Monthly Archives: June 2010
Yes, this is someone’s home, namely the Royal Family of Lichtenstein. The castle is perched in the hills above the town, just high enough so that it looks like a fairy tale setting. I’d love to see the inside, but am glad I don’t have to wash the windows!
This was too beautiful a scene not to try to capture it; so I pulled out for the first time my “Gorilla” tripod so I could get a long shutter speed (0.5 sec, 100 ISO at f3.2).
Hopefully you too can see how the moon looked like a luminescent pearl sitting atop a little cloud, floating in the periwinkle blue sky…
Joseph hands tell stories: stories of milking cows in the dark winter mornings, of holding his wife when she was young and they danced at a summer ball, of the figures he carves out of wood. He nearly died after a felled tree crushed him, leaving Joseph in a coma for weeks. His daughter suggested he take up wood carving to bide his time as his body healed. He creates some beautiful pieces; I think before we leave I’ll ask him to carve me an angel…
As we drove up the dirt path heading into town, we passed Joseph wandering in the fields, binoculars hanging around his neck from a worn leather strap.
“What are you looking for Joseph?”
“Stars”, he replied, the corners of his mouth betraying the trace of a smile.
“But Joseph! You can’t see the stars at this time of day!”
“Ah, but you don’t know what stars I am looking for!”
Joseph is an important man: he owns the cows which supply our fresh milk. So when Joseph walks by, we enthusiastically offer him something to eat and drink (usually coffee and “kuchen” (cake)), but today was different: Joseph preferred a cold beer!