About Kurt Fortwängler
Reisen ist mein erstes Hobby, rund um die ganze Welt. Dabei gehören in aller Regel auch einige Wanderungen oder zumindest ausgedehnte Spaziergänge dazu.
- Kurt Fortwängler
Today was another shopping day, as usual we wanted to combine that with a little tour. For a short time now there is said to be a rather indecent nutria lady in Mannheim, we wanted to look for her. To start with: We had the photo equipment with us for free (all pictures were taken with the mobile phone)!
After all, in search of the little animal, we extensively explored the new buildings behind the main train station (Glückstein site). A lot has happened there, the area is really no longer recognizable! Since the weather alternated between sun and rain, the whole thing was made even more interesting by the play of light.
In Neckarau, I lived here in Mannheim for the first few years (but only as a weekend commuter). But today we walked various paths that I didn't know yet. And I have to say, that was quite varied and exciting (even without nutria)!
2 days ago
- Kurt Fortwängler
Inspired by Der Hesse, we had to go hunting for fire salamanders today. He had seen about twenty of the guys these days, without any effort. But since it wasn't raining today and there was a lot going on, none of the animals could be seen on or along the paths - at most a dead one (although there are various warning signs, the mountain bikers sometimes race down the paths in a monkey tooth there are then no more alternatives). But we are safari-trained, so we went looking and found some of the animals in their natural environment! By the way, NOT at the Mühlenbach, because it was extremely full there. As we found out, there was a newspaper report this week about the valley that the city of Heidelberg is currently dressing up. A detour to the Einsiedlerquelle (which I was made aware of by the sign) was worth it!
We also noticed the pretty mouse pictures that were posted these days. We also found what we were looking for today, the animals are extremely active right now! We saw relatively few woodpeckers today, but a lot of nuthatches (partly also in their burrows)!
As we approached Schriesheim, it began to rain - the last few kilometers were therefore just a (successful) hunt for the next tram.
All in all it was a very nice tour that we will definitely do again in the right season!
3 days ago
- Kurt Fortwängler
We're on vacation, but unfortunately we can't go away (I've only seen my parents, 84 years old, twice in the last year and a half). Of course, you have to use every opportunity that presents itself to at least get a little holiday feeling here - especially if the weather forecast for the coming days is anything but motivating. So we wanted to do a photo safari today too. After it was very nice a few days ago on the Lampertheimer Altrhein and a Komoot member had reported about the newborn babies on the Ketsche Altrheininsel, the destination was quickly clear. We already know the oven reed meadows, the Schwetzinger meadows and the Edinger reed. So we packed all our gear (my photo gun alone weighs a good 6 kilos) and drove to Ketsch very early. At the beginning the weather was very mixed, but it was also quite calm on the Ketscher Rheininsel. You can see cormorants, woodpeckers, storks, etc. everywhere (you can also see nuthatches and other rare birds). The wild boars are quite photogenic, but we didn't see any special poses (suckling or something). Since a lot of forest workers were on the way (presumably private persons who have the right to fetch firewood), the great bird sound was unfortunately often drowned out. Overall, the Ketscher Rheininsel is definitely worth a recommendation!
The Schwetzinger meadows and the Edinger Ried are known as a bird paradise. So it is not surprising that we saw various stork nests and also various black kites (once one fighting a crow). We had hoped for kingfishers, but only saw one once (too short to photograph). The typical local small birds (such as woodpeckers, robins, blue tits, great crested grebes, sparrows, blackbirds and thrushes) can be found on every corner (there are many bird feeders)! There should also be nutrias and foxes, but we didn't see any (but the accommodations did). Unfortunately, I only caught a deer behind a bush.
At the Rohrhofer Lakes there were again many water birds such as swans, various geese and cormorants. It was comparatively quiet here, although the weather was now very good. A newly blooming Easter bell was a very nice photo, just like a landing cormorant.
The oven-Riedwiesen were then very well attended again (many joggers and cyclists, plus many dog walkers - often without a leash). Accordingly, we did not expect many animal sightings anymore. But we discovered two fat brown hares! One ran across the path right in front of me and then across the field with a lot of hooks. Unfortunately, the camera was just set incorrectly, so that there are only "evidence". The supposed wife hid in a field, but it is not overgrown high enough yet.
In Rohrhof, on the Rheinauer See, there is a population of very trusting coots - you can photograph them from a meter or two!
All in all, it was a very varied tour that we will certainly do again! As soon as the trees are a little thicker, you will certainly see a lot less (and the passages outside the forest will probably be a very "hot thing")!
6 days ago
- Kurt Fortwängler
Today was relatively bad weather - pretty cold and sometimes rain, sleet or snowfall. When it got a little better in the afternoon, we went on a tour of exploration and shopping.
The plan was to once again walk through the 'Lost Place "at Bonadieshafen. Before that, we wanted to explore the other side of Bonadieshafen (the northwest side) - we have never visited the area between the Hildebrandmühlen and the Kammerschleuse.
We almost made it to the chamber lock, but there is a section of about 100 meters that is rather impassable. So we had to turn back and then walked to the Luzenberg. As a result, we then walked the entire northwest side of the Bonadieshafen, look interesting! Close to the chamber lock there is a hidden harbor basin with a ruin (apparently in the process of being demolished) - a real lost place. The large mills (e.g. Aurora) are also very interesting. Since the sun and dark clouds alternated, there was an extremely interesting lighting mood, very dramatic. At the hidden harbor basin, a group of seven storks circled over us, a buzzard felt disturbed. The geese are already teaching their young to swim, the foxes (whose impressive holes are easy to see) were not seen.
We mostly ran along the train tracks. Of course, this is only possible outside of working hours. There is a path down by the water, but it kept slipping or otherwise difficult to walk. I assume that entering the "Lost Place" at the hidden harbor basin is not allowed. No signs were to be seen, but directly behind it is a factory site (strangely, without a fence).
The bottom line was that it was once again an extremely interesting tour that we will certainly not have done for the last time!
April 6, 2021
- Kurt Fortwängler
Today the weather was good again, so we had to go out again and take pictures of birds. Because in a few days the trees will be so overgrown that you will no longer see them there!
We decided on the Lampertheimer Altrhein, almost right on our doorstep. We were able to be there quite early (shortly after 9 a.m.). Around that time the first photographers come towards you again, but you don't have to worry about the Sunday strollers yet.
For the first few kilometers it was still nice and quiet, we were able to listen to the sounds wonderfully. In addition to the many songbirds, the woodpeckers and storks stood out, the hammering and rattling are in direct competition. The storks were on their nests and on exposed tree stumps which were also quite relaxed during the "foreplay", so we didn't want to disturb too long. It was actually almost too late for the hides (the viewing platforms), the few birds in flight were already damned far away. But since I was on the road the whole time with "heavy artillery" (in the sense of the word, the lens alone weighs well over 2 kilos), something was still possible. Later we came to two tables with benches that are right next to a feeding station. We stopped there and could see various birds (especially blue tits and woodpeckers) from a maximum of 5 meters away. Later it was primarily cormorants, geese (gray, Canada and Egyptian geese), ducks and swans that were featured. Since the light then got worse and worse (e.g. noticeably flickering), we broke off the tour and got home quite early - now we can still cook in peace.
The bottom line was that we made quite a lot of "booty" and at the same time practiced for the next safari (presumably in South Africa or Florida), which hopefully will be possible again soon!
April 4, 2021
It was a very nice Easter walk with a camera. A really ambitious photographer with a long telephoto lens came towards us when we entered the nature reserve at around 10 a.m. And yes, we saw the storks making love in the back light. Of course, it was already too late for deer and other rather shy animals. In previous years I have also seen kingfishers, wild boars and deer here.The light was a bit too bright for landscape photography. At noon we had the advantage that a few clouds came up. If you want to watch birds, you either need a long telephoto lens or binoculars. Sometimes you are of course lucky and the birds fly right over your head. We were lucky with a gray heron when we entered the nature reserve, but were a bit surprised at this point, i.e. the camera was not yet ready to take pictures.
April 4, 2021