There’s a bathroom on the right…

It’s funny how you can go through life being absolutely sure of something, only to find you’ve been dead-wrong all along.  Song lyrics are a classic example, as with CCR’s “bad moon on the rise”.  Great song, nothing to do with bathrooms!  Photographs can be prime material for correcting some of those “false memories” too…several times I have revisited photos from some past event, only to find I was quite mistaken about who had been there or even where “there” was!  Thank God for photography.  The image is of the Cathedral in Florence, more properly known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, shot with a great moon and a steady tripod.  (7 September, 2006  Florence, Italy)

Dem bones gonna rise again…

One thing I find so cool about Italy is how you can drive through almost deserted countryside to some sleepy hill town that looks like it couldn’t keep a McDonald’s in business and discover a staggeringly huge and gorgeous cathedral.  It seems every little Italian village in the middle ages somehow found the means to erect these towering monuments to faith, and they are scattered about like confetti.  The Cathedral of Orvieto, where we shot this architectural detail (from the Messianic Prophecies on the second pier by Maitani), is a prime example.  Begun in 1290, it took them almost three centuries to finish the thing, so long that the style changed from Romanesque to Italian Gothic along the way.  Popes came and went, as did Master Builders, wars were won and lost, and still they carried on.  Now, that’s devotion.  (9 September, 2006  Orvieto, Umbria, Italy)