Archives for December 2009
This photo is from early in our time in Italy, in the Duomo di Milano. Off all of my images from the many churches we’ve visited, this is the happiest. I loved the light of the many candles and the girls who were so thoroughly enjoying lighting theirs and the reflection off the halos in the image behind them. There is beauty and peace in the ritual of this religion.
I thought I would share this image today, even though it’s from a different time of year, to honor all of the different ways to celebrate the Christmas holiday. In a country very strongly influenced by the Catholic church, the church is a big part of the season here. We heard bells from our nearby campanile (bell tower) ringing quite a bit last night, and expect to hear them again today and tomorrow. A few weeks ago, the local priest came by to give us a schedule of events for the Christmas season at the church. Another difference to enjoy while we are here in Italy.
However you celebrate this season, I hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends!
I’m feeling black and white, after more snow photos that just called out to be converted to black and white yesterday. So I decided to change my blog design to match my mood! There are bonus photos today, because I couldn’t decide which one of these to post. Yesterday, after the snow, we went for a walk in Parco di Monza and these were my favorites.
One of the fun things about Parco di Monza is that in some places, the trees were planted with such a perfect symmetry. It’s unnatural nature, and works in a photo like this.
I can’t decide which of these next two I like best, they each give a different feel. I like that they both give a better idea of how big these trees are, relative to the people! Which one do you like best?
I like the different elements in this one, near, far, random, ordered…
My new favorite of Patrick and Brandon, my snow men!
The window displays are gorgeous here in Italy! I loved this creative and beautiful display in one of the shop windows in Torino. I don’t even remember what they were selling, but the display was memorable. Things are all decked out for the holidays here, extra colorful and glittery and festive. A bright spot in the dark and cold of winter.
We got a good snowstorm yesterday afternoon and evening, causing all sorts of problems trying to get home but we made it safe and sound. I need to get out today and get into the snow for some new pics while it lasts, it’s supposed to turn to rain later this week. I asked for snow, and I got it!
Let’s see… Lights, check. Tree, check. Snow, check. Third largest cathedral in the world, check. This must be a photo of the holiday decorations in Piazza del Duomo in Milano! Friday night was a wonderful photo op of lights, snow and people with umbrellas. I hope that everyone is enjoying the beauty that is around you this time of year, don’t forget to stop and appreciate the lights in the dark of winter.
Brandon and I went out for a short walk in Parco di Monza yesterday morning. Me, to take some photos; Brandon, to make some snowballs. It was a black and white day in the park. Even though I converted this photo to black and white, the original does not look much different. I love this path, lined by the trees. So peaceful.
I hope we get a lot of snow this winter, since we don’t get much normally in Oregon. We just need to find an ice scraper for the car, they don’t seem to exist here and we’ve tried a few places. This morning Patrick scraped the car windows with a big lego!