tropical creek inside the alps

 

Deutsche Version hier.

I’m living inside the alps and am always fascinated having something tropical around. I found this thermal creek inhabiting  mainly plants from south america and fishes from south africa. To my surprise there are not so many discussions about on the internet. I try to follow the ones I find. There was also the question raised by “Kompomente” how it looks there right now (#18 in the thread – german).This morning it was very foggy, so I decided to go out and take a few pictures for this blog. You can click on them for a larger view.

 

Signs and discussions are about this creek being “renaturalized” (I hope this word exists). Fear of many was that this would lead to a killing of the plants and animals living there, which are usually living on other continents. On the first picture you see that the amount of plants decreased significantly. this normally happens during winter. I guess it’s not so much because of the cold air, but because of the shorter daylight time. Until now the winter was very mild. Here you can see how it could look there also during winter.

The Warmbach - a thermal creek in Villach, Austria being home of tropical plants and fish in the alps.
The Warmbach – a thermal creek in Villach, Austria being home of tropical plants and fish in the alps.

A littler bit further up you can see a lot of Valisneria americana. But other plants vanished there.

The Warmbach - a thermal creek in Villach, Austria being home of tropical plants and fish in the alps.
A little bit further many Valisneria are growing. The “mexikanisches Eichblatt” is almost completely gone.

Das Wasser ist gerade etwas niedriger, deshalb habe ich auch ein Foto aus einer anderen Perspektive eingefügt:

The Warmbach - a thermal creek in Villach, Austria being home of tropical plants and fish in the alps.
The Warmbach from a frog perspective ;-)

A new species I saw in the Warmbach are: horses. They probably got cold feet ;-)

Thanks to “Komponente” for the motivation to write an update here. If you have questions or wishes, please wite them as a comment below. With a bit of luck you get an answer with some nice pictures ;-).

Due to historic reasons, the fishtank section was german. I’m testing, if there’s interest in english articles. If you want to have an old article translated, please write it as a comment below and I’ll do so.

Articles about the Warmbach (mainly german).

 

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