Photography

  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures - A selection of images illustrating texture.
  • Sunflower season! - Sunflowers in front of the Castello dei Conti Guidi in Poppi.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge - My fascination with the Brooklyn Bridge began many years ago when my brother gave me David McCullough’s The Great Bridge. Up until then, I associated history with school textbooks and read little of it once out of university. This story was so fascinating and well-written that I was reading the book on my lunch breaks at … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient - The transient color and light and pattern of fireworks.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Order - As someone who used to hang her clothes in color order, this challenge appeals to me!
  • Serendipity - Sometimes, I go out and about with a specific sightseeing and/or photography goal in mind. Other times, things just happen! The other day, I took afternoon tea at the St. Regis. While I was making inroads on the delicious sandwiches, scones, and pastries, I opened the book that is one of my ‘bibles’ for Florence, An Art … Continue reading Serendipity
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise - This was one of the first images I captured with my macro lens and I was entranced by what I could see, especially the dusting of gold pollen on the bee. What I did not expect was what it would look like when the bee took off and flew towards me. It wasn’t nearly as close as … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green! - Photo challenges like this one make the endless photo cataloguing worthwhile - I could search my catalogue for photos with keyword green. The challenge was limiting myself to a small selection and seeing if I could avoid plant photos (almost!).
  • Spring evening - What a lovely spring evening in Florence!
  • Signs going for a ride - Even signs like to get out and about sometimes.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken - A mild, sunny December day, a geocaching power trail, a 20-kilometer walk along the towpath and a watery road taken - the Canal de la Robine near Narbonne, France.  It seemed every bend showed us another lovely view, even after sunset.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds - This one was my gift from the photography gods. On a safari some years ago, my guide Tesha and I headed out for the evening game drive around 4:30. When we saw several vehicles around a tree, we knew it was probably a leopard. We joined them and saw a large, beautiful male in the tree. … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow - Part of the challenge on this one was limiting myself to just one photo! I didn’t succeed, but I did at least manage to limit myself to this handful of photos. Shadows cross the lines of the planks forming the walkway. Shadow curves on top of chalked curves. Look closely and you’ll see a plastic hanger lost … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude - This photo from the Serengeti symbolizes the quiet and space I find in being alone.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful - The graceful curve of a boat being built by hand in Essaouira, Morocco.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Names - A familiar name on the wall of a building in Newburyport, MA.
  • More magic - I mentioned in a recent blog post that there was something magical to me about fog and that autumn mornings in the Casentino Valley offer lots of magic. That was an understatement, as you can see from the photos in this gallery.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic - There's something magical to me about fog and autumn mornings in the Casentino Valley offer lots of magic.
  • How the light gets in - One of my favorite songs is Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem.” I discovered it via Louise Penny’s book How the Light Gets In; the title is a phrase from a line in the song that is one of my all-time favorites, “There is a crack in everything / that’s how the light gets in.” Cohen’s death last … Continue reading How the light gets in
  • Antique - In Arezzo, started down a street lined with antique shops. Interestingly, the photo I captured of shadows cast by old metal objects has an antique look to it.