Friday, October 30, 2009


Twilights are a time of transition. In rural settings they often mark the end of a day's labor and the start of peace, quiet, and a time for family and friends. In urban settings, they are interm period between the bustle of the day and the frenzy of the night. Wherever I am, twilight is one of my favorite parts of the day.

In this post, I revisited a variety of twilights:
-the outer wall of the old city of Lucca, Italy.
-a street corner in Paris
-a rooftop view of a Spanish town in the Pyrenees.
-riverside in a town found in Western France.
-the harbor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where I live.

I hope that you have enjoyed these twilights. As always, I wonder what sort of images these photos bring to mind in the people who have viewed them. People are so diverse in their outlooks, even when there are experiences that we all have in common. Personally, I feel that without that diversity the world would be a poorer place in which to live.

Thank you for visiting, please feel free to leave a comment behind. May your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuscan Religious Artwork

Religious overtones are something that I usually avoid. Religion is something that is personal and, to be quite honest, something that I am not overly comfortable discussing. On the other hand, it is impossible to explore images of Tuscany and ignore the impact religion has had on its artwork and the everyday lives of Tuscans. I have tried to include religious artwork from a variety of settings, not a difficult task because it is found everywhere you turn in the older parts of Tuscan cities (these photos were taken in Lucca and Florence). I was struck by the range-from the simple to the highly ornate and intricate, all of them beautiful in their own way. I do not pretend to have knowledge of Italian religious art in terms of style or period, therefore I will let the images speak for themselves. Sometimes an image can be appreciated simply for what it represents, without an in-depth analysis.

Thank you for visiting, please feel free to leave a comment behind. May your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wild Spaces and Ghost Towns

One of the many aspects of the American West is its “ghost towns”. No, this does not refer to poltergeist (though maybe some could be found there). Instead, I am referring to towns that once existed but then lost most or all of their populations as people moved onward. Often the abandonment of these towns by the people who had settled there was due to economic reasons. Cerrillos, New Mexico was one of those towns that became a mining town and then expired. If you would like to learn more about Cerrillos, I suggest that you try this link:

I enjoyed our short visit there, although we drove past it at first and had to backtrack a bit.. Today, a few people work and live in this town on the Turquoise Trail, a short drive (by New Mexican measurement) from Santa Fe. Besides the photos that captured some of the essence of this rustic, isolated place, I gathered some “treasures” at this mining museum/general store that was staffed by knowledgeable caretakers. Where else could you buy a sun-bleached coyote skull, unpolished turquoise nuggets, and a weathered bronze bell for your arbor? It was a truly unique Southwestern experience, one that I encourage you to try if the chance arises.

As always, thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish, and do stop by again some time. May your own travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Looking Upward

When we are in a place strange to us, we are conditioned to walk briskly, not look around, and appear to be moving with a purpose. This is what is referred to as "acting streetwise" in an urban area. I usually practice this behavior when I am traveling. After all, you try to blend in and not appear to be a person who is foreign and be taken advantage of. On the other hand, if you always do this you can easily miss photo opportunities.

The photos in this post were taken from a perspective of looking upward, disobeying the basic rules for trying to blend into the community. They were usually taken with few or no other people nearby. Sometimes a photo is worth being pegged as a tourist.

The face on the wall surrounded by fleur du lys was taken while I was wandering around St. Brieuc (Brittany, France). The hillside church was in a small town in the Catalan region of northern Spain. I'm honestly not sure where the arch and church window were, perhaps in Carcasonne, France. Blue skies over the clock tower were found in a town in southeastern France. Last, but not least, are the partially hidden peaks of the Pyrenees as we neared the Spanish-French border.

All of these images with their upward focus give the eye a different perspective. Looking at places in different ways is not a bad thing to do, though walking looking upward can cause collisions in crowded places .

In any event,thank you for stopping by. I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and will return. May your own travels be both interesting and enjoyable.