Kloster Andechs – herbs and sculptures welcome guests

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Kloster Andechs – herbal garden and sculptures welcome guests

After checking in at the camper pitch and aligning the caravan directly opposite the Monastery Andechs (by the way one of the "hopefully soon not more" few pitches, which also allows caravan as a user, because caravans are now self-sufficient in the water and sanitation, too), we go on a first reconnaissance.

Lily of the valley - something so beautiful be poisonous?

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Lily of the valley - can something so beautiful be poisonous?

The wonderful May air with blue sky, light wind and the smell of blooming greens invited us to take long walks. Especially if someone loves nature, the different scents in the air are worth every walk.

Rigid sedge - this swamp plant contributes to silting up

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Rigid sedge - this swamp plant contributes to silting up

Our hike along the Lossa creek not only gave us deep insights into the meadow landscape with its typical small plants on and in the water, along with the alder, birch and willow trees on the shore.

Wood anemone - white flowers in the green carpet

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Wood anemone - white flowers in the green carpet

In times when, due to the reduction of movement and meeting with others because of the risk of infection, when even while travelling the maximum number of people is two and you should avoid meeting with other people as completely as possible, it is getting difficult for many to even leave the house.

Cornflowers - some color in the dreary gray days in December

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Looking outside at this time of year, it is mostly gray and rainy in the west of the republic, so it is important for us to add a little color just before Christmas, why not with a small article about the cornflowers that always met with us during the summer, often accompanied along the way, whether during the hikes or the bike tours.

The real walnut - imposing giant trees in Eigeltingen

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The real walnut - imposing giant trees in Eigeltingen

Once more on the road in the area of Lake Constance, our goal this time was to attend the spectacle "Southside", the fair and exhibition for off-road fans and their sometimes very unusual vehicles.

Not just beautiful to look at - pomegranates in the garden

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Not just beautiful to look at - pomegranates in the garden

Slowly they ripen, so their red color becomes stronger, the smell more intense until the first fruits fall - the pomegranates, which grow almost uncultivated along the paths and shine so much beautiful in the sun.

Oak moss and moose weed - strange plants of Jablanica

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Oak moss and moose weed - strange plants on trees of Jablanica

A short stopover at a small chapel within the surrounding trees on the way up to the ridge of the Jablanica mountain range along the border between Albania and Macedonia had attracted our attention with regard to striking greens at the trees.

Kumquat - small orange - big taste

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Cumquat - small orange - big taste

The kumquats or cumquats are a family of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, in the genus Fortunella which is often included in the genus Citrus.

Juniper - bushes and fruits along the way

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Juniper - bushes and fruits along the way

The surroundings of the Campsite Rino in Struga also offers a real lure and challenge for hikes in the area, in addition, the autumnal leaves of the trees lured in unimaginable splendor of color, plus the still lovely sun.

Sunflowers - raw material for many different foods

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Sunflowers - raw material for many different foods

Right now again very much in the news an essential feature of sunflowers, cause they are used massively in advertising for a car brand: heliotropism. But what does it really mean?

Kyllenian Adonis, found the first time after 150 years

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Kyllenian Adonis, found the first time after 150 years

The really rare Kyllenian Adonis is growing in the northern part of the Peloponnesus in Greece, mainly on the mountain ranges Killini, Oligyrtos, Trachy and Saitas.

Almond trees - first flowers show up in the sunshine

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Almond trees - first flowers show up in the sunshine

The first intensified solar rays in Thessalonica not only lure people back out of the houses and onto the promenades next to the White Tower of Thessalonica, but nature also shows first reactions: almond trees push their buds out and show their first blossoms.

Wild alpine violet - this plant has lot of secrets

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Wild alpine violet - this plant has lot of secrets

Our hikes and explorations through the nature within the scope of our project work, of course, always let us meet with known plants, so at least we thought at first, but then it turned out to be just little known, when we did some more detailed research.

Aloe Vera - Alexander the Great used it for healing

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde. Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas.

Hippophae Rhamnoides, Buckthorn, Wild Eleagnus

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Hippophae Rhamnoides, Buckthorn, Wild Eleagnus, Sea Buckthorn

It is from the species of hippophae, a bush or tree type which is forked, thorny and sheds leaves in winter. It is generally between half a meter and 6 meters, rarely it may reach 10 m. high. Its leaves are lanceolate, 3-7 cm’s long, narrow, alternate, gnarled, its upper part is grey - silver colored.

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