Sunday, December 21, 2008

On the First Day of Winter






Winter is officially upon us. I have no doubt in my mind that it is true, all I have to do is step outside of my house to experience the 16 inches that have fallen in the last two days and the minus 30 degrees Farenheit wind chill. In spite of the cold, I find the winterscapes beautiful. The photos in this post were taken yesterday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just before our storm of last night, the one that marked the official start of winter. Those in Wisconsin who celebrate it will, indeed, have a "white Christmas".

At the beginning of the winter in the northern hemisphere and the end of the year (for those who follow the western calendar), I wish all of you the best wherever you may be. Peace.

Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Kerry

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tuscan Visions: Landscapes








Tuscany is one of the regions of the world that I want to revisit. I recently went through the folders on my hard drive and discovered a Tuscan photos folder that I'd totally forgotten. The photos in this post were taken in either Lucca or Florence. I thought that I'd focus on landscapes this time, but I also have photos that I like of people (Yes, I actually took some photos of people!), buildings, urban life, and religious icons for later posts. I truly enjoyed my short week in Tuscany-I met some very good people and had many enjoyable experiences even with my minimal knowledge of Italian. In the future, I hope to make an extended stay in Tuscany in order to explore it more in depth. In the meantime,I hope that you enjoy the photos.

Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Windows (of Europe)








The photos in this post were taken in Italy and France at various times in my travels. I have done some digital photo editing so that they fit the “windows” theme. For some reason, windows are one of the many aspects of a place that draws my camera like a magnet. Perhaps it is because windows are the eye’s doorway to the world, a way that the person can observe the outside without actually experiencing it. The window images that you have in front of you were taken in Lucca (Italy), Paris, and southern France. Two of them were simply windows that I found pleasing to the eye. Another was included because I felt compelled to include a window of at least one cathedral if I was taking my material from European settings. One, with its trompe d’oil side view from a little town in southern France was a bit of the unusual. Last is the view of Parisian causal that I took while traveling along the Seine by B’ATO Bus on an unseasonably warm October day.

What makes something photogenic when you travel? You’ve probably spent a lot of money to arrive at your new destination and now you are faced with, “What images will capture the essence of the place that I’m in now?” There doesn’t seem to be a straightforward answer to the question. When you think about it, places are composites and highly complex, whether they are metropolitan areas or rural villages. The essence of a place is first of all the land, itself. Add people with their adaptations to the land, interpersonal relationships, cultures, and their histories and we have more ingredients to consider. Sorting out those ingredients that define a particular place for you is a challenge. For me, it involves a process of reflection after I have put some time and distance from the place I have tried to capture on camera. I'd be really interested in some of the "ingredients" that you have felt essential to capturing the essence of places that you have been. Our diverse perspectives are part of what makes us interesting as fellow humans.


Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment, they are always welcome. As always, enjoy your own travels. Dare to venture beyond your present horizon and experience what is there.