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September 6, 2013

PhotoHunt: Shadows

First up, an interesting shadow of a light next to a Madonna and Child shrine in Venice.


Giudecca


Giudecca


Here you can see the light casting the shadow and a couple of residents of the campiello that houses this shrine~


Giudecca


Also in Venice, shadows cast by the beautiful bridge railings~


Giudecca

And here are a couple more closer to home. These were taken at the Museum of Life and Science in the Magic Wings Butterfly House, one of my favorite places to take photos~


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tropical leaves


Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. :)

See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here.

September 13, 2013

PhotoHunt: Outdoors

There are a bunch of museums in Venice that I haven't visited yet because, unless it's raining, I prefer to stay outdoors and roam around.

One of the things you'll see when you wander around Venice are these small residential courtyards, so very charming. Here are a few of them.

First is Campiello del Curnis, in the sestiere San Polo. One of my guidebooks says that it's "embellished by a large woodbine plant and named after a family which came from Bergamo to trade in sweetmeats."

What's a woodbine plant? I learned from Wikipedia that it can be a number of things including honeysuckle and Virginia creeper. I was there in winter when the vine was dormant, and I'd love to see what this looks like in spring when it's in bloom.

And what exactly is this thing the vine is in? An outdoor planter? Where's the dirt? When was the last time someone opened that door? So interesting!


Campiello del Curnis


Campiello del Curnis


Another courtyard named for a family, Corte Petriana has a distinctive entrance with a beautiful relief that shows the Madonna and Child above, angels in the top corners, and two dragons below. In between is the family coat of arms with a half-moon underneath a tree.

The Petriana family were from Umbria and became Venetian citizens in 1396. Inside the courtyard are some nice old columns and a modern basketball hoop on the window.


Corte Petriana


Corte Petriana


Corte Petriana


In sestiere Santa Croce, you can find the lovely Corte del Tagiapiera (stone-cutters). I guess that at one time, there were stone masons living or working here. Whoever lives here today has a green thumb. The entrance is a short tunnel and what a surprise when you get inside the corte.


Corte del Tagiapiera


Corte del Tagiapiera


Corte del Tagiapiera

Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. :)

See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here.

September 20, 2013

PhotoHunt: Books

A weather-beaten saint holding a book in his right hand~

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Santa Croce 1456

My guess is that this is St. James (San Giacomo) since he's holding a staff in his other hand and because he's over the small door adjacent to the entrance to the church of San Giacomo dall' Orio..


San Giacomo dall'Orio


Here is a winged lion of San Marco holding a book in his paws~


winged lion

Also in Venice, books galore at Libreria Acqua Alta. I love this bookstore!

I created a Gallery on Flickr with some great photos of this bookstore (and its resident cats) taken by visitors from all over the world. The cat in the tenth photo cracks me up. :)

Libreria Acqua Alta


Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. :)

See a list of upcoming Saturday Photo Hunting themes on Gattina's website here.

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