The Rock of Cashel by Noel_Byrne (17381)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-22 18:24
I like your notes as much as the photos. The composition here could not be better with the fortress crowning the hilltop. The sky is an appropriate distressed sky. Can you imagine having to look at that hillside and having to carry out orders to lay siege.
The Shades of Blue... by elenimavrandoni (12047)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-22 18:18
What a breath taking view, the cool colors with streak of gold. The boat lends scale to the scene, and a lovely focal point. Well done.
Warm regards, Eleni, in a few hours I fly out of Istanbul, non-stop for DC.
pelican by juliettecorvett (1115)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-22 6:09
It's been ages since I last saw a post from you, and you've come back with a spectacular shot from the US Northwest. Panning the pelican's flight, you've captured both the bird's grace, and its anatomy. The photo shows extraordinary sharpness in the bird's feather's as well as in the general composition of the photo. Bravo!
I came to Istanbul briefly, ostensibly to give a talk on World Arts Day. The date, April 15, was Leonardo's birthday, and the basis for the commemoration of art. But I could not make it here until April 17, and gave my talk on the 18th. But then, my subject and hero, was known to be late with everything in his own time, and he was an ornament to our species.
PS. I'm sorry for changing the symmetry of the points you display, "1111."
The Lion's Share by delpeoples (50717)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-22 5:30
In the thumbnail version of the photo I saw the curved colonnade, and initially wondered whether it might not have been the Piazza San Pietro in Rome. Of course, the full version of the shot and your wonderful note explains that it is the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. Excellent light control as usual, complementing the very good composition. The latter, however, reveals the artwork of a local graffiti artist that is not so welcome.
Warm regards from Istanbul, where I have been visiting for a week, ostensibly to give a talk on World Arts Day... Leonardo's birthday.
The donkeys of Ydra by elenimavrandoni (12047)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-21 1:26
I like the charming postcard from Ydra. On Patmos and on Santorini, I sympathized endlessly with these animals for the tourists they had to carry up steep slopes. The fatter the tourist, the less they seemed to care about these beasts of burden. What did these creatures do in a previous life to deserve such fates!
Santa Maria del Rosario by fritzi007 (878)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-20 21:18
Your photo, presumably from a cruise ship sailing into Venice, was initially confusing to me, but then I realized the veritable symmetry created by the appearance the Chiesa Santa Maria del Rosario and the Santa Maria di Pieta. Either it was the same architect, or there was conspiracy in creating this symmetry. In any event, I like very much the informative note you've provided for this excellent photo.
Macy's window-spring flowers & the city by worldcitizen (6141)
batalay (34143) 2014-04-20 21:09
With the Empire State Building rising on the top left, and the gorgeous pink flowers anchoring the bottom, there is a most appealing atmosphere in the photo, maybe the idea that spring is finally upon us. Six months from now I may be envious of friends Down Under welcoming the spring, but in the meantime it is a pleasure to see scenes like this.
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