Saturday, May 31, 2008

From one of the 7 Hills



Taken in the Palatine Gardens in Rome; the brown wall is part of the palace of Augustine and the distant hill is another of the hills of Rome - i liked the rural feel, perhps more like the view originally had from this sopt. The bustling heart of the Capitol has disappeared.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Old Bridge



Ponte Vecchio, the oldest of Florence's six bridges, is one of the city's best known images. Probably going back to Roman times with its stone pillars and wooden planks; it was built in stone but then newly destroyed by a flood in 1333. It was built again twelve years later, perhaps by Neri da Fioravante (or Taddeo Gaddi, according to Giorgio Vasari).
The five arches became three and the main part was widened. The shops, housed under the porticos, first belonged to the Commune which then rented them out. But later on, towards the 15th century, they were sold to private owners and began to change through subsequent additions, raised parts and external terraces, extending towards the river and altering the original architecture in an anarchical, suggestive way.

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We liked the Ponte Vecchio best from the next bridge down. The Arno is still a beautiful river but the tourists are maddening (obviously we didnlt include ourselves in this :) ) and the shops are depressingly expensive - well probably not if you can afford the wonderful jewelry but even my doting husband rebelled at the price tags on display! The highlight of Florence for us was the Bargello Museum and I got some great shots of the Duomo as well, but they are for another day.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Capri Tulips


In the gardens of Axel Munthe's house in Capri - stately tulips in rich colours. I don't like tulips as a general role; a month picking tulip bulbs in Holland cured me of any love for the bulbous topped flower but these were so beautiful and the day so bright and sunny I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Moment in Time, Caught in Marble



One of the pieces on display in the Colosseum, the details and figures have burred and worn ofer the years but they are still an extraordinary work of art.

I really liked how it came out against the dark background - it feels as if it was suspended.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Prayer


In the Duomo in Florence visitors light candles - each one a prayer.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pool of Blue


I like this one because of the blue, and the line of the railing, mirroring the landscape sweeping in the distance. It was an attempt as well to capture the impossible artificial blue of the pool, with the equally manufactured pollution blue haze in the background :) I was please how it all turned out, so I hope it's "holiday snap" element can be forgiven :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

At the Corner of City and Sky


Another from the top of Castel D'Angelo, Rome. I love the angle of the buildings, red agaisnt white and both set against the lowering thunderous sky.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Glowing Heart of Spirit




Two shots of the same stained glass - one exposed to show the details of the surroundings and the other to let the glass stand out itself. Taken in the Basilica, Vatican City.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Heathens, Begone!


Why the title? well we felt slightly unwelcome when we pitched up the Vatican on a lovely bright morning....but then a thunderstorm broke out above our heads. But relaly, it only added to the drama and sense of occasion :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Portrait of a City


Taken from the roof of Castel D'angelo, Rome, as a thunderstorm rolled in across the city (april 2008) One of a series I'll post up here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sorrento Magic



Full moon in Sorrento, as we stood on the balcony of our hotel. Taken with telephoto lens, it was an experiement in trying to balance the blooming thing :) while taking shots and I have learned that I need a tripod, urgently! But I was pleased with this shot as it captured the eerie light, the luminescent moon and the outline of the landscape beneath.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Leanings to Beauty



We had an hour and a half befor our train, so after grabbing a bite of pasta in a nearby café the husband insisted we hop a taxi and go see the Leaning Tower. I was anxious about missing the train, but in the end, so incredibly glad we went. The guide book described it as freakishly beautiful and I really cannot best that description. The day was bright and blustery, there were a lot of tourists but not overwhelming numbers and the area around the Tower is also well worth a look.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Above us


Taken in the Vatican, one of the corridors leading to the Sistine chapel; the ornate, gold embossed ceiling stands out as ip lit from beneath. The almost overpowering opulance creates feelings of awe and one can easily understand the effect on the fatithful!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Grace in Ruins



Pompeii, Italy.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Blue


View from the Augustine Gardens, Capri.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Night Glamour


Sorrento Italy, at night, taken on honeymoon this month. We had a great view from the balcony of our hotel and spent a few evenings playing with the cameras. One thing I learnt is that I need a decent tripod :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Baa Lambs


Taken in Wicklow, early April - lambs gambolling in a field. Never thought I would legitimately use the word "gambolling" in a sentence but that is exactly what they were doing. "Baa Lambs" as my nephew calls them.

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