Unforgettable (Featuring Eagle’s Nest)

Dear You,

We often speak of time standing still. We speak of seismic moments; moments which never fail to immobilise us in our thoughts and prayers for another exquisite encounter. We speak of our dreams, hopes and joys – near and afar – as if destined to live out our forever in the numbered days.

It’s hard to forget that we have not seen each other, nor spoken, in a while. It’s harder to forget when everything reminds me of you.

I lace up my boots and pick up my camera. The lights are fading now, their dying embers painting the sky crimson, taunting me with memories of our first sunset and our first heart-to-heart.

It’s hard to forget you when you have given me a taste for life; when you opened my eyes to the world and filled it with luscious hues of depth and meaning. It’s hard to reach that depth with anyone else, without remembering how it all felt with you.

I venture forth to the eyrie on my own, 6,000 feet above the trials and tribulations of a life left behind. In that rare moment of quietude I am surrounded by your face, your smile and your voice once again.

It’s hard to forget your calming ways, a perennially soothing presence against an oftentimes cold and unforgiving landscape.

With each step now, I find myself head over heels drawn to you. Drawn to your soft breath and warm embrace. Drawn to everything that you are, and everything that you make me feel.

Bavaria 6

Bavaria 2

Bavaria 7

Bavaria 3

Bavaria 5

Bavaria 4
Images taken at Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Bavarian Alps, Germany

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Choi says:

    nah. pure skills! haha.

  2. Choi says:

    Gorgeous photos as usual. Wish I had the same photography skills =p

    1. Jolene says:

      Thanks thanks 🙏 , I wouldn’t call “skills”, perhaps just patience. 😂

  3. Sartenada says:

    How lucky You are, having the possibility to visit it. We waited two days, but the fog was too dense for a visit. Sigh. Next autumn we will again make a road trip to Germany from Finland and maybe then r maybe not.

    Happy Easter.

    1. Jolene says:

      Good luck with your next visit, I’m sure your perseverance will pay off! The views are definitely worth the wait.
      Thanks for your kind comment, and happy Easter to you too! 😊

  4. This was such an exceptional read, Jolene! I really enjoyed your writing and the stunning pictures. Eagle’s Nest definitely deserves a place on my bucket list! 🙂

    1. Jolene says:

      Thank you Agness, your kind words warm my heart! 🙂

  5. Forestwood says:

    What a talented writer you are. Beautiful descriptive imagery and equally stunning photography to compliment it. Although knowing who the former occupants of the Eagle’s nest is a contrast with the beauty in your words. Who could fail to be in awe of the vistas before them at this unique place? I drove along the valley floor here and looked up at that pin prick on the top of the mountain thinking I might one day be there. But your photography does it so much justice, perhaps I won’t need to.

    1. Jolene says:

      Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Your lovely comment is hugely appreciated and brightens up my day! You are absolutely right, of course, and I wonder how such a seemingly peaceful place could have spawned such horrors. I still recommend it though. 🙂

  6. Well written and beautiful images 😊

    1. Jolene says:

      Thanks so much!! ☺️

  7. Jane Gealy says:

    Breathtaking. Another destination I’ve just added to my list of places to visit!

    1. Jolene says:

      Thanks Jane, it is an awe inspiring place for sure. 🙂

  8. Ida Auclond says:

    Wow! This is… wow! <- *lost all basic notions of English in her amazement*
    I already thought "wow", when I scrolled through the pictures at first, but it turns out I love the letter even more! That's poetry disguised as prose. ♥

    1. Jolene says:

      Thanks Ida! 😊

  9. Wow – your writing is absolutely beautiful!! Please keep it coming, I love it!

    1. Jolene says:

      Thank you Lizzie, much appreciate your kindness.

  10. Jolene ♥️♥️ aren’t you a fierce poetess?! Your post hit me so hard, I had to take a grip! The pictures, they were everything 😍😍 made my mind dance with glee when I looked at the greenery and sceneries.
    As for your question, I’m working, not a student anymore, although I keep doing courses in between. So I understand your preoccupation with work, not rendering you any time for your hobbies. Take care my friend ☺️

    1. Jolene says:

      Haha, thanks Ms Twinkling, you’ve made my day by calling me “fierce”. I’m probably one of the mildest people you’ll meet.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the greenery and it lifted your spirits. Your words have certainly lifted mine. 🙂
      You sound very busy too, working and studying is always hard… Here’s to finding the right balance between work and the endless pursuit of happiness!

      1. Hahaha! I’m so happy to hear that and yes I took notice of your soft nature being myself one☺️ And yes, cheers to that. Hope to read more from you, take care, friend ☺️

  11. Lynn Blair says:

    Lovely pictures and reflections. Might have to make it a bucket list item to go visit sometime.

    1. Jolene says:

      Thank you Lynn, do add this to your list. The surrounding Bavarian/Austrian Alps region offers magnificent scenery. 🙂
      Good luck with your new move! 😉

  12. Wonderful images and sensations. For a moment I thought this might be the Eagle’s Nest in Slovenia. But I guess there are many.Click to see the Slovenian nest: https://manjameximovie.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/a-brave-another-world/

    1. Jolene says:

      Hey Manja, I didn’t know there were many! What ignorance! 😂
      Thanks for the link. I’ll be sure to check it out.

      1. Not nearly. The Slovenian one is called Orlovo gnezdo, how could you know? 😉

  13. Rachel McKee says:

    Oh wow Jolene, wow, wow. Very moving piece. “The lights are fading now, their dying embers painting the sky crimson.” Now that is a swoon-worthy line!

    1. Jolene says:

      Oh thanks Rachel, always appreciate your support. 😊
      Now I will have to literally swoon over my pile of work… 🙄

      1. Rachel McKee says:

        Lololol ugh, good luck friend!

      2. Jolene says:

        Thanks I will need all the luck I’m given to get through this mountain!!

  14. Len Kagami says:

    Wow! Absolutely stunning!

    1. Jolene says:

      Thanks for your encouragement Len. 🙏

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