I know that technically, it's been fall for a while. And I am definitely a "fall person," more than a "summer person." But I am still in awe at the gorgeousness and the gift of the past couple of weeks--I have no idea if the Germans have a comparable term to describe what we call "Indian Summer," but I do know that this year in Germany was probably the first time I really appreciated it--growing up in the hot, sticky midwest I was always eager for Fall to arrive and just hated when the summer dragged on and on!
So although today is the perfect, rainy Fall day and I'm snuggled under my down comforter watching the wind wild in leaves still green but edged in gold, I can't help but think of the beginning of the week with a little nostalgia. The beach, sunny and warm in October! The waters of the Baltic were indeed cold, but I walked in up to my calves and helped the girls collect rocks and shells and seaweed. Of course, after the fact, as I sit listening to the wind and thinking of impending short winter days, I wish I had one more chance to soak up that sun and really be in the moment.
But seeing through a camera lens is sometimes a good way to be in the moment, don't you think? And Wismar might be destined to become a favorite photo haunt of mine. It's a university town only about 1.5 hours from Hamburg (we were there to visit my brother-in-law who is there going to school) with a small harbor and about 5 miles from the coast of the Ostsee--East Sea, or Baltic Sea. The timing and the light wasn't the best for good pictures of the water, and since we were there to dig our toes in sand I didn't do a lot of other exploring. But I did snap a few good shots of some of the beautiful architecture while wandering around with an ice cream cone before dusk set in.
My favorite thing about Wismar is what I'll call it's "patina"--not dirty or poorly maintained, nothing like that. Just that delicious feeling of being well-worn and well-loved, that beautifully "grungy" feeling of a place that has seen many lives and many stories.
I have a little collection of "patina" photos from our daytrip to share in a few days--gorgeous peeling paint and cracked plaster and crumbling brick. I've been so addicted to texture this week, and I'm learning how to incorporate it into photos too. This led to experimenting with some mixed-media collage ideas--photo, texture, text, paint (watercolor and ink in this photo). . . digitally combined (and hopefully, on canvas too, just as soon as I splurge on some new materials!). . . stay tuned for more! :)
Linking up with my weekend art friends at Studio JRU and Artists in Blogland!