Photography

  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure - Looking up through the center of a staircase makes the structure apparent.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner - Importing some old photos into my catalog, I came across these earrings with corners.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny! - My 'ooh, shiny' moments happen when I notice light effects.
  • 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.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine - Melting ice at river’s edge shines with the setting sun. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Blue - In Arezzo a couple of weeks ago, I saw this blue door: As with my Yellow photos, sharing the image sent me looking at other blue images in my catalog, like this tangle of rope: Blue shutters and sky: Shadow turning a hubcap and sidewalk into blue-on-blue (now that song is stuck in my head!): Another door in … Continue reading Blue
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror - Another photo challenge for which it was hard to limit myself to one image! Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the slideshow. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror, click here. Images © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame - In Fes, the activity in the souk is reflected and framed by the mirrors in a shop.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning - I’ve never been a morning person, but practicing photography has propelled me out the door earlier than I would ever have thought possible. It’s not just the light that appeals to me, but the stillness and quiet of the early morning, even when in a city. This image of a young fisherman is from a vacation in … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning
  • Right turn - Today was one of those delightful days that are a welcome relief to August heat – cool, windy, sunshine and clouds, so I hopped in the car with my camera for a short excursion. When I came to the bottom of the hill out of Porciano, I almost turned left because that’s what I usually do. … Continue reading Right turn
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top - Just capturing the silhouette of the ferris wheel against a sunset sky would have been enough; the cherry on top was getting the sun too. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up - I love this photo challenge! Having lived in an urban environment most of my adult life, I’ve learned to look up – the details above street-level are amazing. It was too hard to limit myself to one photo, so here’s a gallery. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve - Curve framing curve. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure - Pure gold. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Yellow - The yellow broom is in bloom all over the hillsides here and it’s quite eye-catching: Sharing the above photo with a couple of people reminded me of other ‘yellow’ photos in my catalog. Just for the fun of it, here are some of them. A stunningly yellow wall: A fire hydrant set off by red … Continue reading Yellow
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare - Usually when I’m near the water, I’m looking for reflections of blue skies and colorful boats. On this particular morning, I got a completely different kind of image. For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Face - In general, I don’t like graffiti but who could resist these happy (and surprisingly expressive) faces on the side of a building in Narbonne, France? For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Face, click here. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • A Chianti vista -   Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Rainbow! -   A double rainbow over Stia.     Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • 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
  • Viareggio - Rather than stay inside and be frustrated by internet issues, ran away to the seaside today … As views go, one of waves with snow-capped mountains in the background isn’t too bad! It wasn’t that warm – the wind was whistling in the rigging of the sailboats docked on the other side of the jetty.  Laughed … Continue reading Viareggio
  • 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
  • Sunlight and fog - Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on either image to view larger. Images © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Red - Noticed the red bicycle and chairs and when I pulled out my phone to capture the image, saw the reflected red car and taillight. Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • First light, 2016 -   Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • Sunrise sky Firenze - Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • A Sunday in the Casentino Valley - Waking up to snow on the hills surrounding the valley. The streets in the valley gleaming like silver from the precipitation during the night, which included rain, hail, and snow. A road trip to Castello di Castel San Nicolò, a hamlet above Strada, from which there are beautiful views. Turning from the views to the streets … Continue reading A Sunday in the Casentino Valley
  • Consuma Pass clouds - Driving over the Consuma Pass (that’s one of my favorite phrases these days) into the Casentino Valley this morning, I gasped when I saw this spectacular cloud-scape and immediately found a place to pull off the road. Don’t the lower clouds look like waves cresting or water boiling up between the hills? Click (or double-click, depending on your … Continue reading Consuma Pass clouds
  • Apples and grapes - My landlady and friend Martha gave me these apples and grapes last night. The way in which she piled them into the basket struck me as so lovely, I wanted to share. Image © Melissa Corcoran.    
  • Autumn afternoon - Images from a walk above Porciano (in the Casentino Valley). It was a perfect autumn afternoon – blue sky, sunshine, warm but not hot. As is common here, the cloud formations were beautiful. Click (or double-click, depending on your device) on any image to launch the slideshow. All images © Melissa Corcoran.
  • View from Piazzale Michelangelo - Image © Melissa Corcoran.
  • 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
  • Sunday morning walk -   All images © Melissa Corcoran.
  • 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