Chasing German Waterfalls

During the planning of our Europe trip, we knew Germany was one on the ‘must go’ list. After finalising this decision with ease, we had to narrow down five locations within Germany. One was the beautiful Triberg.

The drawcard for Alex and myself was Triberg Falls.  Triberg Falls is one of Germany’s highest waterfalls and a landmark in the Black Forest.   There were few words to describe how stunning the falls were.  As I say for most of the places we travelled to throughout Europe… not even the photographs can do it justice.

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Something I thought I would never say…cuckoo clocks are both eerie and enchanting.  With over 100 different cuckoo clocks in the one store, this one stood out from the rest. The detail is astonishing.

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Triberg was a magical town.  We got the vibe pretty quickly it was a town a lot of German people would come for weekend trips or mini breaks and how can you blame them? I wish we could do the same.

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Getaway in Daylesford

Daylesford, Victoria is an incredibly beautiful place for a weekend away.  For a small town, it has a lot to offer, plenty to see and do with some incredible dining choices.

I am going to break this blog up into a few sections, documenting some of the places we were fortunate to explore over our two-day trip.

The Convent Gallery

The Convent Gallery is beautiful with incredible views overlooking Daylesford. The surrounding gardens and inside of the gallery are gorgeous. There was a cafe however we missed the opportunity to dine inside. It is now on my bucket list for when we return to Daylesford.

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Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are stunning, spending half of the day exploring them was incredible. We were walking around and gushing over the lush green botanicals and pretty flowers.  In the middle of the garden is a beautiful cafe. Wombat Hill House had stunning decor, a real country vibe and great coffee.

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Lake House

If you ever get the opportunity book in for dinner at the Lake House, the views are stunning, the atmosphere is beautiful and the food is even better. I would have to say it was probably some of the best food I have ever had. It was also the first time I had experienced real ‘fine dining’ and I fell in love with it.  If I had the chance to go again, I would definitely book a room from the images I’ve seen they’re amazing.

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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Imagine a farm for lavender surrounded by pretty little objects and country vibes that would sum up Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. It is beautiful, smells amazing and is full of bees (a little bit scary). This farm hardly had any restrictions and you could go up-close and personal with all the lavender and the bees. It was such an incredible experience and has such a calming feel to it.

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The trip to Daylesford, amazing. It is one of those places I would recommend if you wanted to get away and relax but if you were up for a bit of adventure or exploring this town does not limit you at all.

Did I mention, it looks stunning as the sun is setting.

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Until we met again Daylesford.

 

 

Castle On The Hill

I was super excited when Ed Sheeran released his latest album, Divide. I can recall listening to it on repeat every morning in the car.  When given the opportunity to visit the castle referenced in ‘Castle on the Hill’ I was not going to say no.

Ed Sheeran’s song reminisces about watching the sunset over the castle on the hill. This castle was Framlingham Castle in Suffolk, England.

Framlingham Castle is incredible, it’s large, lush and has a gorgeous surrounding view. We were lucky enough to be able to go inside and walk along the top of the castle. It even had a quirky slide, we all had to give a go.

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Thank you to Isabella (Alex’s cousin) who captured this image of us. The filter is one of the cool features built into the Olympus E-M10 Mark II camera.  Alex, you’re such a goofball. It was not his usual pose, but cute either way (haha).

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Photographs: Sarah Evans and Alexander Vinten

I would love to return to Suffolk, England. From what I was lucky enough to see on my time spent in England, I couldn’t believe how incredible the countryside was. It is so green, fresh and peaceful.

Usually, the conclusion would sum up how much I love the place in the post and how I plan to return one day, although this may not be the case here.  I will eventually get back to Suffolk, although this castle I will most likely never see again, that’s okay. I was lucky to have been able to explore inside and spend a lovely morning there.

Welcome To The Devil’s Playground (Photography Essay)

As the final year of my degree is wrapping up this week officially, I am as excited as I am afraid.  Although I do believe, there are only good things on the horizon.

This seems like an appropriate time to share the past with a throwback to some content from the first year. The backstory: The content produced was from a photographic essay for ‘Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures.’   The genres the unit explored were: Horror and Science Fiction.

The unit was great, the creative freedom given was refreshing and allowed for the ability to further explore my photography in new ways. Horror-themed photography was not something I would typically produce however it was challenging, fun and exciting all in one.  Not something you would typically get from a university assignment.  Unless you go to Deakin and study Communication (Media) because this has been the most fun and rewarding degree.

I titled the project: Welcome to the Devil’s Playground

Photographs: Sarah Evans

The photos tell a story about a girl who is having a nightmare about an evil subject, who is a ‘devil’.  The photographs can do the rest of the talking.

24 Hours In Innsbruck

When we planned our trip from Milan to Munich, we felt the train travel would be too long. Which is how we ended up spending the night in Innsbruck, Austria.

Introducing a stopover in Innsbruck was a genius idea, I was glad to have been able to reduce the time spent travelling on the train. It was such a beautiful city and the beers flow.

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The architecture and the colours of the building standing side to side, stunning.

We had no set plans or tours in place in Innsbruck. We decided just to grab the camera and walk around, aimlessly. With the camera, we preceded to walk along snapping photographs of anything that happen to catch our attention. Take a look at the final results.

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Photographs: Sarah Evans and Alexander Vinten

Innsbruck was just a snapshot of what Austria has to offer. I can safely say Austria has moved up to the top of my list of places to visit when I eventually plan to return to Europe again. Preferably in winter as there is something so magical about mountain tops covered in white snow.

Yarra Valley, Victoria​

If you are local to Melbourne or are visiting Victoria, I highly recommend you plan a visit to Yarra Valley.

If you have a love for chocolate, wine or scenery, Yarra Valley is the perfect spot for a day trip. Although I may be biased, due to my love for wine and I will never say no to chocolate.

The below images were all captured from Yering Station in the surrounding gardens, magical and so green.

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Photographs: Sarah Evans

Two places I highly recommend you visit:

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery 

The chocolate and ice cream is amazing and with an extensive range of selections, simply cannot go wrong.

Yering Station Winery 

Even if the wine isn’t your thing, definitely worth a trip to explore the surrounding gardens.

If the trip to Yarra Valley had not been a spontaneous decision, I would have enticed Alex into going in a hot air balloon with me. I have seen photographs before, stunning.

Füssen, Germany​

When we planned our trip to Europe, Germany was definitely at the top of the list then came the hardest part, actually deciding where to go in Germany.  It wasn’t easy with around 10-12 days scheduled we knew it would not be possible to see it all, nor would we want to.

Füssen, Germany a place I knew I needed to visit because of the Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the castles that inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella’s castle. Located in the village, Hohenschwangau near Füssen.

Yes, it was everything I would expect it to be massive, charming and breathtaking. There was a small bridge with a view of the castle from a distance. I am rarely lost for word although, during this moment, I was.

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Photographs: Sarah Evans

Again (something you’ll see me write a lot when documenting Europe) photographs do not do this place justice. Please go and see it for yourself.

 

Photographs: Sarah Evans

The last photograph of the Neuschwanstein Castle, I promise. The story behind this image: yes I am smiling however on the inside I couldn’t help but think “please do not drop the camera.” There were at least 30-40 people taking photographs on the bridge which was narrow while at the same time people were trying to walk across. Thankfully that camera was not knocked from the man’s hands as he captured this image.

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Although the pull towards Füssen was the Neuschwanstein Castle, I was pleasantly surprised as to what it had to offer.
Füssen had a beautiful small town feel and the people were lovely. There were endless streets and laneways which were empty, that was refreshing. The overpopulation at the previous locations we had visited made this silence even more welcomed.

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Photographs: Sarah Evans and Alexander Vinten

Füssen you’re beautiful, I wish I had more time to spend roaming your streets, exploring your stores and embracing the fresh air and silence. Füssen, a place I will never forget.

 

When In Rome

June 2017 saw myself and Alex adventure off to Europe for 6 weeks. This six weeks consisted of endless exploring, eating, drinking and good times.

Rome, Italy was one of the many places we were fortunate enough to explore.  Watch this space for a series of different destinations we travelled over the 6 week period.

Rome, the Eternal city. Rome was rich with history, stories, food, wine and a lively culture.  The Vatican City and Collosuem were two of the places we were able to visit,  no one can prepare you for the emotions and awe you experience inside.

Photographs do not do them justice. Definitely, something, if given the opportunity you need to see for yourself.

 

 

The Trevi Fountain was another highlight of Rome.  Very beautiful, although those photographs with hundreds of tourist all crammed in to get a closer look or to throw a coin into the fountain of love are extremely accurate. People everywhere!

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Even just being able to explore the streets of Rome at the beginning of Summer was a magical experience. Somewhere I hope to reunite with again, some day.

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Thank you to the friendly man who was willing to capture this photo of Alex and me inside of St. Peter’s Basilica, looking like the ultimate tourist during our tour of the Vatican City.

Until we meet again, Rome.

Trentham Falls: Welcoming ’17

I am not one to spend the end of the year reflecting. I do not use New Year’s Eve to plan a whole bunch of new goals and resolutions. If I did, I would just spend the next 6 months justifying why I didn’t reach them (I procrastinate and avoid those kinds of things).

However, I do believe in beginning each year in a cool or adventurous way. I like to start the first few days of the new year, as an insight into what the year may hold.

January 2017 saw my partner Alex and myself head off to Trentham and Daylesford for a mini trip.

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Photographs: Sarah Evans and Alexander Vinten

This photograph captures the mini getaway perfectly. It is a pretty clear indication of how my year has been so far. Very full.

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Thank you to the lovely couple who captured this moment for us.

To prove I wasn’t kidding about my procrastinating, I planned on publishing this blog post around 7 months ago.

My Life Through A Lens

This is just a quick introduction explaining the general idea of what this blog will feature. If the title doesn’t already give it away…

This will be a photographic blog, where I publish photos of places, people or objectives I’ve captured. These may come with an accompanying anecdote or two.  The blog will not be limited to that, it may feature photographs by other individuals I have travelled or explored alongside.

These photos will be a mixture of the past and the present. Join me as I explore the world through my lens. Feel free to share your experiences, memories, and photographs with me.

As mentioned above, I do not claim to be a professional photographer. All the photographs posted on this blog are original unless stated otherwise.

A sneak peek of what is to come

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Photographs: Sarah Evans