Donnerstag, 25. Dezember 2014

Walks in the winter woods

„For all practical purposes nature is at a standstill. . . . there is a wonderful  joy in leaving behind the noise and starting out along the white road that leads across the hills.  With each breath of the sharp, reviving air one seems to inhale new life.
A peace as evident as the sunshine on the fields takes possession of one's inner being.“
~Frances Theodora Parsons









Enjoy my new video!




If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
~Raymond Inmon







 A fantastic day invited me on a long walk. The light and dark sides were fascinating. 
The frozen pond and small creek showed in iron dress. A wonderful silence was in this place. Can you feel it?
"Alone... but I know, that here we are connected"






Ein traumhafter Tag lud mich auf einen längeren Spaziergang ein. Die Licht- und Schattenseiten waren faszinierend. Der gefrorene Teich und kleine Bach zeigten sich im eisigen Kleide. Eine wunderbare Stille war an diesem Orte. 
"Alleine... und dennoch weiß ich, dass wir hier verbunden sind"
Fühlen Sie sich geborgen.


You might also enjoy some of my other winter blogs and videos:
http://naturpunkt.blogspot.co.at/2015/01/winter-world-nature-impressions-hd-1080.html
http://naturpunkt.blogspot.co.at/2014/01/the-first-snow-in-rhine-valley-erster.html 
http://naturpunkt.blogspot.co.at/2014/12/winter-earth-patterns-colourful-leaves.html 
http://naturpunkt.blogspot.co.at/2015/02/winters-secret-conversation-natural.html 

Photography copyright by © Gina Matt / Naturpunkt.at

Link to my Website "Naturpunkt"



Montag, 22. Dezember 2014

Winter earth patterns, colourful leaves and nature with snow - Vorarlberg, Austria

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder--no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” 
 ― Candace Bushnell 











Advice is like snow 
- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, 
and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge



all pictures copyright © by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt.at

Link to my 'Naturpunkt' Website

Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014

Ginkgo Biloba - Interesting Tree Wisdom and Poem of J.W.von Goethe

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) also known as the maidenhair tree, is aunique species of tree with no living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.






Extreme examples of the ginkgo's tenacity may be seen in Hiroshima, Japan, where six trees growing 
between 1–2 km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast. Although almost all other plants (and animals) in the area were destroyed, the ginkgos, though charred, survived and were soon healthy again. The trees are alive to this day.


Gingo Biloba ~Poem by J.W.v.Goethe

This leaf from a tree in the East,
Has been given to my garden.
It reveals a certain secret,
Which pleases me and thoughtful people.
Is it a living being,
Which has separated in itself?
Or are these two, who chose
To be recognized as one?
Answering this kind of question,
Haven't I found the proper meaning,
Don't you feel in my songs,
That I'm one and double?

(Rough English translation)

Goethe sent Marianne von Willemer (1784–1860), the wife of the Frankfurt banker Johann Jakob von Willemer (1760–1838), a Ginkgo leaf as a symbol of friendship and on September 15, 1815 he read his draft of the poem to her and friends. On September 23, 1815 he saw Marianne for the last time. Then he showed her the Ginkgo tree in the garden of Heidelberg Castle from which he took the two leaves pasted onto the poem. After that he wrote the poem and sent it to Marianne on September 27, 1815.
Directly across from the Ginkgo tree stands the Goethe memorial tablet.
The poem was published later as „Suleika“ in West-östlicher Diwan.

The letter containing this poem with which Goethe included two Ginkgo leaves can be viewed in the Goethe Museum in Düsseldorf. The Ginkgo (planted in 1795) that Goethe led Marianne von Willemer to in September 1815 is no longer standing today. After 1928 the Ginkgo tree in the castle garden was labelled as "the same tree that inspired Goethe to create his fine poem". The tree was probably still standing in 1936


Copyright Photos by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt

Sources: Wikipedia / Ginkgo Biloba


Link to my Website "Naturpunkt"

One of my Photo Diashow Videos on leaves and drops:

Samstag, 22. November 2014

Precious cats: Photography and Video about Luna the Siamese cat, quotes and description

There are few things in life more heartwarming 
than to be welcomed by a cat. 
~Tay Hohoff


Luna fully enjoyed the modelling under wintry late afternoon sun :)) 
I think we should imitate her as often as possible.
Enjoy the video




If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, 
a cat will find it and soak it up. 
~J.A. McIntosh



A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, 
which is more than can be said for human beings. 
~William Ralph Inge


The Siamese cat (Thai: วิเชียรมาศ, ) Wichianmat, meaning "moon diamond") is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat.
One of several breeds native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 20th century. The modern Siamese is characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, an elongated, slender, and muscular body, and point coloration. TICA describes the breed as social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch.

Siamese tend to seek human interaction and also like companionship from other cats. The Oriental cat was developed in order to expand the range of coat patterns, while the Thai preserves a moderate head and body type.
Siamese are usually very affectionate and intelligent cats, renowned for their social nature. Many enjoy being with people and are sometimes described as "extroverts". Often they bond strongly to a single person. Some Siamese are extremely vocal, with a loud, low-pitched voice—known as "Meezer", from which they get one of their nicknames[6]—that has been compared to the cries of a human baby, and persistent in demanding attention. These cats are typically active and playful, even as adults, and are often described as more dog-like in behavior than other cats.

The pointed cat known in the West as "Siamese", recognized for its distinctive markings, is one of several breeds of cats from Siam described and illustrated in manuscripts called "Tamra Maew" (Cat Poems), estimated to have been written from the 14th to the 18th century.In 1878, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes received the first documented Siamese to reach the United States, a cat named "Siam" sent by the American Consul in Bangkok.  

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_cat


all Photographies copyright ©by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt.at

my website Naturpunkt

Donnerstag, 20. November 2014

Bees Awareness: Save the Bees! What you can do

“Bees pollinate a third of our diet, 
yet they’re literally vanishing from their hives”
“Many people have no idea that honey bees play an essential role in our agricultural system. By raising awareness of the issue we hope to motivate people to take action and share many ways they can be a part of the solution.”




Honey bees pollinate more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops around the world, from cucumbers to almonds, and are essential to maintaining our food supply. Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bees, according to the American Beekeeping Federation.




What You Can Do
Whole Foods Market offers six easy ways for anyone to help declining honey bee populations. You can:

1. Bee organic. Buying organic is one of the easiest ways to support bee-friendly forage.
2. Bee a gardener. Plant bee-friendly fruits and flowers to provide forage for honey bees.
3. Bee savvy at home. Most lawn, garden and home pest problems can be solved without toxic and persistent chemical pesticides.
4. Bee a smart shopper. Several Whole Foods Market suppliers have donated funds to support honey bee preservation. Look for “Share the Buzz” signs on their products.
5. Bee a beekeeper. Whether you live in the country or the city, you can show your commitment to honey bees by hosting a hive in your backyard or even on a rooftop. The backyard beekeepingmovement is growing, so you’re sure to find swarms of folks who can help you find your way.
6. Bee social. Social media can be a powerful tool for busy bees. Share stories, videos and more honey bee action ideas from Whole Foods Market’s Facebook and Twitter posts.

Photos copyright ©by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt.at

Further links to the theme:
Meine Webseite Naturpunkt
Mein deutscher Artikel Bienen Bewusstsein

Freitag, 7. November 2014

FLOWERS & COLORS Photography Compositions

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. 
~John Ruskin


The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963. 
The tubers were grown as a food crop by the Aztecs, but this use largely died out after the Spanish Conquest. Attempts to introduce the tubers as a food crop in Europe were unsuccessful. 
Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native mainly in Mexico, but also Central America, and Colombia.
A member ofthe Asteraceae (or Compositae), dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia.
There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. 




Flowers are a proud assertion 
that a ray of beauty 
outvalues all the utilities of the world. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson




"The dahlia you brought to our isle
Your praises for ever shall speak;
Mid gardens as sweet as your smile,
And in colour as bright as your cheek.“
Verse by Lord Holland sent to his wife 



One of my flower color Videos:


Nature Photographies copyright ©by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt

You might also like these other videos of mine about flowers and colors:


The color garden of tulips  https://youtu.be/prdhxW-ZKY0

Pink Roses Beauty ~ Symbol of Love  https://youtu.be/SLWdUW7fZsM

Sunflower-life with many faces https://youtu.be/i3vvk1UnYQ8 

Link to my website 'Naturpunkt'




Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Our forests: Places where souls can sing their free songs

Woods at the Walgau-Valley
Vorarlberg, Austria

picture with mirror effect:


“This life is yours. 
Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. 
Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. 
Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. 
Take the power to control your own life. 
No one else can do it for you. 
Take the power to make your life happy.” 
by Susan Polis Schutz





  


“Their life is mysterious, it is like a forest; from far off it seems a unity, it can be comprehended, described, but closer it begins to separate, to break into light and shadow, the density blinds one. Within there is no form, only prodigious detail that reaches everywhere: exotic sounds, spills of sunlight, foliage, fallen trees, small beasts that flee at the sound of a twig-snap, insects, silence, flowers.
And all of this, dependent, closely woven, all of it is deceiving. There are really two kinds of life. There is, as Viri says, the one people believe you are living, and there is the other. It is this other which causes the trouble, this other we long to see.”  
byJames Salter - Light Years

One of my trees- and woods Nature Videos with music:









  


All Photographies copyright ©by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt.at






Hermann Hesse about trees:

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.


Sonntag, 26. Oktober 2014

Mallorca: Interesting places -Monument of "Crist Rei" at the Monastery of Sant Salvador






 



Ones first View when approaching Sant Salvador is the 7m high statue of the Crist Rei statue, which was erected in 1934. The statue was donated to his home village by a Felanitx-born canon of Palma Cathedral. Near by is the cross at the summit of "El Picot" (1957)

The small chapel half way up the road to the sanctuary was constructed in 1910 to remember the legend of the shepherd who found the statue of Our Lady.
Sant Salvador with the hermitage of the same name, Santuari de Sant Salvador, is to be found southeast of Felanitx and is easy to reach via a comfortable winding road the former Pilgrims' Way, passing by an impressive stone cross situated atop El Picot and the stations of the Cross. The foundation stone of the monastery was laid in 1348. When the primitive church dedicated to the "Passió de la Imatge" was built. The present building was constructed at the beginning of the 18th century and a statue, venerated in the 15th century, of the Lady of Sant Salvador was placed above the altar, also a magnificent carved stone altarpiece of "La passió de la Imartge", also from the 15th century, was moved to a side chapel.

View from Sant Salvador



Although the exterior looks like a fortress, partly due to the stormy history of the monastery, in the Middle Ages, the monks had to defend themselves against numerous attacks by Arab pirates. 

The interior of the monastery is the opposite being richly decorated. Notably the altarpiece of alabaster (16th century), which depicts the Last Supper and parts of the Passion and was created by Guillem Sagrera
At a height of 510m. and with fantastic views this monastery is a popular place to visit although it is still used regularly for worship, weddings or communions.
Mass is usually celebrated on Sundays and holidays days at 17.00hrs, also on the Sunday closest to September 8, to commemorate the coronation of the Image of Our Lady in 1934, and also the first Sunday after Easter.


Photography ©by Gina Matt / Naturpunkt

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