Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's in the detail....

I spent a lovely day on Capri in April of this year, and I was already in the process of planning a post entitled "A Day in Capri" when I saw that Carmi had put up It's in the Details for this week's Thematic Photographic theme...
I kept my post but decided to zero in on the details and leave the 
big-picture shots for another time. Please click to see even more detail!

 You get to the island after a short ferry trip from Naples:

It's always intriguing to look up and see details on the buildings:

And as always, it's just as fascinating to watch people as anything else around you:

Many of the hotels have beautiful tiled signs. The Quisisana is the top place to stay on the island (no, we didn't stay there):

Maybe this one was more down-market:

There were some really lovely flower beds in the public gardens -

and also some detailed tiling on a beautiful seat - not sure it 
would have been too comfortable, though:

There are tiled signs everywhere

And I especially liked the bull with one red horn outside the La Palma:

And finally, some detailed advice on personal safety...

I had great fun cropping these pictures to look more closely! Hope you have enjoyed walking around Capri with me. Go here to see more posts around this theme.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday Snapshot

Ah spring! it's a cold, wet, miserable day. All of my lovely magnolia flowers are being blown off the tree. Still, daylight saving started this morning, so things can only get better.

Here's a shot to remind me that warmer, gentler days are coming. This is one of the many small lakes near the thermal resort city of Rotorua.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thematic Photographic 162: Playing with Light

Check out the great photos for this week's theme over at Carmi's blog.
Here are my playing photos, light-wise:

The Oriental Pearl tower, Shanghai, taken from the Jin Mao tower (421 m high)

The Oriental Pearl tower(350 m), taken from the street

Driving in Milan at night:

Flowers made of felt, lit up at the Festival of Lights, held annually 
in New Plymouth, New Zealand:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What English teachers know

English teachers know: that they owe it to their students to draw a curtain on the world of noise and to help them find the silent moment where the prong of insight emerges into light.

Words by Terry Locke
Pictures from here, here, here, and here

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday Snapshot

Yesterday was the most beautiful early spring day you can imagine. (Today, it's raining. Hard.)
Early in the morning I drove north up the coast to a popular resort beach.
Some were taken into the sun so the light's not the best, but I like them...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I love white. It's one of my favourite 'colours'. I really like wearing white - it always makes me feel crisp and fresh.

Here's some white shots for this week's theme at Thematic Photographic; click here to learn more and join in. I hope you enjoy these - they look better if you click on them to enlarge....

Orchids at Singapore's Changi Airport

My daughter and son-in-law's wedding rings
White houses on Capri, April 2011

Peony on the roadside, Asti

Houses at Aborobello, Italy

My beach, mid-winter

Underside of a tree-fern frond

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sunday Snapshot

Spring has definitely sprung!
On today's walk we saw this beautiful shrub (Pieris, I think)


 My magnolia is just beginning its display:

Spring air --
Woven moon
And plum scent.
~ Basho