Wolfgang Praegler & Gudrun Mirbach-Praegler
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An early spring time: We experience the changing climate
   After   a   short   and   mild   winter   now   follows   an   even   milder   spring.   Already   in   the   middle   of   February   most   of   the   following photos   could   be   shot.   The   whole   nature   is   about   one   month   earlier   than   normal.   This   is   clear   proof   of   the   changing   climate on   earth.   We   only   can   hope   that   mankind   and   politicians   will   realize   this   instead   of   neglecting   it,   starting   effective   actions   to save our climate.
Snowdrops are the first to bloom, but this year they do not blossom in snow. Under the beeches we can see thick carpets of flowering Wood Anemones. The Wood Anemones blossom in the sunlight, because the beeches still do not carry leaves and sunshine reaches the earth in the forest. The Lesser Celandine blooms at the same time with the Wood Anemones, before the beeches grow leaves. In older days the Lesser Celandine was a natural remedy for scurvy, since the leaves hold plenty of vitamin C. Trumpeting loudly swarms of Cranes are on their migrating flight north. Only some Cranes remain in our area. Most of them continue their flight north. Swans are returning back from their winter quarters to their northern breeding grounds. Most of the Swans continue their flight after a short time of feeding. Some of the Swans remain in our area. They are constructing huge nests like this. Huge numbers of Geese fly in on their migration from south to north. These Greater White-Fronted Geese still have a long way to go to reach their breeding grounds in northernmost Siberia and on Greenland. After the tiring long range flight they have a rest and enjoy a bath. In our gardens the Crocuses are blooming. An early Honey-Bee is nearing this Crocus. This nectar is an essential source of food for the early flying bees. The Eranthis (Winter Aconite) flowers are forming huge carpets. In the shade the flower of the Winter Aconite is completely closed. It opens wide only in bright sunlight. A swarm of Greater White-Fronted Geese are touching down on this water.