European reflection

Strasbourg, european assembly building by night


Purple time

Alsace, this color tells summer soon end and fall is on way.

Heather is an important food source for various sheep and deer
which can graze the tips of the plants
when snow covers low-growing vegetation.

Some heather herb has been used in the traditional austrian medicine,
as tea for treatment of disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract.

Heather honey is a highly valued product in moorland and heathland areas,
with many beehives being moved there in late summer. Stronger taste.

Heather is seen as iconic of Scotland, where the plant grows widely.
In english Yorkshire and the danish region of Jutland, heather iconic too.
Purple heather is one of the two national flowers of Norway.
Heather was introduced to New Zealand
and has become seen as an invasive weed in some areas.

Heather seeds germinate greedily on rough and poor soil,
really just a single step on the road from paved land to forest.
Unprotected so heather will be choked by tree growth over time.

All reach by mountain bike

Short august impressions from the living Alsace.

Almost exactly in the middle of german Saarbrucken and french Strasbourg.
In the northern Alsace is Villa René Lalique located, a double Michelin star restaurant.
Stars  can be eaten, but the food there is outstanding wonderful.

Alsace is often called the french pantry.
Guess that France is almost one huge pantry.
But the food in Alsace makes the angels sing.

Train operation in France is quite excellent.
Not as precise as german and not as imprecisely as danish.

Glass artists have very often an impressive hot indoor work,
that beat outdoor summer heat of several lengths.

Creative green supplemental energy.