Magical Theme for March: shapes and figures

Since it is spring and sunshine makes me go adventuring outside, I decided to search for shapes and figures in nature.

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We spend a lot of time in front of a screen nowadays. Not just on a pc/laptop but also on the mobile phone.

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I started to read more novels again, especially while enjoying the warm rays of sun outside and wanted to give you a book recommendation.

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The book is written by Dave Eggers and is called “The Circle”.
It is about a world similar to ours and the protagonist, Mae and how she changes due to technology. In this dystopian novel, the internet has undergone a change and all those individual profiles on different pages we know, have melted into one single profile for a person on the internet and how transfixed people become on their online presence and by connecting online, that they forget to live in the actual world. It made me enjoy nature even more!
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The only thing that I did not like is how flat the characters seem but the book definitely made me more wary of the internet, the data we leave behind and the time we spend or waste.
Have you heard of the novel? I always love to read dystopian novels so suggestions are very welcome :)

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Autumn walk in Belvedere and the Botanical Garden

The air gradually changed from warm October breeze to cold November chills and the leaves are wearing their last colourful coat.

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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.

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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 :)

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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. shooting_vienna_belvedere
I did order some “special” thermal curtains that supposedly will keep out the cold so let’s see about those.

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Lobau – Nationalpark Donauauen

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.

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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 ;)

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A beaver recently had a nibble on that tree, I sadly did not encounter any.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wienerwald

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 ;)

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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.