Thursday, January 12, 2012

Belvedere (The Beautiful View)

Today's Theme for Thursday is "View." As is my wont I have eschewed posting any "beautiful" or color postcardy shots, though lord knows I take them as much as anyone else. (And yes, the viewful banner is indeed of Florence, Italy.)

Raindrop-spotted view of fog from atop St. Francis's monastery at La Verna, Tuscany
This is the spot where St. Francis crouched terrified in a tiny gouge in the cliffside during a storm and received his famous stigmata. We were there on a cold and windy day, snow on the ground and rain and fog in the air. On a clear day, we understood, the view off the mountain is stunning. We pretty much stayed inside, snacking on beer and fabulous nutty-honey-jam the monks make. I have to say I had never seen a bartender at a monastery before this.

View out the window of one house at Ercolano (Herculaneum) to the neighbor's
The ancient town of Ercolano was buried for centuries under ash like Pompeii, and the large excavation is currently about 30 feet below the rest of the new town. Hence, even if the houses were not a foot apart, there would be no view. Still, the houses have windows.

Distracted from the view by bed linens, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Umbria
This tiny village with a huge name is perched atop a high hill at the end of a very long road. As always I was more interested in flapping laundry than sweeping views of the valley.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Weather Abstract

Although this shot could be anywhere, it is in fact looking out a window of a friend in Banbury, England, summer 2009. Says a lot about English summers.  I love the shapes of the raindrop remnants and their reflections of the view/shades behind them.  The whole picture reminds me of a flag as well, the national flag of precipitation.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


Welcome to another Theme Thursday.

"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."
- R. D. Laing

...We rounded the corner of the York Minster cathedral to find children lining up thousands of coins on the ancient cobblestone street for some charity or other. Is it my imagination that I seem to recall their punning slogan being "It's Time for a Change"?

York, 2009

And for an added visual pun, here's the original shot I "changed" to monochrome for this post.