Side Street In Assisi

Assisi, Italy, 2009.
Assisi, Italy, 2009.

I took this photo of a narrow side street, abloom with potted plants and awash in light and shadow, in Assisi, Italy. The sloped sides of the street were built to accommodate cart wheels while the steps in the center help people get safely down the incline which can become slippery when wet.

Just past the large potted plant on the left, within an opening in the stone wall, is a lovely little iron gate with a few small steps and an iron railing leading up to it. You can view photos of these in the gallery below. The second and third photos give a better idea of just how steep this little street is.

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This is my response to Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2015 Week #15. Thank you Cee for the challenge!

One Word Photo Challenge: Eigengrau

This week Jennifer Nichole Wells presented the one word photo challenge: Eigengrau, which inspired me to post these first two photos.

The word, eigengrau, which I had never heard before, has come to mean the dark grey colour seen by the eyes in perfect darkness as a result of signals from the optic nerves. Its origin is German meaning ‘intrinsic grey’.

Although narrow slits cut into the tunnel wall allow some natural light to filter in, and low watt bulbs add a little more light to keep the tourists from tumbling, there is still a feeling of eigengrau in this long, but claustrophobic place. A large man would fill the width and height of the tunnel, and if tall, would have to stoop a bit to keep his head from being bruised.

Where is this, you may wonder…

I couldn’t help but include an exterior view, a view showing the ‘container’ of this eigengrau; the stone wall that connects the octagonal lookout tower with the fortress Rocca Maggiore in Assisi, Italy.


Although the first castle here was built in 773, the earliest reference to a fortress on this site dates from 1174. The octagonal tower wasn’t begun until 1458 and the wall containing the tunnel was finished in 1460.

Here is a gallery including a few more photos that I took of the Rocca Maggiore. Inside the tunnel it was dim and forbidding. Outside it was a glorious, light-filled day.

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For more info on the Rocca Maggiore you can click here.


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My response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Churches Or Any Religious Building. Thank you Cee for the Challenge!

One Word Photo Challenge: Marsala

This is a vineyard in Taurasi, Italy, a village where one of my great-grandparents was born, in the province of Avellino.

I took the photo on a drizzly day in November of 2009. The grape leaves had turned color for the fall, all shades of Marsala; perfect for this photo challenge!

While I was sharpening the image a bit and viewing it at full size, I discovered, to my surprise, that I had caught a little dog in the shot! Perhaps you can still find him even though I have reduced the size of the photo for the internet…
It could be like a “Where’s Waldo” activity 🙂
A vinyard in Taurasi, Italy.

Thank you Jennifer for this One Word Photo Challenge: Marsala.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Thank you to Cheri Lucas Rowlands for this weeks photo challenge: Descent.

“This week, show us your interpretation of descent — experiment with your point of view and angle, or go even deeper with the theme.”

I took this photo in 2007 while hiking with my husband in the Lake Tahoe area of Nevada with my first digital camera. I’m ashamed to say, I don’t even remember what type it was. I do remember that it was an older, used camera and in my price range.

The way dowwwnnnn was really something!

2007 Lake Tahoe area - Descent

By mid 2008, when I took this next photo, I had bought a Canon G9, which I still use today.

This is Riomaggiore, Italy, where everything descends steeply to the sea; the land and rock, the terraces and walkways, the buildings and the people, all converging toward the sea. I was so fortunate to have visited this absolutely beautiful place and hope to return some day.

Riomaggiore 2008
My approach to photography has been intuitive rather than technique or technology driven. Although I have an art background, my photography education has consisted of only one one-day workshop,  a bit of reading here and there, fiddling with my camera, and experimenting with GIMP.

Because of this lack of learning and proficiency, I’ve enrolled in WordPress’s Photography 101 which starts tomorrow. I’m hoping to become more knowledgeable about this way of seeing, capturing, and creating that I have come to so enjoy!

Wishing you well all week!



Nighttime in Assisi

I took both these photos of the Basilica of Saint Francis in the city of Assisi during a wonderful trip to Italy. Assisi is absolutely beautiful, and even though it’s inundated with tourists much of the time, it retains a peaceful atmosphere reminiscent of its patron saint. My husband and I were walking toward the Basilica that evening to attend a jazz concert and had the good fortune to meet this sunset and crescent moon.

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I edited this second photo aiming more for a pleasing image rather than a strict record-what-you-see photograph.

Basilica of St. Francis if Assisi

I almost never take night shots. I really need to learn more about the process instead of just experimenting and fiddling about. I could consult google, but if anyone can recommend a good tutorial, please leave a comment below 🙂