I was birdwatching on the local city farm called “Domäne Dahlem” in Berlin’s South-West today. What I have seen or heard – and what not. I’m fearful that “Silent Spring” is getting closer.
Botanic Garden Berlin, 2015
Nature for me more feels “inside” than outside, more like invironment than environment. Since exploring woods and meadows in my Bavarian home area and trying to save them from road projects I felt a deep connection with plants and animals, especially birds. Studying biology, with a focus on botany was an attempt to understand life better and instructvmy writing. (in my MSc thesis I have examined which chemical factors influence biodiversity in bog pools in Southern England). Today, I continue to enjoy observing birds and listening to them (and to help people enter this wonderful world). I appreciate rare species and sparrows or finches in equal measures. On a larger scaler, I see a new nature on the rise, one in which life, technologies and the human mind merge. This “technature” is at the same time scary and exciting, ugly and beautiful. My own preferred habitat are mountains, the optimum temperature for my mind is 40C with little humidity. You can find me on ornitho.de.
Institute for Science and Technology, Kloster Neuburg, Austria
Lignite open pit mining, Welzow South, Brandenburg, Germany Photo: Christian Schwägerl