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Many have asked about the Header image above, which I named 'Eerie Genny'. It was originally shot with film [taken on the shore of the Genesee River near the Univ. of Rochester]. During the darkroom development, I flashed a light above the tray. The process, known as 'solarization', produces eerie, ghostlike effects; some have mistaken this image as an infra-red photo. Some 35+ years later, I scanned and digitized the print, and did a little modern day editing, and, voila.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sicily 4: Segesta [Sky Watch Friday]

On our 4th day, we departed Palermo by bus and headed west to Trapani, on the Mediterranean Sea. That night, I managed to get a few decent shots of the sunset from our hotel restaurant window.

We would spend two nights here and take some bus excursions. The first one was to Segesta, site of a magnificent Doric temple and theater (dating back to the 5th century BC). They are situated out in rolling green hills, albeit separated by a considerable distance. The image below shows the surrounding landscape.

As we came over a hill crest, there was the temple, an awe-inspiring sight.

We worked our way down to the temple entrance. Yes, the capitals were in classical Doric style, and the columns were unfluted.  Examples of the more modern fluted columns will be shown in future postings.

The well preserved columns (including the capitals) are ca. 30 feet high;, with14 on the long side and 6 each along the short side of the temple.

The semi-circular theater was built into the side of a hill, Monte Barbaro. Its acoustics are phenomenal; e.g. a softly spoken word at ground level, within the semi-circular area, can easily be heard in the top row of seating. Consequently, ancient Greek plays are performed here every summer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sicily 3: Cefalù [Sky Watch Friday]

Another excursion was to the medieval coastal town Cefalù, with its landmark 12th century cathedral. As we approached the coast, we could see the town in the distance. This was shot through the bus window.

Prior to reaching the town, we disembarked and made the rest of the way on foot. This afforded us some interesting perspectives.

Once in town, we took lunch at a local restaurant near the beach. From our seats in the shade of a table umbrella, we were able to sit and people-watch.

Cefalù's major attraction is its cathedral. Started in 1131 during the reign of Roger II, it was not completed during his lifetime. The apse, vault and presbytery walls are all covered with mosaics executed by Byzantine craftsmen in 1148. The most striking figure is that of Christ above Mary and four archangels.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sicily 2: Palermo 2 [Sky Watch Friday]

Using Palermo as our home base, we made several bus excursions to surrounding sites of interest. Just a few miles outside Palermo was the Monreale Cathedral, built in the late 12th century by William II (the last Norman king of Sicily). It is a unique masterpiece of Byzantine art, with glittering mosaics and frescoes. One marvelous example is the figure of Christ on the apse cupola.

The exterior of the apse has interlaced marble and tufa arches characteristic of the height of Norman decoration.

The Cloister below was another masterpiece of Norman art.  It contains 228 variously decorated small double columns with Arab style arches and intricate capitals.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sicily 1: Palermo 1 [Sky Watch Friday]

Having had a wonderful experience in 2005 on a Greece tour with Studiosis, we decided to join them for a trip to Sicily in 2006. One of the attractions for me, strange as that may sound, was the fact that there are more Greek temple remains in Sicily than there are in Greece. [This is due to the fact that there were many Greek settlements all along the extensive coastline; and, of course, they attempted to recreate their temples in the new land.] Still, I was somewhat apprehensive because I believed that Sicily would be barren, dusty and dirty. To my great delight, that was nothing further from the truth. Our tour began in the large port city of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. NOTE: The map below summarizes our itinerary over the course of our 12 day tour

Over the centuries Palermo was under the control of Roman, Arab and Norman dynasties. While little remains of those bygone times, the influence of middle eastern art and architecture can be seen in its churches. At the time we arrived in Palermo, an intense political campaign was already in progress. One could deduce that simply by looking at the cluttered bill boards. I guess no one bothered to remove earlier posts.

Two churches of significance within the city are the Cathedral and La Martorana. The Cathedral was originally constructed in the 12th century, but has undergone frequent rebuilding. The portal is from the 15th century [top image]; the Baroque dome was added in late 18th century [bottom image].


Originally built in mid-12th century, La Martorana boasts a colorful Baroque interior, decorated with frescoes and mosaics, such as Christ crowning Roger II, a 12th century Norman King of Sicily (top image).

Of distinctly different architecture is the 12th century Benedictine monastery of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (also built by Roger II). Its distinctive 5 domed structure was built by Arab-Norman craftsman. It is surrounded by gardens filled with citrus trees, pomegranate and rose bushes.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Greece Skies 2005: Santorini 2 [Sky Watch Friday]

We remained on Santorini for three days, during which time we got to do a little exploring. In addition to the vast array of colorful private houses, there were also some impressive larger structures. Some of my favorites are below.

Besides the lovely towns, there are unusual black beaches, which contain the remnants of volcanic lava. As you might imagine, they are not particularly enjoyable to walk on.

The last leg of our tour was to Heraklion and Knossos in Crete. Unfortunately, I do not have any images that contain any sky....imagine that!  So, postings of our trip comes to a ‘premature’ end here.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Greece Skies 2005: Santorini 1 [Sky Watch Friday]

From Naxos we took a ferry through the Aegean Sea to the volcanic island of Santorini. Perched high atop cliffs surrounding an underwater caldera [a giant crater produced by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC]. The zig-zag line running down the middle of the image is the route to the village on top. One can go up either on foot or on a donkey. We chose neither, as we had a bus to get us up there.

The two main towns, Fira and Oia, clinging to the cliffside, are known for their white-washed and colorful houses. I don’t remember which image below is from which town. In any event, every which way one looked, it was a feast for the eyes.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Greece Skies 2005: Naxos [Sky Watch Friday]

I finally get to actually begin posting photos from our trip to Greece in 2005. Two firsts here: these images were shot with my first digital camera, a relatively simple KODAK model Z1015. And, this trip was our first with an organized tour group, as we had always preferred to be on our own. However, sometimes it makes sense to join a tour and do things that might otherwise been inconvenient. So, we signed up to travel with a German group, Studiosis, which was restricted to a small number of islands. My wife speaks fluent German [she grew up in Braunschweig], and I could understand /speak the language enough to get by. After assembling in Athens, we all took a ferry to Naxos. Our first glimpse of the port of Matthiassos Village is below.

Through some snafu, there were no porters to help transfer our luggage from the ship to the hotel. I remember a long, hot and sweaty trek through the streets. But, once situated, we were ready to head out to see the iconic gate of the Apollo Temple, which we could see from our hotel [below].

This walk was decidedly easier than the earlier one with our luggage. The marble gate [dating back to ca. 600 BC] is all that remains of the temple [Top].  The middle image shows the route we took to reach the gate. The bottom image was taken as sunset approached.

We remained on Naxos for four nights, using it as our base pf operations to explore Naxos itself, as well as several other islands. The last two images were shot on Naxos. I don’t remember anything about the towers below [except that the one on the left is solid marble], nor where we were in this rugged landscape.

One of the islands that we did on a day trip was Delos. It is renowned for its history/ruins. The row of iconic lions is grand, but, theyare not the originals. Those are safely housed in a museum, which I did not know that until much later.