JUNE RECAP

It’s time for my monthly recap.

And some in Black and White

 

AUGUST RECAP

Here is a recap of what I posted during the month of August.

My August in pictures:

 

And my B&W gallery:

 

 

To whom it may concern

I have thought long and hard about the subject of the poll in my post from yesterday where I asked your opinion about little images of contributing posts from other bloggers that I display in my challenge posts.

You voted, according to the poll, 10 votes in favour of seeing little images, 3 are fine either way – whether they are posted as images or just links to others’ posts.

Some of you generously noted that I was the only blogger that included preview images of participating bloggers, that all other people just put links to others’ blogs or not even that, and I appreciated that you appreciate my effort.

When I first came up with that idea, it was spontaneous, and not calculated in any way. Let me explain – whatever I do on this page I do out of heart. This is my space. If I enclose others’ images it was never to attract more traffic to my personal space, and it was certainly never out of will (or necessity) to wear borrowed plumes.

If that were the case I would have never posted some photos of the subject matters that I hated, but they meant something to my blogger friends and I respected that – so I uploaded the little preview images on my blog to show participating bloggers that I appreciate their effort and cooperation – but never, never to make my own blog “more attractive” by posting them on my page.

Owing to some confused bloggers that misinterpreted my intentions I decided to stop publishing preview images of participating entires and as of now you will have to click on the links provided under to post to check them out on their respective blogs.

 

 

SUNDAY POST: Surrounded

Ages ago a city vanished under the raging lava to be uncovered 17 centuries later and shown to the world. The dead city with so many traces of life remains as a reminder of once advanced civilisation.

In the middle of the yard of an anonymous house surrounded by ancient columns stands a tree, the subject of my take on the  Sunday post challenge.

Listen to Rodrigo Leao’s Vita brevis (as in Ars longa, vita brevis – or in my interpretation of Pompeii “Lives were extinguished, but art lives on”) 

SUNDAY POST: City

I should mention here my love/hate relationship with cities, particularly with the one I inhabit. It is Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, a bustling town covering an area of 3,719 km2 with a population of over 1,200,000. Yet, as so many others it has its good sides.

What attracts us to cities? Is it friends, family, good schools, jobs, culture, entertainment, the dread of commuting, promise of a better life? All these reasons are valid to me, and though I get tired of all the hustle and bustle, I don’t see myself living permanently anywhere else…

Have a look at the cityscape I took on my morning walk. The enclosed music is by my favourite band Yello (Till Tomorrow).

 
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SUNDAY POST: People (are strange)

I entitled the below photo “A watchful eye lurking for a giving hand at the entrance of a church ….“

It took me many years to get rid of the habbit of emptying my pockets every time I saw a beggar. It is symptomatic that they are always strategically located at the entrance of churches, taking advantage of the “faithfull“ in despair to redeem their soul ….

The Latin inscription above the door is from Gospel according to Saint John (X, 29): “Ego sum ostium per me si quis introierit salvabitur” (I am the door. By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved)…. And on his way out, he shall meet beggars – this part is not in Gospel – I am not trying to offend anybody here, and I was raised to always help the needy, but I don’t care for impostors, liars, and people taking advantage of others – scammers in short…. People are strange, or may seem strange… Listen to the attached song People are Strange (The Doors)