HIKING BEHIND THE TIMES

“Here is not past, nor future;
everything just flows¬† in an eternal present.”
(James Joyce)

 

Thanks to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic,  we spend more time than usual in the rural countryside or urban nature which are actually the safest places to be.

More recently we have visited Hellsee / Bright Lake being situated 20 kms northern of Berlin. It is a fabulous nature reserve, so you may not be astonished that fallen trees are partially lying on the trail.

The beautiful lake is part of a glacial basin with a diversified landscape including wet meadows, marshland, forests, small streams, sandy gorges and moraines.

We were of course also looking for birds and then at the car park stumbled finally across this quite kitschy scene.

WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE REALLY MEANS

When I see the news in TV it embarasses me that the true effects of climate change in my country are only seldomky to be seen. Weather reports indicate again nice and dry weather although the lands would just require 2 or 3 weeks of continuous rain. This effectively means that the drought which commenced in April 2018 continues in large areas of Germany. The featured photo above of a lake looks seemingly nice, but something is wrong because the reeds are not standing in water anymore as usual, instead you see a new created sandy beach due to missing rain.

Desertificating bank of Bernsteinsee / Amberlake near Prenden, Brandenburg

Now also ecological borderland – view on German Frankfurt/Oder from Polish Slubice

On the last photo you should see normally the river Oder being the borderline of Germany and Poland here. But instead we just observe a predominant huge sandbank which made the river simply vanishing to nearly nothing optically on this not modified picture. Well, the river is still there behind the sandbank but with much less water than normally. Now, I can imagine why deserts are growing worldwide.

All photos here just actual messengers of the ongoing climate change shot in Eastern-Germany, August 2019.