Wednesday 14 April 2010

A Rainy Evening in Stadtpark

Under the Magnolia Tree
No amount of rain
will keep Johann Strauss
from playing his violin

Cherry Blossoms
hanging heavy
with rain

The Mallards
call it quits
and swim home

Two Hardy Souls,
impervious to the wet conditions,
insist on reading a damp newspaper

while Johann Strauss
plays on ...


Monday evening
12 April 2010
© by Merisi


  1. What a pretty rainy afternoon in the park. As always, your photos are beautiful and entertaining, Merisi.

  2. I can almost hear the music!

  3. That was clever and great.

  4. Those gold statues really leap out at you.

  5. Strauss looks refreshed and burnished by the rain...

  6. For me, the cherry blossom is one of your best yet. Beautiful.

  7. With my dad needing care, I have neglected beautiful blogs, and yours is exquisite, as always. Love these photos!

  8. Even a rainy and dreary evening becomes art through your lens...I love the photo of Johann Strauss, and your words made me smile...cherry blossoms...what a beautiful perfume...mixture of damp earth and flora! Thank you! ~Janine XO

  9. On Tingsgrove the Weeping Cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Rain gives it's own fragrance and feel to an image~ Lovely~

  10. What a lovely, if damp, afternoon!


  11. Well, Merisi, it seems as if even a rainy, misty afternoon in Vienna can provide beautiful imagery to an eye like yours.

    Hours ago, this morning, I was walking across Park Avenue at 79th Street, and can tell you that the tulips are just about to bloom. I will try to catch their lift off with my camera for you. What's funny is that our westside Broadway promenade has been full of tulips for a week. So where the sun sets might give more warmth to those bulbs than the morning sun.

    Anyhow, I will try to remember to take my camera out with me. xo

  12. great spring in Vienna!

  13. I want to relax there NOW!!!!!

  14. Merisi, I like the intentional blurred backgrounds like in the first and second image: they are such a great effect!

  15. Thank you all so very much,
    you make my day, you always do,
    merci! :-)

    grazie! :-)
    I am trying to learn to use my new macro lens and force myself to only use this one by not taking any other lenses along (also saves on weight to carry!),
    so the blurred background is something I am experimenting with more often.

  16. Sonia,
    do you know the Italian movie "Pane e Cioccolata" ?
    It starts with a scene in a park, on a Sunday afternoon. Two Italian itinerant workers, played by Nino Manfredi and Johnny Dorelli, sit on a park bench just like the two hardy souls, trying to eat a sandwich with chocolate (very Italian, there's even a square, thin chocolate bar that fits into a roll). The scene playing in very proper Switzerland, the poor Italians disturb the peace (tongue in cheek here) in the quiet park, what with their noisy unwrapping of the sandwich and the ensuing chewing. Even the violin players are frustrated by all that unwrapping and stop playing. Cultural differences. ;-)


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