On our first night in Paris earlier this year it started raining while we were out for a walk. The lights caught in the rain on the wet side walks turned the cityscape into a magical place .
I took these photos with my cellphone as I had left my camera in the hotel.
In the Notre Dame lights behind the gothic pillars and windows.
South Africa is in the grip of one of the most severe droughts in many years. Therefore in my country where we face strict water restrictions in the coming hot summer months every drop of water is precious and not to be wasted.
I have always been an admirer of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork.So when I had the opportunity to visit St Rémy where he spent two years in a mental hospital in his quest for mental health I jumped at it.
The idea was to follow his footsteps where he walked and worked during those two years. The trail starts in the town of St. Rémy and is about two kilometers long ending at the mental hospital which is still an operational hospital today. Along the trail one finds 21 copies of artwork which he had done during that time, accompanied by letters he wrote to his family . The letters contain special insight in his psyche and how he experienced his illness.
It was a cold rainy day but we were determined to walk the trail. We set out from the centre of town armed with cameras and raincoats. Due to the weather my friend and I were the only ones brave, or maybe stupid enough to follow the signs on the pavement marking the trail.
The experience turned out to be emotionally very touching. The letters written by van Gogh was insightful giving just a glimpse of his suffering and as it was accompanied by his beautiful artwork it touched me deeply.
His quest became my quest to try and understand a little about the suffering of a person with mental health problems.
The starting point of the trail with a self portrait by the artist
Along the way
The entrance to the monastry which housed the hospital
In the south of France numerous little villages are built on the edge of the hilltops from where it seems one can see to eternity.
This photo was taken in the village of Rouisillon.
The edge of the Notre-Dame de la Garde keeping watch over the bay of Marseille.
When I saw this sculpture piece in black granite, I marveled at the skill and precision with which it had to be excecuted in order to create the perfect Mirror image.The sculpture is by Anish Kapoor (2007) and was can be seen in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice.
Mirror images of fisherman’s homes and boats on the island of Burano Italy.
For this week’s challenge with the theme Frame I chose this photo. It was taken in the early morning on St. Mark’s Square Venice. This view of the column with a statue of St. Theodore, who was the patron of the city before St. Mark, holding a spear and with a crocodile guarding the entrance to the ancient city framed by one of the arches on the Doge’s Palace caught my eye.
In the Garden
I was watering a rose bush one afternoon when I found him sitting on the rosebush. This was the first and only time that I saw such a giant grasshopper in my garden.He was about 10 cm long and stared at me like some pre-historic monster.
Later I learnt that it was a toxic milkweed grasshopper, or an african bush grasshopper.