Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"sun" #2

This was taken at the same spot as last
week's Thursday Challenge
sunset, but three minutes earlier.

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ABC Wednesday—B is for "brides"

One afternoon when I was in Rome this
past May, I encountered four
bridal parties—but there were five brides!

Later that night, I passed by 
wedding reception in full 
swing and a 6th bride—who knows 
how to party (and pose).

[To see more ABC
posts, go here.]

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Birthday

This installation—thousands of pinwheels—
was created recently as part of the
celebration for the
 150th anniversary of my
local park,
 Prospect Park, in Brooklyn.

[Linking back to Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, July 17, 2017

And the winner—by a nose

. . . is the birdlike medico delle
 peste mask,
modeled after those worn by doctors
dealing with plague victims.
They filled it with strong-smelling herbs
and/or camphor in the belief that
it would purify the air.  They also wore a
long overcoat, and that was actually
what kept them safe—from the fleas that
were carrying the plague. (Though,
of course, who knew at the time?)

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday

This is the church of Sant'Eustachio, in Rome.
It was originally built in the 8th century,
restored in the 12th, and almost completely rebuilt
in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Like so many Roman churches,
the present-day city has
built up around it—you turn
a corner, and voilĂ .

The stag with the cross is
the symbol of St. Eustace
(though I don't know why).

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, July 15, 2017

dirty birds!

Yes, I did disturb these pigeons so I could
get this shot.  But they went right
back to their feast—and who goes out of
their way to feed them, I wonder?
One well-known New Yorker famously
called them "rats with wings" and
that does seem to be the general consensus.

[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, July 14, 2017

Allons, enfants!

Happy Bastille Day to all my French
(and Francophile) friends.

[Linking back to Skywatch Friday.]