Hello and welcome. Hope you enjoy the images I have posted. Please do not reproduce them without my permission. Most are available as note/greeting cards or as prints/enlargements. Thank you for visiting my site and your comments.
Many have asked about the Header image above, which I named 'Eerie Genny'. It was originally shot with film [taken on the shore of the Genesee River near the Univ. of Rochester]. During the darkroom development, I flashed a light above the tray. The process, known as 'solarization', produces eerie, ghostlike effects; some have mistaken this image as an infra-red photo. Some 35+ years later, I scanned and digitized the print, and did a little modern day editing, and, voila.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Vienna 3: Kunsthistorisches Museum

One of the major reasons I wanted to go to Vienna was to visit the Kunsthistorisches [Art History] Museum. It is one of the best museums I ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Between it and the similar looking Natural History Museum is a garden with a monument to the 18th century Empress Maria Therese [see below]. She was the only female ruler in the Habsburg dynasty, and she was the mother of Marie Antoinette.

The entrance into the museum has two grand staircases adorned with paintings from Gustav Klimt.

We spent hours wandering through the many halls. But, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel were the main attraction for me [my favorite is below]. There are several different interpretations of the contents of The Peasant Wedding. I have a decidedly different view from the conventional explanation, which nearly got me into an altercation with another visitor who did not like my take on it. So, I will refrain from expounding on it here in the blog. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Vienna 2: St. Stephan’s Cathedral [Sky Watch Friday]

The current Romanesque and Gothic form of St. Stephan’s Cathedral stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first a parish church consecrated in 1147. Its multi-colored tile roof is one of the city's most recognizable symbols, especially the distinctive eagles.

                                                 I took only one interior [grainy] shot.

 Upon exiting the cathedral, I caught a glimpse of these Romanesque columns/capitals framing the doorway [another good motto: always look back].

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Vienna 1: Stephansplatz [Sky Watch Friday]

 This month my wife and I successfully completed a “Bucket List” adventure; viz. a joint visit to Vienna [Wien], Budapest and Prague. For the latter two cities, we were with a Road Scholar tour. But, we decided to first do Vienna on our own, and thereby reduce the effects of jet lag when the tour commenced. So, let me say at the outset that everything worked out well: flights, railroad connections, and the tour itself.
To begin, we arrived in Vienna in the morning and took the CAT [City Airport Train] to the city center [a 16 minute ride]. Following a two stop Metro ride and a 10 minute walk, we arrived at our hotel [Das Opernring Hotel]. We were way too early for check-in, but hoped we could store our luggage and do some sightseeing. To our amazement, not only were we able to check in, but they offered us a free upgrade to a suite. A too good to be true situation turned out to be true. So, we moved in, partially unpacked and then headed out to Stephansplatz, which was within walking distance. The images below were taken in the first hours after our arrival. Below is the State Opera House, which is virtually across the street from the hotel. Since the light was not good and the wires unsightly, I just made a few snapshots.

       Continuing on took us through a pedestrian mall past a myriad of stores, restaurants, cafes. Reaching Stephansplatz, we witnessed hordes of people: families, tour groups, bikers horse drawn carriages and, maybe, a few Viennese residents.

Following the motto of always look up [which served us well in all three cities], I saw some wonderful reflections in the windows of a nearby building.

The goal of our walk was to see St. Stephan’s Cathedral. I will share some of those images in next week’s posting.