C'est du temps de dire adieu à 2023 et de saluer 2024. Voici quelques dernières photographies de 2023.
Une balade avec Martin et Carotte
Crow, crow, crow
Elbe river filled with water
at 4 meters height
Alter Fähranleger nach Wittenberge
Beim alten Speicher bei der Öhlmühle
Alter Fähranleger nach Warenberg
In the News
recently in the news, it was reported that a woman had walked her dog along a street and came across a person with a child that she knew. The child had addressed the dog and got bitten in the face.
Here are the thoughs that popped up.
- people are'nt always good at understanding dog, they often fail to see and respond to subtle cues in the body language of the dog.
- people estimate siutations differently based on whether they know the dog and the child. The assessment of people often is that if the dog and the child know each other, people deem it unlikely that the dog could bite the child and don't step in accordingly. That can lead to the dog being cornered up and feeling overwhelmed making it more likely to launch an attack.
- dogs on leashes are very limited in their actions. They can't flee the situation being restrained by a leash, their freezing or fiddling about to ease the situation and deescalte goes unnoticed often enough, what remains is the attack. Sidewalks are often narrow, which adds to the escalation.
- people are usally slow in their responses, unlike dogs that can respond to other dogs really fast. If a dog snaps, people are'nt fast enough to escape.
- Children are more at risk to be bitten in the face than adults, which is due to their smaller size.
- Strong believes in people that dogs must rank lower in the social hierarchy and that dogs have to accept certain treatments, such as being pulled and pushed and taken away items, make it more likely for the dog to make unpleasant, even painful experiences with people leading to fear and hostility in the dog - which makes aggressive behaviours in the dog more likely.
- authoritative, punishment-based approaches in the training of dogs make people miss comunicative cues and emotional cues on the dog's side - they are oblivious of how the dog is feeling in the specific situation and what the dog is communicating to them. Consequenty, people are more likely to overlook signs of distress, pain, fear or discomfort in the dog.
- the use of punishment shifts people towards seeing what goes wrong which makes people overlook what the dog does right and what they want the dog to do instead. Thus, the dog doesn't learn appropriate behaviours. The dog learns that people can be a threat and must be avoided at times. It makes dogs more likely to feel overwhelmed and helpless, as they don't know what to do and, and to fear people - which makes the dog more likely to feel aggressive around people.
There's certainly a lot that has gone down the wrong pathway and it is a pitty that children make painful experiences with dogs that impairs a lively realtionship with dogs. Reward-based training of dogs and a mindful approach can help improve our relationships with dogs.
A place that is worth visiting every time is Krumke. There's always something to discover, something to enjoy.
When a life ends
When the night falls lightly like a blanket
What used to be outside the city a long time ago, is now a worthwhile site to visit.
More details about the Krähenfuss reserve are made available at BfN, Bundesamt für Naturschutz , and at the state of Brandenburg website, Landesamt für Umwelt , including a few maps.
S. has been improving incredibly well at tracking my scent down to where the dummy is awaiting him. It's a means of giving him a job to do stimulating his senses and mind that can be well fitted into day to day life. That's why I like it dearly. S. seems to enjoy the chunk of cucumber he is rewarded.
Former military area and aerport Perleberg
I'd been curious to go explore that area for a while, so it was time to do it. The information I could obtain suggest that the origin of this area started around WWI as a military aerport, between 1910 and 1920, and in accordance to the Versailles agreement, it shut its doors until the 30s under Hitler when it was reactivated for military, airforce purpose. After WWII, it was used by the Svoviet armed forces, as a training and educational facility mainly, not only to train pilots, but also for ground forces. After the wall fell in 1990, not much was done. Located near the GDR border during cold war times, Perleberg and the nearby surroundings were closed to the civil people, I learnt from old people. Military activity was high, it seems.
What made me think that this could be the old fire station was the tower at the back that could allow to hang up and dry hoses. I found documents on the Internet suggesting that the fuelling used to take place in the vicinity of this building - which could support my thought.
That is a beautifully built building, with tiles on the ceiling and brickstone towers to the sides.
along federal road west of Wittenberge
where the new autobahn is set to be built, we came across some old constructions - one is supposed to be an old bycicle garage, the other one could be an old bus station.
Noble Park at Seehausen
Semaine 37, Mardi
Old military building
I set off to visit Festung Dömitz, a very old military installation. Conveniently, I used the opportunity for a visit to Gorleben, a site of the anti-nuclear movement and heavy clashes between the government, its law enforcement and the activists.
No means no
Gorleben Salzstock und Zwischenlager
While this appeared to me as an happy place at first glance, the exhibition makes clear that this is also a place of pain, despair and violence, where people stood their ground and said no, and where law enforcement showed its fierce side.
Semaine 37, Dimanche
Une excursion interéssante et l'automne un peu chaud. C'est ce qui passe à part de cela, vois ici.
Journée du patrimoine
L'histoire de Wittenberge
Le musée ferroviaire et des locotmotive
L'histoire de Wittenberge
La porte de la ville Steintor
Le long de l'Elbe
Semaine 30, Vendredi
I don't feel like writing recently; unlike my young days where I used to feel like blurting out more often. I didn't shoot many photographs either, so I really don't have to share much at this moment.
Semaine 21, Mercredi
Il existe trois catégorie: moral / immoral; nécessaire / pas nécessaire; légal / illégal. Pas tout légal n'est automatiquement moral ou nécessaire; et pas tout moral n'est à la fois légal. Et enfin, pas tout nécessaire n'est moral ou légal en même temps, pas automatiquement. Ça fait la vie compliqué et on peut pas généralement demander de respecter la loi, car il y a des instant òu c'est immoral, òu c'est nécessaire d'en sortir.
Semaine 21, Mardi