Friday 18 September 2015

Into the Viennese Vineyards
Recollections of Country Life

and Leopoldsberg with storm clouds looming

between Kahlenbergerdorf
and Leopoldsberg

Queen Anne's Lace
in the meadows below
the vineyards

Golden Hour
in the vineyards

Blackberry Brambles
Berries backlit by the last golden rays

Unripe Grapes
hang heavy in the blue light

More Storm Clouds
gather over Leopoldsberg, darkness falls.

Photographed on 11 August 2009 within 16 minutes from the first to last one
by Merisi in the vineyards above Kahlenbergerdorf in Vienna's 19th District
First published 13 August 2009 © by Merisi

-> Beethoven's 6th Symphony, the "Pastorale", originally labeled Recollections of Country Life
-> Sky Watch Friday


  1. What marvelous captures, Merisi! Such a lovely look at your world.
    Thanks for stopping by -- and, yes, I do my best to promote wine over water! Particularly these days!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Lovely reminder of how summer kisses everything.

  3. Wonderful photography Merisi and such a pleasure to write to you with the pastorale playing.
    Austria has always been my favourite anong the European countries, it is svenically as beautiful as the uplands of Bavaria and the Swiss alps, but austria also has that indefinable quality called 'charm' and a much more leisurely and civilised way of living, more in the moment 'mit Schlag'.

  4. That first photo -- the steeple, the clouds, and the castle in the background is so beautifully balanced! And the colors in that bunch of grapes make me want to go find my paintbrushes!

  5. Thank you all for the kind comments!
    SILVYA K, were the wine industry dependent on people like me, they would go backrupt: I hardly drink anything, especially lately, even a summer spritzer (1/4 wine to 3/4 sparkling water) makes me tired immediately. ;-)

    I see Austria in much the same way as you do! I think there is something of the more southerly exposure to it. ;-)

  6. It's true, M...countrysides the world over are much the same...just as people's a small world, one you make smaller every day with your beloved camera!

  7. As usually your photos remind me there is always more to see and enjoy in Austria. I thought the first photo was my favorite until the photo of the grapes - now I am in conflict :)

  8. I have just listened to the whole of the link; I think Beethoven could have written it to go with your beautiful post!

  9. Some really lovely and beautiful shots !!Fantastic shots !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

    it is entirely possible that Beethoven walked in those hills! He spent many a summer in the vineyard hills of the 19th District, the most famous residence being in Heiligenstadt, not far from were these pictures were taken.

    I recommend a visit to National Public Radio's extensive Music Archives, click here for more about Ludwig van Beethoven's symphonies. Here a quote regarding his love for and the importance of nature in this composer's life and work:

    "Beethoven's letters are filled with declarations of the importance of nature in his life, such as one from 1810: "How delighted I will be to ramble for awhile through the bushes, woods, under trees, through grass, and around rocks. No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.""


  11. I love the music that you pick to go with your posts. This is no exception.
    Beautiful pictures of the brambles and grapes.
    Always a pleasure coming here.

  12. Ahh....sweet bliss.

    After a long day in the office,how refreshing to unwind with these artful pictures and Ludwig, too!

  13. Your comment in Pick a Peck of Pixels made my smile. Sometimes what one says has a wonderful side effect. I remember you from day one and your fine blog and the details you capture. The grapes and the statue and towering over the Danube and the city Leopoldberg’s most prominent landmark is the church which stands at the top and you even got that. So mine is to admire and wonder at your physical shape enabling you to climb all over the mountains taking wonderful pictures.

    Have a nice weekend.

  14. in our vineyards in Burgenland the grapes are ready to be eaten. which we do :))

  15. The photo of the unripe grapes is so beautiful. I love all the colors on those two bunches of grapes.

  16. Beautiful countryside as well as a beautiful city Merisi. It's amazing how quickly the weather and so the light can change...

  17. My old stomping grounds - I lived very close to Beethoven's house in Heiligenstadt and we always went for Sunday walks among the vineyards. What beautiful pictures - so evocative!

  18. You took us INTO the vineyard........we could smell the earth and the grapes!

  19. love this theme of green .. as always you've captured the mood as well as the scene ...

  20. You have to go back when the grapes are wine and have some then tell us all about them. Thank you for the info on Beethoven.

  21. Lovely post! And very relaxing except for the last one.

  22. Jane Campbell19 September, 2015

    Love the green theme!

  23. Such lovely photos as yours always are. I especially love the berries and grapes.. just stunning.

    Thank you so much for your warm words on my post about Skitty. That means so much to me. Hugs to you.

  24. You are so lucky to have Austria, this country obviously inspires your soul!

  25. Love the architecture and the warm colors of the scenery-very inviting!


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