Today it is All Saints, and in Austria this is an official day off. The weather forecast for today said that it would be foggy in the morning with the sun coming though in the early afternoon. So I thought, let’s go on walkabout in the outer districts of the city to make some photos. I rang a colleague, and off we went!
Photographing at the Alte Donau
First I went to the “Alte Donau” in Floridsdorf, where I hoped to witness some low hanging fog on the water. Unfortunately the fog was not only just above the water, but everywhere. I made some pictures of a swan that was posing for me, and tried some wide angle shots of the water. After some more tryout shots we decided to go to Döbling. This district lies on the hills north of the center, and is one of the greener areas of Vienna. It is famous of its wineries and the view over the city.
Dramatic autumn sceneries in Döbling
Well, the view we could forget because the higher we went up the hills, the thicker the fog became. The in fog covered vineyards looked very interesting. Looking to the abandoned “heuriger” (traditional wine bars) gave me a kind of sad feeling. Normally the bars are crowded with people, drinking wine and enjoying the nature and nice weather. Now I really know it: it is getting winter.
At the highest part of our tour we walked partly through a forest. The bright colored leaves looked amazing, and I got reminded again that I love to visit the forest, especially in autumn. It is funny that in Holland, where 90% of the land is touched and rearranged by humans, I went to the forest at least once per month. And here in Austria, where beautiful rough forests are lying around the corner, even in Vienna, I hardly take the time to visit them… This needs to change!