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Sign in garden reading "Freilandlabor Britz e.V." with illustration of a friendly fox.

Is the clever, bespectacled fox on this Britzer Garten sign a depiction of the same fox we saw taking a stroll? And why are foxes considered to be so clever?

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Woman in park looking away in direction of fox in the background.

Can you spot the foxy friend in this picture? Not that my friend A. is not foxy, but look closer; there is second friend in the photo.

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Dark painting of flowers and insects

Continuing our look at plants on the ground, let’s look a bit further back into art history then we usually do here at UPR. In the 17th century, Dutch painter Otto Marseus von Schrieck wasn’t exactly doing urban plant research already, but he was doing something very new, which was to take the close-up, observant approach of the still life painter and direct it outside, and downwards, to create nature studies that were carefully arranged but were set on the dark, damp stage of the forest floor, as in the above Still Life with Amphibians and Insects (Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig). The result is called sottobosco painting (after the Italian for “undergrowth”), or in German, Waldstilleben (forest still life). And it’s mesmerizing.

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The pretty, aging river-port town of Alcácer do Sal is known for the storks that nest atop its church towers, but it was the pigeons and plants that caught my eye.

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Last week Anke wrote, “Der Frühling ist so schnell. Man kommt nicht hinterher. Man muss genau gucken und sich sagen, das ist nur heute so. Und dann ein Foto machen.” (Spring is so fast. You can’t keep up. You have to take a good look and tell yourself, it’s only like this today. And then take a picture.) (more…)

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