Photography and a Free Verse: Bridges

Yesterday, I made a promise to “Baldy” one of my blogging buddies I said that I would go through my archives and pull out some of my bridges…for i seems we both love bridges and I have quite a few.

I also promised to tie them all together with a poem. He said that he would also write one for me. Is there anyone among you who wouldlike to choose a bridge and tell me a story or write me a rhyme?  Feel free to do so…I’d love to read what you have to say about bridges!

Bridges

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From the day I was born

I’ve walked along many paths

changing my direction

crossing bridges

as they came my way.

Some of these bridges

rocked and swayed

and I feared that I would fall

and  the end would be near.

Other’s led to beauty and delight

bringing me happiness and love

and then still othere were of

the pragmatic type

utilitarian but oh so necessary.

I think that life is a journey

from birth

unto

death

down unknown paths

with unknown goals

until one day,

we’ll all eventually come

to the last bridge.

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What will I do over the summer? Living in Italy!

Next week will be our last conversation meeting of the old scholastic year.  As we anxiously await for the weather to put on its summer clothing, so we can too, I thought that we might do a different kind of encounter.  Instead of reading articles from a famous newspaper or an interesting post from one of the million bloggers who write over the world, I thought I’d as you my dears to write a few lines.  Tell us about you, what you would like to do this summer, what you’d like to do with the knowledge you’ve acquired.

I’ll go first and you follow me!

This summer I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to go and visit places here in Trentino that I’ve never visited.  The summer usually means a trip somewhere; Rome, Barcelona, Vienna, Puglia or why not Tenerife or the United States.  We certainly don’t lack for beach resorts in Italy, from the Adriatic to Mar Ligure across to the Islands, places to wallow under the sun and just relax are no more than a few hours drive from our wonderful mountains.  And yes, I think a week or two at the sea would be great!  But for the most part, I’d just like to stay here in our beautiful region and enjoy it.

Soon summer activities will begin in Arco and Riva.  The fairs, music festivals and sports events not to speak of firework displays are just around the corner.

peoplefairs and people

We could go to Tenno or Ledro and that wonderful village of Pregasine.  Our castle, how many of you have been up there recently, looks over the whole valley and from the top most tower, one gets the impression of being able to touch the sky!  I personally love to watch the climbers scurry up the side of the wall, as I lay about at the pool taking in the sun, lazy lady that I am!

I may be lazy, but still once the sun starts shining I like to go to the lake with my bike…this year, I’ve decided to take advantage of the cities’ offer to use one of their bikes, so I needn’t come down from Bolognano, but above all I needn’t bike back up.  In fact I’m not supposed to bike up hills!  On the other hand, my crazy doctor also said it would be good for me to bike as well as swim and go Nordic Walking…mind all three!  The best I could come up with was to take advantage of one of the bikes parked around town…one only has to pay a deposit, which is reimbursed once one returns the key they give you…et voila! Problem solved!

bikes

This is the new leg that has been added to the bike path from Arco to Torbole

This is the new leg that has been added to the bike path from Arco to Torbole

Nordic WalkingAnd of course we have Lake Garda.  Of course in the summer, it becomes as crowded as any beach does in Italy.  But, biking down, there’s no problem with parking, even less walking.  Carrying a picnic lunch and the necessary towel and beach shoes, one can combine sun bathing and a little sports. 🙂

Finally we can keep on biking or walking and go to Riva del Garda.  Here the lawns await anyone who wishes to watch the surfers, or just sunbathe.  The new bike and pedestrian paths are very useful indeed for both…no longer the problem of a cyclist running someone over!

the lakecycling and walkingwalking Lake Gardanear tourist harborAnd here we’ve just scratched the surface!  The Castles to visit, the valleys to see and the refuges to hike up to. What of our museums, a day or two in Bolzano…or to the bathes in Merano.  The medieval reenactments and pageants. Ah…and the week of the Notte di Fiaba in Riva del Garda (this year dedicated to Tom Sawyer!).  So, I may go off for a week or two…but I’m happy I have our lovely region which offers me so much!

Now, I don’t say you have to write this much…I am after all your guide and so it was my duty to write a little more than you are expected to do.  Just have fun, jot down a few notes and tell us your plans.  Don’t forget to have a great day!

 

Just to take your breath away…this I will not be doing!

 

Photography: Help! Need some suggestions!

A few weeks ago for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture, I posted some pictures by the artist, Luciano Neri.  They were photographs made by a professional photographer, Adriano Frisanco.

Since then, I’ve been asked to try to photograph some of his newer collages but this time on mirrors!  Yesterday’s post for the Challenge was my first result…great photo, love it, but not what I wanted at all!

Here are three trials of another of his collages (some call them installations on glass, some call it minimalist art, he calls them “i quadri” or the pictures.  By whatever name a rose, here are the trials:

piccolo principe - flashThis is with the flash mechanism…it has a white sheet on the floor and is slightly inclined to reflect the sheet.

piccolo principe without flashThis is the second trial without the flash, always with the white sheet on the floor.

piccolo principe reflecting wooden floorAnd this is the third trial…reflecting the wooden floor.

What I’m trying to do is bring out the objects whilst showing the mirror as a mirror.

My question is: how would you photograph a mirror and keep its mirror like qualities but still show the objects that compose the picture?  Could retouching work somehow to help keep the mirror’s quality?

I’d be much beholden to you photographers if you can find some time to send along some suggestions. Maybe you’ve already had the experience of photographing mirrors?

Thanks and have a great day!

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Trial 5 – The skier

The weekly photo challenge this week is background.  “In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.”

Whilst trying to photograph one of Luciano Neri’s creations, this time  his composition is on a mirror, I wound up having a picture of him and his atelier…not quite what I was looking for, but perhaps an interesting addition to this week’s photo challenge! The skier

A Haiku comes to mind!

Reflections dancing

As the skier gets lost ascending

Artist is captured!

I someone has any suggestions as how to photograph this sort of creation on a mirror, I’d love to humbly learn from you…this  is driving me mad! 🙂

Other links of participants where you can see many, many interesting contributions:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | My.Vivid.Visions
  2. In The Background (Weekly Photo Challenge) | En Vers et Contre-Champs
  3. In the Background | The Life Nomadik
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background (Reflections) | skpfoto
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ese’ s Voice
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Stephen Chapman
  8. Bus Station | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | mattsden101
  9. The Sound Evil Makes | Good2begone
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background – Temple | My.Vivid.Visions
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background | This, that and the other thing
  12. In the Background | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the Background | Moments In Your Life
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background of Flowers! | My.Vivid.Visions
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background – Joy and Woe
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background – Maddi At Uni
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background of Kite! | My.Vivid.Visions
  18. WordPress Photo Challenge: In the Background | A year in the Life
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the Background | The Eager Traveller
  20. Photoworld 24-5-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  23. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : IN THE BACKGROUND | Lieshadie’s Blog
  24. WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background | Milka Pejovic
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  26. weekly photo challenge – in the background | myguiltypleasures
  27. Sunset Silhouette | Catching Happy
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | 2812 photography
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | बंजारा
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Journey Called Life …
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | suzie81’s Blog
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background — Ghost | SERENDIPITY
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
  34. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Background | Lola Jane’s World
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Wind Against Current
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ In The Background | Cabin Fever
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background – Mostly inspirational chit-chat
  38. photography ~~ in the background (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background — Along the River | SERENDIPITY
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Sonel’s Corner
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | What Is It?!?
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background | Joe’s Musings
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | wordsvisual
  44. An Irish General… and me | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  46. What are we looking at? | HpWpBp
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the background (#1) | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background: Niagara Falls | About-One-Thing
  49. Fence or Scenery? | HpWpBp
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Isadora Art and Photography
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « Sasieology
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the Background (A View) | What’s (in) the picture?
  53. Black and White Daydream | Good2begone
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | blogagaini
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « Delightfully Different Life
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the background | Rooktopia
  57. St. Paul’s Cathedral | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | mattsden101
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Lucid Gypsy
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ In The Background | Heart’s Home
  60. 5-24-13 – Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | The Quotidian Hudson
  61. In the Background | steph’s scribe
  62. Ghosttowers | A Happy and Beautiful World
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Background | charlottesville winter
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | suzie81’s Blog
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background | buntscheck
  66. Trying To Be A Guard Dog | Not the Family Business!
  67. Backdrop or drop back | Le Drake Noir
  68. Carpe diem | the terrain of symmetry
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background #photography | Of Glass & Paper
  70. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: IN THE BACKGROUND | Francine In Retirement
  71. Expectations | chynaontheemic
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Northwest Frame of Mind
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « The Neophyte Photographer
  74. Background | elspethc
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | belgradestreets
  76. Self portrait? | Beyond the Brush
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  78. Alnaelva | Cardinal Guzman
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | shutter + bliss
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Too Mutch For Words
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background « Leya
  82. Weekly Photo Prompt: (Lovers) in the background « ph.d. in creative writing
  83. Lost | Beyond the Brush
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The corner of my imagination
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Endless Skys
  86. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The Good Villager
  88. In the background: A freeway falls into the river | Kari Neumeyer ~ Rhymes with Safari
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | six degrees photography
  90. #WPC: In The Background | Far Away
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Santiago In the Background | Janaline’s world journey
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge:In the Background | Writing Prompts from Life
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the background | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background. | Faces and Places and Wide Open Spaces
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background | Connie’s World
  96. the PEEP SHOW: Weekly Photo Challenge | In the Background | the TRASH BASH
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Drops of Ink
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: ”In the background” | SPH3RE
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Pinay New Yorker
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the Background | Today, on Earth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trial 4 – The Coop (27 May 2013)

The weekly photo challenge this week is background.  “In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.”

Our local grocery store is as you can see a Coop!  In front of the Coop we have the local elementary school.  Here the lady is not reflected but loses importance because of the reflection…I particularly liked the bicycle!

The Coop

Other entries:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | My.Vivid.Visions
  2. In The Background (Weekly Photo Challenge) | En Vers et Contre-Champs
  3. In the Background | The Life Nomadik
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background (Reflections) | skpfoto
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ese’ s Voice
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Stephen Chapman
  8. Bus Station | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | mattsden101
  9. The Sound Evil Makes | Good2begone
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background – Temple | My.Vivid.Visions
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background | This, that and the other thing
  12. In the Background | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the Background | Moments In Your Life
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background of Flowers! | My.Vivid.Visions
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background – Joy and Woe
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background – Maddi At Uni
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background of Kite! | My.Vivid.Visions
  18. WordPress Photo Challenge: In the Background | A year in the Life
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the Background | The Eager Traveller
  20. Photoworld 24-5-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  23. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : IN THE BACKGROUND | Lieshadie’s Blog
  24. WordPress weekly photo challenge: In the background | Milka Pejovic
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  26. weekly photo challenge – in the background | myguiltypleasures
  27. Sunset Silhouette | Catching Happy
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | 2812 photography
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | बंजारा
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Journey Called Life …
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | suzie81’s Blog
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background — Ghost | SERENDIPITY
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
  34. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Background | Lola Jane’s World
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Wind Against Current
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ In The Background | Cabin Fever
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background – Mostly inspirational chit-chat
  38. photography ~~ in the background (weekly photo challenge) | vintage french chic
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background — Along the River | SERENDIPITY
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Sonel’s Corner
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | What Is It?!?
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background | Joe’s Musings
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | wordsvisual
  44. An Irish General… and me | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis and Me
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  46. What are we looking at? | HpWpBp
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the background (#1) | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background: Niagara Falls | About-One-Thing
  49. Fence or Scenery? | HpWpBp
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Isadora Art and Photography
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « Sasieology
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the Background (A View) | What’s (in) the picture?
  53. Black and White Daydream | Good2begone
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | blogagaini
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « Delightfully Different Life
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the background | Rooktopia
  57. St. Paul’s Cathedral | Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | mattsden101
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Lucid Gypsy
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ In The Background | Heart’s Home
  60. 5-24-13 – Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | The Quotidian Hudson
  61. In the Background | steph’s scribe
  62. Ghosttowers | A Happy and Beautiful World
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Background | charlottesville winter
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | suzie81’s Blog
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background | buntscheck
  66. Trying To Be A Guard Dog | Not the Family Business!
  67. Backdrop or drop back | Le Drake Noir
  68. Carpe diem | the terrain of symmetry
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background #photography | Of Glass & Paper
  70. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: IN THE BACKGROUND | Francine In Retirement
  71. Expectations | chynaontheemic
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Northwest Frame of Mind
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background « The Neophyte Photographer
  74. Background | elspethc
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | belgradestreets
  76. Self portrait? | Beyond the Brush
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  78. Alnaelva | Cardinal Guzman
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | shutter + bliss
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Too Mutch For Words
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background « Leya
  82. Weekly Photo Prompt: (Lovers) in the background « ph.d. in creative writing
  83. Lost | Beyond the Brush
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The corner of my imagination
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background | Endless Skys
  86. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | The Good Villager
  88. In the background: A freeway falls into the river | Kari Neumeyer ~ Rhymes with Safari
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | six degrees photography
  90. #WPC: In The Background | Far Away
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Santiago In the Background | Janaline’s world journey
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge:In the Background | Writing Prompts from Life
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge : In the background | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: In The Background. | Faces and Places and Wide Open Spaces
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background | Connie’s World
  96. the PEEP SHOW: Weekly Photo Challenge | In the Background | the TRASH BASH
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Drops of Ink
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: ”In the background” | SPH3RE
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background | Pinay New Yorker
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge: in the Background | Today, on Earth

Photography and a Free Verse: Intrepid Lords and Ladies

Intrepid lords and ladies

Dressed in summer clothes

You’ve discarded your

Warm green coats

When first the warm sun rose

You’re prancing in the wind

And dancing in the light

Filling the air with

Soave perfumes

Turning bees afire

Even in the freezing rain

You disdained

All common caution

And filled the air with

Promise that storm clouds

Would deny.

Walking around Arco last Wednesday, I was attracted to plants and flowers (as well as lamps)…so I thought I’d share a few with you.  Oh, by the way, that afternoon the temperature suddenly dropped and we’ve had 3 straight days of freezing rain…the mountains are white with snow again too!

lampost and flowersEntering the center of town…

potted olive treeA small quiet plaza…

red flowers

white and yellow flowersA composition of flowers near the church…

young palmA young palm tree in the center’s public garden…

Arco and Riva del Garda (Trentino, Italy) have a special climate…although we are located in the foothills of the Alps, the lake has created a climatic pocket and we have vegetation which is unique this far north…in fact we have lemon and banana trees, olive tree, palms and some beautiful magnolias just to mention a few.

Have a nice Sunday!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trial 3 – The Bakery Shop (27 May, 2013)

bakery shop

The weekly photo challenge this week is background.  “In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.”

Searching out backgrounds…this is our local bakery, and as I was going to the store I saw this reflection of one of my neighbors as he was returning to his home;  he and the building in front of the store, became Background!

Other entries!