Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This week, both Pixelventures – March 18 and The Weekly Photo Challenge have us reflecting on reflections….

My archives are full of reflections…and some of them have already been published in one form or another, it’s one of my favorite subjects, so without further ado…

Today it’s raining.  Nothing unusual for March, but although I’m not overly fond of rain, I have to admit it can give me something interesting to photograph.  When I look for reflections, I’m not looking for a mirror-like picture, though if that comes up, I won’t throw it away.  I shoot though for effect and I often use my photos to prompt myself or illustrate a story or poem I’ve written.  Here then are three rain photos taken not far from my house:



This is a photo of a mud puddle…upside down.  I liked how the colors of the grass and leaves accented the darkness of the puddle and loved seeing those trees reflected in the water.


This is a little further along the road.  Here the trees tops reflectin the water on the road … further along almost out of sight are two people walking their dog.


My walk finished, I came upon this traffic mirror…I tinted the photo in olive-green…

Thanks for following today’s post, shortly I will be posting a series of traffic mirrors,one of my favorite reflective subjects. I like to think that it’s sort of like looking where you’ve already been, a sort of walk into the past 🙂

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Reflections – Pixelventures

This week’s Pixelventures is dedicated to Reflections prompted by of Jen’s  (from Blog it or Lose it) photo on the 18th of March ….which makes me feel authorized to participate this week!



Riva reflects

Riva sits in its winter’s nest
reflecting on spring yet to come
the harbor is quiet
the ducks rule the beaches
and I,
think of the flowers yet to bloom.

Have a great week folks but before you go…here are some other great photos inspired by Bastet’s Pixelventures … drop by and why not try your hand too!

Dreamers and Poets (Haiga) | Blog It or Lose It!

 Green Reflection

Through A Glass, Darkly” | Musings of a Soul Eclectic

Reflections – ROBIN’S REAL LIFE

Reflections | Patchwork Ponderings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Pa-BLAM!


Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Inspiration

For this week’s Shoot and quote I’m looking for inspriation:

Inspriation…when the muse takes you by the hands and starts writing your story or your poem or even takes that special photograph.  Inspiration is something very special and very particular.

Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
― Neil Gaiman


“Sometimes you wake-up.


Sometimes the fall kills you.


And sometimes, when you fall,


you fly.”
― Neil Gaiman


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

For this week’s Photo Challenge, dedicated to inside, I’m going to interpret this as inside the past, but not only …

When you live in Italy, you live in the past a lot.  Old architecture from the Colosseum to a whole city like Venice…but even in small historically insignificant towns, which is the norm for Trentino, we have our relics.  From castles to … train stations.


The first project to add Riva del Garda to Rovereto was created in 1870, but it was only in 1889 that the Vienese government decided to give the ok for the building of 24.2 kilometers of railway.  The original 1889 plan created by engineer Rudolf Stummer Ritter von Traunfels was to include Arco, Dro and go all the way to Sarca, but was never completed.  Railway service between Riva del Garda and Mori opened for business on 28 January 1891. By that time Stummer had sold his project rights  to a banking project in Bolzano under the name of Lokalbahn Mori-Arco-Riva, the head of the bank was Sigismund Schwarz, who also participated and financed other similar projects throughout Trentino.

During the first World War, the tracks were damaged.  The railway in 1918 passed under the control of the Italian Railway company, since Trentino- Alto Adige was ceded to Italy by the Austrians at the end of the conflict.  An extension was projected to Rovereto in 1922.  In 1924 the extension was added and so, Riva del Garda was connected to the National railway route.  The municipality of Rovereto bought out the shares for the railway and in 1925 officially opened for service.  Unfortunately, the railway service never earned much money.  There was a project to pass from steam engines to electric engines, but the project never got off the ground.  In 1933, due to the growing car industry, a bus service was added to the train service and on the 21st of October, 1936 the station was closed…the tracks eventually being pulled up.

Inside the Station

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The station is open today for tourists … but there’s also a travel agency and a caffè restaurant open in the evenings.

Here’s what the station looks like from the back:

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Weekly Writing/Photo Challenge: Inside – Golden Years

The Weekly Photo challenge combined with the Weekly Writing challenge from Bastet’s Library!

Bastet and Sekhmet's Library

The Albums (Haibun)

Jason looked at the baby pictures in the album his mother’d left him.  There he was…a toddler, surrounded by toys.  Later on, laying in the grass, the old family cat asleep with him.  He’d loved that cat…Misca was its name.  Each photo a return to some far off age,  memories.  His first day at school, his first camping experience with the scouts, and there was the Christmas of ’60 when he got his first “typewriter”, a funny bit of flimsy metal with a dial to pick out the letters.

Years passed each special moment immortalized in a photo.  Each photo placed lovingly in a book for him by his mother, now gone, yet, looking at the albums she seemed so near.

At seventy he realized that many of the people and scenes in the photos were gone forever.  Misca didn’t survive his childhood, his best friend in…

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