Saturday, 8 October 2016

Birds in autumn

Hi Everybody!

We had some nice autumn weather today - cold and windy,
but sunny, and it was fun watching the clouds race across the skies.

For Art Journal Journey, Indian Summer, I made a hybrid/mixed media piece.
I used a collaged background, which I overlayed with a filter to give some interest, and then a cut out photo of a crow on a branch.  The other animals and pumpkin were added digitally. The beautiful quote is from the book of Proverbs.

It was fun reading the comments on the photos I showed yesterday, especially about that tall  piece of art in the penultimate photo. My visitors made some good suggestions for using it - as a coat rack, a climbing pillar, a phallic symbol, a bird perch to hang bird food on and a cat climbing post!

Today I am taking you on the next stage of my walk, to the old County Parliament building and the park around it. The politicians have a new domicile at the Rhine and this lovely house now houses the K21 - the museum of art from the 21st century.

The lake around it was also part of the fortifications which protected the town in the old days, and is called the 'Schwanenspiegel' - the swans' mirror. I saw lots of geese and cormorants and ducks, but no swans this time:

I'm glad I don't have to work on the roof, although there is surely a great view:

I will show the rest of the photos in my next post, but I do have some 
great shots of the heron in the stream  that I took this afternoon:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. A wonderful post from start to finish. Your journal page is fantastic, love the soft colours. Great to see the photos of the Museum, too, I would like to go there again someday. The pics of the heron are fantastic. Hugs Sarah

  2. Fabulous page Valerie, so full of lovely detail and love the stunning heron photo, well taken and he or she looks so cute.
    Fliss xx

  3. Beautiful page, I can tell you are enjoying this theme. Enjoyed your lovely photos today. Thanks for the tour so far.

  4. Great photos and I love your creation!! I come to visit from Sandra's blog! Nice to meet you!

  5. To everything there is a season and that season is October! It's a beautiful entry.

    That K21 house is amazing. I want to visit there, and not just on the outside. I'd love to see more 21st Century art. Of course, the building doesn't convey the inner sanctum at all.

    Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

  6. Magnificent photos today and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your wonderful post, the mouse on the pumpkin is so cute... {aNNie}

  7. Loved the herons, they remind me of ancient Chinese men from their screen paintings.

    Bit of a long job for the window cleaner there.

    " SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; " (Keats on Autumn)

  8. Absolutely love that autumnal background! reat pages ad wonderful photos!

  9. The page is stunning with a wonderful background and I had always loved that quote.

    Terrific photographs with so much to focus on. I was drawn to the red brick bridge and wondering what could possible be small enough to pass under it.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. The water flows there under the road, it used to be a continuous moat around the old town.

  10. Hallo Valerie
    echt cool deine Herbst-Bilder-Geschichte.
    Auch deine Fotos gefallen mir, besonders diese
    Lg und schönen Sonntag.

  11. Hi Valerie! It was so nice to hear from you at my blog! Thank you for your wonderful words!! And as always, I absolutely love your art work! Your take on this month's AJJ challenge is just beautiful! Your photos are spectacular, my friend. They make me want to come a visit the places where you walk!!! Thanks for sharing them with all of us. HUGS!!!

  12. wunderschöne bilder und eine tolle süsse seite.
    wünsch dir einen schönen sonntag.

    hugs jenny

  13. Was für eine schöne Seite das wieder geworden ist und die Fotos sind atemberaubend schön! Einen entspannten Sonntag Valerie!
    oxo Susi

  14. A wonderful autumnal page and stunning photos.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Its a glorious autumn page, I love all the sweet animals you added.
    Super photos and the Heron looks so regal and not at all phased by the camera. Were you able to get as close as it looks on the photo.
    Yvonne xx

    1. I was about 10 yards away, and then zoomed in with the camera.

  16. It looks like you are having beautiful weather Valerie :-). Lovely page and photos! The pumpkin and branch with the crow on are wonderful! Happy Autumn to you and enjoy the rest of your weekend! J :-)

  17. Fabulous autumnal page, Valerie. Great background and I love the adorable animal images.
    Fantastic photos!
    Mar xx

  18. Mr Heron certainly IS handsome in your super photos Valerie!
    The swan's mirror spot sounds and looks really charming. What a great name that speaks to the swan lover in me.
    Your page has such lovely layers and interest.
    The little animals are cute and playful looking.
    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.
    I am way behind in all the fun and sharing.
    Time keeps slipping away from me.

  19. Love you pumpkin piece. You should apply for a job to promote your area for vacations. LOL Your photos make me want to come visit all these amazing places. Have a great Sunday.

  20. This is fab Valerie, glowing harvest images and colours, and your quote is perfect! Have a fun week, Sue xx

  21. I loved traveling with you today. What a spectacular heron. I do love my Big Birds! And your piece is just lovely with all those layers and wonderful fall color. Happy week.

  22. I love the birds in your art and in your photos! They are so lovely.

  23. That's a sweet autumn page. The little mouse and the pumpkin are adorable. I agree about being that ladder on the rough. Not for me, I don't like heights. Your photos are, as always, wonderful. :) Hugs-Erika

  24. Fabulous pictures of birds and of course the old buildings odd to imagine that future generations might think of our modern buildings with the same veneration. I love your page today it is clear that you are in love with the season and it's colour pallet. XOXO

  25. What a beautiful page Valerie! Love your birds and colors!!
    Very cool place to visit as well- you have so much architecture of interest-love looking at your photos!

  26. Wunderschöne Seite liebe Valerie! Der Kürbis mit seinem fröhlichen Orange und dann die kleinen Mäuschen und Vögel, einfach gute Laune machend. Die Fotos sind auch wieder super, besonders der Reiher mit seinem schön gemusterten Gefieder ist gut getroffen.
    Liebe Grüße

  27. Such a delightful group of photos today ♥♥♥ Starting with the art which has one of my favorite quotes♥♥♥ Love all of those photos too of your walk too. The statue is really beautiful as is the building and the lake. You managed to see quite an assortment of birds along the way too ♥

  28. The eyes have it. They are spooky enough. Love all those sculptures....I adore public art. xox


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