The crazy weather, still reigns here in Vienna but i can’t complain…I got some very special skies to photograph and that makes me happy of course! Getting wet was only a minor detail, i was still running around with a huge grin on my face! 😉 Would it be weird if i wished for more weather like this?
2016, started with snow in Vienna.❄ It started to snow exactly when the year changed but didn’t last long. Then on the 4th it snowed again and this time transformed the city in a white wonder. Viennese people seem to always complain when it snows cause it gets all yucky and brown very quickly, especially on all the main streets and parks. That’s why, one must either wake up early and go out before all the other people ruin the peaceful scenery, or just go to places where not much people go anyway.
I thought i would revisit the Palmenhaus in Schönbrunn (click here and here to see it in its summer glory). I hoped the snow would still be fresh there, since you are not allowed to step on the grass and i was right 😀 Of course many people were there, visiting the Palmenhaus but i found my angle and a garden with no footsteps and voila 😉
When it’s so cold, where do you find comfort? What do you like to do? Obviously, i go out and take photos as i silently scream when i’m not able to bend my fingers under the gloves anymore and successfully press the shutter-release button but still smile cause my warmth and comfort comes from knowing i’m going home to a warm cup of tea and that i also created some nice photos i can share with the world.
Snow fascinates me! Maybe it’s because where i grew up in Greece it rarely snows and when it does it’s very little. Or maybe it’s because snow makes everything look so much different and all becomes so quiet… 😍
How can one make a strong comeback after being away for 4 months? Don’t ask me… I’ve totally messed that up 😛 But here i am now, trying to find a way to make this work again. It was never my intention to be away for so long. I’m really sorry. I don’t wanna get into details, cause what happened happened, i reached my limits, i crashed, needed time to recharge, re-align, re-envision my photography and my life in general…
The Graphic Design studies are going very well, i really enjoy them, even if they leave me with virtually no free time. Learning how to illustrate might have been the funniest experience for me, since i never had a talent for drawing but i discovered i might not be that bad after all! XD End of November, i finally moved into a new apartment with two roommates (hopefully for the long run this time), after temporarily living for one month at the house of a very kind fellow graphic design student, who literally saved me from the very unpleasant situation of having no roof over my head…
I can only say, i’m extremely thankful for all the unexpected help i received when i needed it the most. ❤ So, here we are again, missed a whole season of beautiful autumn moments but i will do my best to close up this gap. I have a ton of stuff to show you, so i hope, you’ll bear with me, until i catch up with all your lovely posts and what you have been up to all this time. I hope you’re all doing well and had a great start to 2016! Looking forward to read from you and i must say i’m extremely happy to be back! Let’s do this! 😀
Hello hello! 😀 So i’m back with a few more photos from the amazing Wildensee lake! With the temperature raising again in Vienna, i wish i could revisit this place and refresh myself, one more time before my Graphic Design studies begin this Monday! Time goes by so fast…
The mountain on the right side, while it might seem kinda tiny through my ultra wide lens, is called Rinnerkogel (2012 meters), it’s about 1.5 hours away from Wildensee and you would need about 3 hours to climb it cause it’s quite steep. I didn’t attempt to do this, not this time but on my next visit, why not? 😀 The view from up there must be magical!
It was actually quite an experience to lay down on the grass and not on a sandy beach as i’m used to! Most flowers were dried up but those purple bells were so beautiful and also rare if i’m not mistaken. There was certainly a kind of purple flower in the area that you are not allowed to pick. I wouldn’t dare to disturb them anyway 😀 When laying on the grass, you also need to be careful of cow dung… It’s everywhere!!! 😛 Keep that in mind on your next alpine adventure and bring a blanket!
We are here!!! May i present to you Wildensee. Located 1535 meters above sea level, the Wildensee lake has a length of 430 meters, width 240 meters and maximum depth 44 meters.
Imagine you’ve been hiking for about 4 hours up some steep mountainside under the hot summer sun to finally reach this little paradise! You go down the little hill, yearning to get closer to the water…and you see this…
The water is usually cold but that day it was about 20C, that’s what the few people who were there, reported in total excitement. You think to yourself, only 20 degrees Celsius??? I’ve been used to swimming in the sea, where it’s certainly a lot warmer… But then you think, you came all the way up here and you are not gonna dive in? Impossible! So strip down to your bikini and run into the crystal clear water, that is of drinking quality! After the initial shock and a few screams, you keep swimming, mesmerized by the amazing view around you…After a few minutes you can’t feel the cold anymore and you can celebrate your victory!
You just conquered your first Austrian mountain and swam in a lake for the first time in your life!
Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we? The beautiful Offensee lake and the beginning of the hiking trail… So, moving forward, i couldn’t resist to take one more mirrored photo at Offensee, cause i knew that when we would return in the late afternoon, the light would be completely different.
And behold, as we kept going up the trail, the hot summer sun made its appearance! The first strong rays were shooting behind the mountain…making it already uncomfortably hot ☀
2.5 hours later, after hiking up the steep trail, the view was already different! The sun was out, colors saturated, with Offensee, our starting point, looking like a little puddle of water in the distance! The feeling was amazing and all the sweat was well spent! I mean look at that 😍
Rinnerhütte (1474 meters) was not far anymore. The trail was a lot easier now and i was looking forward for a little break before going up higher to finally enjoy my first swim in an Austrian lake! Next stop, Wildensee! Buckle up! 😀
P.s. I’m so sorry for taking so long to post these photos but just last week i learned that i must move out of my current apartment! Third time in less than a year and in such a short notice! So, i’m in the apartment search mode once again! Hopefully third time’s a charm, cause with my studies coming up, the last thing i need is having to worry about moving stuff… This whole situation feels like a joke actually, i can’t stress about it, not now that everything in my life is finally falling into place. Maybe i’m crazy but i’m zen crazy 😂 Alex out! Hayaaaaaaa!!!
I was away for a few days, visiting my relatives in upper Austria 🙂 It also happened to be a very hot period with another persistent heatwave hitting Austria, so visiting the mountains seemed like the perfect getaway.
First stop was Offensee, a beautiful lake located between mountains, 649 meters above sea level. The lake has a maximum length and width of about 900 meters each and 38 meters maximum depth. During summer, the water temperature can reach 22 Celsius but i am sure that it was a lot warmer when i took a dive in on the way back.
A hiking path starts from Offensee that leads up to Rinnerhütte (1474 meters) and from there you can make it to many different mountain tops! I started my hike from Offensee and reached Wildensee at 1,535 meters above sea level for a refreshing swim! It was a dream! 😍
Summer is definitely here and Austria might not have seas but it’s blessed with beautiful lakes and rivers. In Vienna, the Danube river is an excellent alternative for the hot summer days and Viennese people sure know how to enjoy it 😀
There is a Wakeboarding lift in the New Danube area, which i find totally cool! I stayed there and watched for a few minutes, some guys did real awesome tricks, others kept falling. I’ve also noticed quite a few girls doing this, so that was refreshing to see! Austrian girls are definitely more sporty than Greek girls… sorry to say that girls but you know it’s true! I was considered “extreme” cause i was riding a bike… Well, maybe i was a bit “extreme” cause i was running like hell and jumping off dirt mounts like there was no tomorrow! It’s the need for speed, it’s not my fault 😛 But yeah, i find it really nice to see so many girls here involved into all kinds of sports! 😀