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After 10 days

it’s the first day I’m USA that I’m not running somewhere therefore it’s time do laundry and start working on some pictures

BostonByNight
Obviously I start backward and share one of the last pictures.

Posted October 23rd, 2015.

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From the archive (gardenia)

Among the pictures selected for a friend who looked for b&w pictures I put this one

Gardenia b&w

A picture of gardenia flowers,
as already said, this is not among my favorite flower
but yet its shape it’s interesting, especially for b&w images

Posted December 2nd, 2014.

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Sicily: sea, sand and sun shining in a blue sky, or…

you can go jumping on a crater of mt Etna during a cloudy afternoon

View on Mt Etna from Crateri Silvestri - August 2014

Sicily offers cookies of all tastes, all packed in a island that covers, if I’m not wrong, a surface as big as Vermont.
Good for me when I end up to be “trapped” in Beauty cell

The picture of this post was taken on August 28th from the tip of  highest of Crateri Silvestri.
Crateri silvestri is the easiest place to visit, a little mainstream but if you are not used to hiking and you have little time (like me) it is a good place to feed eyes.
Now I’m aiming for something new/more but this is another story.

I took the above picture in the attempt to just collect the crazy set of colours that mt Etna offers in that spot

Today I have decided to edit and share this image because it perfectly fits with these days mood

I’m getting close to a big crisis* period and mood is a little darker than usual but yet there are some spots of crazy colours

Well, apparently dark mood is not against Beauty,
maybe it just make the seeking more difficult and maybe result a little less relaxing
Maybe real test would be taking pictures, but I have to wait a week at least.

We’ll see

*maybe you want to check etymology of the word crisis 

Posted September 15th, 2014.

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Sunday little walk on Mt. Etna

Mt. Etna - 8th June 2014
I guess I officially started to explore simple trekking path on Mt. Etna
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Posted June 8th, 2014.

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Ladybug on tree

Lady Bug on tree - 21st April 2014

Playing with “old” pictures while waiting for the moment I can get back to picture taking
Ignoring Willy Bit Adventures pictures I don’t go for pictures hunting since April 21st

Yeah, it’s fun to plan my shots as I do with Willy Bit’s Adventures pictures, there is room for surprise even in that situation, but I guess I love much more just going out and wait for reality to surprise me

Maybe I’m just being lazy and dumb

We’ll see

Posted May 19th, 2014.

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Lemon Christmas Tree

Lemon Christmas tree lights - Christmas 2013

Holiday time is over. I know.

I also understand that putting Christmas lights on a small lemon tree on a balcony is slightly away from tradition.

Generally we decorate the typical Christmas tree (a pine). We keep it outside to keep it fresh enough. Last one lasted a few years.

We display a nativity set at home, every year.
Actually we have several version of it…almost one per room.

As you can see, Lemon Christmas Tree is not for breaking tradition (we don’t need it).
It’s just to enjoy colors because lemons do look nice and bring colors to winter time.

And,

well…

A word is enough to the wise

Posted January 11th, 2014.

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The webmaster looks like…

A few months ago my mother showed me a picture saying someone was looking like

The Webmaster - Boltzmann looking - 7th Jan 2014the webmaster

I could not hold laugh when I realized that the guy in the picture my mother showed to me was

Boltzmann_2Ludwig Boltzmann!
(link to picture source)

Useless to say how proud the webmaster is to look like a great physicists from the past.

We organized an evening to get a “looking like” picture

We ended up involving the webmaster’s mother to find something to create that kind of bow tie.

I am not sure the webmaster will be happy when he finds out I’m telling to the whole world that, as soon as he dressed that way, he started walking around saying various equation related to (real) Boltzmann’s studies.

We were about to take pictures when we realized that… oops, how do you tie a bow tie?
So, thanks to the guys who create how-to videos and post those on the web

I edited the picture to give to it an older look and, as always, I had no idea how-to and I’m too lazy to look it up so I just started using random tools till I got something I liked enough.

Picture is not perfect, but the webmaster sounds pretty happy of it, so it’s fine.

He is not Boltzmann or his twin brother but I am really glad for this.

Sure is, if anyone of you had doubts about the craziness of people behind this website…

Posted January 8th, 2014.

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It’s too early to feel nostalgia!

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

The last picture (I think) to be published of our trip at “Saraceni bridge” and “Forre laviche del Simeto”

I definitely fell in love with the look of lava stone shaped by water

they look great in b&w, in normal color and HDR.

Then I got “nostalgia” of Sicily… and felt super stupid because that’s exactly where I am, even if I can’t look at this show every day.

Point is, it makes sense if an old guy, or an emigrated guy feel homesickness

Me.
No.

but…yellowish water running on stones with blueish reflex is

weird/funny and beautiful at the same time, no?

Definitely, it’s a nice reminder of how to get back Home.

Posted October 17th, 2013.

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Sssh! I know it’s a “lie”

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

Well… almost a lie.

An HDR picture (or at least, what I tried to get).

For some funny reasons the lava stones in this set of pictures look blue

They weren’t blue!

We (me and the webmaster) have a theory about why I got blue stones as final result but we are not sure about it.
I’m trying to seriously figure out what happened. Who knows, I  might become able to intentionally reproduce this effect in other situation.
At the end, whatever I learn about taking pictures, so far, is the result of experiment and accidental “discoveries”.

Sure, I could have managed to avoid the blue and let stones to their (more or less) original grey… as well as to avoid the golden-yellow of lower stones… but I loved too much the effect!

Seems like a place where to set a fantasy story…or probably I’m reading too much fantasy stuff that I see such places everywhere.

I don’t know.

I just hope you can enjoy the image as well

🙂

Posted October 12th, 2013.

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One of my favorite lunch location

Enjoying the shadow of a tree

Looking at Simeto river

Aware that behind there is Mt. Etna

Simeto River, Forre laviche - 29th September 2013

I hate that I burnt light in the waterfall but I still “love” this picture.

Or probably it is just summer-time nostalgia speaking

Sob.

Well, at the end I am not going to complain. I’m still in Sicily.
If I work well in the following weeks, who knows, I might decide to go back in Vendicari  in late November or December.

And who knows, I might gain a few hours trip on mt. Etna even earlier.

Now, I just hope the webmaster won’t turn homesick at finding this post tomorrow.

This is one of the first time that I’m seriously wondering if I’m going to delete all my pictures some day.
I mean, the day it will be my turn to move to a, most likely, much colder and uglier* place, what these picture will mean to me?
– Source of comfort, like a memorandum that Beauty is still intact, and who knows, a source of energy to find beauty even in the new place?
– or I’ll consider these shots as source of unbearable homesickness and just remove them from my computer?

I’m in no hurry to discover it.

😉

*Sorry, a place where a 2°C winter day is considered “warm” and, above all, if to this it’s add the fact that you cannot see (daily) a mountain, the sea and/or color, this is an ugly place for me. You know, no place is like home 😛 
Worse if all you can see is buildings with no charm. (recall, I’m half serious! Everyplace has its beauty)
Sure I can’t daily see see the water fall, but mt Etna or the sea yes, I just have to leave home and walk for a few minutes. Going to print pictures would take longer

🙂

Posted October 11th, 2013.

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Ponte dei Saraceni

Ponte (bridge) dei Saraceni - 29th September 2013
This time, I think, we found a nicer point of view.

Posted October 8th, 2013.

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