Sparks of Summer

sand makro ocean sun reflection

There is a spark of the sun within me,
Buried for a long time under dust.
This morning, the dust is gone and the light radiates,
Shining through all the mountains and rivers.

(after Master Yueh of Ch’a-ling (茶陵郁))


Zugspitze Glacier

These are the remains of the once largest glacier in the bavarian Alps, the “Schneeferner”, shot a few summers ago (german:  Schnee = Snow, Ferner = Glacier, i.e. snow glacier). The Platt or Zugspitzplatt is a plateau below the summit of the Zugspitze to the south and southeast which lies at a height of between 2,000 and 2,650 m (6,560 and 8,690 ft). The Platt was completely covered by the glacier for the last time at the beginning of the 19th century. Today 52% of it consists of scree, 32% of bedrock and 16% of vegetation-covered soils. Here are a few pictures of the glacier around 1900… it’s still melting… discussions are if it’s because of the climate change in general or only due to its exposure to the sun and little snow input by avalanches.


New Year’s Hopes and Wishes



Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by cooperating with each other. Our own survival is so dependent on the help of others that a need for love lies at the very core of our existence. This is why we need to cultivate a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.

(Dalai Lama)