01 April 2005

Italy Revisited

ch_sunsetHave decided that my Greece~Italy pages need keeping up to date, so am starting off with a look back at Tuscany in sun and snow.

  • One or two good snaps there
  • Oodles of boring views
  • Some vaguely amusing trick shots

    The Circle Game

    Interesting comparing the sunny photos taken in Tuscany over Christmas and then the snowy vistas that followed just weeks into the new year.

    The b&w pics rather lend to the wintry aspect.

    snow-bound vistaSnow-bound Vista

    Rather a bleak prospect that one would hardly think was identical to the balmy view below, actually snapped on Xmas Day

    balmy vistaBalmy Vista

    Except for the distinctive tree, one would hardly think it was the same angle.

    summery nookSummery nook

    Where one sits after dinner with cigar and digestif and contentedly rights the wrongs of the day and invents new mischief for the morrow.

    wintry nookWintry nook

    Not much but chilblains to contemplate once the snows moved in. Rather a Dickensian, Christmas card aspect.

    roadSummery Drive

    Lovely long rural drive up to the house.

    Visitors are audible as well as visible from miles off, giving lots of time to hide or roll out the welcome mat.

    During the hunting season, oafish hunters with unruly dogs come right up to the property to park. The fun is when the rains come, the track turns to wheel spin slush and they're stranded in the midst of nowhere.

    snow road

    Wintry Drive

    Once the bad weather comes, the road can be impassable except to those who know where the gravel lies 'neath the snow and slush.