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 Berlin 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 the huge waste-power-plant Ruhleben

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

 

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

 

RURAL CANARIAN INTRODUCTIONS

The Canarian Islands archipelago can tell us a lot of fascinating stories concerning the predominant diverse elemental influences on our unique home planet because mighty primeval forces have once created and are still transforming these islands in the Atlantic Ocean: volcanism, wind and erosion, rain and ocean waves, sunshine (while human beings firstly settled here only around 2,500 years ago). So in the centre of Tenerife you will find for instance a real huge volcanic caldera at the bottom of Mt. Teide (3,718 m) and when passing this bizarre landscape it really feels like being a tiny ant in a giants’ world. Here are some photographic impressions from my latest visit to Tenerife in March 2017 such allowing a rather more fragmentary glimpse on it, there is of course much more to discover.

Somewhere in the Teno mountains near Masca.

The volcanic pumice stone gate to nowhere.

Rocky view on the ocean near El Medano.

Graffiti scenery in the coastal semi-desert

In transit at picturesque El Puertito.

Water wave fountain at the basaltic shore.

 

ALGORITHM OF GARDENING

If you once have the chance to visit France it will be advisable to visit the famous Valley of the Loire with its diverse castles from past times for instance Villandry castle with a big Renaissance garden. In a modern sense Renaissance means to be born again every day like a butterfly escaping the cocoon for lifting off to the first flight in the sky.

villandry_0362Here at Villandry the constructor is imitating nature because the geometrical structures look more like gigantic snow crystals in their diverse shapes. You can dive into these structures like in an ocean of mathematical symbols which are altogether a great labyrinth.

So take care that you do not get lost in these mazes and simply just miss the way to the next exit because the epoch of Enlightenment has still a lot of work to be done and accomplished in the outer daily world where black and angry clouds have already gathered at the horizon.

 

THE DESERT IS ALIVE

cropped-placeofhope_sahara_south-tunisia20021.jpgI made this photograph long time ago with analog technique in the Sahara of Southern-Tunisia during an oasis trip from Tozeur to Tamerza – still one of my favourite travel remembrances showing a single bush in an area of burst soil most likely due to more heavy rainfalls some time ago. When ever I watch this photograph again, the quite bizarre scenery reminds me of the power and resilience in life and nature against all the odds.

DISBANDED IN CITY MAELSTROMS


The city never sleeps, and urbanity regularly changes its great disguise so the city’s shape of today can never be the impression of yesterday. And tomorrow, when you start seeking a special already wellknown matter, then quite often you will easily be invited by an unforeseen subject which you had never expected there. Hence such temporary views are only prefactical still lifes of already past times because hide and seek reflects not alone a children’s game, while it accompanies us like a protective good spirit through our entire life. This pleasant game always guides us unpredictable but safely around the next street corner and through the final urban hubris.

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