Black & White Sunday: Night

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Winter solstice.

In the Northern Hemisphere today we celebrate winter solstice – the day with the longest night.

In pre-Christian times in this part of the world the December solstice observance included people sharing food and showing forgiveness.

Many cultures continue to organize feasts, festivals, holidays and celebrations around December solstice.

Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a more festive mood. To many people, this return of the light was a reason to celebrate that nature’s cycle was continuing. (source:



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2014/12/28 – Wish (Black & White Sunday)


This Sunday’s entries:

Debbie’s Twinkling Edinburgh

Cardinal’s Street Photo

Black & White Sunday: Night

Music and lights of Bologna

This is a sequel of my last Thursday’s Special. I promised Jo several photos from my night walk in Bologna this month. Boy, did I like that town!! Not only is it the food capital of Italy, but it is also a centre of art and culture, with the oldest university in the Western World, hence the three nicknames for the town: la grassa (the fat one – for its cuisine), la dotta (the learned one – for its culture), and la rossa (the red one – for the colour of its buildings).

I liked Bologna in the daylight too, but that first night was kind of magical. The fact that Robot07 Music Festival had just started made it even more special. If you don’t like the attached music, don’t blame me – that’s what they played there that night.


Here is what I saw and captured on the streets of Bologna. You can see again the Church of San Petronio on Piazza Maggiore.


The Palace in the bellow picture is called Palazzo d’Accursio and it used to be a Town Hall until 2011.

palazzo d'accursio

I liked the view of Neptune from behind…


But I took out the tripod to shoot it properly upfront – the following snap is hubby’s

bologna_me at work-0251

Tripod is not a useless device at all. Here is what I captured:

nettuno_front bologna

Now I handed the tripod back to hubby and started snapping hand-held again….

piazza nettuno bologna

And the last one is with the famous arches of Bologna. They say that you don’t have to get wet in the town at all – most of the streets are covered with arches which comes handy on scorching hot days or in the rain.

vaults in bologna

 Today our restless hostess Jo is taking us to Easby Abbey. There are no spoilers here, you’ll have to go to her place and read it for yourself. 😉


Thursday’s Special: By Night

As the night falls and the hazy daylight gives way to dusky skies, human figures become less conspicuous. That’s when I rush into streets resolved to carry out my plan…



Bratislava by night

Bratislava by night

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Black & White Sunday: Bridge

Is there anybody out there? 

tower bridge night_b&w

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