Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Erice: Sicilian town in the clouds

I visited a Sicilian town called Erice, nearly 800 metres above the Mediterranean on Sicily's north western tip. From below, the town was invisible, shrouded by the clouds. Entering the town was like entering some kind of heaven, with the narrow medieval streets swirling in the mist.

Unfortunately, and for the first time ever, I lost a lot of the photos I took here: at least 100 shots, some of which would certainly have been better than any of those seen below. Some counting logic seems to have gone awry in the camera, and it didn't roll over from 9999 to 0001 as it should have done.. I was pretty unhappy about this, to say the least. But, here are those that survived. If you like them, feel free to leave a comment below.

And, I would recommend visiting this beautiful town.

The city of Trapani, on the way up to Erice.



Streets of Erice.


A couple think about whether to stop and eat.

But move on.
















On the way back down.



The view over towards the north east.

Un cinquecento bianco.

A shot of graffiti. Because I always manage to find one anywhere.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Favourites #4: Because we've had no snow...

I love snow. I love the way it makes the countryside bright and inviting, yet at the same time unknown.

This year we've had almost no snow. So, I thought I'd post some of the quite good snow we had last year, when I had plenty of opportunities to put on my boots and spend my days out and about in the crunchy snow:

Frost on a leaf.

Snow in the forest.

A tree surrounded by the cold.

Blizzard conditions in a woodland.

Shelter from the snow.

Trees.

Dusk.

Oops.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Favourites #3: Japan

Some old photos of Japan. Certainly a place I'd like to go back to.

A couple watch a couple at Nagoya aquarium.

Lanterns.

A parasol.

An urn of water at a temple.

Nagoya.

An unfinished puppet.
Script at a temple. 

Writing on the column of a torii.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Favourites #2: Underneath the Galata bridge

Not new photos. Again, an old favourite.

These were taken at sunset in the subway underneath the Galata bridge in Istanbul.

The first in particular has always been one of my favourite shots. I know a photograph of a toilet in a subway might not be for everybody, but hey, that's the beauty of art, right?