Sunday 31 May 2009

Today's flowers - Schneerosen and Pfingstrosen

Schneerosen - hellebores and Pfingstrosen - peonies!

On our hiking tour last weekend we found hellebores on places where the snow had just melted away.

In Vienna's botanical garden I found peonies some weeks ago.
Do they both belong to the family of roses as their German name suggests?

Many thanks to the Today's Flowers Team!

Saturday 30 May 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Extra

Yesterday evening the weather situation was dramatic in Vienna!
Some dark, menacing clouds were gathering over Ringstraße,

and some minutes later at Karlsplatz,
the clouds were bursting into heavy raindrops!

The raindrops on the window glasses above and below are real!

Some minutes later,
the clouds regained their white colour, the sky showed off his best blue,

and some of us enjoyed a fine dinner high above Vienna!

Thanks for joining again!

Thursday 28 May 2009

SWF - Sky and water

This evening the sky is bright in Vienna,
the temperatures are pleasant,
summer is in the air
(although it's a little cooler at the moment, and we are getting some water from above, too :)

Watch the sky around the globe here:

Monday 25 May 2009

My World Tuesday - Long Shadows on a Sunny Evening

Returning home after a pleasant hiking tour in the mountains near Vienna,
at Obersberg/Schwarzau im Gebirge,
last Saturday.

The sunlight casts long shadows,
highlighting the pine trees high above on the limestone cliffs,
a scenery reminding me of Japanese paintings.

We leave the narrow canyon, Höllental,
following the river Schwarza between the mountains Schneeberg and Rax,

heading for the big city,

approaching Vienna from the South.

What a contrast!
City architecture, old and new,
Gasometer, Vienna's former gas tanks,
and a new crumpled building,
Coop Himmelblau's Gasometer B.

Finally we arrive at the Donaukanal, only a few steps from the heart of the city!
The shadows are even longer, caressing
the "City Beach" ...

Please enlarge :))
Feel the dreamy atmosphere!

Travel around the world, it's so easy:

Thursday 21 May 2009

SWF - Summer sky

Summerly bright skies in Vienna,
long shadows this evening at Stephansplatz,
and a clown with a yellow heart-shaped ballon!
Happy Sky Watch Friday!

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Evening sun

Just a quick shot of the evening sun, reflected in the windows of Singerstraße, in the heart of Vienna.
Have a nice day!

Sunday 17 May 2009

Today's flowers - Akelei

Akelei, Columbine, Aquilegia, from my mother's garden
are my today's flowers for you!

And they are my absolute favourites among spring flowers!

Enjoy more flowers all around the globe at

Friday 15 May 2009

A relaxing Sunday stroll along the Donaukanal

At Schwedenplatz, turn around and look in the direction of the first district!
Then you can see this place

Sand in the city,
Vienna City Beach :)

Tel Aviv Beach

A fisherman under the bridge, an elderly couple on their Sunday afternoon walk.

See the shoes?
They belong to some young people climbing up the wall!

Graffiti everywhere, what a colourful abundance!

Somebody in a rubber dinghy enjoying the Donaukanal!
A very unusual endeavor, but surely delightful!

And the first roses, also here along the Donaukanal, opening their buds!


What a nice colour!

And even a bee on it!

The colour of the bud is overwhelming!

Here the whole ensemble of roses!

I cross the bridge and walk back towards Schwedenplatz on the other side of the Donaukanal.

The atmosphere is mystical - sunlight and shadows and green, and people relaxing in the greed shade!

The elder bush is full abloom - Holunder - and its sweet smell perfumes the air!

This is one of many Schanigardens, this time run by a radio line.

Must be nice to sit beside the water under the shady trees,
listening to the music!
But it's too early to sit there, maybe in the late afternoon?