Monday, November 1, 2010

Schönbrunn Transformations

We had some welcome sunshine over the weekend and thought it would be a great time to check out the fall colors at Schönbrunn Palace, formerly the summer home of the Hapsburgs. The colors were more muted than my last autumn post from Schönbrunn (click HERE to compare) but still quite nice. For some reason, many trees here are still green, unlike past years when they were all bare by November 1.

There's some restoration work going on and it is a bit surprising (as well as calming) to see this portico stripped of its normal bright yellow paint.

A glance back shows the same area as it was (and presumably will be again). Often scaffolding on historic Viennese buildings are draped in a mesh fabric printed with an enormous, life-size photo of the structure. It seems the fabric is generally stretched tighter than here but I rather like the Christo-esque feel to this.

I absolutely love this palette of colors from a windblown collection of leaves in one of the large gazebos.

The muted colors approaching this fountain made me feel as if I had entered some antique paintings.

Yet areas of bright colors could be found elsewhere on the palace grounds.

I'm always amazed at how these hedges are trimmed so narrowly as to resemble a wall:

Someday soon these trees will form a complete tunnel:

I like the architecture of this public restroom. Would love to build a greenhouse in this style.

This statue is about to get her winter cloak:

The trellised rose bushes still have appeal sans flowers and most of their leaves:

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