It is strange and also quite funny when a lot of good Fellows regularly utter not being like one of the so wild apes, while playing just enthusiastically in a usual combative and often ruthless soccer, football or rugby team.
In January we visited this cool place being directly situated at the German-Polish border in the meadows of the river Neisse and being called ‘Kulturinsel Einsiedel’. There you will find the 1st treehouse hotel of Germany and also small summer huts, but on this premise the people also construct and build treehouses for worldwide export.
During our visit we were the only guests in the treehouse hotel while it was quite cold in the night and as well in the early morning around – 10° Celsius. Fortunately there was electrical heating in the treehouse otherwise it would have been not so nice. In summer it will be definitely more crowdy there as an overnight stay in a treehouse means just great fun and adventure especially for children.
For going to the toilet this icy bridge had to be crossed, then downstairs again to normal level and another 150 m walk through the frosty forest, so we refrained from using these facilities during the night. However, we really appreciated our short visit in the woods, the sleep in the treetops and the profound experience of winter in a real borderland.
WHAT IS REAL DURING THIS STRANGE FALL WHEN EVEN TITANIC TREES ARE HAUNTED BY STORMY MOISTY FOG PATCHES CREEPING WILDLY OVER THE NOW SILENT HILLS? CLIMATE CHANGE IN PROGRESS AND ENDLESS DEBATES, EXPERIMENTAL ….
Till the modern times people used the glacial erratics and rocks for house building or church erection in this very agricultural dominated North-Eastern small region of Germany called Uckermark while ‘Ucker‘ is just a nearby river, and the term ‘Mark‘ means borderland where frontiers are crossed to other lands. The countryside offers sometimes a more brittle charm, but you can discover interesting places and a lot of nature with tremendous stones.
There, on the outskirts of the small and otherwise unspectacular village Trebenow (near the city of Prenzlau) a relic of the Neolithic period has survived in quite good and original condition, a typical stone grave of the Funnelbeaker culture being constructed around 3,000 BC. This old burial place is also known as Hünenstein (i. e. Giant’s Stone), and the bearing granite stones had been dug nearly 1 m into the ground. The massive granite serving as the roof has a length of nearly 3 m and a weight of more than 4 t, as a whole a real delicate construction.
Even with today’s technical equipment it would be still a demanding task to erect the astonishing structure which was looted in the course of time. Archeological research in 1904 resulted only in very little findings inside of the grave chamber: 2 horse teeth, 1 burnt small hollow bone and 2 undecorated grey ceramic shards. At a small country road in Trebenow a very small direction sign – which can be easily overlooked – draws possibly some attention to this archaic location, but you cannot see the grave itself from the street because it lies well hidden behind an agricultural barn.
While this archeological site locates within used farmland, the ritual place is usually only completely visible after the harvest during fall or winter. Dozens of similar places can be found in the lands stretching along the Baltic and North Sea, but the greater public does not know much of them like this secret and lonesome stony space in the Mark.
For developping and farming the erratics and stones, left in the Uckermark after the last ice age, had to be removed from the landscape anyhow. Therefore, it is not astonishing that this rocky legacy has been often featured in local traditions and legends. Petrification, the turning of people into a stone, comprises one common topic in this respect like in other more well-known mythologies, because stones as natural monuments are always reminding us to the opening of known history and much older ages, a beginning in fascinating form and shape.
Various rays go out from the sun, and some of them when they strike an object cause light to scatter in its diverse colors and heat to be felt. So the whole vegetable world may be considered as a vast mill receiving its motorpower from the sun. But in November this special power regularly dissolves here in the Northern hemisphere, the days get rapidly shorter, and with the leaves falling down from the trees and plants retreating again to the deep undergrounds the color green simply disappears mostly in nature.
Green means for us a very particular color while we are living on a stone planet where plants emerged on the vast countrysides only 200 million years ago. So green was the first brilliant color sucessfully appearing on our planet Earth, before all was just looking more dark-greyish-brown like today in the very high mountains. Red appeared in fact much later in nature, so green sticks deep in our mind and genomic memories as a symbol of primordial life.
And plants took finally over all parts of the planet, even severe conditions not preventing their distribution like this alien looking cactus in the photo above. So for the first animals it was of great advantage to discover the plants more easily on the soil and subsequently learned to recognize the color green. At some remote period the red color became a part of nature, and a lot of animals also learned to observe this. But there are still some primates where just females can realize red and green, but the males only green.
So the green color represents an essential and original matter of our evolutionary being. Good to be not a cat in this regard which can only distinguish black and white because more is not required during an endless night.
LIKE AN ARTEFACT OF THE ANALOG INDUSTRIAL ERA THIS OXYDIZING SKYSCRAPER IS CLIMBING NOSTALGICALLY TOWARDS THE BLUEISH SKY. WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN ARCHEOLOGISTS DIG UP THESE GROUNDS IN 1000 YEARS? IN ANY CASE THE LIMITLESS SKY.
Location: Starzlach Gorge, Allgäu, Germany