Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday museum time with Hundertwasser, a baroque palace, and a modern literature museum

Sunday museum time - Hundertwasser exhibition in Ludwigsburg. Such vivid colors and shapes.

And such good contrasts: the exhibition is located in the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, one of the largest baroque palaces in Germany. This is the view when you look out of a window:

Which is especially interesting when you stand inside this baroque place and look at the architecture models of Hundertwasser, and the photos of the buildings that were based on them.

And then you move to the paintings...

and then you look up, and see the baroque ceiling...

I tried to capture it in a video:


After visiting the exhibition, I wandered a bit through the palace area and gardens, and walked into this still life with painter. Actually, there were several people sketching / painting. So nice, to see artists and art-in-progress right after the exhibition:

And here's the other side of the palace, the counterpart view to the first scenery photo. I liked the contrast of posh/perfect facade, and the plastic construction barriere, especially as it has my family name...


After Hundertwasser, I went to the Museum of Modern Literature ... which had a very different style, very clean and modern. The iterature museum is in Marbach, which turned out to be only about 40 minutes from where I live... first time I went there. Nice to do something for the first time.

Inside the museum: thoughtful notes and quotes and reflections.

Words on walls, words on the floor.

"Die Seele eines Archivs sind seine Dinge. Sie beseelen uns mit dem Gefühl, auf einer Spur zu sein... und wir erinnern uns, dass Sprechen immer Unterwegssein heisst." - "The soul of an archive consists of its things. They touch as with the feeling, to be a on a path... and we remember that speaking always means to be on a way."

The treasures of this museum: ink on paper.

Handwritten literary artefacts.

Such surprises: Allen Ginsbergs mantra-shaped book note for Carl Weisner. A posrcard from Kafka. Mascha Kaleko's ad texts for air wick. A draft of Celan's "todesfuge". A sketch by Hermann Hesse... all those details... 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

looking back, looking up, looking down, looking ahead...

One week ago I  returned from the Canary islands - and was greeted by chilly northern wind, and the usual list of things that wait after a time away. But it has been a good week, even with sun moments.

The photo above is a "looking-up moment",  from one of the crossings here at the town street - the flags are in preparation of the upcoming "Fasching"-week: carneval.

Just some steps further from the looking up was this "looking-down": a play with shadows and lines:

Today was the last sunny day for a while. A polar jetstream is bringing clouds and falling temperatures. So I drove to the Alb plateau this afternoon. Up there, it still feels more like winter, with patches of snow:

And nice timing: driving back, I drove along a "sunset" road. So nice.

Have a lovely sky week, everyone!

more skies from everywhere: skywatch friday.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Monday after the island time...

... Catching up with sand in my shoes. Quick drive to the supermarket at half past three. And there, finally some blue sky is showing and so I stand, smiling, in the chilly northern wind, head turned sunwards.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

On the way back home...

....with the perfect pages to read:

"Journeys come to an end before they end, just as they begin before they begin - with the arrival of anticipation." - Jenny Diski, Strangers on a Train

which made me think of the counterpart quote:

"Good journeys don't end with coming home."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Storm for goodbye, but also: a stunning sky evening

It's our final island day. And it is: storm. Heavy wind and rain. With some short sunny breaks between - so we still could have breakfast outside, with some sun. Now it is back to rain.

Would have been nice to have a sunny day for goodbye. But we had rather good weather during our stay here, and almost like a "grand final", a string of amazing sky moments yesterday evening, with a most amazing sunset at the lighthouse. So glad I went for a walk there and had my camera / phone with me.

On the way to the lighthouse, a rain cloud moved through and created a rainbow. Then, an amazing sunset. And walking back, the full moon was just rising. Happy :) ...and lucky, too: just an hour later, the storm front started to move in, and it started to rain.
I tried to film all 3 sky moments, and then combined the videos (with Youtube Video Manager, first time i tried such a combination, and it worked well).

Now: packing, sorting, and with the rain: time to prepare some things for next week already, following the motto: "If you can't change it, try to make use of it..."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lighthouse sunset, rainy morning, lunar eclipse

Yesterday evening brought a stunning natural lightshow, just when I happened to drive back from Playa Blanca to our place, along the road that leads to the lighthouse. So I drove on... and stood and watched. 

The clouds weren't a good sign, though: the forecast is unstable. Today starts with rain, and some solitary strings of blue sky:

Hopefully the weather will clear: tonight is a lunar eclipse, visible from many places. Here's the website with info: 10. Februar / 11. Februar 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

It isn't a full eclipse, though: "It is often difficult to tell the difference between a penumbral eclipse and a regular Full Moon. However, this eclipse is easier to spot than an average penumbral eclipse because the Moon travels through the darkest areas of Earth’s penumbra, only just missing the umbra, the darkest part of the shadow. However, this eclipse is less spectacular than a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon."
Will try and catch it... have a lovely weekend with beautiful skies!
More skies: skywatch friday