Morning photo: Market goodies

Tis the season …

It’s getting to be that time of year, around the world, and Vienna is no exception. Many city streets are lined with small wooden booths selling Christmas goodies. Sure, there’s plenty of junk, but a few treasures to be found, as well. Call me cheesy, but a snowglobe with the Prater Riesenrad definitely makes me feel warm and fuzzy, a vibe that can be enhanced by a steaming cup of hot, spiced wine, some glowing candles and perhaps a slice of pumpkin cake, or a spicy sandwich topped with grated horseradish — trust me, it’s good!

Morning photo: In the gardens

Got light?

I’ve always thought that light and color together create magic. Whether you capture a scene with a camera, or not, you should always keep your eyes open to the possibility of seeing something familiar in a new way, and when you have a darkroom in the palm of your hand, why not experiment a little bit to re-imagine every day objects like a vase full of flowers or a late-blooming rose?

Morning photo: Vive la France!


Our Europe sojourn included a side trip to visit family in southern France, and our arrival coincided with the murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, which left the country shaken but unbowed. Though far from the carnage, the people in Brignoles felt the pain of their countrymen. Saturday morning coffee talk at the cafés around Place Caramy was more hushed than usual, as locals and visitors gathered around newspapers and televisions to try and learn as much as possible about the events of the preceding night, while declaring solidarity with compatriots in the capital city. In Paris, Saturday brought a show of defiance from French citizens around the country, as they crowded into cafés and restaurants to show the world that they’re not afraid.

Morning photo: Edit

Sometimes it’s fun …

OK, you can say I’m over-editing, but what the heck … sometimes it’s fun to see how far you can take an image without totally losing it. All the pics in this set are taken in Linz, Austria, and they’ve all been run through multiple Instagram filters, along with a few other tools to bring out grain, structure and color. They may not be photography masterpieces, but to me, they’re gritty edits of some of the places and views that I’ve become intimately familiar with in the last few weeks — a new look at familiar sights.

Morning photo: Golden

Before the change …

Autumn gave us one more dose of glorious gold the past few weeks, a gift of warmth before winter drapes its frozen fingers over the land. It’s almost as if the season is saying, “Look at me one more time, things are about to change.” Of course, things always change; they never stay the same, and that becomes especially obvious when trees shed their leaves en masse, with an entire summer’s worth of photosynthesis and chlorophyll drifting to the ground under the touch of the gentlest breeze. Cherish the change of seasons; don’t hold on to the past because there’s only here and now!

Morning photo: Vineyard mists


A weekend visit to southeastern Austria focused on visiting the border to Slovenia, where thousands of refugees continue to migrate toward Germany, and on interviewing local citizens who have taken refugees into their hearts and homes. But in between, I had a chance to wander through the vineyards of the region and capture a few scenes, especially as the valley mists started to lift in the mornings to reveal the enchanting landscapes. Stay tuned for more photos, as well as reporting on the refugee crisis that’s starting to split Europe along old fault lines.

Morning photo: Lingering …

Sweet October

After a chilly and rainy spell in mid-October, Indian Summer made a comeback late in the month, except here in Austria, it’s called Altweiber Sommer (old women’s summer). In the lowlands of the Danube River Valley there still hasn’t been a killing frost, which means there are garden roses hanging on to brilliant summer hues, and in the fields, wild mushrooms still abound. I wonder if it will last into November?


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