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3994 – Birds in a Frosty Sky

I took these images one morning in Klagenfurt while visiting my parents. The “birds” are stickers on a noise barrier in front of their house.

I remember how I showed the images to my father to cheer him up – and how I completely failed. At that time he had already fallen into depression. He couldn’t do what he wanted to do any more and, if I think of it, the glass wall must have felt like a prison wall to him.

It makes me sad.

3884 – The Windows of Saint Vitus Cathedral II

Let’s have some more of those gorgeous glass windows, shall we? In many cities in central Europe, glass windows have not survived World War II. This is especially true for most of Germany and Austria, but it’s also true for much of the occupied territories. It may also be true for parts of southern England. Aerial bombardments and glass windows make for a bad match.

I am not completely sure, but I think these windows are old. Prague has been occupied, but it was largely spared the bombings that devastated so many of our old cities.

You see it. Prague looks older than, for instance, Vienna, and it has a density of sights that is far greater. Yes, from communist times you have a lot of unpleasant architecture at the outskirts, but at the center it is extremely beautiful. By contrast, in Vienna you have regions at the center that had been hastily rebuilt after the war, and the architecture used was cheap as well. But that’s how it is and that’s why we have to be thankful for being able to live in peace. I’m quite sure the people in Aleppo would have loved it as well.

3879 – The Windows of Saint Vitus Cathedral I

Saint Vitus Cathedral is not a particularly beautiful church. I mean, it’s big, it’s old, it’s impressive, but it is not all too different from other big gothic cathedrals.

Among the things that stand out are the beautiful windows.

Most of them seem to stem from the 19th and early 20th century, but nevertheless they are gorgeous. I’ve taken images of a few of them, and thanks to DxO I could even pull out some detail of the shadows, without cutting off any highlights and without drowning in noise.

3860 – A Fancy Garden I

Vtraba Garden is built into the steep side of a hill. Terraces are connected by stairs, and the whole ensemble is a microcosm of baroque taste.

There are few baroque gardens that I like. Most of them favor size and control of nature over actual beauty. Think of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. This one’s the exception.

When you enter the garden, it is extremely steep and it looks very small. It’s a work of Art though. Each view is carefully designed, everything is controlled, but in a very playful way. When being in Prague, this is truely a place that must not be missed.

3840 – The High Window

It won’t have escaped your attention, I was in Prague last year, and you can be sure there’s more to come.

Weather was much less than ideal, far from how beautiful it was in Lisbon the year before, but I still got away with a lot of material. I finally ended up with 104 processed images. I won’t strech them one per post until mid-summer, but I suppose we’ll need almost two months to wade through.