Photo galleries

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Arches - arch: a typically curved structural member spanning an opening and serving as a support (as for the wall or other weight above the opening) Recently, I was looking for an image in my photo catalogue and came across one of repeating arches. That sent me searching my catalogue for other photos of arches (and being pleasantly … Continue reading Arches
  • Bicycles - My sister Nancy, who blogs at Not Inclined To Resign to Maturity, often takes one or more of my photos as the starting point for a blog post. When she does this, I often see my photos in a different way – her commentary gives meaning to the photo or highlights details I had discounted. A … Continue reading Bicycles
  • A wander around Florence - Today was the first time since I arrived back in Florence that I had a chance to wander the city. My walk took me to the Duomo, across the Ponte Vecchio, into the Oltrarno, and back across the river near Santa Croce. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the … Continue reading A wander around Florence
  • Country fair - A summer tradition – the country fair. These images are from Brockton Fair, one of the oldest in the USA. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the slideshow. All images © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Isola d’Elba - When I put together galleries of my photos, I usually have a theme, as in the recent Passageways gallery. In this case, however, there isn’t a theme, just me wanting to share photos of the beautiful island of Elba. As my brother said, I wouldn’t mind being exiled here. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on … Continue reading Isola d’Elba
  • La Pietra - I was fortunate this week to take a tour of La Pietra, a fifteenth-century villa bequeathed to New York University by Sir Harold Acton. I wasn’t comfortable taking photos inside the villa, but did take some of the garden. Our guide told us the garden is a recreation of a Renaissance garden. Such a garden is considered part of the … Continue reading La Pietra
  • Commemorating Filippo Brunelleschi - The anniversary of Filippo Brunelleschi’s death (April 16, 1446) was commemorated in Florence today with a procession and wreath laying ceremony at his grave in the crypt of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo). Brunelleschi was the genius behind the construction of the cupola of the Duomo and is one of my heroes. Click (or double-click, depending on … Continue reading Commemorating Filippo Brunelleschi
  • Passageways - Working in my photography catalogue recently, these images of passageways stood out to me. It’s one of the things I like best about seeing a city on foot – one notices the smaller and less-obvious ways of getting from one place to another. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch … Continue reading Passageways