Yes, I realize it's not astronomical winter. But as I'm sure many of you have heard or experienced first hand, a cold wave swept across Europe, bringing sparkling snow, rosy-cheeked, snowball-tossing kids, travel disruptions and freezing homeless people with it. I took these pictures on a walk I took today around the 18th district of Vienna, Austria, where I live.
So get out your cameras, dress warmly and post some winter pictures!
The train station adjacent to our house:
The house I was born in, and currently live in (again):
The train traveling along a snowy street:
The same street as viewed from above:
Another sleepy, deserted street in this wealthy suburb.
A girl playing with the snow on her dad's car. She likely attends the Russian boarding school that can be seen to the left.
A crow in flight. Although most crows migrate further north in summer, a fair number of them stay all year round.
Entering Türkenschanzpark, one of the larger parks in the city. As is the style these days, this young mother is talking on her cell phone while her kid plays in the snow, in front of a bust of the author Arthur Schnitzler.
This little park maintenance building looks pretty lost in all the snow.
Parents watching their kids sledding.
And some of the sledders poised at the edge.
A kid falling off while his friend watches, amused.
A frozen pond as seen from a gazebo above. Somebody lost their glove.
The same pond's frozen surface catching some sunlight. Although it's only about one thirty, the sun is already quite low.
Another view of the snowy park with a bird feeder ring in the foreground.
A very small dog tearing past some kids. Actually there are three tiny dogs in this picture.
These benches aren't too popular at the time...
....and neither is this playground.
The South Korean embassy (one of many around the neighborhood), tranquilly far away from the current escalating tension on the Korean peninsula, already shrouded in shadow:
The setting sun viewed through some trees, with a giant icicle visible.
A classic Vespa motor scooter, probably not in use at the time.
The Israeli embassy is visible down this street, the usual Steyr AUG-toting Austrian soldier is absent. The weather, maybe?
Another street view.
And another small park near where I live.
A man brushing the snow off his car.
And a final view of my local station. A line 41 streetcar can be seen heading downtown. I live directly above the shoe store on the left side.
Lovely photos, Vienna looks beautiful. I have family whom live in Austria, to be more precise Salzburg region so have spent time in Salzburg over both winter and summer times so its nice to see what other cites look like in winter weather!
For me, im currently at uni up at Leeds Met in the UK, we have had about a Foot of snow!
Resized for photographic goodness!
29th November 2003
People, please don't do that. There is no excuse to post gigantic pictures that require us to scroll in all directions. :(
I should have taken pics yesterday, I couldn't even stay up on my bike in all the snow, but it has been melting today, so there is probably only 30 cm of it left and most of the streets have been ploughed, i.e. not really worth taking pics of. More is expected though, so this should be an excellent winter even down here. :)
There is every excuse but for photographic goodness I have now bothered to scale those bad boys down!
28th October 2005
My God... Vienna is a beautiful place, and even more so in snow. The snow didn't really hit my city, but I'm going back to the family home on Wednesday so I'll take some pictures then.
High as a kite
28th May 2008
I'm on the North Norfolk cost, we had one snow day on Firday and it's already gone.
Thanks for the comments everyone. Keep those pictures coming!
I took these tonight with super long exposure times, with some weird results.
View from a friends apartment
In the streets
The camera wobbled on this one.
Same thing, no wobbling.
Another little park in the 18th
Yes, this was taken at the same time of day as the others.
Pen and paper time!
28th October 2005
Those long exposure ones are gorgeous, especially the one in the street with no wobbling. Wish I could do longer exposures with my camera =p
Im going to the Austrian Alps in a couple of weeks, im sooo taking my DSLR!