#KBFWalk – Encounters at the Volkspark

Kahle, dunkle Baumsilhouetten vor vom Saharastaub golden eingefärbten Himmel. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 00 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Bare, dark tree silhouetes in front of a sky that is golden coloured by Sahara dust.

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Yesterday, when I took a short trip to the nearby park, I had some interesting encounters.

On the way to the park I saw many crocuses in bloom. They had already started to bloom last month during an unusual warm spell. When it got colder again, their cups remained closed at first. Now they seem to have got used to the lower temperatures and are going into the second round.

I also discovered the first tender yarrow shoots on the lawn in front of the house. They taste good in salads, but at present I don’t collect my herbs directly in front of the house.

Junge grüne Schafgarben-Triebe auf grünem Rasen. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 04 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Young, green yarrow sprouts on green lawn.

Despite the colourful spring messengers, it is still quite cold at the moment. We became aware of how deep the cold still sits in the ground when we passed this frozen puddle on a shady path.

Durchgefrorene Pfütze mit zersplittertem Eis auf grauem Asphaltweg. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 05 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - A puddle frozen solid with chipped ice on grey asphalt walkway.

When we arrived at the park, we were greeted by a colourful dragon* sitting in a tree and enjoying the view. I don’t think most people saw him at all. However, we had a little conversation and he drew my attention to a few things, because he had a good view from his perch.

*In German we use the same word for “dragon” and “kite”.

Bunter Drachen zum steigen lassen, der vor hellblauem Himmel in einer kahlen Baumkrone hängt. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 06 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Colourful kite hanging in front of a light blue sky inside a bare tree canopy.

First of all, there was this beautiful, elegant tree in the meadow, already producing buds. Will flowers or leaves come out first?

A few other trees put on an art performance on the green. I think it was a kind of shadow theatre. What do you think?

Gruppe von majestätischen, noch kahlen Bäumen auf Wiese im Park unter grauem Himmel, golden angestrahlt von einer Sonne, die durch Saharastaub scheint. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 09 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Group of majestic, still bare trees on a meadow in a park beneath a grey sky, golden iluminated by a sun shining through Sahara dust.

The performance was bathed in a very mystical light from the Sahara dust – at least I think it is still the Sahara dust. – Even the stage floor literally glittered in this special light.

Nahaufnahme der noch winterlichen Liegewiese im Park, die im Licht der Sonne, die durch den Saharastaub scheint, mystisch glitzert. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 10 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Close-up of the still wintery park meadow mystically sparkling in the sun that is shining through the Sahara dust.

The sun really did its best to set everything off beautifully through this particular filter.

Schwarze Silhouetten von noch kahlen Bäumen vor mystischem Himmel, der vom Saharastaub golden schimmert. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 11 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Black silhouettes of still bare trees in fron of a mystical sky that is given a golden shimmer by the Sahara dust.

On leaving the park, I even received Angels’ greetings.

Kleine weiße Daunenfeder auf braunem Sandweg. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 12 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Little white down feather on brown sand walkway.

I also passed a small family of shoots. I assume they are daffodils or tulips. A taller shoot was just telling a row of smaller shoots something about Spring.

Winzige, grüne Sprösslinge von Zwiebelpflanzen (wahtscheinlich Osterglocken oder Tulpen) auf brauner Erde mit etwas grünem Rasen. Ein einzelner, etwas größerer Sproß steht gegenüber von einer Reihe kleinerer Sprösslinge. - #KBFWalk - Begegnungen im Volkspark 13 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFPhotography - All Rights Reserved. - Tiny, green sprouts of bulbous plants (probably daffodils or tulips) on brown earth with a little green lawn. One single sprout that is a little bigger is standing opposite a row of little sprouts.

At the exit of the park I also met an earth gnome. He was very friendly and let me take his picture. He also told me about his life in the park and how much he enjoys the light of Spring at the moment.

Can you make out his face?

That was an eventful walk with a lot to discover.

Even if we have to keep our distance at the moment, we can still encounter each other – preferably with understanding and kindness and an open heart. In fact, I think that is especially important in times like these.

Who or what have you encountered, lately?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of beingness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi