On Shadows

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. ― Charles Dickens

A dark figure cast upon a surface by something intercepting the rays from a source of light

A partial darkness or obscurity

An imperfect and faint representation

An imitation or copy

A shaded or darker portion of a picture

The darkness following sunset

A state of obscurity

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow… ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

A pervasive and dominant influence or presence

A remnant, an insignificant amount, an inferior focus

An area near an object

A darkened area of skin under the eye

An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker

An inseparable companion or follower

A nearby or adjoining region

A reflected image

A source of gloom or unhappiness

A shelter for protection

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. ― Walt Whitman

Related words: phantom, dusk, umbra, shade, shadiness, blackness, dimness, gloom, murkiness, obscurity, somberness, cloudiness

Enjoy for a day journey with the shadows of Italy. Which are your favorites? Ciao!

Monterosso for a Late Lunch

Monterosso al Mare for a Late Lunch

Shining Church in Vernozza

Shining Church in Vernozza

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

A University Building in Pisa

A University Building in Pisa

Pisa at Dusk

Pisa at Dusk

Night falls in Lucca

Night Falls in Lucca on the Bascilica of San Frediano

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On Corridors

From Old French and Old Italian corridore, literally: place for running; from correre to run, from Latin currere

A corridor is a narrow enclosed hallway, passageway, or gallery

A corridor is a route leading to rooms or apartments

A corridor is a tract of land allowing access for passage

A corridor is a restricted airspace for flightpaths

A corridor is the path a spacecraft must follow when re-entering the atmosphere

A corridor can be an anatomical reference as a meatus, duct, portal, canal, orifice, opening, channel, sinus, fistula, or shunt

A corridor is a densely populated strip of land connecting two or more urban areas

A corridor is a hallway or passage connecting parts of a building or a railway coach

A corridor is either of the parallel lanes at the sides of a tennis court, which widen the inbounds area for doubles play

A corridor is the seat of power and influence (as in corridors of power)

Corridors can be an aisle, gangway, arcade, areaway, gallery, gate, passage, passageway, shaft, tunnel, breezeway, walk-through, path, street, tract, a covered galley

Enjoy some of the corridors from my trip to Italy. Any favorites?

Nature's Corridor for a River

Nature’s Corridor for a River

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens at the University of Pisa

Stroll the Botanical Gardens at the University of Pisa

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Down the Medieval Bridge

A Tight Squeeze for Traffic in Bagni di Lucca

A Tight Squeeze for Traffic in Bagni di Lucca

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Quiet in Florence

Decision TIme in Pescia

Decision Time in Pescia

Unknown Destination in Pescia

Unknown Destination in Pescia

Intrigue in San Gimignano

Intrigue in San Gimignano

Slow Climb in San Gimignano

Climbing Slow in San Gimignano

Solitude in Vernazza

Solitude in Vernazza

On Doors

First, some background music for today’s post; so if you desire, play and then scroll on to the post.

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Doors are a means of approach, admittance, or access

Doors are gateway marking an entrance or exit

Doors can be hinged, sliding, or a revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, vehicle, cupboard, or a piece of equipment

Doors describes a location as entry, bedroom, bathroom, patio, closet, front, side, back, shower, kitchen, office, garage, basement, cellar, barn, exterior, or interior

Doors can be double, sliding, revolving, folding, storm, swing, trap, hinged, reversible, Dutch, French, screen, paneled, fire, security, driver, passenger, pre-hung, single, or double

Doors can involve knobs, hinges, openers, knockers, bells, intercoms, bars, handles, chalk, weathering, frames, locks, deadbolts, latches, keys, springs, stops, peepholes, and more

Doors can be a hatch, gate, portal, gateway, doorway, or entry

Doors allow the possibility for accommodating change

Doors are a sign of life and death

Doors stand for accountability or blame

Doors can be a request to leave

Doors is a sign of a potential possibility

Enjoy a few doors from my recent trip to Italy. Any favorites?

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Inviting guests in Lucchio

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Devine entry

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Florence’s Duomo is inside

Up close of the Duomo's door

Upclose of the Duomo’s door

Enter to climb to the top of the Duomo

Enter to climb to the top of the Duomo

A panel on the bronze door of the Baptistery across from the Duomo

A panel on the bronze door of the Baptistery across from the Duomo

Enter San Gimignano

Enter San Gimignano

A door to a door in Pisa

A door to the unknown in Pisa

On Windows

Windows are openings in a wall of a structure as a building or vehicle.

Windows allow for the passing of air or light.

Windows can have frames, sashes, panes, or blocks.

Windows receive treatments as shades, blinds, curtains, drapes, and shutters.

Windows display merchandise.

Windows contain information on a computer screen.

Windows are a surgical opening.

Windows can be a range of electromagnetic wavelengths for which a medium is transparent.

Windows operate computers.

Windows are strips of metal foil dispersed in the air to obstruct radar detection.

Windows are an interval of time.

Windows are a means of learning.

As you can see windows can things, but they can be for enjoyment – as these from my recent trip to Italy indicate. Which is your favorite?

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The Collection

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Hinged Shutters

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Arches, Vines, and a Pillar

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Private and Mysterious

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Eyebrows and Flowers

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The iron balcony

The Iron Balcony

How Many?

How Many?

On Time

Time is a dimension, a non-spatial continuum for ordering events

Time is a measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

Time is an appointed, fixed, or customary moment for something to happen, begin, or end

Time can be continuous or in intervals

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Time is a moment for opportunity

Time is a period

Time is tempo, a rate of speed

Time is the past, the present, and the future

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Time is a moment indicated by a clock or a calendar

Time can be a turn

Time can be finite or infinite

Time can be good, bad, hard, or off

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Time moves on, but people can call a time out

Time can be a time for being or being on time

Things can be in time, on time, and time and again

Time can be a moment, a beginning, or an end

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Time involves a traveling back to do something different

Time can be behind or ahead; something that we have or waste; keep, lose, give, or fight against

Time is a moment, an occasion, an epoch or an instant, wink or a stretch, and even money

Time is something that passes and does not stop, yet people try to manage it

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Philosophers have sought to understand time

Einstein explained that time cannot be in isolation from space

There are connections over time, but only time will tell

“Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me” –The Rolling Stones

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FYI: For this post, Steve selected the photos and determined the theme. I, without seeing the pictures, wrote the text to his theme, and then he inserted the pictures. Next time, I’m determine the theme, which will be Connections.

Steve is a long-time friend and a good guy. I encourage you to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He will also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik, LightWavesImages

On the Gift of Images

Whether it be a beautiful site, a moment in time, a human emotion, or whatever, images can capture so much. Below is my first gift of the season – simply a few sites with pictures. Feel free to share links of other sites in the comments.

Flickr gallery Lights in the Dark and its blog page provide outstanding images of space.

I said this on more than one occasion, but I’m in awe when viewing images at the Hubble Gallery and the European Southern Observatory.

I bookmarked this images a few months ago of the hidden beauty of a no-longer-used NYC subway station.

The stills captured by high speed cameras are wonderful.

Consider trolling around the National Geographic Photo Contest page.

I look forward to Joe’s weekly post about the ordinary in life, but here’s his professional page.

If you have a special images site you would like to share, please do so.

Meanwhile, since many of us have been in the grips of cold weather, here’s a flashback to the colors of this fall … the Japanese Maple in front of our home.

What will be tomorrow’s gift of the season? Please return to find out.

On a Friend’s Celebration

The month of September was an abnormal month for me in several ways. Through the hectic events, I failed to honor a fellow blogger’s milestone.

I discovered Joe Dempsey when searching for images of the famed Delta Queen riverboat. Since then I found that he is much more than a photographer as each weekly post tells a story – thus I became a regular reader of the Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind. Sometime last month he delivered his 100th post.

I not only appreciate Joe’s images, but his approach is to bring us the good things in life that are right in front of each of us. Some are obvious, while others are subtle. He wants us to see more by taking the time to look and engage. Whether in the form of nature, human endeavors, or simply people that you don’t know or suspect, Joe brings out the goodness that surrounds each of us.

I’ve never met Joe, but through his weekly treks through LA … that is Lower Arkansas … I’m sure there is a good guy at the other end. After all, would you doubt anyone who loves a good lunch sandwich from a rural general store or a Moon Pie and RC Cola for a snack?

A belated happy 100th Joe – and here’s a treat you’ll appreciate.