Spring seems to flirting with us. We have a couple of days of lovely warm weather, just right for short sleeves and sandals and then, the temps drop and snow falls on the mountains creating an icebox effect. What a fickle maid is spring! This is the courtyard as seen from the loggia at the front of my house. I used FotoSketcher to create a soft oil pastels effect for my monochrome photo.
This is how the cropped monochrome photo looked before the treatment:
I’m a day late with this challenge … here the weather is beautiful; the skies intensely clear, therefore the colours of the hills, mountains, fields and woods are particularly vibrant, in some cases they seem like they’ve been “apped” before I’ve even had a chance to do something with the photo editor! So today’s challenge (based on the haiga I published yesterday on my main blog) is
vibrant spring colours
and here’s my haiga:
as morning dawns
enchanted light and colour
a finch calls his mate
Yes, today isn’t Monday, although to me it feels that way, so what happened?
Yesterday here in Italy we had a national holiday … it was Liberation Day or Resistance Day – but here it’s usually called just 25th of April. It is the day when Italians celebrate the end of Italian Civil War, born upon the landing of the Allied Troops in Sicily in 1943 after the surrender of the then Prime Minister Pietro Badoglio which officially ended Mussolini’s Fascist regime (who’d been arrested but who escaped, joining the Nazi German forces heading for Salò on Lake Garda signalling the occupation of Northern Italy by the Nazi-Fascists).
The date was chosen arbitrarily in 1946 … on that day (April 25 1945), Mussolini was captured by resistance forces in the North – and shot three days later, then hung in Piazzale Loreto in Milan, where earlier 15 Partisans had been shot. The rest of Northern Italy capitulated after that in a domino effect. It should be noted that the Italian Civil War was a very bloody event in Italian history which left many scars and divisions in the Italians as a Nation. Even after 70 years there’s still an off-key eco.
April 25th officially became a permanent national holiday in 1949 – though for years it was ignored and fell into obscurity and except for the placing of a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers by officials (or on the sight of a Nazi-Fascist retaliation etc) went by unmarked and uncelebrated. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi during his administration (1999-2006) did much to revived and redirect it (and June 2 or Constitution Day or The Day of the Republic) stating that the holiday was important, since it reminds all Italians of the constant need for renovation through the understanding of the origin of the Italian Nation as a Republic.
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