i’m not done yet!

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I know, this Italy thing is going on a long time.  When I look at my photographs, I think about the way that every part of me was engaged so much of the time. Sometimes it was tiring in a way that made me a bit inured to the beauty and different things I saw around me. What on the first day in Rome left me breathless (mostly color/light and those wonderful little alleys that I wasn’t able to do justice with in image) slowly became something I got used to. Now revisiting, I again appreciate the striking beauty.

I was very taken by color/texture/shapes. The colors above were better in person, and  it is funny to think that this was an area in a wall that I suppose was perfunctorily fixed.  I would use these colors in a room any day.

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Even the plywood is beautiful.

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And the texture and color of my daughter’s hair.

IMG_4986Really, the excitement and the mystery of this alley as we turned the corner made my heart feel full and light at the same time, I was present in that particular place and time inn a way that I can’t usually be.  There’s something about the scale of these small passageways that is more respectful of humans, providing us a better context than the larger spaces we experience here.  The light and colors don’t hurt either.

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And how many crazy tunnelly courtyards are there, hiding who knows what in this magically mysterious city?

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These trees, I want to envelop them and hold them or always be near or underneath them, live in them, I love them so very much.  I tell myself it’s because they provide a soft playfulness and a reminder of nature in the midst of an otherwise stony city.  But really I was wondering about past lives because they feel so much like home.

IMG_5381Those crooked, shiny, shallow steps invited me to sit and never leave.

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Why can’t I live here at number 13 in the shadow of the Coliseum with a doorknob in the middle and diagonal cobblestones and a drain/vent that is beautiful all on it’s own?  

 

 


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