Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fotomarathon 2014

The sun was shining and rising temperatures were fortold, so I had no excuse not to participate in this years Photomarathon, though I was playing with the thought of not participating.
I ended up giving myself a pep-talk and left just in time to collect my memory card, starterpack, check the settings of my camera and take a photo of my starting number, before this years themes were anounced.
Morgen in Wien / morning in Vienna -(hm - two years ago it was Saturday morning in Vienna...) predicting tons of coffee photos, I took advantage of an empty street.
Nachdenklich / pensive
am Spielplatz / on the playground - Safety first
Es wird gebaut / construction under way
Fotografie ist Abenteuer / photography is an adventure
Im Burggarten / in Burggarten (Before giving out the themes the organisers explained very clearly where in Vienna Burggarten is......)
Der Golf. Das Auto. / Golf - the car (Porsche sponsors a price...)
Herbstliches Wien /autumnal Vienna
In der Mitte  / in the middle
 Mehr Menschlichkeit für Tiere / more humanity for animals (price sponsored by Vier Pfoten)
Zusammen/gemeinsam / Together (I asked if I could use this photo and they were nice enough to agree)
ICH BIN das ultimative Selfie / I am - the ultimative selfie (I HATE Selfies!)
Eingezäunt / fenced in (hm - two years ago it was Behind a fence)
Gelb / Yellow
Kunst / Art
Wunder der Technik / miracle of mechanics
Wenn ich könnte, wie ich wollte... /If I could as I want...
Abdruck / Impression
Kontakt / Contact
Stein/steinig / stone/stony
oben/unten / above/underneath (boy, I REALLY struggled with this one and this is the one photo I am absolutely disgusted with. But at that time I was so exhausted and hardly able to walk, I just wanted the whole thing to be OVER).
So geht's auch  / That also works
vergessen / forgotten
fertig /done
And yes, I am done! I am exhausted and as the last two times I did this - I do not think, I will do this again (or maybe I will?)

Weekend in... Bad Ischl

 A long planned trip to Bad Ischl should not be canceled by bad weather and to be honest, there is no bad weather, only the wrong clothes. So even rain and wind could not stop my painting group from stopping in Gmunden to paint Schloss Orth.
So much enthusiasm was rewarded with sunshine and high temperatures, once we arrived in Bad Ischl. The obligatory stop at Zauner had to be worked off by a walk through this idylic town.
Historic buildings, reminders of a long gone time.
 So much love for details can be discovered in buildings.
 After another rainy day we again got a very sunny afternoon up on Rettenbach Alm. Though on the mountains the first snow could be seen.
 Sun and clouds changed quickly,
and the sunset painted the Loser pink.
With the sun gone it turned cold and the fog hid the valley.
Autumn in the mountains - a time for quiet and rest.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday on a walk through the city

Well, to be honest - it was a Saturday. Sun, a date on Mariahilfer Straße after lunch and time to kill, so I took my camera and decided to walk there and document my way:
Always lovely to look at, the flowershop at Ringstraße.
Hm, what is going on here?
Oh, a "Remasuri",  a festival organised by the merchants of "Wollzeile", an intimate shoping street in Vienna.
Don't want to walk? Just take the Fiaker.
A change from pink  - orange.
A bit further - a free concert by the "Hoch- und Deutschmeister" a nice Saturday tradition.
Crossing the street to MuseumsQartiert - flowers!
Worth a closer look.
Roofs and chimneys - a lovely landscape.
Nearly at my goal, the newly built pedestrian zone Mariahilfer Straße. But now you have to excuse me - I have some shopping to do!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday in ... Stopfenreuther Au

On the Sunday I went to Schloss Hof I spent the afternoon on a canoe ride in Stopfenreuther Au, a nature preserve along the Danube.
Rangers helped us to get the canoes into the water and how to row. Being single and equiped with a camera, I got the front place :-).
That gave me a great opportunity to take pictures. The trees and bushes showed clearly how high the water was just a few days ago.
The canoes were moving slowly and I managed to capture a photo of one of the tiny inhabitants of this area.
 The water was calm, sometime a fish jumped, but I never had the camera aimed into the right direction.
Growth underneath the water,

reaching up towards the top, and if you look closely (uper left corner), you might discover another tiny animal.
Taking shelter from the rain on the shore - another surprise.
While it was raining and cold it was a lovely adventure and perfect ending to a spontanous Sunday trip.