discovering the wild, wild west

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And here comes a pretty long post to answer my question from last Monday. But since it was that nice that day and the landscape and my discoveries have been so really very beautiful, I didn’t want to withhold from you all the nice pictures I took. ;-)

Even if that is posted in my section walking, I didn’t walk there. I took the tram until its final destination. But then I walked. It was Sunday during lunch time, hot, but silent and really enjoyable.

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To get out of a neighborhood, we had to follow these concrete slabs, that reminded me a lot of childhood summer vacations on the Baltic sea. Or suburbs. It was a typical way to build streets in late GDR times.

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My dear and I had to chop through high grass and pass a sweet corn field. Even if it was really nice, it also was kind of creepy sometimes, ’cause I heard a lot of rustling and crackling. Sometimes I thought I mention something scurry by.

And then I needed to climb up a little dune. And wow, the view I’ve got was really amazing (even though I had weak knees because of my fear of heights).

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It looks so small in the picture, but it was huge in real. The water of this open-cast mining spot was really turquoise, a nice contrast to the light brown sand.

We didn’t go down there, ’cause it was really precipitous. But we walked around.

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The whole area was full of sand and seemed to me like some kind of a moonscape. No people around, no animal to see. Just me and my man, the hot sun and a light breeze of fresh summer air.

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Right next to this there was a real lake. A former mining spot as well, but with a lot of plants in it today. Some kind of seaweed. Or something like that. I also saw some mallard ducks and a few people swimming.

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But since I wasn’t there for a rest in cold water, I walked by without any refreshment, ’cause I really wanted to get to the spot I was looking at for many years.

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Having this view means I was almost there. Half way up. ;-)

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And … I did it! :-) I was up on the little hill called Schönauer Berg. Geocaching people say, it is the 2nd highest rising in LEipzig. 

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And the view over LE was really amazing. It was so clear, you could see any building far south, east or north.

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But I got more impressed by all the wild plants and this really loud sound of thousands of crickets.

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I enjoyed sitting in really high grass and having a picnic…

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…while my man took these nice pictures of grasses…

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…and flowers.

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Since living in the middle of a big city where almost any plant is planted by humans and not grown on it’s own, I’m always getting very excited about what nature can create.

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So it is also needless to say, that I prefer wild grass over an English lawn. ;-)

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Leaving the hill, we spotted another pond…

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…with some beautiful water lilies.

This walk took almost two hours and I can highly recommend it. I never thought finding such a huge area of wilderness and silence (no people, no dog walkers, no cyclists at all) only 15 minutes by tram away from the city. I am still surprised. Maybe it is because the wild, wild west (and the neighborhoods Schönau and Grünau within) has no good reputation. That’s a pitty, ’cause the nature is worth a visit.

PS: Most of the times I go for a walk to get away from all that comes with that. And what is also there in the west, is here.

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