흐린날 남한산성 by Youngi

“Namhansanseong Provincial Park, originally built about 2,000 years ago, is a very popular mountain-climbing and driving destination located just outside Seoul. The mountain is famous for being very beautiful all throughout the year. In the spring, the acacia trees grow thick, in the summer the green forest covers the entire mountain, and in the fall, many people visit to climb the mountain covered in red autumn leaves.” (source)


Florida Everglades:  American Crocodiles

Unlike the American alligator, the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Florida is almost completely confined to the brackish and salt waters of the southern tip of the state, including the Keys, Vero Beach on the east coast, and Tampa Bay are historically its northernmost limits. It is not adapted to cold weather like the alligator and, therefore, could not survive in the northern Florida.

(via: Everglades National Park)
Germany turns military bases into rare-bird nature reserves

Germany agreed Thursday to turn more than 60 former military bases into nature preserves, with the aim of creating vast new green oases and sanctuaries for rare species of birds.

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said an ongoing overhaul of the German armed forces had made it possible to set aside more than 31,000 hectares (76,600 acres) of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.

She said the government had opted against selling the land, in some cases, prime pieces of real estate, to investors in favour of creating natural refuges.

“We are seizing a historic opportunity with this conversion – many areas that were once no-go zones are no longer needed for military purposes,” she said.

“We are fortunate that we can now give these places back to nature.”

In recent years, large swathes of land in the former communist east that had been occupied by the military, including the so-called “Green Strip” along the once-fortified heavily border to then West Germany, have been turned into nature reserves for flora and fauna.

The 62 bases and training areas earmarked as nature reserves Thursday by the parliamentary budget committee are mainly in the densely populated former West Germany.

The sites will primarily serve as bioreserves, which the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation said would provide crucial habitats for threatened species such as certain bats, woodpeckers, eagles and beetles.

Leadership in Germany.