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A night at Teichmanns

Our preferred camping place.
A mix of three exposures with the Sony A77II and the Kit-Lens at 16mm ƒ2.8. Twenty seconds for the sky to avoid star trails, ten seconds for the otherwise too bright artificial lights and 30 seconds for the black lake to get more reflections.

Germany Facts: Biodiversity

The territory of Germany can be subdivided into 2 eco regions: European-Mediterranean montane mixed forests and Northeast-Atlantic shelf marine. The majority of Germany is still covered by either arable land (34%) or forest and woodland (30%); 13% consists of permanent pastures, and only 12% is covered by settlements and streets. Plants and animals include those generally common to Central Europe: Beeches, oaks, and other deciduous trees constitute 1/3 of the forests; conifers are increasing as a result of reforestation. Spruce and fir predominate in mountain areas; pine and larch are found in sandy soil. There are many species of ferns, flowers, fungi, and mosses. Wild animals include deer, wild boar, mouflon/wild sheep, badger, fox, hare, and beaver. The blue cornflower was once a German national symbol. 

The 14 national parks in Germany include the Jasmund National Park, the Vorpommern Lagoon Area National Park, the Müritz National Park, the Wadden Sea National Parks, the Harz National Park, the Hainich National Park, the Black Forest National Park, the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the Bavarian Forest National Park, and the Berchtesgaden National Park. In addition, there are 14 Biosphere Reserves, as well as 98 nature parks. More than 400 registered zoos and animal parks operate in Germany, which is the largest number in any country. The Berlin Zoo, opened in 1844 - it’s the oldest zoo in Germany, and has the most comprehensive collection of species in the world.

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Lonely by Colin R Leech

Die Lüneburger Heide is a large area of heath, geest, and woodland in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in northern Germany. It forms part of the hinterland for the cities of Hamburg, Hannover, and Bremen and is named after the town of Lüneburg. Most of the area is a nature reserve with extensive areas of heathland, typical of those that covered most of the North German countryside until about 1800, but have almost completely disappeared. The heaths were formed after the Neolithic period by overgrazing of the once widespread forests on the sandy soils of the geest, as this slightly hilly and sandy terrain in northern Europe is called - this area therefore a historic cultural landscape ad is under protection. The remaining areas are kept clear mainly through grazing, especially by a North German breed of moorland sheep called the Heidschnucke. Due to its unique landscape, the Lüneburger Heide is a popular tourist destination. 

anonymous asked:

Was hältst du von Zoo's und Zirkussen?

Ich hasse beides. Im Zirkus war ich zum Glück noch nie, außer in einem in dem lediglich Clowns, Artisten und Jongleure waren. Meine Mutter ist früher immer mit mir in den Zoo/Tierpark gegangen, bis ich mich einmal vor den Käfig eines Eiswolfes gesetzt hab, mit den Händen an den Stangen und laut geweint habe, bis meine Mutter mich rausgetragen hat. Auf die Frage wieso ich weinen würde atwortete ich, dass der Wolf so traurig aussah und ich ihn befreien wollte, die Stangen jedoch zu schwer waren. Seit dem Vorfall bin ich nicht mehr hingegangen. Mit meinen Kindern werde ich übrigens auch nicht in den Zoo/Zirkus gehen und sie von jeweiligen Schulveranstaltungen befreien, Naturparks sind dazu eine gute Alternative.

“We work until every cage is empty, not until every cage is comfortable” (Animal Liberation Front)