ACROSS THE EDGES OF OUR SENSES

What we see, comprises just a product of our mind and brain. So may be all this is just a simple optical illusion as human beings can not decode and observe for instance the ultraviolet or infrared light like some animals; in such case the world would suddenly look completely different. Bees can not recognize red colors of blossoming flowers, as their reality and color cosmos is being situated more in the ultraviolet range of light. Flies can realize 200 pictures per second (human brains only around 20), so just in case of a flie watching TV it will not see the film, but in slow motion all the single pictures of the film like in a dia-show. So what is really real?

 

linked to  TRAVEL WITH INTENT #SixWordSaturday

 

 

WELCOME TO MY URBAN JUNGLE

Every big city offers diverse hidden corners quite often disregarded and ignored. So here are some pictures from my home-town showing the steadiness and flexibility of nature in a great municipal area full of people, technology and traffic. This is even surprising me regularly and unexpectedly.

Though, wildness must be nothing strange in a metropole.

Still life with an occupied old wheelbarrow.

Plants as a very welcomed neighbourhood.

A weird view on a power plant

The stony ruins of the past provide a solid foundation of tomorrow’s jungle.

 

THE EVER-HUNGRY DATABANDITS

 When anyone scans you at the next corner
just seal your fine postbox and smart mobile
if you prefer to follow omnipresent pretenders
of all those aspiring vague securities.
But there will be no awkward dungeon
 that you can force upon the eternal free mind.

Linked to dVerse Quadrille.

 

 

WATER AMBITIONS OF TUNISIA

In the desert each drop of sweet water is just more worth than a sack of gold.

Water is our cool elixir being unfortunately not everywhere in the world, and we are also mainly consisting of water together with some other elements, thus we really deserve it for being. However, with the ongoing climate change the desert and semi-arid areas will expand even more globally while water shortages even occurr today in countries like Spain or Italy during the summer.

So the question of water will become an elemental challenge and possible crisis trigger of the 21st century. The following photos of Tunisia shall allow not only a short glimpse on this nice North-African country, but may also give an idea what can be the result of fundamental climate changes while this area used to be very fertile only 2,000 years ago when serving also as the breadbasket of the Roman Empire.

Water reservoir Barrage-Sidi-el-Barrak in the still green North near Nefza

This water reservoir is a complete non-touristic place but during this moment of a late afternoon the sentiment and interaction of light, clouds and water revealed something else.

Small paradise with tiny water fountain near Douz, Sahara

Oasis areas in the endless width of the great Sahara desert are often to be found in geological break zones and depressions such as here.

Death zone of the huge salt lake Chott-el-Jerid after sunset, Sahara

The tremendous salt lake Chott-el-Jerid can be traversed today safely on a solid dam with street which is also connecting the oasis areas Nefzaoua and Tozeur. In former times such travel turned out to be a real dangerous adventure.

All photos were made on a self-organized roundtrip through Tunisia in 2006 with a rather simple, but already digital camera.

linked to  Dutch goes the Photo / Tuesday Photo Challenge Water

 

JUST LET IT GO?!

In German we have a famous saying by Friedrich Schiller: “The war nourishes the war”, so it can not lead to peace. Therefore, searching optionally for other solutions, reconciliation and even forgiveness is a virulent human desire in many situations although it tends to be in reality sometimes a quite difficult and time-consuming procedure.

So building bridges and making peace with yourself and others by mutual handling when appropriate may release hidden energies and opens new paths or possibilities in order to  let us go forward.

In a larger global scale much more peacekeeping efforts and the will to do so would be needed nowadays urgently instead of weapon exports, increased army budgets and warfare all over the world, as the terrestrial clock – with crazy presidents in North-Korea and the USA – indicates again 11:55.

 

THE CLEAR-EYED VOYAGE

During a trip while reaching a wooden forgotten bridge we can feel deeply in the middle of it the gleaming water of the river under us endlessly flowing like the vibrant blood in our veins. Something in us would like to join this fluid primeval journey of the river, but we meanwhile have to cross impatiently this bridge and old monument of a somehow also restless motion. Afterwards, when we finally reach the other riverside, we suddenly realize that such an extensive move comprises just another small step towards the far away in horizon. What is lying beyound to be discovered, we shall regularly not know for sure. Time to say good bye …

PINK FLOWERS OF THE STREET

Well I found this new species of pink flowers here in Berlin on a house-wall in Waldenserstreet. Unfortunately, the bees can not make profit of this situation as it merely serves the eyes of human inhabitants in town as a nice farewell.  But there are lots of other possibilities for bees in town, so in this regard, it is interesting that even the German federal parliament Bundestag has an own beekeeper with beehives on its premise producing some kind of ‘political’ honey each year which must be in any case really much, much better than a lot of laws and regulations being approved at the same place.