Wonder if we could design hiking trails along the streams and brooks, to help hikers and locals connect to the waterways and life along the flowing water?
Walking along streams are not only practical, as it keeps you close to fresh delicious food, herbs, edible plants, fish, crab-fish and water, it can also be magical. Life intensify around water somehow with many different species connecting around the waterways and lakes.
Working to better understand the dynamics of stream and river trails at the moment.
Here are a few watercolor sketches of Freshwater fish I’ve done as part of my work studying life around and in the streams:
Back in time buildings was made with local materials and fitted into the landscapes like the most natural thing. This viking house is one of my inspiration watercolor sketches for taking architecture closer to nature
Text and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org
The Grey Seal is a huge sea predator, living along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea and other places. The grey seal can reach up to 3.3 m. in length and weight over 300 Kg. (same as four men)
Ertholmene is a tiny, ancient coastal community, behind old canons and gigantic granite fortification walls, on some very, very small islands, out in harsh climate, situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea, half way between Scandinavia, Russia, Poland and Germany
Watercolors and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
I went out to the Ertholmene islands with my watercolors and tent to study the trails, walls, old stone cottages and a very, very special place:
How hiking trails can make stream and rivers thrive
Watercolor sketch early stages Salamander
Watercolor sketch of the day, by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
Hikers can work as guardians of biodiversity and can help endangered species and habitats come back to life, simply by being aware of the conditions in the rivers, lakes and streams along the hiking trails. Because when hikers take interest and connect to local biodiversity, then awareness and care of these areas tend to sky-rocket. And polluters will know they can’t get away with destroying the places people care about, as easily as otherwise.
Hiking by the remains of an old chimney, one of the last standing structures of an industrial complex, the old red clay bricks are still in place, grass and plants are slowly finding spots to grow between them, small animals finds shelter for the tough winters and strong coastal storms… It’s an old industrial complex that slowly returns home to nature