Blue Lagoon in Venezia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

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Golden Gateway

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There’s nothing that whispers “Venezia” quite as sweetly as a gondola ride.

There’s an eerie magic to a glided tour through the watery back alleys of one of the world’s most romantic cities, especially in the fading light of day.

We’ve been fortunate enough to indulge our senses with such an experience on two occasions. Both times we have purposely chosen to go at the twilight hour, mostly because by that time the cruise shippers are back on their respective boats and the city feels at rest. Also, the canals are less congested and a meander through the back passages of this ancient city becomes a peaceful walk in the park, as it were, instead of the hustle and bustle of colliding gondolas at mid day.

The only challenge at that hour is photography.

Blue Lagoon

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Around every corner a “Wow!” moment, made all the more dramatic by the dimming light, begs to be captured. But a moving gondola and a challenged light sensor make it almost impossible to capture the moment to any great effect.

On my camera screen these images looked so clear and in focus I was thrilled. I could hardly wait to relive them on the computer screen at home. However, when I finally did get to shine a larger light on them I was so disappointed. They were blurry, and no matter how much I doctored them I couldn’t make things right.

And then this challenge came along.

Take what you will from these two images captured on a glorious evening winding through the canals of Venezia. They’re blurry, to be sure, but perhaps that’s all part of the mood.

At the very least these images remind me of a magical tour of the aquatic back alleys of a glorious ancient city, and how I would return to experience it again in a heart beat.

But then, to be honest, the notion of returning to Italy is never very far from mind.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Colle Sereno

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

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Colle Sereno

On a serene hill near Iano in Tuscany sits a beautiful villa with views for miles around.

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Colle Sereno II

In the early morning gentle mists shroud the valleys as light bursts upon the hills.

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Colle Sereno III

And in the evening, the sun descends beyond a serene Tuscan silhouette bringing the day to rest.

It’s been six months since our stay at beautiful Colle Sereno.

I could use a little serenity … now. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015