Melaten Friedhof in the Spring

Tucked away under the trees and off on a side path in Cologne's Melaten Friedhof is a Grim Reaper sculpture by August Schmiemann. I had seen images of it before and searched for this grave marker during previous walks through the cemetery, but never encountered it until my last trip there. Like many wonderful discoveries, I stumbled upon it when I least expected to.

I've posted before about Melaten Friedhof. Here are some more photographs of one of my favorite Cologne locations, this time taken in early spring.

Kloster Knechsteden

Cloisters are some of the most peaceful places to visit, no matter what time of year it is. I've spent many recent summer days on the grounds of Kloster Heisterbach in the Siebengebirge sitting out in the sunshine and drawing in my sketchbooks. These photographs of Kloster Knechsteden in Neuss were taken a few years ago. Though the dark German winters are the last thing I want to think about in August, I see the leaves subtly starting to change colors and look forward to when everything is golden all around me.