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Misty jewels

I found a jewel in the early morning mist.

(Ruby takes her role as model very seriously.)

Ruby

To the right of the jetty,

A pink panorama opened up;

Pink mist

And to the left, an Impressionist painting

Of trees floating in the dawn.

Misty dawn copy

For more mist-ical skies, please visit: Skywatch.

What I learnt from Venice

Tired of all my Venice photos? Good – neither am I!

What I learnt from Venice:

When we give people (or nature) the space and love they need

They can go their own way and create something wonderful.

Go your own way copy

Going off the beaten path

Leads to new wonders and perspectives.

Canal

Handle with love –

A philosophy that makes life more beautiful.

Love handle

And, sometimes, in the midst of ruins

Treasures can be found.

Old door copy

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

 

Iconic Venice

Whether it’s a lovely morning

And you’re a humble seagull –

Seagull

Or whether the sun is setting

In purple shades of satin

And you’re a tourist –

We can all agree on one thing:

Venice is beautiful!

Sunset

For more amazing skies, please visit: Skywatch.

The Isle of the Dead

Since the 1800s, Venetians haven’t been allowed to bury their dead in Venice.

Instead, they come out to Isola di San Michele — two islands joined together to form a floating cemetery.

The first thing you see as you arrive

Is one of Venice’s first Renaissance churches.

(I took the photo through the ferry window.)

Isola

You can find graceful courtyards

And hidden-away sunny spots

Full of graves.

Pretty courtyard

The rich families could afford

To honour their sleeping beauties in marble.

Sleeping beauty copy

Even the more humble resting places

Are taken care of with love.

Graves

There are crosses as far as the eye can see –

A sobering reminder of what awaits us all.

Crosses

The cemetery island is the burial place of many famous people,

Including Ezra Pound, Doppler, Stravinsky and Diaghilev.

Our visit there was both life-affirming and moving.

Diaghilev

 

For those of you who want to know what happens when the cemetery gets ‘full': the bodies are allowed to lie here for about 12 years, and then they are taken back to Venice and kept in an ossarium to make room for more burials.

For more histories, please visit: Our World.

 

 

Venetian skies

My daughter and I have just enjoyed five magical days in Venice.

I haven’t had time to sort through my many photos, but I love the skies I managed to captured on my mobile phone.

The early mornings

Were often dazzling and golden;

Golden

And sometimes the quiet back streets

Offered up gifts of moody clouds

And beautiful views.

Moody morning

For more gorgeous skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Wide horizons

Part of the joy of life

Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies

And experiencing new things.

Here’s a London view:

London view

Travel is a great way of doing this –

And of discovering that our little part of the world

Isn’t the centre of things.

Travel helps us discover that there isn’t only one way of doing things –

But many ways.

Here’s a New York view:

NY sky

For that reason, my daughter and I

Are leaving the cozy horizons of Stockholm –

Known as ‘The Venice of the North’ –

(See photo below)

For the real Venice in Italy.

Can’t wait!

Moody Stockholm skies_copy

(Back next week – so I might not be able to visit you all.)

In the meantime, please visit: Skywatch for great skies

And Our World, for a glimpse into new discoveries.

Zen-sational

Autumn is a time of exuberant energy –

It’s quite zensational, in fact.

Zen-sational

The golden coins of leaves

Hang like happy suns in the trees;

Golden coins

The light in the woods

Is magical.

Light copy

Everywhere you go,

You can see flying leaves

(Those black dots aren’t dirt, they are leaves!)

And beautiful views.

Golden view

And the best thing about autumn

Is that you’re never too old

To frolic in the leaves.

Ruby leaves

For more joy, please visit: Our World.

Gold in my pocket

The rising sun

Causes the autumn leaves

To glow with golden honey.

Bright copy

They look like

Delicious lemon lanterns

Lighting the way to the moody clouds –

Yellow lanterns

And those vibrant reflections

Remind me to live exuberantly from dream to bright dream

Just like autumn does.

Lime reflections copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Bedazzling

Autumn is a glowing time of year:

Glowing

When trees glow

And leaves catch fire.

On fire

It’s a joyful time

Of dewy play

Joy

And swans

Showing off their families on the local lake.

Swan family

And, if you’re lucky,

You can catch frosted jewels

Among the leaves.

Frost copy

For more glowing pictures, please visit: Our World.

 

Sunrise serenade

The sun breaks through

The early morning fog

Breakthrough

With a glorious

Golden hallelujah of light.

(Note to self: Let nothing dim the light that shines within.)

Sunrise

For more serenades, please visit: Skywatch.

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