Friday, November 28, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Puff


(taken with a sony ericsson fone camera)

The train window was too dirty, but I just had to take a photo!

The sun was behind this puff of cloud, it does gave it a different shine.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Silhoutte


Today was a rather windy day, at how much I weigh, I was surprised how the wind could still sway me over! =D

A friend said there's a storm, but there were no rains at all, just strong winds and gloomy clouds, as if waiting for someone's signal to pour water down.

This photo was taken from the train while we were passing by the Danube overlooking the construction area on the 20th'd see cranes and buildings and a cathedral too! (the black top is the train's window, which needs cleaning!)

Happy Skywatching!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Silver


Driving by the Danube is always a pleasant trip, one gets to see beautiful skies aside from the usual charm of the lake. I call this photo 'silver' because of the sky's grayish glow.

Before you leave this page please take your time to look and comment on below's post. The photos are contribution of fellow Skywatcher, Imac.

If you have your own DriveBy photos to share please send them to: dog_lapss(at) Thanks!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A cloudy morning in Scotland


Today's photos are from a very creative photographer, IMAC.

"On a coach holiday up to Scotland, on the A1 in pouring rain with very dark clouds. The sun trying to break through.

The sun broke through with a little blue sky, catching the famous Angel of the North.
Both photos taken from the coach window with raindrops on."


Some would say rainy days are not easy to photograph, true, but some would pull it off and make excellent images out of the pouring rain.

Monday, November 03, 2008

My World 3 - Old Danube


(Photo taken while I was at the U1 train, one afternoon)

Johann Strauss II, composed one of his classics, An der schönen blauen Donau (opus 314), in 1867. Originally performed 9 February 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men's Choral Association), it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire.

The waltz originally had an accompanying song text written by Josef Weyl. But the instrumental version is most commonly played today.

"The Beautiful Blue Danube" was first written as a song for a carnival's choir (for bass and tenor), with rather satirical lyrics (Austria having just lost the war with Germany). The original title was also referring to a poem about the Danube in the poet Karl Beck's hometown, Baja in Hungary, and not in Vienna. Later Franz von Gernerth wrote new, more "official-sounding" lyrics.

(Though on this day the Danube is not particularly blue but gray...-afternoon sun-)

Donau so blau, so schön und blau,

durch Tal und Au wogst ruhig du hin,

dich grüßt unser Wien, dein silbernes Band.

knüpft Land an Land und fröhliche Herzen

schlagen an deinem schönen Strand.

Weit vom Schwarzwald her eilst

du hin zum Meer,

spendest Segen allerwegen,

Ostwärts geht dein Lauf,

nimmst viel Bruder auf:

Bild der Einigkeit für alle Zeit!

Alte Burgen Seh'n nieder von den Höh'n,

grüssen gerne dich von ferne

und der Berge Kranz,

hell vom Morgen glanz,

spiegelt sich in deiner Wellen Tanz.

Die Nixen auf dem Grund,

die geben's flüsternd kund,

was alles du erschaut,

seit dem über dir der Himmel blaut.

Drum schon in alter Zeit

ward dir manch Lied geweiht;

und mit dem hellsten Klang preist

immer auf's Neu dich unser Sang.

Halt an deine Fluten bei Wien,

es liebt dich ja so sehr!

Du findest, wohin du magst zieh'n,

ein zweites Wien nicht mehr!

Hier quillt aus voller Brust

der Zauber heit'rer Lust,

und treuer, deutscher Sinn streut

aus seine Saat von hier weithin.

Danube so blue, so bright and blue,

through vale and field you flow so calm,

our Vienna greets you, you silver stream

through all the lands you merry the heart

with your beautiful shores.

Far from the Black Forest

you hurry to the sea

giving your blessing to everything.

Eastward you flow,

welcoming your brothers,

A picture of peace for all time!

Old castles looking down from high,

greet you smiling from their steep

and craggy hilltops,

and the mountains' vistas

mirror in your dancing waves.

The mermaids from the riverbed,

whispering as you flow by,

are heard by everything

under the blue sky above.

The noise of your passing

is a song from old times

and with the brightest sounds

your song leads you ever on.

Stop your tides at Vienna,

it loves you so much!

Whenever you might look

you will find nowhere like Vienna!

Here pours a full chest

the charms of happy wishes,

and heartfelt German wishes

are flown away on your waters.

Join us as we travel around our own world and also see the world around this meme, My World, You'll surely enjoy this as much as you enjoy Sky Watch Friday!