Vienna is on the cusp of spring, having experienced a much milder winter than last year. The sun had risen around 6am on Sunday, and I was awake early enough to witness a cloud inversion that had wreathed Vienna. I returned to Erholungsgebiet Wienerberg, as it is our nearest open space and I knew the perfect atmospheric conditions would not last for very long.
Living so close to the built up centre of Vienna, it is rare that I get to experience my favourite photography conditions, so I was anxious to get as many pictures as possible while it lasted. The sun’s warmth rapidly burnt off the morning fog, but it also coaxed blossom to open and insects to stir. Spring is most definitely in the air.
I hardly moved from one spot, knowing the haze was likely to evaporate completely at any moment. The ground was particularly muddy after a rainy Saturday and I was again reminded of this nature reserve’s previous incarnation as a brickworks, as the soil is thick and slippery clay which clings in large clumps to footwear.