Thursday, 29 January 2015

Vienna in Winter
Prince Eugene's Belvedere at Dusk



Sphinges at Dusk
A view of the Lower Palace
and the Inner City from the Upper Belvedere


East Wing of the Upper Belvedere
Reflecting pool and servants quarters


Photographed in the late afternoon
of 27 January 2015

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For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Not harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean, and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man,
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
William Wordsworth

Images © by Merisi
Links:
-> Sky Watch Friday
-> Merisi's Belvedere through the Years

32 comments:

  1. There is no shortage of beauty in your wonderful city.. and nothing which escapes your fine camera eye.

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  2. A lovely choice of poetry, and very wintery shots!

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  3. Wonderful, wintery captures for the day, Merisi!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy!!

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  4. Nice, nice and very nice shots !

    Tomás.

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  5. So wintry and chilly! ouch!
    Double check the poem source - I think it is William Wordsworth from The Prelude - one of my main philosophical inspirations.
    Still snowy here though we did not get a blizzard!
    Keep warm!

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    1. Oh dear, of course, William Wordsworth, Elizabeth!
      Thank you!
      Glad you were spared the big one, stay warm.
      Hugs,
      M.

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  6. WOW - this place looks breathtakingly beautiful beyond words! I would love to visit there someday. Amazing photos.

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  7. A very pretty place, I love statues and the reflecting pool. Happy skywatching and have a great weekend!

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  8. It's all so majestic and beautiful. Including the poetry.

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  9. Great views. Love the first picture -simply magnificent. Perfect verses from WW too.

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  10. So love those grand statues in the first photo. Like a glipse of legends. And the palace setting looks stunning.

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  11. Wonderful shots, I never was there in winter.

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  12. not much snow where you are. That´s good. I think. The statues looks cold enough anyway. :)

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  13. Breath-taking shots. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  14. What a spectacular place - the servants' quarters look like a mansion!

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  15. fantastic shots with such a nice poem! i like wordsworth very much

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  16. Beautiful photos of this spectacular place!

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  17. An intriguing place, beautifully photographed and a poem!

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  18. James, Williamsburg, VA30 January, 2015

    Love the light in your last shot, Merisi. I have dreamed of having a dollar for each cup of coffee and each trip to the Belvedere that you have had. Believe me, I would be a very rich man indeed!

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  19. Shoot, just give me the servants quarters! Beautifully done photographs Love the poem.

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  20. so cold looking and yet so very enticing AND the perfect words!

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  21. rmsartist@gmail.com30 January, 2015

    Very nice...we have a mild winter in Iowa...

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  22. I enjoyed your view on Vienna.... A city, which we will visit in summer, when we can drive there with our Goldwing this Tour :)

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  23. Oh! I'd like to be a servant there Merisi and look out every morning on that beautiful vista. Lovely pics and prose.

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  24. How strange the statues!

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