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The feel that this ain't exactly real.

What a week this has been. Trump got elected, Leonard Cohen died, and winter arrived. So I am not a political person and I this isn´t really the place for such woes. But I can´t stay silent on this one. I woke up on Wednesday and immediately checked the news and then I went catatonic for a few minutes. What have you done, America. It took all my willpower to not sob through my breakfast. I´ve since basically shut myself off any news because I just can´t bear it all. I don´t want to speculate what this means for the US and for the entire world because I am terrified enough as it is. 

And then Leonard Cohen died. That was a tough one. I remember my parents had one of his albums ("The Best of" from 1975) and I was about 14 when I first discovered it. I remember lying on my bed with my walkman, completely mesmerized by his music. I´ve been a fan ever since, and "Take this Waltz" is my soundtrack for our Vienna years (this song is insanely beautiful, particularly from 4:02 onwards). Also, this letter. 

Last but not least, winter arrived. I can´t remember it ever being so cold in November, but it seems fitting (in fact we had our first real frost on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday). Then there was snow on Thursday (proof). And today I woke to a frozen world; temperatures had gone down to -6 °C over night.

I think what makes this frost so particularly beautiful is that plants have mostly been caught by surprise. There are still lots of leaves and even blooms which results in a beautiful texture and those wonderful muted tones.

This one is a new favorite. So yes, the world is still beautiful, and the sun still rises etc. And I am ever so thankful for that. Have a better week. 

EDIT: Well that was fun! (Not.) I have closed the comments section because nothing good will come of this.

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liebe katrin,
deine worte und ganz besonders die bilder haben mich heute ganz tief berührt. und sie spigeln das wieder, was mir seit dem wahltag durch den kopf geht.
ein bisschen, als würde die welt den atem anhalten. eingefroren. abwarten, was als nächstes geschieht, wie es weitergehen kann/soll/wird.
andererseits hab ich die erfahrung gemacht, dass man auch die größten (persönlichen) katastrophen überleben kann. und dran wachsen. und nach der schockstarre, nach dem tiefen inneren winter, kommen wärme, frühling und das bunt wieder zurück .....
fühl dich umarmt, inbekannterweise, aus dem süden.

November 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersabine

Your poignant question of "What have you done, America" is exactly the same question millions of Americans are asking as well. So many believed all the rhetoric he stated as being fact. About half of all registered voters did not vote at all. Their freedom is not important enough to them to go and do it, to at least pick the candidate they like the most, even if they don't like either of them. Our system failed too. The Electoral College has done this twice in the last two decades, to choose the candidate that was not the one that the majority of the voters voted for. I don't know how this will go for us and the world in the next 4 years. I am praying fervently that there are enough moderate voices of both parties to keep him in check.

Love your Garden and the beautiful photos , nature with its amazing paint brush in action!! Take care, from Iowa, USA

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelody A.

Yes. To all of it. Your words, the beauty of your images. Something came to my mind, late last night looking at that incredible moon, maybe this beauty combined with the helpless feeling after the election night and the sadness of another great artist gone, maybe this combination wants to push us. To go out and do something. Even if it is only a smile to a stranger. A.

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterannton

What can anyone say to what has happened in the US? The Trump campaign was brilliant in creating the biggest lie of our times. And people are stupid enough to believe that this person, who has done NOTHING good his whole life, who is the epitome of the worst a human being can be, who is immoral in every possible way, is going to solve all problems!!. It is the biggest illusion of our times, and it certainly is a frightening prospect, for the US and the world.

Here too, in Frederick, Maryland, after months of sun and beautiful weather, it was rainy, dark and gloomy the day after the election. Befitting for what will certainly feel for the next 4 depressing years.

Thank you, Katrin, for sharing the beauty of your garden with all of us.

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

Beautiful post. Your feelings on the election are just like mine. I'm not even political, but this one has had me in an uproar. Since it's done now, I have backed off from reading all the online articles which only got me more upset, and have decided just to ignore and breathe for now. I don't watch the news on TV nor listen to it on the radio, so I'm all good.

I was just playing music through Spotify and I put on Take This Waltz after reading your post. Beautiful. Makes me want to get up and dance. ;-)

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I, too, cannot believe it happened. It's insanity and ignorance. I live in NW Iowa, which is insanely conservative, and his signs were everywhere...EVERYWHERE, but I still couldn't believe he won. It's a disgrace.

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Vielleicht hat er tatsächlich deshalb gewonnen? :

Danke für Ihren Blog und für die wunderschönen Fotos!

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaola44

Paola - ich habe den Link entfernt, weil ich auf meiner Seite keinen Link zu einer derart abstrusen Website haben möchte.

November 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Lovely words. Lovely photographs. Frost can be so beautiful. But don't worry, spring will return!

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Thank you so much for this. I am grieving and struggling to accept this new reality. Thank you for not pretending it didnt happen and go on posting scheduled content.

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrankica

yes, Brankica. I also really appreciate your mentioning that thing that is hanging over all of us, affecting all of us. Everywhere. This last week we are all feeling different about our world. Now in New Zealand, we have been knocked by earthquakes (that are still rolling as I write) and we spent early morning hours fearing for a tsunami. We are experiencing shock, upheaval and fears from those seismic forces. I can't help thinking how much this is similar to our feelings now that bigotry and hatred have been brought to the surface. Your photos are beautiful. Especially the red flowers, chrysanthemums? Gardens are about belief and optimism in the future.

November 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Berkshires/Boston, MA here. It has been a surreal week. The only way I made it into work today was to focus on the amazing beauty of the morning frost on my drive in. Thanks for the words and pictures for your part of the world.

November 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Many of us here are devastated by what so many of our fellow country men and (largely white) women have done. Devastated and frightened. I'm so sorry that we weren't better than this.

November 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Sally - I completely forgot about the earthquake. What a week really, it´s like the seven plagues. I hope you and yours are OK. I remember thinking how it was possible that the earthquake was only such a minor news item in Germany, but I guess Trump trumped everything (haha, sadly not funny).

November 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Really!? The US election worries you? What about Frau Merkel and her antics to destroy all of Europe?

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Hannah, did you really have to ruin the mood? A lot of people are sad, you should try to show some respect. Don't be such a troll.

November 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Hannah - speaking of Germany, what does indeed worry me is that we have very similar problems here as in the US - namely ignorant people supporting and voting racist idiots. But since that has nothing to do with your bullshit accusation, I suggest you leave and never return to this blog. Good riddance!

November 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Wow, to be honest Katrin, I'm quite surprised and dissapointed about your harsh reaction.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth


Really !!! people who voted for Trump" are namely ignorant people supporting and voting racist idiots" How could you be so mean, we have the right to vote for whom ever we want. Surely you did not vote for Hillary, who cheated and lied about everything. who could trust her---- to me she is the evil one to vote for. The people have spoken.

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Sue, you are right: The people have spoken, and the person who had the LEAST votes has won....

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne
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