You are crazy, my child.
You must go to Berlin.
Franz von Suppé, 1800
Especially in spring an irresistible desire for yet another unknown land emerges suddenly at dusk somewhere in the nowhere. Time for a small picture story of Berlin through enigmatic shallows and at multiple urban shores.
Can you hear me?
Word War II and the later division of Berlin have led to a lot of unused infrastructure, railways, empty factories and abandoned places till today. So there are really many possibilities getting lost in the labyrinth of the town.
Looking for enlightenment in a deserted factory at Treptow
Kitsch in an allotment garden at Charlottenburg
The city is changing quickly every day, but the spirit used to be indeed much more rebellious here in former times. Some wild street art reflects these eternal inflammatory ambitions sprouting from undergrounds.
Mural at Kreuzberg near Moritzplatz
Former railway tunnel at natural park Südgelände-Gleisdreieck
Large urban areas are covered with lakes and endless woods on sandy soil left by glaciers of the last ice age. Here the approaching predatory and brutal gentrification of many city districts does not play any role so far.
Krossinsee at Köpenick in early April
The journey is not yet over here – just a short excursion of my homeland today, thanks for reading.
Painting at Bernauer Str. reminding to Berlin’s division (1961-1989)
When entering a borderland of human civilization and natural wildness the own intentions and angles of view obviously do quickly change as more imminent primordial ambitions dominate the mind automatically while the gates and windows of such an extraordinary place are widely opened in order to nourish the secondary surrounding forests.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #38
A rather dreamy place worth a visit is the former rehabilitation centre Beelitz Heilstätten near Berlin in Germany. It is a vast area of varied buildings being constructed in the early 20th century with a quite modern concept for healing and recovery.
After WW II it was seized by the Soviet Red Army which left Germany and this area in 1994. Nobody felt responsible for the place afterwards or had an idea for further use so nature took over control quite easily.
Some years ago the place was changed into some kind of openair museum, and a long freestanding bridge was built for viewing the amazing ruins from the very height which requires however the payment of an entrance fee.
You will find there also a lot of other houses on the huge premises which you can view free of charge. Guided tours are offered there also inside some buildings.
#ThursdayTreeLove – 49
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.