Enjoying Urban Nature in Hamburg: Osdorfer Feldmark

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A month ago, I shared a post about The Power Of A Walk, here on Kokopelli Bee Free Blog as well as an article about Discovering Urban Nature in the city of Hamburg, Germany on Kim’s and my blog Heart’s Journey.

Meanwhile we also have been on our Worldwide WP5k walk which I had announced, earlier.  We visited the Dahlia Garden in Hamburg and you can read everything about it at Heart’s Journey, here: Worldwide WP 5k – Visiting the Dahlia Garden Hamburg.

Today, I choose to share impressions of a Walk into the Osdorfer Feldmark which Kim and I took at the end of August.  The Osdorfer Feldmark is a landscape conservation area in the West of Hamburg which connects two quarters of the city.  It consists of a park with a playground and a lake as well as a little adjacent bog in the North, pastures – mainly lodging horses, a lot of embankment hedges, a little creek called Düpenau, several ponds and an amphibian reserve.  The green belt is about two kilometres long and one kilometre wide.  You can find more information in German language about this area, here & here.

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On our little walk we merely concentrated on the southern end of the Feldmark.  Adjoining this end is a little allotment garden community whose little Physalis lanterns make a pretty entrance to the conservation area.

Just when we had stepped onto the grounds of the Osdorfer Feldmark, a little dragonfly greeted us.  It calmly settled on the barbed wire that separates the amphibian reserve from the path and patiently posed until I was done taking the portraits below.

Everywhere along the path grows wild hops – and the little green blossoms made it to a pretty good size, this year.

The amphibian reserve behind the fence looked beautiful with its little pond and all the grasses, bushes and water plants.  Sometimes a heron stands at the pond like a statue.  But he was not there when we visited, that day.

For those with eyes to see, there are many little details to discover along the path.

Kim thinks the hair may be from a fox.  Personally I believe it probably is horse hair.

The Düpenau is meandering through the whole length of the Feldmark and offering some pretty idyllic sites with hawthorn stretching out its branches over the creek.

A little Hamburgian breeze was blowing through the area while the sun shone brightly from the sky.  A perfect day for a little walk.

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At the Düpenau we saw some pretty green leaves of some size swaying in the wind while beautifully illuminated by the sun.  After some research I believe it was Japanese knotweed, an invasive species which according to the German Nature Conservation Association actually has become a real problem in the Osdorfer Feldmark.  Who would have thought that!  I suppose it may have spread from the allotment gardens.

It was so breezy that I could not take a proper photo of the plant, but you can see it in the video, below.  It is still little, but these plants grow taller than men.

Of course, we came by a lot of horse pastures and have met some of their lodgers.

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The pastures were pretty wet due to the last strong rain we had only a couple of days before our visit.

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This must have been rather tiresome for some of the smaller animals, as one caterpillar of the sycamore moth told us who hitch-hiked on my shoe as a stowaway until we noticed it and released it back into the greens.

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I wonder from what tree it came.  It must have been one of the oak or elm trees along the path.

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Apart from those trees we also saw a lot of hawthorn with its little apple-shaped berries and the well hidden long thorns.

Yet, those were not the only red berries we saw. At one corner we discovered the beautiful red berries of what I believe to be guelder-rose.  Unlike the berries of the hawthorn, they are supposed to be poisonous, although, some sources say in small amounts it can be eaten as jelly or used for healing purposes.

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The little orange berry which I believe to be a kind of rose hip does not really care about the edibility of its colleagues.  It simply is.

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It felt very peaceful to walk through the Feldmark.  The path was illuminated with the soft light of the evening sun and some tiny flies were playing in it.

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Yet, not everybody had the same experience.  On the very same path you see on the above images we came across a fight for life and death between a wasp and something that looked like a rather large specimen of the common flesh fly to me.  Or rather, it came across us.  I do believe, the fly has been freed of its physical appearance, by now…

You can decide for yourself while watching the video below as I have filmed a part of the drama.

Meanwhile the horses have been brought to the stall and the pastures were laying still under the evening sky.  Time for us, to go home.

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It is possible to integrate nature preservation, agriculture and an urban life style.  We may simply do it instead of only talking about it.  The accompanying health benefits for us and our beloved Mother Nature are priceless.

Finally, the aforementioned video from our walk:

Do you live near a conservation area?  Do you know cities where those areas are integrated into the infrastructure like in Hamburg?  What is your favourite place for going on a walk?
Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much love,
Steffi

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