The closer we are to nature, the closer we feel to the deity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The thing is, bottle green is a very calming tone to the eye. British scientists conducted a study over 18 years in which they surveyed tens of thousands of participants and came to the conclusion that moving close to a park makes 1/10 as happy as a new job, and 1/3 as happy as a wedding.
Isn’t it crazy how much of an impact a little bit of green can have on us?
Makes sense, then, that we are drawn to nature. Who doesn’t love the sound of bird twitter or the smell of moist forest earth, and who does not get euphoric when the trees start to sprout leaves as spring arrives?
Most of us are living in relatively small cities, and we do not get to enjoy nature all that frequently. Just to clarify, I LOVE big cities, and especially Berlin with all its many parks and green spots – it’s not like there isn’t enough opportunity here. But still, the city does not provide me with the sense of being in a green oasis. I only get that when I head out of town.
Don’t we all have a spot in nature that we’re drawn back to?
I have been dreaming about a house at a lake for ages, surrounded by green, of course. As long as that remains a dream I put up plants in my flat and do my best to take frequent breaks from the city, somewhere out in the country where I can escape the blog.
Green makes happy, and so does spring and these simple truths motivated Peek & Cloppenburg to invite me and a bunch of blogger colleagues for a special shooting to the Palmenhaus in Vienna.
I always loved botanical gardens as photo locations and as oases of calmness, but I must say the Palmenhaus really exceeded all my highest expectations. It is by far the most beautiful botanical garden I have ever been to. How can a space in the heart of the city emanate such beauty and calmness? I fell head over heels in love.
Die Luft ist blau, das Tal ist grün,
die kleinen Maienglocken blühn
und Schlüsselblumen drunter;
der Wiesengrund ist schon so bunt
und malt sich täglich bunter.
Drum komme, wem der Mai gefällt,
und freue sich der schönen Welt
und Gottes Vatergüte,
die diese Pracht hervorgebracht,
den Baum und seine Blüte.
(1748 – 1776)
The Palmenhaus proved to be the perfect location for our shooting, yielding some of the most beautiful photos I ever took for my blog. The outfits are playful and very feminine, quite untypical for me. But my spring-kissed self loves this kind of fashion: a little floral, a little playful, a hint of innocence.
dress: Weekend Max Mara