Drawing you from the Westgate towards the palace,
an avenue of linden trees, with
the last golden leaves illuminated
by the still low morning sun.
The Palm House
Said to be Europe's largest,
this iron and glass construction
was erected in the years 1881-82
after designs by Franz Xaver Segenschmid.
Still impressive after more than 120 years.
The grass still covered by hoarfrost,
a miriad of crystals sparkling in the morning sun.
The Groundskeepers' House
The leaves of the wisteria wines
climbing the "Schönbrunner yellow" walls
are already basking in full sun
by the time I return to the gate.
Whither goest thou?
how goest thou, Merisi?
November 18, 2008,
during a cursory dereliction
off the straight path.
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