Discovering Urban Nature

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It has been silent for quite a while, here, on this blog, while our personal heart’s journey comprised many highs, lows and surprising turns.

The world as we know it is in deep change.  Naturally, this also influences our personal paths.  More about that perhaps at another time.

Today, we would like to dedicate ourselves to the beauty of life.  Especially during times of deep transformation it is important to know what gives us joy, what grounds us and what allows us to feel the deep love of the Universe.

For me, Steffi, this has always been long Walks in nature.  Fortunately, Kim is as enthusiastic about our excursions into the green of which the city of Hamburg, in which we live, has so much to offer.  Together, we discover all kinds of things and take in the colours, sounds, smells and shapes that we encounter on our trips.

The city of Hamburg has many parks, green spaces, landscape conservation areas, nature conservation areas, gardens and, of course, the rivers Elbe, Alster and Bille.  Just imagine:  landscape and nature conservation areas in the midst of the city – distributed all over the city!  And they all are connected through a network of pathways.  Theoretically one could probably hike in the greens all day – right across the second biggest metropolis of Germany.

Directly in front of our home lies the Altonaer Volkspark.  Here are lawns for sunbathing, a little pond, lots of woods, a school garden in Edwardian style and supposedly there is an affiliated permaculture garden with a bee farm, somewhere, which up to now successfully hid from us.  However, we have often met the bees from the farm and some of them regularly visit us on the balcony in Spring and Summer.

In the beginning of July we took a little walk through the school garden of the Altonaer Volkspark and discovered a firework of colours and shapes.  Good, that I had a camera with me:

In mid August we visited a residential area in the West of Hamburg for three days in a row where I, Steffi, grew up and have my roots.  The residential complexes have beautiful greenery, there is a duck pond with a mini park as well as a settlement area with single-family homes and beautiful gardens.  A lot of old trees are growing in this area.  It is calm, grounding and each time regenerating to walk there.

A little bit further into one direction one passes horse pastures and beet fields while wandering into a rural landscape.  Some of the farms are still in use, others have been converted to apartments.  The buildings, though, are protected as historic buildings.  When I still went to primary school I passed by the farms, every day, which still were in use, then, and I greeted the animals who lived there.

During our three days, however, we concentrated on the residential area with its single-family homes and gardens.  There is also a beekeeper who has been there, for years.  We saw beautiful flowers and trees, found delicious apples on the way and met some animals.  Naturally, there were the bees from the beekeeper’s farm, interesting wild wasps, snails, butterflies and songbirds.  A friendly cat accompanied us for a short stretch along the way and at one place a bat crossed our path, flying over us during broad daylight before it vanished inside a roof gable on the other side of the street.

I did not photograph the bat, and obviously I also respected the privacy of the gardens.  There was enough to discover on the path, anyways:

From the duck pond a little bit further into the other direction lies a landscape conservation area.  There one passes by horse pastures, also, as well as an amphibians reserve, whose water reservoir is supplied by a creek called Düpenau.  This creek is meandering right into the next city district.  So does the landscape conservation area.  On the other side a little park adjoins which I know from my highschool times.  There is a lot to discover along the way.  You can see horses, birds of prey, butterflies as well as other insects and all sorts of plants.  When, at the end of August on the hottest day of the year here in Hamburg, so far, we took a short diversion into the landscape conservation area Osdorfer Feldmark, we were greeted by the cool green and the sound of the wild – mixed with city sounds as this green oasis is located in the midst of Hamburg.

Before that we visited the previously mentioned duck pond and soaked up some morning sun together with the resident ducks.  This time I did not bring a camera but fortunately my mobile phone has an integrated camera function, as well:

This time the walk was short as I just came from a doctor visit and had to take it easy.  Besides, it became too hot, also.  Yet, even this short diversion brough so much recreation and in addition had a supremely healthful effect.

Soon we will return to the Osdorfer Feldmark, then hopefully a little fitter and, of course, with a camera.

Sometimes, we do not have to seek far afield when so much good is close at hand…

Much Love,
Steffi & Kim

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2 thoughts on “Discovering Urban Nature

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