Music … An Explosive Expression of Humanity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
Billy Joel

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Music.

The universal language.

” … an explosive expression of humanity.”

Where there is music, people gather.

A note, a pulse, a rhythm touches the air and we are moved, respond … differently.

Sing along; tap a toe; meditate; all out dance.

It’s our differences that make us human, and humans, with our differences, make up humanity.

Old World Music

On our recent trip to Italy we met with two musical surprises.

The first was in Florence. During our last evening in Florence we stopped by the Ponte Vecchio where two talented guitarists had set up and attracted a large crowd of tired tourists winding down their day.

Musica Ponte Vecchio

With a view of the beautiful River Arno as their backdrop and surrounded by the ancient air of the old bridge, the duo’s energy and whimsy added a twist of musical ambiance to an already magical setting.

As I gazed around the haphazard audience I was moved by how so many diverse cultures could gather together in one place and happily listen in on the musical conversation being struck on these two guitars.

Music speaks to the soul of what’s important. It is healing when we allow it this capacity. And at the end of a long day tramping through the streets of an ancient city, it is restoring too.

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Two weeks later in Venice we experienced much the same thing in the Piazza San Marco.

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In the evenings, parlour orchestras (I guess you’d call them) set up on a rotating basis to play the classics (Vivaldi, Handel, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lloyd Webber, etc.) to draw traffic into the cafes.

Tourists of every persuasion gather in the square to eat gelato and move about between the bands.

Musica San Marco

For a hefty sum, if you so wish (and we did one night) you can park your tired derriere at a table and enjoy some refreshment ~ a glass of wine, or cappaccino and biscotti, perhaps ~ while listening to tuneful melodies resonating into the square.

A different expression of music in another city but no less magical than
that we’d experienced in Florence.

And so it goes anywhere in the world where the universal language of music
speaks to the hearts of all.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Italian Silhouettes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

In a world that seems to want an explanation for everything we can give thanks to the simple silhouette for leaving something to our imaginations.

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Venetian Silhouette

 Romance in Venizia …

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Silhouette

Youthful gathering at Monterosso al Mare …

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Shrouded Silhouette

Admiring the Tuscan view, near Iano …

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Walking the Dog

Dog walking, Venizia …

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The Man in San Gimigiano

Along the passage in San Gimigiano …

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2014

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Shout Outs

Eats Writes Shoots

Dot Knows 

Quite Simply

The Seeker

The Gravel Ghost

Country Archi-Texture

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

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As someone who spends a lot of time on the farm with my horse my eye is often caught by the textures of the country.

(My title’s a bit off-the-wall but playing with words is my thing.)

Herewith a few interpretations for your viewing pleasure …

Textured Sky

Wave-Form Sky

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Barn Board

Ancient Barn Board

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Hay there

Hay There

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Wet Coat

The Equine Wet-Look

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Stoned

Stone-Walled

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Duality

Duality of the Grasses

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Mane Event

Mane-tained

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Muzzle

Muzzle Soft

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I love the many textures of the countryside. I expect that’s why I spend so much time there.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time here with me …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

The Quiet Image

DS Photography

The Land Slide Photography 

Let the Images Speak

This, that and the other thing

 

 

The Art of Zigzag

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

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For this week’s challenge three completely different travel destinations come to mind.

Each an artistic representation of the beauty of the Zigzag.

Enjoy!

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St. Stephen's

 

Vienna, Austria … where the impressive multi-colour zigzag of the tile roof at St. Stephen’s Cathedral dominates the Stephansplatz …

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Monterosso al Mare

 

Monterosso al Mare, Italy … where colourful shade umbrellas zigzag across the popular Italian riviera beach …

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia … where the ceramic tile roof zigzags with the glow of the mid-day sun.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

The Landslide Photography

A Bowl of Cherries

That Montreal Girl

The Numpty With A Camera

My Photos, My Words, My Life

 

 

 

Tuscan Tranquility

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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The Villa

For one week last month my husband and I, and five other couples from our neighbourhood, took a trip of a life time/checked a box on our bucket list …

we rented a villa in Tuscany.

From the moment everyone was on board it took about a year of planning, including locating a suitable villa that met ALL of our specifications.

None of us had done anything like this before so there was a bit of flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-type planning, but in the end we got exactly what we wanted …

Tuscan tranquility.

The beautiful infinity pool played a major part in the vacation equation.

When the early June temps rose to 35C we enjoyed nothing more than a dip in the pool after a long day of sightseeing.

It was pure heaven … in pure heaven.

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The Pool

Oh … the view!!!

We bought a ball at the local market and played with it in the water, and then left it there for the next group coming in.

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Pool

Cooling off after a long day sightseeing. Bellissimo!

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Back of Villa

Our room on the second floor overlooked the pool.

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Ultimate

Oh, glorious sunset!

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Radiant

Now, after looking at these images, I just want to go back.

This was probably one of the loveliest experiences of my life so far.

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More on our Tuscan adventure in later posts …

Arrivederci!

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travels and Trifles

Santiago the Shepherd

Out of Office Reply On

Container of Containers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

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Container for containers

A colourful candy boutique in beautiful Barcelona ~ an enticing container of containers.

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Bow tied

Sweet treats in pretty packages stacked in pleasant displays lure us in to sample the decadent delights.

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Fuzzy Valentine

Something special for your funny Valentine?

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Candy Contained

Even simple plastic wrap gives an impression of towering gold.

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Needless to say, we did not leave empty handed. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

The Greener Bench

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Maverick Mist

Serendipity

Across the Bored

 

Prairie Relics

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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For this challenge we’re visiting two locations in the Canadian prairies ~ the ghost town of Rowley and Heritage Park in Calgary, both in Alberta.

Since my family has roots in the prairies and I remember some of these things from when “I was a girl,” (I’ll differentiate ~ I’m not that old 😉 …), it’s fun for me to be able to share this with you.

Alberta Relics

These I do remember. There was a time when grain elevators could be seen all across the prairies ~ markers of the next town so you were never lost. As a child I found them very romantic and loved scanning the horizon for them whenever we were going for a drive. Their actual business was to collect and store grain until the next train rolled into town to pick it up.

Sadly you seldom see these wooden sentinels anymore. Most have deteriorated over the years and been demolished. In Rowley, however, these grain elevators have been restored and are a tourist attraction. Similar elevators exist in Heritage Park as well.

This CP Rail caboose is also a relic of the past. Up until the 1980s these manned rail transport vehicles were coupled to the end of freight trains as shelter for the train crew and as lookouts for safety issues.
I can remember what a thrill it was, as a child, to wave to the engineers stationed in the caboose as the end of the train went by. They always waved back.

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Relic II

No, I’m not old enough to have used one of these!

Captured at Heritage Park

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Manual Typrewiter

While this typewriter on display at Heritage Park does somewhat pre-date me, I am old enough to have started learning to type on a manual.
Carbon paper to type things in triplicate and no “auto-delete” button.
Those were the days. 😉

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Kitchen Relics

Stuff in the kitchen of the old rail station at Rowley.
This kind of shelf liner I recall from time spent at my grandmother’s.
Look at that wallpaper!!

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Tractor Relic

When I look at one of these old tractors (this one in Rowley) I always wonder how they got any traction.
Hmmm … guess this predates me too. 😉

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Relic Stairwell

Lots of relics here, but I’d like to draw your attention to this relic of a staircase nailed into a tree! You’ll find this in the middle of the old bank in Rowley, if memory serves.

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Team

Living relics of the past. You rarely see wagon teams anymore.
These beauties captured at Heritage Park.

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Thanks for visiting these old relics with me …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2014

Shout Outs

The Quiet Image

The Rider

@The West Gate

@vanilla

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