Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Speak softly
Spring carries a light Touch


Blumenstockgasse
One of the first addresses I went in search of
when I moved to Vienna was this quaint, narrow lane.
I knew about the place from Thomas Bernhard
mentioning it in "Wittgenstein's Nephew"
:
... my relations with Paul, which began at
our friend Irena's apartment in Blumenstockgasse
...

Ballgasse
A few more steps and we'd be back
at Blumenstockgasse

Daffodils and Willow Catkins
Stephensplatz and Churhausgasse

Schmierfinken
Fink - finch
schmieren - deface
The urge to deface public spaces
seems to know no reason or cure -
I rather pity the poor innocent finch!

Spring Cleaning
Only steps from the defaced wall,
a gentleman in blue, washing windows

Photographed March 2012
Images and Text © by Merisi
50mm lens

10 comments:

  1. I know that graffiti is considered by many to be an art form but I loathe it, especially in historical areas.

    I love the blossom images below, dazzling!

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  2. The daffodils and willow catkins are so very pretty.

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  3. Blumenstockgasse and Ballgasse are my favourite small streets in the first district. Do you know the SchokoLadenWerkstatt in Ballgasse?

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  4. when I look at your photos I realize how less I know of this city, how much more is there to discover. a wonderful endeavor :)!

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  5. The arched pathway is so beautiful. I remember back when there was really no such thing as defacing walls like that. Now days, it seems common behavior and some say art form, but I am of the old school thinking of no it is not. Those Willow sprigs are so lovely too~

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  6. acornmoon,
    in this case, and too often, it is basically defacing other people's property.

    Marilyn,
    I love how the sun just reached the flowers.

    Vreni,
    oh yes, I discovered the chocolate shop soon after I moved here, must have been late spring six years ago (time flies!). I can't find an earlier picture (I am sure I have), here's one from 2009:
    Schoko Laden Ballgasse

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  7. Lara,
    yes, a never ending and rewarding endeavour! ;)

    Mary,
    the flowers are balsam for the soul! :-)

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  8. The key to Viennese music, coffee and cakes - love the first photo.

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  9. Great diverse collection of moments...
    merci
    carolg

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