Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners


I spotted these two gentleman on a Sunday morning in Venice Italy. They were strolling along without talking but seemed to be completely at ease with one another. It made me wonder how long they have known each other and what have they experienced together in a lifetime of friendship.

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The most important partner of our age the smartphone and you

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Another stroll this time in Rome

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: # 23 Black and White: The Basics

All the photos were taken in colour and in RAW format then post processed to black and white.

The first photo was taken late in the afternoon in the Ca’D’Oro in Venice.  The shadows of the beautiful gothic pillars contrast with the white walls and the sculpture add texture to the pictureVenesië 45 B&W

Late afternoon sun contrast with the dark thundercloud. Picture taken in my backyard in Pretoria SA.

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A piece of pomegranate. It has lots of texture and the contrast between the red pips and white skin works in black and white pomegranate 1

The bud of a primula showing the contrast between the leaves and white flower. close up 2 B & W 1

Close up of an old lock on a door in Venice has lots of texture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:Pure

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According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary the word pure means to be free from that which weakens or pollutes, free from moral fault or guilt.

There is nothing more free of these factors than a new born baby. Therefore these pictures of a baby’s hands and feet symbolises pure to me.This little hand has had no time to do anything impure or to be contaminated by contact with the world. These little feet has never been anywhere but in its mother’s hands.

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The Early Bird Catches…. Attentione!

About 8 am local time in Venice, Italy

Early ?

Yes, but we are allready out in the deserted streets or should I call it alleys of Venice. It is only at this time of the day that the everyday life of Venetians can be observed. It is also the time of day when we are most often  greeted from behind  by an irritated “Attentione!”

When we crowd into the small space of a locked door, a young Venetian rushes past pulling a handcart loaded with goods to be delivered or with refuse from the previous day.In this city on the water everything is done either by manual labour or by boat. Venice is a tourist city, but also a city where ordinary people live and work. A place where, police speeds by in a brightly coloured red and yellow boat,where an ambulance races past with sirens and the well known red cross on its side, where a sombre black boat carries a coffin  to a last resting place on the nearby cemetery island.

Tourists are still sleeping but Venetians are going about their lives. As  we make our way to the market we come across them.The elderly pulling shopping carts on the way  to buy produce for the day, people of all ages on  their way to work, young parents with children bundled into  warm clothes waiting for the waterbus to take them to school.


This is the real Venice. A city where people live, work, get married, have children, study, become sick and die. This is what we wanted to experience and observe.

Therefore we walk.

We follow the twisting and turning alleyways over bridges and around buildings. We  loose our way in the maze of alleys and bridges, coming across the most enchanting little piazzas where citizens of Venice meet for early morning coffee.


After many inevitable wrong turns we reach the market.

Stall owners are bustling about packing out produce. Early shoppers are inspecting the goods. Behind one of the stalls a seagull wrestles with the discarded intestine of  a fish.The market is a place of culinary delights. It abounds with fresh fish and seafood. Vegetables and fruit and brightly coloured flowers glow in the early morning sunshine.

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Each day of our 6 day visit to Venice brings its own surprises. As we walk, we discover a beautiful green park where families relax in the early spring sunshine.On another day, it is a beautiful promenade along the sea.We loose our way ( again) and find ourselves at the harbour where big commercial boats are moored.

Each night we return to the hotel with aching feet and tired legs but with our minds filled with wonder and joy.

Off course we visit all the required tourist places, but the most enjoyable moments are  those  we experience when just wandering about and experiencing Venice as it goes about daily life.


Do you want to discover the real Venice?

Then walk, walk and walk. You will inevitably get lost, you will become frustrated by the seemingly endless and confusing alleys and bridges, but you will discover the hidden delights of this ancient city.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Numbers: Telling a Story

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Numbers often convey the origin of a place or time  when a certain event took place. They can tell the story how many people attended an event or can be accommodated in a space.  Numbers indicate where we live, who we are and how to contact us. They play and have played an important role in the history of the world and will continue to do so, maybe even more.

I saw these numbers on a church tucked away behind the Doge’s Palace in Venice and read later that his was the first church built as the private  chapel for the Doge in the year 829 . It was destroyed and rebuilt many times but I couldn’t find the meaning of these numbers.

Maybe the date of a later rebuild?


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The smallest cinema which is still operating is in the Borghese Gardens in Rome. It seats 80 people and is known as Cinema Del Piccoli.