Mar 072017
 

Maribor in Slovenija is a beautiful town not far away from the Austrian border. It lies at the same river Drau/Drava as Villach, only about 150 km downstream. It’s one of those towns that not only nominally lie at a river, it’s one of those that really make use of that position.

You don’t see the promenade in this image, you don’t see the the restaurants and cafés along that promenade, but they are what make the difference.

Historically it’s of course understandable. Today’s rivers are regulated and relatively safe. You see the perils of building too near the river in some of those cities that are situated at the confluence of two or sometimes three rivers. The city of Steyr in Austria is regularly flooded and so is Passau in Germany.

In Maribor the main city is safe at something like 30 meters above river level. A cascade of restaurants and cafés, warehouses and workshops falls down to the river, and that’s where the most beautiful spots are.

Sep 152016
 

I write this text on my way to Vienna. For Thursday, Amazon has promised me delivery of a new toy. Chances are, I already have it when you read this post.

Remember my speculations about this fall’s gadgets? Hmm … speculating must have put me in the mood 🙂

I knew I would buy it some time, but actually I expected to buy it used in a year or so. Anyway, I finally ordered an Olympus PEN-F! Who would have thought that? I certainly wouldn’t 😀

3477 – On a Red Bridge

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Apr 262016
 

Yes, yes, I know, I’m milking this New Year’s Day as long as it gets, and now that we’re on the bridge, you may guess what comes next.

Don’t worry, we’ll speed through all of January in nine posts, and six of the ten images were taken on that first day 😀

3476 – When a Red Bridge turns Golden

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Apr 252016
 

Using a macro lens for any kind of architectural photography is a little bit unusual. Maybe I should really, really try to take a few proper macro images some time 😀

This red bridge is one of my favorite places when I need a quick image in Villach. It has enough architectural details, it’s in the sunniest spot of Villach, it’s just a few minutes from home and – did I mention it? – it’s red! At least unless the sinking sun turns it golden.

Aug 132015
 

Near to where I work is a cross of two highways, an Underground line (in that section high above ground), a railway line and a few small streets dodging below all those bridges.

There is also a backwater of river danube, a remains of the originally meandering river, big enough to row a boat and to swim, and therefore the remaining space is filled with small gardens and cottages.

It’s an interesting non-place. I’ve crossed it many times on the highways, regularly by train or Underground, but I’ve never actually walked there. I didn’t know what exactly to expect, but during a free hour I took my camera and went to find out.