15.2.11

Bunker Hill

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On the weekend I went for a walk in Friedrichshain Volkspark looking for the first signs of Spring.  Think we are still a few weeks away yet; no buds on the trees or little bits of green poking their way through the soil.  

Part of my walk took me up Bunker Hill, one of several bunkers built by the Nazis during WW2. The bunker is more-or-less indistructable so it's been covered over and turned into a jogging path.  From the bottom it looks like a pretty normal 'hill', it's only when you reach the top that there are a few hints of it's former life.  Here amongst the rubble I managed to find  the colour that I'd been looking for - my little bit of "Spring" - beautiful green Lychen and Moss growing over the concrete. I am sure there is something poetic to be said about nature slowly erroding  and absorbing a fairly ugly bit for human history, but right now I can't think of the words.  Although it struck me at the time that this was what was happening and that this, indeed, was good.
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14 comments:

Kristina said...

I am loving the last picture, the moss is beautiful as well as the depth of field.
I find this stories about the old bunker hills in Berlin quite interesting... must visit next time I am around... by the way, have you ever took part in the "unterwelten" tour? It is super interesting!!
Liebe Grüsse, Kristina

Kamana said...

i love taking shots of the moss too.

HRANDICA said...

I love this green over grey. And yes, it's poethic and sad at the same time - that is how I've found whole Berlin.
Hugs♥

ELK said...

stunning signs of green ... you captured it up close

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

The colors and textures in that last photo are incredible. Clare, every photograph you take is so amazing. I feel a bit lame for wanting to be all "this is so wonderful" on every photo, but that's just the truth.

Tara said...

I feel exactly the same as Brandi! (the comment right before mine!! Couldn't have said it better Brandi! :)

justine said...

I love how you share such amazing places on your blog, a glimpse into a completely different world for me, it seems so fascinating. I love these moss shots, everything tells a real story.

onagracenote said...

I love the moss in the last photo - the clarity of the shot and the vivid green are beautiful.

Punctuation Mark said...

what an interesting place... amazing what they have done with it... great pictures!

Jamie said...

These photos make me happy! I love those first glimpses of spring!

green tea and red nails said...

there is something so magical about moss... makes me feel like i am in another land!

lovely photos... as usual :)

kel x

Katie said...

Such evocative photos Clare. Joggers in winter are so funny aren't they?! I admire their dedication.

Charlene said...

The clarity of that last moss photo is so pretty and stunning!

Kat Sloma said...

I especially love that last image! Beautiful green and focus.