Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
When I was left on my own for a few weeks by my family in Germany last year as I was finishing my research fellowship at the International Youth Library in Munich, I spent my weekend touring nearby areas.
The Swarovski Kristallwelten was one of the places I visited in Austria. It is, as to be expected, shining shimmering splendid. Here are photos from the grounds. I will be sharing a few more photos of what’s found inside the museum in the coming weeks.
“I wish to stay drenched
in those rain-blue eyes
in those…soul-reaching crystals
“The crystal trees among them were hung with glass-like trellises of moss. The air was markedly cooler, as if everything was sheathed in ice, but a ceaseless play of light poured through the canopy overhead. The process of crystallization was more advanced. The fences along the road were so encrusted that they formed a continuous palisade, a white frost at least six inches thick on either side of the palings. The few houses between the trees glistened like wedding cakes, white roofs and chimneys transformed into exotic miniarets and baroque domes. On a law of green glass spurs, a child’s tricycle gleamed like a Faberge gem, the wheels starred into brilliant jasper crowns.”
“But what’s worth more than gold?”