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4/26/2015 10:49 AM
 

The "Wolf-flower" of Bedburg, Germany

Note: This is a small sample of a long photo series I am writing about the origin of the lupine wildflowers.

Our Texas Bluebonnet is a lupine flower (Lupinus genus). The word "lupine" means wolf or something that is like a wolf. Bluebonnets were sometimes called "wolf flowers" possibly because since they were found in rather poor soils people thought the bluebonnet had "ravaged" the soil like a wolf. However, the genus was most likely named Lupinus because the shape of the leaves resembles the footprint of a wolf. And we know that lupines have been used to help restore land for hundreds of years (more about that in the series). The lupine's root nodules contain a bacteria that helps fix nitrogen from the air. So the lupine actually adds nitrogen back to the soil. There is a small town near Cologne, Germany where lupines were actually planted to help restore land that used to be an open pit quarry. The town is Bedburg, Germany and no that is not Bedbug! But here is where the "coincidence" becomes rather strange. The small town of Bedburg has a very frightening and disturbing story from its past - "The Werewolf of Bedburg." (Caution: The true story of the "Werewolf of Bedburg" is gruesome and shocking.) So the irony is that lupines were planted to help recover and restore land that was ravaged by open pit mining in a town with a true story of werewolf! The attached photo is just one of many I was able to get of the lupines in the area and in the forest where once a werewolf might have roamed! And there is more in the series to come.

 
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5/17/2015 3:26 AM
 

I've been to Europe many times, but that was in my younger days when I was enjoying other facets of my trips and backpacking. I'd love to return during the right season and see this area in a new light.

Thanks for sharing!

Rob

 
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