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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Endstation (Part 2)

In December I took the opportunity to retrace my steps around Stadtwanderweg 5, but under very different circumstances!

Freezing fog had coated the grape-vines with a thick coat of hoar frost

The vegetation was transformed into a veritable winter wonderland

The few remaining uneaten red berries (haws) from the autumn were frozen solid

Even the forest understorey did not escape the icy grip of winter

The same woodland trail from about the same position as in the post below

Naked, frosty trees and scrub loomed out of the murky mist

Oh, a party of Santas out on a seasonal hike around Stadtwanderweg 5 also!

The wildlife was very different too. Gone were the birds of summer, replaced by species driven down from dark and frozen Lapland and Russia; birds like the Fieldfare and Redwing.

Most dramatic of all, however, was a massive flock (several hundreds) of beautiful Waxwings.

I photographed this waxwing in Lapland last May; I wonder if he was in the flock I saw in Austria?

4 Comments:

Blogger simon said...

Bloody hell! what a contrast....

5:05 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Wow.... so it wasn't snow but..... how amazing!!! I have never seen 'freezing fog' and it looks spectacular.

5:59 pm  
Blogger Catharina said...

How unbelievably lovely and whimsical! I love the Santas! I REALLY need to get on out there...

4:35 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I love the pics, they are very atmospheric. I wonder where your next trip will be.

11:03 pm  

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