So far, the nearby lake is my favorite spot to indulge in beautiful colors and smells of nature. Only about 20 minutes walking distance from my place, I enjoyed a thorough photo-session even though the weather was a bit tricky…cast over and wet. Ah well, as soon as there is another clear sunny day I´m off to that place again. Took a snack and a bottle of hot tea with me and really had a blast being surrounded by dense trees and glorious autumnal colors & smells. The trees around the lake are wonderful, those next to the water look almost like mangroves, their roots holding on to the land fiercely.
So today I made another bike tour with just a tiny bit of planning where to go – which turned out just perfect (again) and took me just a few minutes down one of the main roads (which also offers nice views with pretty farmsteads and estates surrounded by impressive old trees) and then a few short turns to come across a wooden bridge onto some lovely lonely pathway along a little rivulet to a hidden lake I spottet on the other side. Fortunately it was easy to access and I enjoyed the glorious sunshine on the quiet water under the shadow of some birch trees. All the area is a nature reserve, so the lake is left alone by boating&bathing people. A wonderful spot for a picnic. I feel lucky to live in such an (almost outrageous) idyllic place where it takes me only a few minutes to reach such a vast and really beautiful recreation area with hundreds of walking and biking ways through moorish landscapes and (almost) wilderness. And sooo few people, I love it. Once in a looong while one might meet a group of fellow cyclists or people walking their dog(s) but most of the time one can enjoy the solitude out in nature.
Went on a little trip to further explore the nice area, took some pics along the way but especially in a beautiful vast forest about half an hour away (by bike) from my new home. Will visit there again for sure. Glad to have moved house in this still sunny and outdoor-friendly month being able to look around before daylight-hours become scarce.
took some pics in the area where I live now, the first short trips by foot & bike were lovely. I especially like the converted buildings of the old convent, the old mill and the idyllic surroundings. They really did a great job by filling the buildings with an interesting gallery and shop, a restaurant, a venue for meetings & conventions, rooms for an adult school and some holiday flats and of course a little museum. The river which runs there is so pretty and all this lush green is so calming. As a real country girl, I feel very comfortable here and enjoy the outdoors, and sure don´t get tired (yet) of taking pictures of trees, rivers, meadows, cows, horses, more trees & rivers, old charming buildings and even more trees.
Just a few miles along the river, there´s an impressive sculpture-park by a local artist who´s been around here since the 70´s, named Wolf E. Schulz – he sure has a great body of work. And it´s an inspiration. He uses different kinds of wood and combines it with metal, I find his creatures really wonderful.
Took quite a few walks recently, and enjoyed taking some pics & playing around a bit with the colors and structures. I was especially enchanted by the sunlight shimmering through the leaves, creating a subtle luminous and dreamy atmosphere which I found incredibly calming.
There is a new mixed media painting in the works, which I might post as work-in-progress update in the near future…we´ll see how it goes.
I´ve been out and about again, enjoying outdoors. Here are some of the snaps I transformed.
The first part is from a nice town in north-western Germany, Oldenburg, with a really well-preserved castle and a lovely shopping area, it has a slightly nostalgic “country-side-townish” atmosphere with cute little oldfashioned cafés and nice arts´n-crafts-shops. An enjoyable place.
I took these out in the country, during my various “wonderous walkies”.