Peace at St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Our trip to Vienna, Austria last fall took us for a brief time to the magnificent gothic edifice, St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

As I hadn’t been well we decided not to complicate our visit with a guided tour, but instead wandered around the areas of the cathedral that were freely open to the public.

I looked up, as I always do, for a glimpse of inspiration, but the lighting was poor and the sun was at the wrong angle to create the magic of stain glass, and with droves of tourists milling about and the noise it was almost impossible to feel any kind of reverence. Discouraged and uncomfortable, I suggested to Lloyd it was time to go, and we made to leave.

And then a moment of magic.

The doorway was busy with people coming in and going out, and while we were caught in the tide moving toward the door the light guided my attention toward this compelling figure.

This photo was taken literally between footfalls. There was no room or time to set it up. Still, it has an ethereal quality I like, and when I look at it I am reminded of how, in that moment, I suddenly felt a sense of peace that had been missing.

I don’t know who he is or who put him there, but this saintly figure spoke to me that day and I simply had to answer.

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2012

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Let’s leave Ireland for a moment (we will be back there often as I LOVE it), and take a trip to Vienna.

Last September I had the thrill of visiting the Spanish Riding School for the first time. The culmination of a life-long dream spurred by my love of horses.

First of all, let me say that I LOVED Vienna. It’s such a beautiful, vibrant and historical city, resplendent in white and ringing with the music of the centuries. From the beat of horses hooves on the cobblestone streets to the street musicians entreating us with their love of Mozart, the mood was bright and aptly reflected by the beaming sunlight from perfect blue skies.

The Spanish Riding School was a highlight of our short stay and we registered for an escorted tour of the stables — a building every bit as grand and impressive as the palaces that surround it. The one drawback was, hmm, no photo taking inside the stables. So, what to do?

The photo featured here was taken on the other side of plexiglass that divided the stable from the street. As I was watching the interaction between these two horses I managed to find a gap in the crowd and a section of glass not too beaten up. I clicked away with my Nikon D70s, no flash, and hoped I would capture something both memorable and clear. I’m thrilled with the result!

It’s a bit of a one-sided conversation between two Lippizaner stallions. The expressions in their respective eyes tell the whole story.

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2012