Strawberry tree - flower and fruit at the same time

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Strawberry tree - flower and fruit at the same time

Our trip to the island of Shurdhah in the dam project of Vau i Dejes also brought us a new experience with a fruit and flowering plant which we had already noticed in Platamonas in Greece.

The Fruit Heritage Working Group in Bodrum

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The Fruit Heritage Working Group

Heritage varieties reflect our rich cultural diversity. Their names alone are a fascinating store of folklore, humour and the descriptive power of language.

Plant sculptures at EXPO 2016 Antalya

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Plant sculptures at EXPO 2016 Antalya

The EXPO 2016 Antalya offers a truly special occasion - experience lively sculptures made from plants in growing and processing.

Bear’s Garlic and Wood Garlic Soup

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Bear’s Garlic and Wood Garlic Soup

We were going to gather the plant of “Allium ursinum”, which is called as Bear’s Garlic, Wild Garlic, Wood Garlic and Ramsons in folk speech. It belongs to the Allioideae family, which is the subfamily of the Amaryllidaceae. Amaryllis family is one of the plant species that heralds the coming of spring. We lost our hearts to the nature once, in any circumstances, we keep an eye on the nature.

Historical Perspective on Turkey's Fruit Heritage

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Historical Perspective on Turkey's Fruit Heritage

Central Asia, original homeland of the Turkish people, has a very long history of fruit cultivation. According to Chinese records the Eastern Gokturks of Turkistan were exporting fruit to China 1300 years ago, notably the Mare's Nipple grape, which was transported fresh from the Turfan oasis across the fringes of the Gobi Desert, a distance of more than 2000 kilometers.

Exotic and Tropical Fruit Growing

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Exotic and Tropical Fruit Growing

Coffee Tree, Pawpaw, Passiflora, Goji Berry, Cumquat, Star Fruit, Feijoa, Physalis, Meyer Lemon, Gilabolu, Redcurrant, Strawberry Tree, Rowan-Berry, Cherry Laurel, Isabella Grape...

"Reading" toads in Marktbreit and Michelfeld

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On Thursday morning the time had come. We had arranged to meet the Przybylla couple on the country road between Marktbreit and Michelfeld for 8:00 a.m., right on the first section of the toad fence on the premises of the small animal breeding club.

Toad fences between Geiselwind and Aschbach

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Toad fences between Geiselwind and Aschbach

After an interesting meeting with a major tour operator in Geiselwind and a tour of a mobile home from a local manufacturer, we were on our way back to our office in Kitzingen when we saw a few meters of the low toad fence on Landstraße 2260 right next to the road.

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.

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