Intentional Camera Movement

Intentional Camera Movement

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Part of a Face

Theme:  Part of a Face

It was a pleasure to visit Arona on the coast of Lago Maggiore.  The city has lovely upscale shops, historic churches, and a lovely waterfront where I had lunch with my friend Pirjo.

The most awe-inspiring part of our day there was to visit the statue, Colossus of St. Charles Borromeo, over 30 meters high on the Sacro Monte of San Carlo, considered a symbol of the city.  This is the view from the ground below.

Inside the nearby cathedral, we read about history and saw many photos relating to this dear man.  San Carlo Borromeo was born here in 1538  and in 1565 he became archbishop of Milan, and he gave material and spiritual assistance especially during calamities such as famine and plague. He died in 1584 and was beatified in 1602 and canonized in 1610. Construction was started in 1624 of a sacred hill and also a huge statue visible from Lake Maggiore which celebrates the memory of the saint. It was designed by Giovanni Battista Crespi and was built with copper sheets hammered and assembled with nails and iron rods while the head and hands were made of bronze.



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Theme is Triptych – three related photos shown together.

This is entitled My Dream Boat, and My “Dreamboat”.    Some will understand.




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Rows of…………

If you look closely at the ROWS OF bottles at an outdoor waterfront bar in Arona, Italy, you will see there are no shelves.  Instead they hang from straps that are flexible and allow the barista to serve and the bottle springs back to the desired position.  And a nice American flag as a background.  Click on image for a closer look.

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This was the sweet welcome home in my backyard for my birthday.  All set up with love from my special neighbors Pirjo and Reijo.  It was a lovely evening and a wonderful way to end a nice vacation.   I will have pleasant dreams tonight, along with the gentle feeling of the swaying of a sailing vessel that I left just yesterday.

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Way Down Low

When you are lounging in the infinity pool at this agriturismo in Barbaresco, Italy, the family’s vineyards are way down low in the valley.  Each row is planted strategically to get the best sun exposure for that particular grape.  We learned the difference between the designation DOC and DOCG for the wines.  Every bottle here is labeled and given the proper seal by hand.  If you are interested to see or read more, the website for Silvia Rivella in Barbaresco is wonderful with additional photos of the wine cellar, the family, and stories of the history of this wonderful estate.  And you can get automatic translation, although I am working to read and speak Italian myself.


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