Challenge of the Month: Flora, Fauna, Mineralia

Just wanted to make sure my pictures qualify, so I redefined the challenge a tiny bit. Not a whole lot of animals prowling the streets of Munich and the flowers are slow to come. I guess trees would qualify,too, but we’ve done that topic already.

So here’s a lion – of sorts.

And a horse, with an interesting history.
Poking around town on my bike and enjoying the good weather, I stopped to photograph these two bronze sculptures that I have passed often but knew nothing about. At home I read up in Wikipedia: The “Rossebändiger” or “Horse Tamer” by Bernhard Bleeker, the smaller bronze figure (in the picture on the far side of the street), is located opposite the Technical University of Munich. The sculpture was badly damaged by bombs during the Second World War and the horse was then melted down. Only the single figure remained. The sculpture opposite him (in the photo on the nearer side of the street), by Prof. Hermann Hahn, is completely preserved. The bullet holes clearly visible in the sculpture remind of the wounds of the Second World War as “wounds of remembrance”.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

10 response to "Challenge of the Month: Flora, Fauna, Mineralia"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: March 3, 2019

    I love these Suzanne — what a different lion statue. Very nice. You may have now opened up a couple of opportunities for my fauna finds ;’-), staying wth the ‘minerala’ theme. Aha! I know of at least a couple of these opportunities.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: March 3, 2019

    Animal, vegetable, or mineral? Sounds like a 20 questions lead-in. Maybe next month’s challenge should focus on things smaller than a breadbox.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 6, 2019

      Smaller than a breadbox? I wonder if Bill will pick up on that challenge. How about smaller than a bicycle bell, or smaller than your helmet?

  3. By: Lah Posted: March 6, 2019

    Oh, my gosh! I found a minute to check on Cycle 365 (although it’s in the middle of the night for me). I loved the challenges and hope I can get out there and ride soon. I thought the two-legged animal with the horse didn’t look too bad either. ;

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 7, 2019

      Hope you can join us again, Laura!
      Ha – lots of two-legged fauna in the streets I guess. Didn’t need to take pictures of statues.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2019

    Statues full of bullet holes, history is really poignant there. You should be congratulated for all the winter cycling you’ve done.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 7, 2019

      Thanks, Lednar! Yes, history all over the place in old Europe. But I began to really see it when I started bicycle touring.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: March 7, 2019

    I love the pics and the seriousness of the story behind the statues. I wonder if a country is less prone to rush to war when it has reminders of previous ones in so many places?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 7, 2019

      Thanks – it seems that there are efforts here to remind people of the horrors of war and above all of the last war. The intention is good, I hope it’s effective.

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