Welcoming 2018

I try to keep my blog free of politics and full of pictures and personal observations. Last year I allowed myself to rant a little about the previous year with my New Years post. I was truly upset about fascism in The United States and still am. However I realized talk is cheap and contrary to the mission I set for this blog. I have over 2000 followers and they don’t visit to listen to me rant.

So this year I just offer you this amazingly sweet and delicious torte and wish you the best for a Healthy and Happy 2018! This was waiting for us in our hotel In Milan Italy when we arrived in 2009.

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Happy New Year

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The Brass Penis

I can’t remember where I took this picture. I think it was in Heidelberg. Oddly it reminded me of the The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. In the center of the Galleria there is a mosaic of a bull. Legend has it if you grind your heels of the balls of the bull you will have good luck. The mosaic has a hole in it from a life time of people spinning on the balls as this young lady is doing.

I don’t think this statue has any such legend but a lot of people have been rubbing the penis!

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The Brass Penis

Scenic Views Candidate #3–Canals of Milan

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am focusing on images that are scenic in nature. This was taken in Milan Italy in 2011. It is the largest canal in the city of Milan and lined with restaurants, clubs and antique store.

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Candidate #3–Canals of Milan

Candidate#3--Canals of Milan

Candidate#3–Canals of Milan

Horses Near Il Duomo

I took this picture in 2011 outside the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente in Milan Italy. We had just left the Cathedral and this installation was in front of a museum in the square. It was about two million degrees and we hadn’t eaten at all and never did see the musuem. I never did find out anything about these sculptures and not sure if it was a temporary or permanent display.

I never did publish the image. It was taken at noon and I tried to do some masking and editing but could never get the detail I wanted. I decided to use some of the NIK collection tools on the image and finally got it to the point where I can share it. It was a stark contrast to the medieval architecture of Il Duomo.

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Horses in Milan

Horses in Milan

Statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and political figure and seen as one of the founding fathers of modern Italy. Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento. He personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy. He was appointed general by the provisional government of Milan in 1848. The statue is opposite the Cathedral in the Plaza Il Duomo in Milan, Italy

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Statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi

Statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi

At Prayer

I don’t talk much about religion or politics on this blog. So all I can say with the state of our political landscape we will all need some of this in the months ahead. This was taken at a neighborhood church in Milan Italy.

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At Prayer

At Prayer

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the first enclosed shopping malls in the world and is in Milan Italy.It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. It is in the center of Milan near the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente commonly known as Il Duomo.
The mall was dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It is a stunningly beautiful place if you can ignore the invasion of USA branded stores like McDonalds housed in the structure.

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 The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II