060718: Remembering Italy

 

My son called a few days ago, telling me about the wonderful first visit he and his family are currently experiencing in Italy. And I couldn’t be happier to hear all about their adventure. So, with all that going through my mind, and with a serious desire to be there myself, I have opted for the next best thing – my photo libraries! Today’s post scratched that itch (for the time being!).

I started off with some trees – the opener is from an olive grove near Assisi. The image immediately above is a very old tree in the garden surrounding Leonardo‘s home and birthplace in Vinci.

Doorway, Florence

Spello, Umbria

Street Shrine, Florence

St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Entryway, Trastevere

Vegetable Stand/Barge, Venice

Flowerpots, Trastevere

Private Driveway, Tuscany

Gondolas, Venice

Rome

Souveniers, Assisi

Dress Shop, Venice

Santa Croce Basilica, Florence

Thanks for visiting Italy with me today!

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January Ends

IMG_1891_Pano_01_LR_12aCrazy changes in the weather lately have given us some intense fog (along with coughs, colds, and sniffles). Forty degree temperature shifts also provide for wonderful shooting opportunities. These two, taken after snow had melted, are examples from nearby Story Farms.

_MG_1896_01_LR_10But rather than yearn for snow and cold, like this image from last winter…

IMG_6871_01_LR_10…I’d rather give thought to the eventual warmth of Spring and Summer. As the windchill plummets tonight I’ll take comfort in this image of the Vly, a flat, boggy area named by the Dutch centuries ago, and always a wonderful site for late afternoon drama in the good weather!

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The other day, while attempting to organize some of my image libraries, I came across an overlooked series from a visit to an old city building in Albany. Like so many other municipal buildings in urban settings, this one’s glory days are long past. Yet, still, there remains echoes of those days – the luncheonette counter that hasn’t served BLTs or malteds in years…

IMG_2211_01_LR_10  The snowy mural, seemingly an afterthought at the base of a stairwell…

IMG_2232_01_LR_12…and entrances that arch, more like classical alcoves than framed-out doorways.

IMG_2228_01_LR_12IMG_2227_01_LR_12…all of which reminded me of this image from Venice – Tintoretto’s neighborhood, to be precise – where these architectural features were standard.

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The trip through my libraries also led me to more images from my Devonian Drawer series and an opportunity to address that which had initially been set aside. I’ll leave you with this handful of new drawers.

IMG_7900_01_LR_12IMG_6343_01_LR_WPIMG_6421_01_LR_WP IMG_7942_01_LR_WPIMG_0135_01a_LR_12 IMG_8973_01_LR_WPThank you as always for visiting. More images at www.artmurphy.com

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