Signs of Spring

from a trip to Germany in April/May 2009

Boots enjoying a Spring Moment

Boots enjoying a Spring Moment


 
sharing some random spring moments
In the southern Black Forest, there is a beautiful green-eyed tabby cat that became a favourite camera target while I was out and about capturing various signs of spring. Officially called Stiffl, the English equivalent of her name could easily be Boots, so that is how she will appear here going forward.

The back side of Boots’ paws are black, and this has contributed to her name. She showed up in unexpected places, and she had a way of bringing a smile to my face. You might want to keep on the look out for her in the images below. She will probably make you smile, too.

Rural Black Forest
What a difference lighting makes to an image.

morning mist

morning mist


 
Unplanned as an official pair of contrasting images, the view above caught my camera’s attention on a misty morning and then again a few days later, at the golden hour, just when the sun was setting, in the image below.

evening glow

evening glow


 
A common sight in the rural Black Forest at this time of the year was meadow after meadow of dandelions, something I have never noticed in rural BC here at home, nor in my travels to northern Germany.

dandelions in the meadow next door

dandelions in the meadow next door


 
In addition to dandelions, new clover leaves were putting in an appearance as well.

new clover

new clover

 

DayTrip to Trochtelfingen
One day we went to Trochtelfingen, home of Alb-Gold freshly made pasta. (Note to self: post some photos in the future). They put on a tour through the noodle factory, and it is possible to see how some of the noodle varieties are made. Unfortunately, we got there too late and just missed the tour. But we were still there in time for lunch and to purchase some pasta.

Across from the pasta factory, there was a display garden of a variety of spring flowers. One of my favourites, the pasque flower, was in its prime. It was quite windy, and so the blossoms weaved and danced on their slender stems. Made it a bit challenging to capture them.

Pasque Flowers, aka Prairie Crocus

Pasque Flowers, aka Prairie Crocus


 

Pasque Flower, aka Prairie Crocus - blowing in the wind

Pasque Flower, aka Prairie Crocus – blowing in the wind


 
of trees and blossoms
Everything is new at this time of year. New flowers, new leaves, new apple blossoms, new catkins growing against the backdrop of a forsythia bush which is in full bloom….

a season for apple blossoms

a season for apple blossoms


 

hazelnut catkin growing against the backdrop of a forsythia bush in full bloom

hazelnut catkin growing against the backdrop of a forsythia bush in full bloom


 

Some new hazelnut leaves…..

a new season of hazelnut leaves

a new season of hazelnut leaves


 

Day Trip to Bavaria
Two friends and I made what would prove to be a somewhat unwise decision – as we found out soon enough – of visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle on the May 1st long weekend.

It is a fascinating place – with many modern conveniences such as a flush toilet, a telephone, running hot water and more, which might initially sound quite ordinary. However the place was designed in the late 1800’s, and King Ludwig II, who was not necessarily the wisest regent, was definitely ahead of his time in terms of planning and architecture, and his love of the arts.

So there we were on the Saturday, May 2, along with many other tourists. The place was overrun with them – nothing wrong with a tourist, since we were part of them as well. However the staggering volume of them was unbelievable. There were line-ups (= queues in British English) everywhere and for everything. There was a loooooong line-up for the WC, and in some cases, there were even line-ups for line-ups!

Not knowing that we could have made reservations for a tour online ahead of time, we had left very early in the morning, arriving in time to catch the line-up for tickets which enabled us to be part of the last tour of the day. Go figure! The waiting time was surreal, and it turned out to be a most memorable day, as has been posted elsewhere. However all adventures aside, it was most definitely a beautiful place to visit. The fresh green foliage added to the charm of all the views.

a distant green, Neuschwanstein (700x525)

view from an exquisite castle, the design of an eccentric but now much-beloved king, Ludwig II


 

Queen Mary's Bridge

Queen Mary’s Bridge, named in honour of the mother of King Ludwig II


 

Although captured May 1, 2009, this image makes its debut appearance here.

The castle on the hill. Athough also captured May 2, 2009, this image makes its debut appearance here.


 

Boots, full of antics, was captured many more times than the images shown above. A post or two dedicated entirely to her will likely appear here sometime in the future.

◆ all but one originally posted in a collection of 56 images in Spring 2009 ◆

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