Wednesday, 12 March 2014

In the Golden Evening Light
Reflecting Pool of the Upper Belvedere Palace

A Mallard Duck
on the edge

On the Edge
at sunset at one of the world's
most beautiful reflecting pools

Preparing to let go
and take the plunge

and swim
into the golden sunset

Reflecting Pool
of the Upper Belvedere Palace
on the evening of 2 March 2014

Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Prince Eugene of Savoy @ Wikipedia:
"Prince Eugene of Savoy (French: François-Eugène de Savoie, German: Eugen von Savoyen, Italian: Principe Eugenio di Savoia-Carignano; 18 October 1663 – 21 April 1736), was one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna"
-> Prince Eugene: Patron of the Arts
"Eugene's rewards for his victories, his share of booty, his revenues from his abbeys in Savoy, and a steady income from his Imperial offices and governorships, enabled him to contribute to the landscape of baroque architecture. Eugene spent most of his life in Vienna at his Winter Palace, the Stadtpalais, built by Fischer von Erlach. (...)
Of more importance was the grandiose complex of the two Belvedere palaces in Vienna. The single-storey Lower Belvedere, with its exotic gardens and zoo, was completed in 1716. The Upper Belvedere, completed between 1720 and 1722, is a more substantial building; with sparkling white stucco walls and copper roof it became a wonder of Europe."
-> Merisi's Belvedere through the years


  1. very nice, I like the third one most ;-)

  2. Wonderful shots. I think the first one appeals to me most.

  3. Thanks for the historical tidbits as well as your luminous pictorial accompaniments.

    1. You are welcome, Arija! :-)
      I am always a bit hesitant about including text either not my own or paraphrased, seeing as all this info can easily be gathered on the web.

  4. Replies
    1. It was such a lovely evening, Juju! xxx

  5. Such a cute-looking duck!

  6. First time I have been "mooned" by a mallard!

  7. Diese Ente ist so nett und lustig, besonders im dritten Foto.
    Besser gesagt, die Fotoserie ist lustig und toll.

  8. Gorgeous shots, love the golden reflections!

  9. Beautiful light!
    Lucky duck! ;)

  10. Thank you all for your kind comments! :-)

  11. Great series! The water is truly mesmerizing.

  12. This post really made me smile. I hope that duck had a good evening!


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