’re very pretty, very toxic and a traditional good luck symbol. According to Norse legend, fly agaric mushrooms … Continue reading

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Missile Hill Revisited, now with bonus pumpkins

Back in 2012, I posted about a place near the town of Syke colloquially known as Missile Hill, an abandoned US Army installation turned nature preserve with look-out tower. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any photos from the top of the … Continue reading

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A Hot Air Balloon on a Misty Morning

Early on Sunday morning, I was awoken by the distinctive hiss of the gas burner of a hot air balloon. I got up, grabbed my camera, looked out of every window on the first floor and was finally able to … Continue reading

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Photos: Lüneburger Heide 2015

Last week, I took advantage of the pleasant and sunny weather to make a day trip to the Lüneburger Heide, a nature preserve with a unique heath landscape approximately 70 kilometers to the East of Bremen. The Lüneburger Heide as … Continue reading

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Hyper-dramatic evening skies

After all that Hugo blathering, here are some pretty photos of hyper-dramatic sunsets and evening skies:

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Sad News and Springtime Flowers

First of all, there was some sad news today, for Sir Terry Pratchett died aged 66. Coincidentally, it’s been almost twenty years now since I first discovered Terry Pratchett’s books as a student in London after reading an interview with … Continue reading

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Photos: Magical Light in the Westermark Woods

The Westermark woods near the town of Syke are my favourite local hiking spot and have been featured several times in these pages before. Today was frosty and sunny, i.e. ideal hiking weather, so I drove out to the Westermark … Continue reading

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