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The 26°C humidity was through the roof and we just barely escaped the thunderstorm on our stroll. Only the adjacent rain hit us hard. Black clouds caught up on us and we decided to take cover at a barn. Not even a minute later it started to rain cats and dogs for ten minutes straight. Holy crap, that was cool to watch. :-) Also, the smell of rain was just beautiful.

We then decided to continue our return in the light drizzle. But it then got much heavier again and we got completely soaked. With the wet t-shirt and the wind it actually felt rather cold. I anticipated to get rained on, so I left my camera at home. Plenty of paths turned into brook landscapes, several centimeter deep creeks ran down the hilly trails. Quite fascinating. :-)

The sunset a few minutes ago wasn’t too bad:

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In-reply-to » Iceland seems like a nice place to be right now.

It’s about time to move while we still can! We had another heavy hail storm. 10-15mm diameter on average, maxing out at about 25mm. Oh boy. And my funnel contraption into the bucket at the cables in the basement were dead on.

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Two larger streams were pouring out of the now porous looking mortar around the cables. Cool fountain in the basement. You would have thought that the right one was the bad one, but no, that one only dripped. I caught it just in time, not even half a minute later and the bucket would have spilled over. I estimate 60-75l water in total were about to mess up the floor again. Crisis averted.

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Gotta upgrade the bucket to a rain barrel until this is fixed.

Shortly after, I heared the fire brigade responding a couple of times.

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In-reply-to » @lyse I agree. A night in the forrest, while you are not at danger of being hunted, is surreal and amazing. I still remember the many times I did it as a child (and yes, caught fireflies and put them in a glass jar, and released them the next morning).

@bender@twtxt.net Oh this sounds really cool! :-) I never caught them, only watched ‘em. But I have to admit that I wanted to catch them barehanded this week. Didn’t try, though.

I just returned from another trip into the forest. This time, I went deeper, there was some beautiful firefly activity. When I checked on yesterday’s spot on the way home there was barely anything. But I saw some presumably females sitting on the leaves in the shrubs. I didn’t notice a single one yesterday. Their illuminated parts were really huge compared to the flying males. The biggest was the size of a small finger’s nail (contrast that with a tiny shining dot of maybe 2-4mm max). I could even see the three distinct sections being lit up. That must have been a common glow-worm (großes Johanniswürmchen), I’d say: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Lampyris_noctiluca.jpg The others might also just have been the smaller species. I don’t know.

There were also some toads on the paths. A very lovely evening stroll. I’m very happy now. The dayjob’s stress is completely forgotten.

I really do enjoy that I am in the woods in about 10-15 minutes afoot. The most dangerous animals here are ticks and then come the boars. And that’s really it. Well, mozzies might be in the list, too. Some adventive ones can carry diseases, luckily, I haven’t encountered them here yet. Today, a bunch of gnats wanted to eat me. Yesterday, I had my peace, though.

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Yesterday, I paid Duck Memorial another visit: :-D

Actually a war memorial on Mt. Hohenrechberg, but it always looks totally like a duck to me
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Actually a war memorial on Mt. Hohenrechberg, but it always looks totally like a duck to me

It was a really nice hike, there was hardly anybody outside. The weather wasn’t bad at all, around 22°C and cloudy most of the time. The drizzle got me a few times, but it wasn’t terrible. It just raised the humidity. A bit more wind would have been nice, it was very calm, even at the summits.

On the way there I had to kill a tick that I found on my trousers. Those bloody suckers! What benefit do they bring nature? At home I checked and couldn’t find any others. Phew.

On the way back from Mt. Hohenrechberg I saw a deer and hare. It’s been years that I came across hares in the wild, so that was really cool. I decided to watch the sunset from Mt. Hohenstaufen, so I took a small detour. Absolutely worth it:

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Sunset

A group of hippies eventually joined me at the sunset lookout, lit joss sticks, played some weird music on a metal pipe thingy (a bit like a single windbell) and sang a sun dance song. Said song had gone missing for a very long time and was recovered only lately, they told me. Okay. Some other really crazy dude told us that the mountain we’re on had been raised in the Young Stone Age. That period where harvests were plentiful and people had a lot of spare time. WTF!? I mean they all were super nice and friendly and talking to them was also actually lovely, but what… err… interesting mindsets.

On the final return I saw another three deer on a paddock. And now for the very, very best part of the whole trip: in the forest I encountered 83 fireflies before I stopped counting. In the end it must have been 500-600 in total. One even nearly hit me in the face if I hadn’t ducked at the last second. :-) Man, this was soooo fricking amazing! Fireflies for round about 1.5km! Didn’t even try to take photos in this darkness, though.

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Went on a great 20km hike to the Wäscherschloss (lit. Launderer Castle) with my mate. Unfortunately, the castle was closed (only opens on Sundays and public holidays), so we had to peek under the door with our cameras.

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Sunny and a few clouds, very windy, my hat blew off a few times, perfect 20°C hiking weather. Could have been a few degrees less, though. We walked through some beautiful scenery, especially when it is lit up by the sun. Really gorgeous views and paths. I should go over there more often. Last time was almost exactly two years ago.

The one steep foot path in the forest had 60cm deep canyons from the flood two weeks ago. Absolutely crazy! The burried post cable caution tape even was revealed. That path didn’t look like a path anymore at all.

At home I had to remove a tick. Those fucking bastards!

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Very humid 20°C, cloudy and partially raining. That was today’s weather when we went into the woods and paid or backyard mountain a visit: https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-06-14/ Not very many folks around, looked like they all feared the liquid sunshine. The visibiliy was fairly mixed. Pretty clear in the west, we could see the Stuttgart TV tower 38.55km away (04). But very hazy to the north (03) when a rain cloud appeared.

Chestnut face nailed to a tree stump
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Chestnut face nailed to a tree stump

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In-reply-to » Couple of days ago I made a small patch to yarnd (this pod effectively runs main) that filtered out "inactive users", hard-coded to be LastSeenAt > 90 days and not bother fetching feeds for anything they follow. This has had a dramatic impact on the resources used by this pod (twtxt.net) -- See screenshtos.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Right, this makes sense. Also, @bender@twtxt.net reported the same over in https://twtxt.net/conv/ilupk5q. That whole conversation looks like that for me:

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Bender edits in red, notices in fuchsia (probably edits and leaves the message unchanged), and prologic acknowledges in orange. This conversation over here is marked in lime. Yeah, tt doesn’t filter out duplicates. Maybe I should implement that.

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These 24°C were brutal. The cow in 03 was standing in the bog, not sure why she liked this brackish water. It sounded “tchlk, schlk” when she moved around in that mud (what do you call that?). Some of these canyons, like 14, are over 30cm deep. Wow. In 15 at a height of two meters, a torn rag hangs in the tree in the creek bed. It’s crazy to see how high the flood came in 16 with all the washed up stuff in the hedge.

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-06-07/

Hairy caterpillar
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Hairy caterpillar

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In-reply-to » The river upstream kissed the hundred-year flood level (462 cm) the other day. https://www.hvz.baden-wuerttemberg.de/pegel.html?id=00265 (To me that link looks broken, but maybe it works on other browsers. :-?)

Went down to the creek and there’s a skip in front of every house. Oh dear. Normally, the creek is a few meters below the tree line in 01-03. But as you can see, it went over the fields, several tens of meters wide.

Three days after the flood
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Three days after the flood

The fire engine house next to the creek was also flooded. But the operational capability of the fire brigade was not affected as they already responded.

It’s crazy how the relatively shallow field road on top of the hill looks. It was already in bad shape, but that’s now another level. The drainage area is rather small, but tons of gravel is now in the meadows. 10cm deep holes and ditches in the road. The very loose gravel is difficult to cycle and walk on.

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The river upstream kissed the hundred-year flood level (462 cm) the other day. https://www.hvz.baden-wuerttemberg.de/pegel.html?id=00265 (To me that link looks broken, but maybe it works on other browsers. :-?)

Just one pixel below
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Just one pixel below

I’m on a hill, far away from the river, but with all that rain and soaked ground the water finally came into the basement where the cables enter the house over night. Luckily, just 15 mm high, so it didn’t jump the doorsill into other rooms. And it was all clear, no muddy mess, all nicely filtered through the earth, gravel and sand. My shop vac is also designed to work as a wet vacuum cleaner, so that was really helpful.

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Two mates and I went on a 25km hike yesterday to the Wasserberg (lit. Water Mountain) and Fuchseck (lit. Fox Corner) on the edge of the Swabian Alb. They arrived by train and of course it was delayed by half an hour, “due to limited availability of tracks”. That was a first one, I never heard that reason before. Another train had a breakdown in a train station and later my mates’ train had to be rebooted, too. That restart alone took 10 minutes. O_o Software problem, it can’t be helped.

It rained the whole day before, so a lot of foot paths had turned into small creeks. Also, the mud levels were much higher than usual. We also took one or the other shortcut which were even messier. And also reeaalllly steep (see 07 and 08). It didn’t help that my guiding abilities also sucked a bit and I took the wrong turn twice. Oh well, we just explored new paths I’ve never been on. That’s a win in my book. :-)

After a rest at the Wasserberghaus with a Spezi, we then decided to also visit the Fuchseck, since we’re just around the corner. It took a bit longer that I remembered and after enyoing the view and eating homemade waffles with apple sauce, we then made our way home.

About 100 meters in front of the train station it began to rain. The thunderstorm caught up on us. We just made it in time, a couple of minutes later, the train was supposed to show up. I quickly walked home and was a bit soaked when I unlocked the front door.

It was great fun, it was a nice stroll for me, my mates were absolutely exhausted. Well, I admit, my feet hurt, too. :-)

Here’s a nice view on the Three Emperor-Mountains in the distance. From left to right: Hohenstaufen, Rechberg and Stuifen, the left one is my backyard mountain:

https://lyse.isobeef.org/wanderung-auf-den-wasserberg-und-das-fuchseck-2024-05-18/42.jpg

More pics: https://lyse.isobeef.org/wanderung-auf-den-wasserberg-und-das-fuchseck-2024-05-18/

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Damn it! My camera battery didn’t charge, so all the nice deer and tad pole in a puddle imagery did not work out. :-( I saw two pairs of ears showing in the grass. Suddenly, three deer took off. One went straight into the strip of trees nearby and back behind me into the woods. The other two ran more into the meadow and then alongside the path I was taking. They unexpectedly overtook me and crossed in front of me to the other pasture. Then they headed back into the forest like rockets. Holy cow, they were super fast. Really amazing to watch. Battery flattended after the second of video I recorded in the beginning.

Ears showing in the grass
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Ears showing in the grass

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-29/

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Went out in the cold and noticed that taking photos half an hour on top of the drafty summit is not the very best idea. Not suprising that I freeze if there is snow. Gloves would have been actually great, I only wore my beanie. But it was a very good afternoon and evening. Looking at the snowmen, there must have been heaps of snow on the ground earlier this day.

I came across several different birds and two deer. 36-38 shows the same one, one meadow further, another deer jumped across the road. That was cool.

The focus often wanted to do its own thing, unfortunately. 25 shows the flatness of the Kaiserbergsteige (literally “Emperor Mountain Steep Road”).

Flower snowman
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Flower snowman

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-21/

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In-reply-to » Thanks again @movq !! I have figured things out and set up Jenny and Vim completion following your blog post! Cheers!

Welcome @aelaraji@aelaraji.com!

What the heck is going on with the encoding here?! The feed’s Content-Type header does not include any charset, but I’m still relying on the official twtxt client to fetch and parse feeds. Haven’t noticed this with any other feeds. Where in the chain is this messed up? :-? Seems like the “space” is the Unicode line separator U+2028, that we use for newlines.

Maybe WTF-8 encoding!?
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Maybe WTF-8 encoding!?

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We have great April weather over here. Yesterday sun, rain, sun, rain, sun, hail, sun, hail, sun, rain, etc. It didn’t hail today, but sun alternatd with rain a bunch of times. Went out this evening and boy, what an absolutely gorgeous scenery!

View from the edge of the forest into the lovely lit distance
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View from the edge of the forest into the lovely lit distance

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-18/

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I took advantage of the last sunny, but also 25°C hot day and hiked in the woods. It was so much more pleasant in the forest than out in the sun. The wind could have been a long stronger with that heat. I was completely soaked.

At one point I thought I better grab my camera out of my backpack, so whenever something comes up, I’m ready. But I was too lazy and thought, well, I just wait until there is a nice subject and keep going instead. No joke, ten meters further I came across two squirrels. A red and a brown one, sitting on a tree at just one and three meters height two meters away from me. If I only had unpacked my bloody cam a few seconds ago! I just watched them sit on the tree and then tried to slowly strip my backpack and grad the cam. It was still booting up when they decided it was enough sitting around and climbed higher. What a silly move on my end, damn.

I tried to improvise some Lyse Street View, but felt really uncomfortable to photograph other people’s houses. Somehow my cam produced sooo many blurred shots on the way up still away from the village, it’s unbelievable. I scrapped nearly the entire project. Only very few survived. There were heaps of people on the mountain summit, so I quickly left again.

Flower bed in the village
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Flower bed in the village

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-14/

Looking forward to next week’s rain and temperature drop to 16°C or even 8°C.

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Just a few minutes into my walk I saw a raven chopping up a slow worm in three parts. :-( I rescued the reptile as best as what you can call rescue in that state. Crazy how the the tail and middle part kept on twisting hard for minutes. I didn’t see where the raven went hiding, so I can only hope it did not reattack after the slow worm went its way and I left the scene.

The small forest pond was covered in pollen, looked like a liming truck went by. And the other one with the duck was really oily. Way more than last time. Didn’t look healthy at all. :-(

Dandelion
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In-reply-to » @movq Looks like it. 28°C here, gna.

Oh boy, that was fricking hot. I hiked to the dairy farm to get some fresh milk for waffles and was totally soaked when I returned.

Fortunately, the Saharan air layer reduced the direct sunlight. A slightly older man and I talked a bit how weird the sky looked and he asked me whether that has always been like that. He didn’t recall experiencing anything like that in his youth. I really don’t know, but I reckon that this is not a new phenomenon. I also don’t recall seeing that when I was a child, however, I was also not interested in stuff like that back then. Hence, it could be selection bias. But it also might be more frequent with climate change. 02 shows the yellow, hazy sky quite good if I say so myself. It doesn’t compare to last week or whenever that was, though. Last time was much more intense.

Baking waffles in the later evening on the balcony was nice. Temperatures dropped to just 24°C or so. Much more pleasant. The noise level in the neighborhood was also surprisingly low. And no mozzies around, another surprise. Quite the opposite when I was in the forest. Lots of insect clouds that followed me around and tried to bite me.

I witnessed a Eurasian jay land in a tree. On approach it broke off a rotten branch that fell down. The bird luckily selected a different branch to land on. That was crazy.

High stand at the edge of the forest
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High stand at the edge of the forest

More pics from the tour: https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-08/

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I’ve been out a few hours again. I came across a dozen or so forest mice. I heard tons of squeaking and saw a lighting fast moving seething mass under leaves and groves. It was impossible to capture anything but I could watch it for two, three minutes. They even seemed to come as close as 20 centimeters judging by the rustle and moving plant leaves. Pretty cool.

But heaps of people had to fire up their noise machines today. That clouded my overall joy in nature. Once a commercial airliner was about to fade away in the distance, the next one already adumbrated itself. Lots of prop planes and even a helicopter. Obnoxious loud super cars and motorcycles with broken off mufflers or I don’t know what. My felt hat amplifies the sound I noted.

Luckily, the sun hid behind the clouds most of the time, so I survived the 25°C. Even hotter tomorrow, yikes!

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-07/

Forest monster
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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, that guy sure trusts his little tractor. 😳 Looks a bit scary, not gonna lie. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Yeah, we thought a couple of times that this loader is about to tip over.

Same here, I’ve seen the needle climb to 27°C. To help cool off, here’s some bonus winter footage I edited today: https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-01-20/waldspaziergang-2024-01-20.mp4 (724.1 MiB)

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In-reply-to » @lyse Ha! So there are paths you haven’t explored yet! 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de If I go far enough there are indeed a few paths I haven’t been on. ;-)

Yeah, that tractor moved up and down a giant manure heap. Although the tires spun a few times, it’s quite amazing how relatively effortless it looked to drive on that pile of shit. That machine leaned quite a bit at a few spots. https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-05/traktor-auf-misthaufen.mp4 (114.5 MiB) You might have figured, 11 and 17 show also the same subject from different angles.

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We went on a three hours hike on today’s 22°C warm spring day. Luckily, it was cloudy, so the temperature was bearable. Tomorrow and the day after are supposed to be very sunny 25°C days, puh. We explored even a new path I’ve never been on. It was a very enjoyable tour, up and down, up and down, up and down. I feel m feet. https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-05/

Bee hive in front of a farm
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We had 11°C and a lot of wind today. I left the house at beautiful sunshine to go into the woods. I had to shelter from the rain under a coniferous tree right away for 10-15 minutes or so.

Many puddles had plenty of spawn in them. Some of the super tiny tadpoles already hatched. Unfortunately, none of them will probably make it, because all those puddles will all dry up in the next one or two months I reckon. Let’s hope for the best, though.

Spawn
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A bird landed in the trees about 30 meters away from me and it appeared to be a larger one, like a buzzard. Only at home at the screen I then saw that it was just a pidgeon. :-)

A bit later, there was a chaffinch happily singing and picking on the forest road. I could close in to about five meters before it flew half a meter further and continued. So I made a few steps, too. That game continued for over five minutes, before it then decided to relocate four meters higher onto a branch to let me pass by beneath. Pretty cool!

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We rode our bicycles to the Reiterleskapelle (Rider’s Chapel). At first the sun was out but then it vanished behind the clouds. Icy headwind from the east and a subtle incline all the time made for a physically demanding journey there. The way home was rather quick and effortless. We could have used gloves, it didn’t feel like 14°C at all, not even close.

15 shows the drain pipe for the giant tree hole.

Golden rider on the chapel's vane
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Golden rider on the chapel's vane

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In-reply-to » Righto, I hand-planed seven crossbars, two uprights and cut the first crossbar to length and sawed/chiseled the first mortise for it. Just have to plane 14 more uprights and 25 crossbeams, cut 31 crossbars to final length and make 61 more mortises. And then the ladders for the laundry shelves are already done.

It’s finally up! Well, at least the first part of the L. Half way completed. I used just hand tools except for cutting and routing the sheets of OSB and drilling into the concrete wall.

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In-reply-to » Righto, I hand-planed seven crossbars, two uprights and cut the first crossbar to length and sawed/chiseled the first mortise for it. Just have to plane 14 more uprights and 25 crossbeams, cut 31 crossbars to final length and make 61 more mortises. And then the ladders for the laundry shelves are already done.

I glued the third ladder and started with the fourth. Slow progress, but it’s good fun: https://lyse.isobeef.org/tmp/laundry-shelves/3/

Making mortises for the crossbars
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Making mortises for the crossbars

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I noticed this afternoon that we currently have Carnival vacations this week. So many people outdoors.

I’ve seen three great spotted woodpeckers and heard dozens more hammering the trees. But the photos turned out to be rubbish.

It was very windy at the summit, but I sat on the castle wall and enjoyed the sun beating on me. I would have loved to just relax there half an hour longer, but I had to be back in time. :-(

09 looks like it’s straight from an AI, but the moss was actually on top of a smaller tree. I fell down from a giant moss-covered tree next to it.

Quite cool how much reach the lift’s outriggers have to level it on that steep street.

29-32 show the reason for closing the forest road for one and a half months. A tree fell over and got hung up in the telephone cable in a 45° angle. Only the wire prevented it from crashing down on the road. I find it astonishing that the cable did not rip apart. After all, the tree was quite substantial. No idea why it took them so long to get it removed, though.

The entire meadow in 36 was totally covered with mouse holes. Sick!

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-02-13/

Action shot of a brown squirrel
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Action shot of a brown squirrel

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