RAIN IN KRISTIANSTAD BY JOHN JONASSON

Lillö lika varmt med moln som när det är soligt!-Lillo as hot with clouds as when it’s sunny!

At last we have had rain in Kristianstad after several weeks of drying and temperatures of around 30°C. It already started at 5 o’clock in the morning and continued throughout the day, except for an hour’s halt. When the watch was four in the afternoon and I was cycling home from work, it was pouring with rain! I was obviously soaking wet, but what did it, the rain is really needed. Here is a picture of beautiful Lillo without rain, the camera does not like water.

 

You will find more information about this area in Southern-Sweden, its nature or diverse birds here:

https://www.fotobloggarna.se/natur/asums-angars-natur-asums-meadows-nature/

Bäcken som rinner från Hammarsjön-The creek that flows from Hammer lake.

 

DESERT-FEELINGS IN EUROPE

Sunshine all the time makes a desert. (Arabic proverb)

 

Since mid of April a real wave of heat has struck wide parts of Europe leading to a real drought. It is obvious that the climate change is something real happening just now and here, and landscapes may change then very quickly their general appearance without water and rain.

A meadow then turns out to be a steppe within some weeks, and the rapidness of such a development is quite astonishing.The legacies of the last Ice Age are still to be found everywhere in form of erratics, lakes or glacial valleys, but now other objects come into the common focus insistingly.

The photos here reflect some sandy descriptive impressions in this regard picked up during the last hot weeks revealing a dominant brown colour.

 

 

 

WILD FLOWERS TERMINAL

Nature is unsteady but also very flexible, so these plants here grow on industrial grounds where 100 years ago freight trains have been handled and dispatched day after day. Rusty bridges, rails and other legacies can still be seen around as part of a secondary jungle. This narualistic work in progress means a change every day while at night the interstellare light allows a silent rest and sleeping cycle of life.

With these pictures I am wishing everybody a nice and adventurous  summer!

FLOWER OF THE DAY / MEXICAN COLORS

Spanish Flag (Ipomoea lobata)

The plant originates in South-Western Mexico and blossoms till October. More than 500 different Ipomoea species are actually known, this Spanish Flag above now found a real secure place in the small varied jungle of our balcony being very well visited by wild humble-bees, ants and honeybees.

Some Ipomoea species are renowned for their properties in folk medicine, herbalism and even ayurveda. Seeds of Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor) were thus used by Aztecs and Zapotecs in religious and shamanistic rituals, their remaining sites and buildings remind us also of this.

Uxmal, Temple of the Magician,  Yucatan,  Mexico

 

CEE’s Flower of the Day Challenge of 6 June 2018

SOAKED BY THE NATURAL MIRROR

SEE THAT LAKE BETWEEN ANCIENT, GLACIAL MORAINE HILLS ON A RESTFUL, WINDLESS DAY. IT IS SILENT, IT IS STILL. THE LAKE SHARES THIS FUNDAMENTAL CALM. YET, THE LAKE IS LIKE A GIANT JUST RELAXING HERE ALL THE WHILE. IT IS A DAZZLING ENERGY OF FLOW FALLEN ASLEEP.

 

WINTER DREAM – A LEFT VILLAGE IN VAST AND CHILLY WOODS

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.

dsc_0019During 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.

dsc_0033linked to     Dutch goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge “Build”

GREEN AUTUMN THOUGHTS

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.