November 30, 2013
The webmaster almost completed the form to make the orders, and pay attention, he is super busy with work in these days!
I still have to sit down and decide the pictures for the plain calendars, but not today.
Today is different, I cannot be lazy or sad, this afternoon I’m going to help my father in the supermarket where he’ll be working for Banco Alimentare (Italian Food Bank, click here to know more)
A lot of area of Italy are under rain or snow but most of my friends are out there working for others, I have weird friends… instead of blaming awful weather condition they leave home or stay home supporting those who could leave
Back to more trivial information.
I wanted to open the selling on Dec 1st, for the first Sunday of Advent, let’s see if by Tuesday we can build up something.
Here is a overview on the 11 out of 16 “traditional” calendars
Blue Butterfly 2014
Here it comes,from last year, updated layout for one of the most liked by people from both Italy and USA
This one is new, except for the butterfly on the left bottom corner those are all butterflies picture I took last day spent in NYC, that means I took most of these pictures coughing and with slightly high temperature. I guess you don’t need to be wonder woman to find Beauty?
The calendar was born from a direct request from my mother
Another new one!
Pictures taken in Venice in January 2013, seagull included. I wonder how does Venice look like in Spring time…
Mt Etna 2014 (ab)
The new one showing the best place on earth (forgive me, I grew up shaped by its beauty).
This one is born due to a direct request from the webmaster. He wanted a way to take a look at our volcano daily, even if he he has to work and live far away from its beauty.
A new calendar showing pictures of birds taken last summer in Vendicari, another pearl of Sicily.
Pozzillo Lake 2014
Updated layout for a calendar born last year. Pozzillo lake, Sicily.
Mt. Etna 2014 (sb)
The second one showing our volcano. Updated layout, calendar from last year. In the center you can see how Etna peak changed in a few months, actually now it looks different again… an “alive” mountain, no wonder that when it’s active at night you have the feeling that a giant is sleeping and deep breathing outside. A good giant.
Red Rose 2014
Updated layout for a last year calendar. A simple, little but still captivating beauty.
Soap Bubbles 2014
Updated layout for an old calendar. Last year I brought one of this in NYC. My little present for a friend living Ohio. I loved how she asked me “how is possible that a soap bubble has edges?” and asked all the possible question to the webmaster to figure out what relies behind these colors.
I love also how most people says “they look like far away planets”. Who knows, maybe they are! Sometimes it’s nice to let imagination free, I’m sure beauty can be found there too.
Updated layout. I confess, this has been my calendar for year 2013
People have different reaction in front of this image.
Some like the image, most find it a little “distressing”.
I’m not surprised, the beauty of the sea is a bit alike the beauty of a volcano/mountain. It reminds you of how finite and weak you can be but yet it’s captivating and if you approach with respect, who knows, you might discover the taste of the infinite…
Updated layout. Dumb joke “time flies!”
It is “just” a seagull flying toward me and the webmaster in a late fall time rainy day… a day a bit like today
And tomorrow? And tomorrow I’ll show what had been created for friends of friends working for AVSI in the next weeks! They will sell the calendars and all the gain will go to AVSI.
As I said, I’m the opposite of a “social animal”, but I am surrounded by weird creatures, and they are spread a bit all over the world.
Their weirdness lays in the fact that they are definitely not perfect beings, more or less aware of their imperfection, they keep doing their best.
Well, see you, outside web life is calling
but it doesn’t mean I won’t be trying to show the beauty I’m about to see…and even if I won’t be able to show it, be sure, it is happening.
In case you wonder why mixing the introduction of other calendars with important information: It’s simple, that’s how things are over her, overlapping of different actions all moved by the desire of finding Beauty, whatever shapes it takes
August 19, 2013
Today i was thinking that it’s funny how I often find at least a butterfly wherever I go.
Ignoring natural parks, both in Rimini and NYC I ended up taking pictures of at least a butterfly, without even looking for butterflies
This one, kept opening and closing its wings so quickly that it had been hard to catch it
I kept taking pictures because the Webmaster expressed the desire to catch it with opened wings
I’m not 100% happy of this shot but I think it might worth something
July 12, 2013
uncountable amount of amazing friends born in July.
At least an exam to pass.
Webmaster getting back to Sicily (since Easter)
So many amazing or difficult things to remember and to do
I do love all this.
It’s life going ahead in a way or another, and this way is sweet
well, exam tension apart
July 3, 2013
On Sunday again
I was being lazy on the sofa, soon after lunch, when I saw this butterfly fly around and stay on those flowers on my balcony…
first time I’ve ever seen such a big butterfly on my balcony.
April 14, 2013
One of the sweetest memories?
People of any age (from 2-3 to over 70 yo) being happy each time a butterfly landed somewhere on them and how people around were happy for the “lucky guy”.
I hope the nice lady who allowed me to take this picture won’t mind I am going to publish it
I loved how she was happy of the fact a butterfly landed on her finger.
She had been extremely kind with me allowing me to even take this shot.
I loved how she did her best to take the picture with just one hand (the dark rectangle in the upper left corner of the image is her camera).
One thing is sure, after that awful night spent throwing up my soul, coughing and fighting against high fever,
what I needed was exactly those moments spent in that warm room surrounded by colorful butterflies and nice people enjoying these creatures beauty.Like an USA winter version of my spring day of 7years ago spent at my country house.The funny thing is that I had no idea I was going to see all this until I entered the room.
April 13, 2013
Today, a couple of friends from USA have made me recalling one of the happiest moments in my life.
The afternoon of Sunday 23rd April 2006.
I was at my senior year in high school.
I spent a good part of that afternoon taking pictures to butterflies in the backyard of family country house.
I had bought (for my 18th birthday) my first DSLR (Olympus E300) 11 months earlier but I was a student with very few (no) friends and I rarely was able to find time to leave home to take pictures.
As a consequence that afternoon was one of those rare occasions during which I was able to play with my camera.
I still have a clear image (in my mind) of my uncle walking toward to where I was,
and I still remember my yell “stand back or butterflies will fly away”.
Butterfly don’t mind if you yell, but they fly away if you get too close too quickly.
I can’t remember if uncle came closer or just waited for me at home.
but I remember quite well how we enjoyed looking at the pictures I have taken.
I don’t know the reason, but he stopped at this picture.
He said “we should name it “Stella”…”.
I have no idea of why he said it. He wasn’t exactly the sweetest man on the earth.
It didn’t matter, I added the word Stella (Star) to that picture file name.
I knew, even if I didn’t know why, it was something I wanted to remember.
He would have died few months later and, trust me, I had no idea (on that day in April 2006) of what was going to happen in the following months.
That day, for a few hours
I have been sitting on dry rabbit excrement but I was happy.
Behind me: Catania and its gulf
In front of me: Mt. Etna
Family at my side
Butterflies one step away from me
one trusted me enough to rest for a while on my hand
a simple joy I have re-discovered only 7 years later in NYC
That was Home.
March 1, 2013
Beauty shows up
but to get close enough to it
you have to accept to be patient
to act differently from how you would act
or others wants you to act.
It requires time and effort.
It is hard and difficult.
but it is worth.
(another story is being able to tell others what you’ve seen/understood)
February 25, 2013
Actually the very first picture I’ve taken inside the conservatory.
It’s a little blurred but it’s not a problem.
February 23, 2013
I should trash this picture, but even if it’s too imperfect it seems like it has its little value.