The air gradually changed from warm October breeze to cold November chills and the leaves are wearing their last colourful coat.
The popular spots to witness the season change is naturally at the Gardens of Schönbrunn, Stadtpark or Setagaya Park, so to keep things fresh I ventured to the botanical gardens.
I enjoy short walks in the several parks and gardens that are in Vienna, to avoid being sick.
It seems to work, I also have to give some credit to my lemon and ginger tea :)
The flat I moved in with the Mister is an old building which we call in Austria “Altbau”. The ceilings are mostly very high with huge and not very good insulated windows. It looks pretty and allows a lot of light inside but I bet it will be a pain to see the heating bill at the end of Winter.
I did order some “special” thermal curtains that supposedly will keep out the cold so let’s see about those.
Did you know that Vienna has a national park?
The whole area of the National Park is called Donau-Auen and is 9300 hectare big and a green belt between Vienna and Bratislava. Home to 800 species of plants, more than 30 different species of mammals, 100 different birds, 8 reptiles, 13 amphibians and 60 fish species can be found there.
I haven’t been to the Lobau for ages but I will be here more often this year to take pictures and relax from the big city life ;)
A beaver recently had a nibble on that tree, I sadly did not encounter any.
That lake is a popular place for families with small children and photographers alike.
I actually don’t really mind the people in my pictures. They often help to show the size of objects and here bring a pop of colour into the otherwise just brown and greyish forest.
Some do’s and dont’s: (if you are interested in more you can check them out here in German).
- Dogs should always be kept on a leash, which makes a lot of sense to not scare the wild animals but most dog owners I saw did not care about this rule. I hope for them that the dogs are so well trained that they won’t go after rabbits and other wild animals.
- You can pick flowers (except the ones that are under conservation), berries, mushrooms, nuts and even pebbles for your own needs but they do prefer it, if you refrain from taking anything with you.
On our way back we took the wrong exit and I saw that girl leading her horse at the Mühlwasser. I just love reflections in the water if you haven’t noticed from this post :)
I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can see everything in bloom with fresh and young leaves.
The Wienerwald which consists of the two words Vienna and forest, is the north-east end of the Alps and a popular place for Viennese to enjoy nature.
I prefer hiking but there were a lot of mountain bikers today, rushing through the forest in high speed.
We slowly climbed the steep forest which was covered in a thick blanket of dried leaves, inspecting the ground for any sign of a mushroom.
The mission of mushroom hunting was a fail since we only found two mushrooms in 3 hours!
Later on I drove everyone to an Austrian restaurant to fill our bellies and everyone was happy again. Also we snacked on the way with lots of wild blackberries so it wasn’t that bad..
I brought my macro lens along from Canon 100mm 1:2,8 which let me take a closer look at nature.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and since I made quite a lot a second part of this post will be up tomorrow.
I’ll post more about the little inhabitants of the forest I found and will show off the mushrooms in the next post ;)
Named Alpenveilchen or Cyclamen, many of those pretty violet flowers were in bloom and are a sign for Autumn
at least that’s what my dad said.