how nature thrives in a death zone

phoenix out of the ashes

the circle of life.

how heavy artillery helps nature regenerate

Nature, Paradise and NATO

where bombs drop and shells hit, humans aren´t usually keen to loiter, litter and disrupt nature. Because of this simple coincidence and the fact that constant wildfires from artillery hits renew and regenerate the vegetation at a steady pace, nature thrives, where man strives to survive.



There are few places left in the area where humans make an impact not with bombs but with words. On this wall of an abandoned church soldiers have inscribed their messages.

Not all is gold that glitters


The eerie beauty of an artillery shell buried in the ground and surrounded by foliage.



The immediate vicinity of heavy, continuous artillery shelling on first glimpse looks like a dead, post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Upon further inspection though, stripes of delicate green grass grow in the burnt tristesse, which due to the frequent fires caused by bombardment is highly fertile soil with spectacular biodiversity.

Untouched Nature


Not even in National Parks and other refuges of nature is nature truly untouched as it is here – For fair reasons though. Trying to meddle with vegetation in a possibly bomb littered swamp would be far too dangerous.

Nature is left to itself instead.


Nature is resilient. It thrives, where humans don´t survive and it regenerates. But only to an extent, too.

Once a threshold of destruction, contamination, pollution has been overstepped, things start to go south. But there is a silver lining. At least for now.

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