Date(s): 2008. Photos by Aymar. 1 - 59 of 59 Total. 65 Visits.
1 St. Candidus Candidus church, Bad Teinach vicinity (the Candidus church shares its name with close by Kentheim, the latter is just a less orthodox spelling of the former). The Earls of Calw 'endowed' the church with the relics of St.Candidus (archbishop of Reims). Not sure how you acquire those. - Origins: Some parts of the church date back to the 10th century. It will have been a Reichenau foundation but the influence of the close by Hirsau (backed by the Earls of Calw) soon predominated. Hardly a smooth transition. Reichenau was an Imperial Abbey (pro Ottonic, pro Staufic) whereas Hirsau was firmly entrenched in the Cluny camp.
2 St,. Candidus Traces of an outdoor mural. North wall of the nave. Probably beyond restoration. (The weathered rough cast invites population with made up faces.) There are more murals in the interior, dated as late 13th century. Some sort of latch key (let yourself in) arrangement. Could not bring myself to ring at the indicated house. Very early in the morning anyhow.
3 St. Candidus Apotropaic corner heads. Long eared, low-browed and with struck out Gorgon tongues. Whatever you can imprint into sandstone (or a ship prow). The cut off noses are probably due to weathering. The equivalent gable display of patrician houses would be a 'Neidkopf'. Ongoing discussion: does something of the Celtic or Nordic heritage still show through (cultural substratum). I find it difficult to associate Greek Orthodox Churches with a similar kind of warding magic. An evil eye screen maybe. Alternative interpretation, 'Nordic' lag without cultural connotation.
4 St. Candidus Selfsame head, different viewing angle. - I did wash off the ink afterwards.
5 St. Candidus NE, another proto gargoyle
6 St. Candidus Church yard with a corner for lost and found umbrellas. Umbrellas were very popular in the 11th century. Peter Bartholomew found a famous one in Antiocha. Sad to say that he did not read the instruction leaflet attentively. Anti water magic is no good for fire walking. Usual Runciman details.
7 St. Candidus on crucifer duty
8 St. Candidus The Teinach river flows past the small church cemetery.
9 St. Candidus Engulfed in green (sunrise forest)
10 St. Candidus red house in the green forest
11 Zavelstein Secondary highway near Teinach. Not sure if lumbering shape would cover it. Sign says headstones and sculptures.
12 Zavelstein The walled Zavelstein on top, Bad Teinach at the bottom. Will deduce a date between 1630 and 1692 as Zavelstein castle is shown in full Renaissance splendor. - Bad Teinach: Bath house and thermal wells, one caption reads 'sour' water, are already in evidence, very much in present day location even. The undershot waterwheels do not look terribly efficient. - [Zavelstein should not be mixed up with Offenbach's Gerolstein. Rhineland-Palatinate location in the latter case. Both places have a spa tradition.]
13 Zavelstein, the castle The before and after view. Vaulted rooms are indicated by concave 'accidentals' (rotated carets) next to the load bearing walls. - Melac marched through the Black Forest in 1692. From Landau to Schorndorf on less than three torches a day. Rhapsodic: Conquistador blood courses through our veins. Gold before hostage taking or however I feel. In any case fairly close to the time honored Prescott script. It is unclear if this particular castle was even defended. (Never an obstacle.) Not the first abuse it suffered. It had already been pillaged in the preceding 30 Years War. The large, well stocked wine cellar probably more a liability than an asset. The upgrade from 12th century fortification to 17th century Renaissance castle is due to baron Bowinghausen von Wallmerode. In retrospect, rather optimistic given the political instability at the times. A Vauban overhaul, general trend, ground hugging, would have been more appropriate. (Vauban fortifications were shifted forward a...
14 Zavelstein, the castle fountain with flow over basin
15 Zavelstein, the castle The hollowed out conifer trunk served once as water supply pipe. The drilling auger above. The word "Teuchel" could be related with 'tewel, tuyere'. Unconfirmed. The spirit maybe more willing than the phonetic laws. The iron clad device was probably used for calibration. The chain attachment makes it unsuitable as pump piston. The waters of the nearby Rötenbach were captured. Have some problem with the topography (gravity feed or overpressure - U-shaped trajectory as far as I can tell) but the system must have worked somehow. Rötenbach could mean either 'red beck' (rather archaic) or, more likely, 'beck [through the field] of the [up]-rooted [trees]'. Maybe both if the logging operations caused enough disturbed earth to be washed into the close-by creek.
16 Zavelstein, the castle The hollowed out trunks were jointed by iron rings. Sealed with pitch or tar.
19 Zavelstein, the castle just picturesque in the folly sense
20 Zavelstein, the castle gable with rafter slide in. More pronounced on the outward facing side.
21 Zavelstein, the castle
22 Zavelstein, the castle a bench stands in the former bath room
23 Zavelstein Halfway up the keep. The old ingress opening.
24 Zavelstein On top of the castle keep. Vampire eyes for a day. Just a figure of speech. No need to overdo it.
25 Zavelstein Teinach valley with main building of the Teinach bottling company. Trademark, the watering hart. Vichy waters once removed. No signs of squatters in the surrounding hills. Most of the interspersed brighter green will be beech. - Close up pic #34.
Minor recall (it was not Teinach and not a bottling company. Just some similar kind of scenic setting.) Some free lance express delivery work (mileage based remuneration, small parcels and documents). Pan's hour (summer) with a group of workers relaxing in front of the main building. The usual midday picket line. Hairy eyeball. Tactical error to state your business. Ebullient reply, this is the lunch break. You did run into that. Still somewhat doubtful if a properly accoutred mailman would have also been intercepted. Neither snow nor hail nor an alert shop steward (tentative tag) shall stay us from our appointed course or something along that line. Quite possible that the office would in fact have been closed at this hour [...
26 Zavelstein, the castle Flowering spruce, upward male cones and downward hanging female cones from the previous year.
27 Zavelstein A day for conifers and sky writing. Two engine model.
28 Zavelstein, the castle Milan royal (by tail shape and wing coloring) in a thermal updraft. Spread pinions. Out of range but why not stake a claim.
29 Zavelstein, the castle Zavelstein, main street view (Im Staedle). The Romanesque St Georg's church, partially screened by a birch tree, started its carrier as a tower in the 12th century town wall. The air raid siren, Melac model, indicates the city hall (or former city hall turned museum cum public library).
30 Zavelstein, Im Staedle One of the fountains of Zavelstein. Same feed in (Rötenbach) as for the castle. (The hotels are hooked up to a more up to date system.) - Yes, no hallucination, sign actually says public bathroom. Small print: Open from 9.00 till sunset? Better than nothing.
31 Zavelstein, Im Staedle Spruced up half timbered house with confetti flower garden. The stacks of corded wood are omnipresent. - 'Well stacked' makes more sense in regions where everyone knows what 'wood in front' actually means.
32 Zavelstein, Im Staedle dust gray eminence
33 Zavelstein, Im Staedle Bumper sticker spotting (rear window in this case)
34 Bad Teinach Teinach bottling company, the glass foyer. (Castle keep view #25.)
35 Bad Teinach Bad Hotel. Yule Brunner is just leaving. It cannot always be Dostoevsky. (Who, incidentally, did hang out only in Baden Baden. Gambler anonymous.) The hotel looks mid 19th century. Actually 1842. Royalty may have slept here (King Wilhelm I). Four star establishment and as such somewhat pricey. Between 80 and 130 EUR per night. Access to a heated thermal pool had better be included.
36 Bad Teinach Church going under a flowering chestnut tree.
38 Bad Teinach Just for price comparison, a 19 EUR B&B (spa tax included). The next level would be camping. - Incidentally: GE may be run by a bee-keeper [Imme =(bee, swarm), Imker =(bee-keeper), Immler = (related family name)].
39 Bad Teinach Souvenir shop display. Reed covered long house, hipped roofed, hostess in front. (If a halfway serious explanation for the red 'pompom balls' exists I must confess ignorance.) The snow covered 'Matterhorn' in the backdrop is artistic license. Even the Feldberg puts on a green smock in summer.
40 Bad Teinach Orthodox church at the edge of a bog lake screened by a birch tree. I suspect that all souvenir shops in the world periodically swap their window displays.
41 Bad Teinach Hahnentanz of Teinach. Possibly a Richter drawing (fairy tale book staple). Certainly his kind of genre pictures. The artist (Richter or not) may have been a fine observer of human emotions, he would still have been a disaster as an architect. In no way could a sweetheart hold up her beau in the indicated way. Both would topple over instantly. Basic contest rules: A beau has to toss over the water glass with his head while being held up by his partner. The caged cock obviously had no say in the matter. He was just there to act as incentive. Sideshow, not quite on fairy tale level, the water can guy. Any improprieties will be punished by a cold shower. - Picture is from a municipal brochure. Queen Mathilde (Sophie of Württemberg), much given to local folklore, donated some prize money to keep the tradition alive. (Pavlova daughter. A whole string of first names. Princess of Württemberg. Queen (or queen consort) of the Netherlands. Should have spent more time in the Jubilee Park in...
42 Bad Teinach Teinach center and parish church
43 Bad Teinach
44 Bad Teinach, turris Antonia Another attempt to save the world by the brute force method of sheer allegorical representation. (The better kind of Bruegel.) The clockwork men (zodiacal attributes) around the savior in the formal garden represent, among other things, the 12 tribes of Israel. The landscape is likewise dotted with allegorical figures (e.g. royalty, church, justice). The Virgin beneath the 'threefold' Pnei-El on top the pediment obviously stands for Love. The foreshortened side panels show comparatively conventional scenes, the Flight to Egypt and basket retrieving in the bulrushes. Front cover, not shown, the soul marriage of Sulamith. Commissioned by Princess Antonia (17th century) and probably based on a personal vision (heydays of spiritual software writing.) Between the Lutheran 'back to the roots' directive, Pietism, Kabbalah, mysticism and Bahai syncretism (not sure about the last position, just sprang to mind, maybe the golden cupola of the Haifa shrine). Tour guide verdic...
45 Bad Teinach, spa gardens The green board lists the do's and dont's of the spa garden. Incidentally, I can spot three leashed pets. Did not even have to wait.
46 Bad Teinach, spa gardens The local 'treadmill'. The somewhat different kind of Kneipp fitness exercise.
47 Bad Teinach, spa gardens Sebastian Kneipp in the ransoms (Allium ursinum). Some links with the temperance movement. The footbath in the backdrop is part of a confidence course (spa version). Rarely used as far as I can tell.
48 Bad Teinach, spa gardens Mock heroic: The return of the chessmen. Fronts of bracken line the streets. (Admittedly just fiddlesticks.)
49 Melandrium rubrum Red Champion (Silene dioica)
50 Melandrium rubrum Cannot explain the gyrations of the tree top. Larches should know better.
51 Melandrium rubrum Stand of elongated male flowers. - A nickname of the related Dianthus carthusianorum (cultivated by Carthusian monks) is 'oculi Christi'.
52 between Nagold und Enz
53 between Nagold und Enz All shades of green, yearling (spruce) against beech. Something in the pastel green category (basswood) is missing.
54 Lamiastrum galeobdolon Yellow Archangel at the edge of the Enz. Mint family, Felix Arabia and beyond (and therefore one of the large group of false nettles, guilty by leaf shape association). The corolla speckled like a phoenix egg. (Just do not know any actual bird egg speckled that way - maybe in a reverse camouflage world, made by Faberge.)
55 Lamiastrum galeobdolon
56 between Nagold und Enz Hard to classify building. Black Forest Renaissance, with shingles and wooden window pediments.
57 Enzkloesterle A more modest pension. Once probably very much the norm but at present noticeably outclassed. (The present trend strongly favors a distinct regional look, wooden, corner-to-corner balconies and sombrero roofs.)
58 Enzkloesterle Bronze man. Certain attributes indicate that this statue represents a judge of the wildlife (some legislative as well as executive powers).
59 Calmbach Two men in rubber boots using a long poled battle ax to tie a shoe lace. (The driven in iron rings should facilitate the lashing.)