Posted on November 25, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Tis the season …
Wouldn’t it be magical to ride the Riesenrad in a soft snowfall like this?
Who needs electric lights, anyway!
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!
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Posted on November 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Sometimes it’s fun …
Evening train, platform 7.
City sunrise from the deck.
Modern travel, waiting for the Westbahn.
Down the river from the bridge.
Tracks in the neighborhood.
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.
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Posted on November 8, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Before the change …
Autumn light in the Aistal, near Linz, Austria.
The old mill.
Walk this road …
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!
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Posted on November 2, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
HIlltop pano from the heart of Styrian wine country.
Early November morning mist gives way to sunshine in the vineyards near Leibnitz, Austria.
Dawn in the orchard.
Kissed by frost.
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.
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Posted on October 29, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A garden rose kissed by morning dew on a cool October morning.
Can’t help but think of the Crosby, Stills & Nash song, “Wooden Ships.”
A coneflower brightens up a rainy Austrian morning.
Field mushrooms in the Aistal of Upper Austria.
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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Posted on October 25, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
In the city …
Café Westend near the Vienna West trainstation is one of the classic cafes, with parquet floors, a grand piano and servers who take their job very seriously.
Old meets new along Mariahilfer Strasse.
Coffee culture in Vienna has deep, traditional roots but has dynamically changed with the times.
‘Secret’ passageways through the courtyards of massive residential city blocks lead from one neighborhood to the next.
Café life. The red star is a memento of the days when this building was headquarters of the Communist party.
In early October, more than 100,000 Viennese came together to show their support for treating refugees with kindness and love.
By and large, cities aren’t exactly my thing. But there are a few metropolitan areas where I’ve always thought I could live — for example L.A. and San Francisco, because they’re just so damn cool, or Munich (where I did live for a while) because it’s really more of an overgrown village than a city. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is definitely one of the places I could hang my hat.
I hadn’t really spent a lot of time here up to know, just a few visits as a tourist, but even during those short trips, I had the feeling that, beneath the urban hustle and bustle was a city with heart and soul. I felt some of that a few weeks ago, visiting during a huge demonstration and march in support of humane refugee policies. Since then, I’ve had a chance to start exploring the city along the Danube just a bit more, and even better, getting to know some of its people. I’ve only scratched the surface, but what I’ve found so far is a place that values art and community deeply and deliberately fosters a culture tolerance and openness. Vienna has a collective conscience, in contrast to the dog-eat-dog mentality that marks so many modern urban agglomerations, and there are killer coffee and pastry shops on nearly every corner — but that’s another story!
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Posted on October 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Berries gleam in the rains of autumn.
Chestnut leaves piling up.
Last fruits of autumn cling to the branches in the Upper Austrian Mühlviertel.
Seasonal stillness on the farm.
Finding color on rainy, gray days isn’t all that hard, especially in the fall, when the plant world erupts in one last blast of color before winter’s grays and whites take over. Keeping my iPhone dry deep in the pocket of a raincoat, I set out for a short walk along the base of the Pöstlingberg, where residential streets give way to small urban garden plots, hedges and farm fields, looked for the brightest splotches I could find, including backyard fruit trees and berry bushes along the trail.
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