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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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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

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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

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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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Dandelion

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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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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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Spawn

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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It’s always impressive to see that every now and then YouTube manages to break all feeds for several hours straight. 404s for hours on end. My hourly cronjob failed three times this morning. You’d think at least one test would fail in their CI/CD pipeline to prevent that.

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We participated with the scouts in the county cleanup day and even found a whole rubbish dump at the edge of the woods. Somebody must have dumped a whole truck load down the hill and burried half of it. We filled up a complete trailer with that. I reckon you can get much more out of this place.

Just in time for the start of the event, it began pouring down on us. It was very muddy, but still good fun. One cub scout said: “Oh, this is so cool! Walking around earlier on the paths and picking up trash wasn’t bad, but this here is really awesome. I really do enjoy it a lot. Look how much trash there is. Crazy!”

It took me half an hour to hose down all the clay from my rain jacket, -trousers and boots. What a mess.

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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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Looking out the window I saw a buzzard sitting in a tree, so I wanted to take a photo. But then its two bodyguard ravens attac^Wsaved it from me and it took off. :-(

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When dealing with unsigned integer, I always write e.g. unit8 instead of uint8. Every. Single Time. And this is usually only noticed by the compiler. I would blame the auto-correction, but I – luckily – don’t have any.

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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!

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

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I went to the dairy farm and back in 50 minutes. It was suprisingly dark. Luckily, I walked the forest paths a hundred times, otherwise it would have been very hard to find my bearings a few times. On the way home I wanted to shortcut over the meadow, but then realized that there were grazing sheep. I took a detour to not wake them up. This quick walk was very well needed to blow the cobwebs away.

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