Friday, December 27, 2013

Cinque Terre Boats

A Couple of Dinghy Boats
Colorful boats are a perfect companion to the colorful houses in the Cinque Terre, Italy.  Here are a few photographs of them.  They each have their own name.  I discovered Elisa, Vittoria and Lia floating around together.  Every boat has a name and probably has a personality.  I did not spend enough time to learn about that.  I simply enjoyed their beautiful curves and buoyancy.
Dry Dock

Boat License Detail from Riomaggiore

Red Boat in Vernazza
Elisa, Vittoria and Lia

Italian Romance in Photography

Italian Lovers
Italy has a very romantic location.  The ocean, the sunlight and the warm water all bring out the romantic side in people.  I remember having a wonderful day in the Cinque Terre with my wife as we hiked from town to town 17 years ago.  When we returned for this trip with 3 children in tow, it was easy to see that the romantic setting remained the same.

At the edge of the sea, at the breakwater of Riomaggiore, this couple was enjoying the wonderful setting.  They were quite oblivious to everyone else around them.  I thought it might make a romantic shot with them, the rocks and the ocean.  The wonderful sunlight reflecting off the waves highlights everything. 

Monterosso al Mare: Getting Lost

Quiet Intersection of Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Before crowds wake up, before the shops open, before sounds fill the alleyways, every city seems to have a quiet side.  I like to get up and wander around during this time to see the world without so many people.  Here in there, a shopkeeper was getting ready for the day.  For the most part, the alleyways for empty and silent.

As a photographer I enjoyed exploring.  I had no map, no agenda.  I just wandered around, took my time and enjoyed whatever happened to cross my path.  Some street signs, hanging lanterns, umbrellas, parked bicycles and doors ajar caught my attention.  I hope you enjoy them.

Monterosso al Mare is where I stayed during my 3 days in the Cinque Terre.  This is a wonderful town.  I stayed in the older part, more southern part.  There is a wonderful beach, wonderful old buildings and delicious pizza.
Green door number 21
Shops before opening time.
Via Genova sign stuck on a building
Old and new walls


Cinque Terre: Fishing Lessons

Fishing Lesson in Vernazza Harbor
I happened to be in the right place at the right time as I was hiking from town to town in the Cinque Terre, Italy.  An aging fisherman had a young child out in the boat.  They were going over different materials in the boat.  Then he got a net and wanted to show the child some things in the water.  Some smaller fish were swimming around underneath the boat.  I thought this was a very touching, personal scene amidst the touristic background.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Pisa Camposanto

Reclining Statue from Pisa's Camposanto
Pisa's touristic powerhouse is the "field of miracles" headlined by the famous leaning tower.  this is an absolutely wonderful sight to see, both fun and architecturally fascinating.  The wonderful grassy fields surrounding the leaning Tower and Duomo invite fun loving people to sit down and enjoy the wonderful view.  People watching can be fantastic here.

On a first visit here, it was very easy to not pay attention to the long rectangular building on the far left. That was a mistake.  On my 2nd visit, after more preparation and education, I had this building at the top of my list for Pisa.  Pisa's Camposanto (cemetery) was the location for famous citizens to be buried.  It also was painted with marvelous frescoes.  Many of these were damaged during World War II.

You would think with ancient tombs and world-class frescoes, that would be enough for one location.  However the Camposanto offers even more:  ancient Roman sculptures and sarcophagi.  These date from the first millennium and are quite spectacular.  Simply by walking around the rectangular courtyard, one can enjoy artistic treasures from 15 centuries.  Amazing.  My favorite things were the incredible sculptures.
Deceased nobleman of Pisa
Roman mourning in art
Camposanto inner garden, supposed filled with holy soil
"Inconsolable"is the name of this statue
Reclining Marble statue
Statue of deceased Pisa leader