Architecture, blogging, Photography

Autumn Falling Leaves

Nine years ago, I was sipping a cup of deliciously decadent, silky-smooth, hot chocolate for a minimal price at the Rathaus Cafe in Offenbach, Germany.

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I remember glancing at the temperature gauge, noting it was zero degrees celsius outside, before watching a squirrel, as he scurried around the branches of the weeping tree nearby. It was the first time we had seen a squirrel, more familiar as we were with marsupial creatures with young in pouches. We were fascinated.

The large, deciduous tree was fast losing the remainder of its pugnacious, golden-brown, Autumnal leaves and stood like a slowly wilting sentinel, witnessing the imminent passing of its foliage’s use-by-date.

To some, it might be just a tree, in a not so unique village in Germany. To me, this tree was like a wrinkled, weathered face: elegant, wise and experienced in its maturity and so very different from anything back home.

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It wasn’t just magnificent, this tree had history. Not only did it provide shade and shelter, it emanated clean air as large trees do and contrasted ever so softly with the harsh lines of the historically significant structures around it.

This majestic beast framed the entrance of a park adjacent to the white neo-baroque manor house that, to me, resembled what I imagined to be a ‘Von Trap,’ style mansion. Having just arrived from the subtropical heat of a humid Australian city, I thought I had stepped into heaven!

Busing Palais in Offenbach

The Busing Palais in Offenbach was home to 18th-century entrepreneurs Peter Bernard and Johann Georg d’Orville, and the likes of Goethe would spend summers there. All but destroyed in 1943, this manor house was rebuilt to become a Museum, Library and of late, a conference centre.

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Busing Palais Offenbach

Not only that but a Scloss, or Castle and Chapel completed a heritage square nearby.

As much as I enjoyed the architecture, the Festival of Leaves around me was the real jewel in the crown.

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Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Leaves

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Photographers, both amateur or professional, alike, are fascinated with them.

Botanists like examining them.

Gardeners like growing them

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And travellers relaxing under them.

The theme for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is: –

Leaves

Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a ‘Friendly Friday’ ping-back in your post, so all can find your entry.

The ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge’ is launched every Friday by Amanda from

Something to Ponder About, and Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

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  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Leaves,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the blogs to see future prompts.

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

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Australia, Gardening

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Leaves and Trees

A favourite photographic subject of mine. Everyone in the Northern hemisphere is looking to the Spring, however, being me, I just HAD to include at least one winter tree photograph, or two, for Cee’s Challenge.

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Beach Grass, Caloundra

 

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New Zealand, North Island

 

Birch in Snow
Swedish Birch in Snow

 

 

Noosa
Noosa National Park

Part 7 - Munich to Salzburg Nov 29, 2011

Vejen, Denmark
Vejen, Denmark

Look at this amazing tree, complete with its own squirrel!
Look at this amazing tree, complete with its own squirrel!

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A tunnel of trees, Sunshine Coast

 

 

Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park

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Waringa Pool, Springbrook

 

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Skellefteå

 

More here:

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http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/cees-fun-foto-challenge-leaves-and-trees/

Something for the shutterbugs to ponder about