The right bank of the River #Spree in #Berlin between #Moltkebrücke and #Lutherbrücke was re-named #MagnusHirschfeldUfer in May 2008. #MagnusHirschfeld was a #German physician, who made it his goal to demystify #sexuality. He is perceived by many as the first to advocate for acceptance of #sexualdiversity in an organized manner.
Much as i am critical of recent #cooption of the #LGBTI movement(s) by those who have little other use for the issue but to use it a litmus test of political and social ‘liberality’ and so-called #progressive -ness, and/or those who exploit the question of (in-)tolerance on the matter as a shibboleth to separate what they see as #Western and #enlightened from that which is deemed ‘backward’, or just plain ‘the enemy’, i am none the less pleased, and pleasantly surprised to see Dr. Hirschfeld’s name honored in this way.
Flaschenhals or Flaschenhals Park in Schöneberg, 5,5 Hektar, (Engl.: Bottleneck Park)Opened to the public on 21 March 2014
The tracks of the North-South long-distance line (Ger.: Nord-süd Fernbahn) divide the East Park from the West Park. The narrow Flaschenhals can be reached from the East Park over Yorckstrasse by way of one of the historic Yorckbrücken viaducts, and extends the green way southward.
Remnants of the old railway, and the secondary growth trees and shrubs like birches, and wild roses that grew up when site was abandoned were consciously retained, and incorporated in to the design of the park, turning what was once a vacant, and overgrown rail yard into an enchanted forest.
Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) anterior view: The manor is still a private home. A descendant of the Humboldt family lives here to the present day. The grounds are open free of charge to the public. Please, however, be aware that this is the von Heinz’ private residence, and not a public museum.
Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss) Alexander v. Humboldt’s grave stone: Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt; September 14, 1769 – May 6, 1859) was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt’s quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.
Narcissus in the Garden lawns Tegeler Schloss (Humboldt Schloss): and just so as not to end on a morbid note … Flowers!
It was getting late in the afternoon, and the nearly horizontal rays of the sun no longer touched the ground under the tall grass, while setting the white narcissus craning their necks above the meadow aglow.
Once again, out and about with my favorite excursion companion, and extremely cuddly friend Murmel. For those who missed Babewyn’s bourgier side, here again a brief respite from martyred radicals, urban neurotics, and the world’s injustices, to marvel at stately lawns, heroes sculpted in stone, and of course … flowers.