After a month’s break I decided to challenge you again with things from the past.

What Traces of the Past have you found near you or on some of your travels? Are they remains of the things once built and now in despair, the remains of natural occurrences or from your personal past? Whether they provoke admiration or make you nostalgic or even horrified, here’s an opportunity to showcase them for this photo challenge.

In the valley of the river Mincio in Lombardy there is a scenic little village by the name of Borghetto sul Mincio. If it weren’t for flocks of tourists coming to the place, I would call it one of the most idyllic and authentic villages in Northern Italy.


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Welcome to Thursday’s Special photo challenge. Today’s theme is Blue Hour. It is my favourite time of the day for photo shooting. Hoping that you like this theme as much as I do, I look forward to seeing your entries 🙂




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You are wrong if you think that I forgot about the Traces of the Past photo challenge. I am a day late, but here it is – Traces of the Past in colour this time. 

With the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, and its many narrow alleys and canals Padua revealed its hidden beauty to me on a beautiful night walk. 



Take your time deciding what you are going to post for this photo challenge. As always you are completely free in your choice. I will be back next week to look at your entries. 


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If you think that you have seen this image before, you are right. I have posted it once for “After and Before” challenge. This time I would like to show a variation of the same scene. In the first photo I placed a tripod on a small bridge facing the rocks to be able to do a long exposure. There wasn’t much room to maneuver especially with passing visitors.

In the second one however, I placed the camera on the fence of the bridge which allowed me to frame my shot better. This is the frame that I prefer. I did not stop there I edited it a bit differently too, by giving it a fresher look. I hope that this time people will be actually able to see the faces on the rocks 😀


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Take your time posting for this challenge. I will look at the entries early next week. 

P.S. I posted two different frames of the same scene here to show the difference and to show how sometimes a compromise of using a fence or other stable surface can come handy instead of a tripod that requires some room. It was not by any means an invitation to criticize my photos. I know that people that do it are not photo experts, but this is my blog, I keep it as a source of relaxation for myself and not for others to annoy me.


Regular visitors to my blog know that once a month on a Sunday I post a combined photo challenge theme for Black&White Sunday. It is called AFTER and BEFORE and it invites you to post the same  image both in black and white and in colour. The topic and subject are entirely arbitrary. The only condition is that you post an image captured in colour and that you turn it monochrome in post processing. I enjoy this little exercise which permits me to see the same scene through colour and without it, and I hope that you will enjoy doing the same.

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As of today my Black&White Sunday is turning into a fortnight event which means that I will be challenging you in monochrome photography every other Sunday. One Black and White Sunday per month will have a permanent theme: After and Before and the other Sunday will be theme something different every month.

I hope you will still going to participate enthusiastically despite of these changes :).


Please have a look at the entries to this post:


TYPICAL. This is a typical shot of Venice, and typical is the theme for this week’s Black & White Sunday photo challenge. I hope you’ll find something you want to show or even go out and capture something typical for this occasion. Whatever your choices, please link to this challenge post and leave me a comment bellow. Sending you love and peace and wishes for a great week!



P.S. Will start looking at your entries tomorrow. Hopefully, I am somewhere in nature now looking at brooks and butterflies 🙂



Please have a look at these cool “typical” entries:


What would the world without music be like? I don’t know and I don’t wish to find out. Today’s theme for Black and White Sunday is MUSIC. You know the drill: post your photo for the challenge before next Sunday, link to this post, and leave me a comment bellow. 

Reno Schulz playing Fujara, San Gimignano, 2014

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Reno Schulz is a musician stationed in San Gimignano, Italy. He plays several types of flute. The one featured in my photo is Fujara – traditional Slovak flute, and you can hear how it sounds in the enclosed You tube video. I did not record Reno’s sounds, but I managed to capture his portrait while he was holding a private concert for us. And yes, he also plays the music on the attached mp3.

Please click on the bellow links to see the fabulous entries:



In Cannaregio district of Venice overlooking the Gran Canal stands San Geremia, a Baroque church with a distinctive 12th century Romanesque brick tower. The church is dedicated to Saint Jeremiah, but also holds the relics of Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia di Siracusa) which had been previously kept in the church by the same name, but were transferred to San Geremia in 1861 when the church of Saint Lucy was pulled down to build a railway station. 

In 1981 precisely these relics were the cause of a burglary in San Geremia. The church was broken into and the Saint’s remains were stolen to be retrieved months later on the day of her celebration, 13 December.

Saint Lucy’s grave is still the main attraction among visitors and pilgrims that come to the church in increasing numbers every year to light a candle and to pray to this patron saint of the blind and visually impaired. 

“Lucia Vergine di Siracusa rests in peace in this temple. You inspire a bright future and peace to Italy and the entire World”. (this inscription, but in Italian may be seen on the side of the church facing Grand Canal)

©Paula Borkovic

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! 

Please check out these wonderful entries to the challenge:



Perched on a hilltop with about a dozen towers belonging to the Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles, San Gimignano is probably the most picturesque site in the province of Siena. 



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This is the first in the series of the Traces of the Past – Y3 (one month the challenge is run in colour, the other in B&W which means that in February you’ll be asked to post for Traces of the past in monochrome). For this post I chose a photo of a small Italian town in Tuscany, but you can choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. If you decide to join this photo challenge:   

  • Make a photo post on today’s theme before next Thursday

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post  


And here are the entries to this challenge:


Passage of time, passage through a place, life itself is a passage. Passage is the theme of today’s Black & White Sunday, photo challenge that appears regularly every Sunday and as the name says it is in black and white.



If you want to join, please:

  • make a B&W photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post 

With wishes for a quiet passage through Sunday….

Please, check out the entries to this challenge. The first one took my breath away:

Black & White Sunday: Towering

Black & White Sunday challenge this week has towering as a theme. Towering can be a building, a person, a mountain, or a tree.. maybe you can finish the list? Show me your black and white examples of towering. Today I have three and they all include towers. When you make a post, link it to this challenge and leave me your links in the comment section bellow.


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Being able to enjoy sunny Tuscany if only for a few days is a bliss.

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The most distinctive building in modern London is Shard, at least to my eyes

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In medieval times Bologna’s skyline was crowded with high towers, very much like Manhattan today. This is what is left of them… 



This week a devastating earthquake hit the central Italy and killed about 300 people and children by erasing half of the town of Amatrice and damaging badly nearby municipalities at about 100 miles from Rome.

There isn’t anything I can do in face of this tragedy, but to say a silent prayer for all the victims. 


Check out the entries for this challenge: