Posted on January 10, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Looking west along the Danube in Linz, Austria.
Gebackene Speckknödel at the farm guesthouse Echsenschläger, near Linz, Austria.
Autumn vineyards in the Steiermark.
The Aist River Valley in Upper Austria.
The hills of Styria.
All I can really say about this set is that I want to go back and see all these places in all their other seasons — and that, if you’re ever in Upper Austria, be sure not to leave without trying a portion of Speckknödel, a delicious dumpling variety stuffed with bits of crisp bacon and baked with a fluffy milk and egg wash.
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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 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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Posted on October 17, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
One man’s junk …
The parking lot.
Austrian blue columbine.
Since I didn’t need a pair of used — but shiny — wingtips, I didn’t buy anything at the Linz fleamarket this morning, but I still had a good time. Fleamarkets can definitely evoke some pretty strong feelings if you let yourself drift down memory lane. I recognized several toy cars that I coveted as a toddler, and at another stand was a collection Pez dispensers that also brought back a flood of childhood remembrances. But the best part is watching the negotiations between buyers and sellers — the Italian shoe salesman explaining the intricacies of a small espresso maker, or the Matchbook car dealer, knowing that he has some real treasures, and refusing to sell himself short.
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