PATHS TO WILD BERLIN

An intense ride and walk today to the elemental attitudes of quite green Berlin being equipped not only with lots of culture and visionary street-art but besides to be discovered also huge forests, lakes and numerous parks on the municipal territory.

Colorful house painting on the outskirts at Spandau

Bushes on white sand of the last ice age

Waiting endlessly for the next train

“We can use patterns from the previous era to guess at some features in such a new era. As each past era has felt its ways to be superior to the ways of prior eras, we may expect the next era to see their ways as superior to ours.” (The Age of EM, Robin Hanson)

Forestal pond nearby Devil’s Mountain being in fact only a hill

Ornithological mural near Lake of Tegel

Summ summ

Around 2,000 years ago forests were regarded in Central-Europe as holy locations,  so the woodlands meant the natural temple those days as already reported by the Roman historian Tacitus in Germania IX. This may explain somehow also the romantical view on this special location being virulent till today. Now nature is in any case wild as ever and beyound our control.

Dry like in a desert at a place called simply sandbox (Sandkasten)

Human legacies becoming part of secondary jungles

Wetlands somewhere in uncultivated woodlands

Wild boars are a real plague in Berlin, while foxes have also settled on each inch of the city ground as well in the very busy and hectical centre. Since some years beavers have moved to the town which offers to them many attractive water highways and lakes. Birds of all kind return from Africa each Spring, some stay here all year like the kingfisher or the mandarine duck (an invasive species from Asia).  City authorities have therefore appointed a commissioner for wild animals to take care about all of them.

Facade greening at Wilmersdorf

Old giant waving on the riverside

View on Havel river and Church of the Redeemer (Heilandskirche) at Sacrow

Thanks for following this short non-comprehensive excursion to diverse pristine locations in Berlin. There are of course much more.

 

 

 

 

 

ALLIANCE FOR MASTER BRUIN

A common Russian joke told to guests from other countries is that they can meet in Russia bears as well in big towns but with a balalaika around the shoulder and a bottle of vodka in the paw. This human perspective of the bear and nature has in fact nothing to do with the real bear who likes for instance to snack honey or all kinds of berries. In any case the bear still acts all around us as a virulent archetype in our today’s life and language, so in Germany – when telling a complete false story – this is described by the idiomatic phrase  “jemandem einen Bären aufbinden” meaning literally to fix a bear on somebody’s back.

meister-petz‘Meister Petz und Reineke Fuchs’, etching, 1752, Allart van Everdingen
(Illustration in Johann Christoph Gottscheds’  animal epos ‘Reineke der Fuchs’)

During the Bronze Age people in Europe adored the bear for his power and strength, but besides believed in him also as a great healer because it was said that during the time of the annual winter dormancy the bears would simply disappear to the other unseen world of myths, spirits, gods and dreams. However, the common picture of the bear is a bit ambivalent because he was also regarded as a threat for farmed animals although being in reality a vegetarian most of the year. In the last 200 years the common view on the bear has changed a lot, because he hence became an important player in fables and epic works where he would represent either just a clumsy fellow or also quite often the real personalization of a friendly, good-natured, naive companion.

dsc_0131In Northern America the tale of “The woman who married a bear” is widely well known and most probably existing in multiple versions with the diverse tribes and first nations. And in this context  and culture bears are more treated like brothers and sisters shared in a common nature. In order to preserve this old but jeopardized relationship they have found GOAL, the tribal coalition to protect the grizzly and their ancestors’ legacy. GOAL is representing 39 tribal nations in total, and you will find more detailed information under the following link:

http://www.goaltribal.org/