The blacksmith from Antalya at work in Alanya

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The blacksmith from Antalya at work in Alanya

It's been forty years since we last saw a blacksmith at work. We can no longer say with certainty where exactly that took place in Germany.

Akbaş, Kars dog and Karabaş

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Akbaş, Kars dog and Karabaş

In our article on the Kangal, we already reported in detail about this large Turkish shepherd dog, which is enjoying increasing popularity. There are other types of shepherd dogs, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Kangal.

Kunga donkey hybrid already bred 4,500 years ago

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Kunga donkey hybrid already bred 4,500 years ago

Long before domesticated horses were introduced to Mesopotamia around 4,000 years ago, the people living there were breeding hoofed animals that they harnessed to war chariots and plows and used for diplomatic and ceremonial purposes: so-called kungas.

Winter time - The perfect bird dinner!

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Winter time - The perfect bird dinner!

When we looked out of the window of our apartment in Izmir this morning, I could hardly believe my eyes: everything was white and there was a heavy drift of snow.

Purple - the color of kings and rulers - even from Churches

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Purple - the color of kings and rulers - even from Churches

Color-conscious people can easily color or recolor their textiles in line with fashionable trends or personal taste. Today there are countless colors, mostly chemically produced, sometimes with more or less natural ingredients, which make life easier.

The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

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The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

Wonderful days with lots of sunshine once more lured us out into the forest, which must have felt a lizard in a similar way. The lizard needs solar energy to get its body temperature going, because like all reptiles they are cold-blooded.

Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

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Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

A Sunday hike along the Borbach near Witten had led us to the Hohenstein-Berger monument, where we took a short break with bread and tea that we had brought with us.

A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

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A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

For a long time now as much snow is quite rare nowadays, the thick layer of snow also messed up the lives of many animals, including "our" blackbird, which almost belongs to the farm, which now delights us again with a lot of singing, hardly that the snow was getting less.

Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

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Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

Gray sky with numerous showers, not exactly tempting weather for a walk through the forest. Alternatively, spending the afternoon before Christmas Eve in front of the TV wasn't really an alternative either.

Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

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Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

On the way for a walk along the Unstrut river from Roßleben to Memleben, we came across gnaw marks on the bank that only beavers can create - gnaw marks on the willows and alders and corresponding shaving-like wooden pieces on the bottom.

Swarm fliers with permanent sleeping places - the starlings

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Swarm fliers with permanent sleeping places - the starlings

Who does not know them, the medium-sized songbirds with their powerful feet, whose plumage can be so shiny that it reflects the sun and usually ranges from typically black or dark colours to multicoloured.

Meeting a slow-worm on the way to Abtsküche

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Meeting a slow-worm on the way to Abtsküche

Once again the almost autumnal sun had lured us outside and once again our walk was to lead us to the small lake at Abtsküche.

Thalheim - Project of a Bee friendly community

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Thalheim - Project of a Bee friendly community

First, it was just a short view of a corner lot on busy street in Thalheim near Wels, almost directly on the banks of the river Traun.

Bird watching at the golf course near Stuttgart

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Bird watching at the golf course near Stuttgart

After the tiring days during the CMT in Stuttgart, our hosts Heidi and Rainer were able to surprise us once more when they told us about a guided bird watching tour over the local golf course,

Bear tracks in Jablanica Mountains above Lake Ohrid

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Bear tracks in Jablanica Mountains above Lake Ohrid

The Ohrid Lake, as mentioned several times, is one of the oldest lakes in the world and is the last survival of a former ocean that reached the Vienna basin 15 million years ago.

Danube Island of Vienna - Renaturation attracts beavers

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Danube Island of Vienna - Renaturation also attract beavers

We had already reported about the artificial Danube Island, which had been erected several years ago to protect floods in the city of Vienna, in order to create the largest possible floodplains in the case of floods.

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