Sunday, 8 April 2018

Wood Garlic Season


Spring arrived and does not cease to amaze us.

The pictures were taken today during a walk in the Vienna Woods. 

Brave wood garlic aka ramsons

Oh my, the (spot)light!

We did not harvest any wood garlic, but saw quite a lot down on their knees, harvesting.

 Scenic paths cut through the woods.

The Höhenstraße is a popular road

The walking route Stadtwanderweg 3 - Hameau can be found here. The tram line 43 passes vineyards and ends in the woods. 
So pleasant.

Have a good start into the new week,

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Synurbic Skywatch Soundtrack

Good morning!

this week's Skywatch Friday is supplemented by sound. Not any sound, but the beautiful sound of a synanthrope species. What a privilege to wake up to the morning voice of the blackbird.

Please click to listen:

Synanthropes are animals and plants that thrive in the human world. Matt Walker, editor of BBC Nature online refers to them as synurbic.

East, 6am

Dusk? Dawn?

Can you tell the difference?

West, 7pm

The day turned out to be a top Skywatch Friday, with all the clouds finally making way for the looong and desperately awaited sunbeams. The sun makes everyone and everything rejoice, including butterflies.

Butterfly caressing the Natural History Museum Vienna

Happy Easter!


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Hay Perfume


I have passed this building in the past countless times. 

This week, for the first time ever, I noticed a strong, unfamiliar scent. Hay? in the first disctrict, right in the city centre?

Hay fragrant effusing from tilted windows
It was at this very spot that I halted and sniffed. Heavenly hay! What a pleasant and unique scent. 

No doubt, there must be large haystacks sitting behind these tilted windows on the ground floor, which absolutely makes sense btw, since the walls house the stables of the Spanish Riding School.

Around the corner you will find this view:

The courtyard of the Spanish Riding School.

Horses can be pretty admirable.

They happened to find me admirable, too.

The big picture

It turned out the horses were not admiring my presence, but waiting for dinner to be served. 
Not much later two employees came and poured grains (?) into those built-in basins inside the stables.  

To the right you can see two "food basins", built in the wall.

Dinner arrived and the horses turned around.

A few minutes later, the whole setting altered. Employees closed the stable fronts and turned off the lights.

Closing time comes early at city centre.

Most traditional shops close around 6pm.

It's summer time in Austria, so we better turn off the lights early, too.

Have a good time,