JUNE RECAP

It’s time for my monthly recap.

And some in Black and White

 

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: TYPICAL

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 ūüôā

 

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

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/06/25/much-loved-uncle/

https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/typically-half/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/bw-sunday-typical/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/06/25/maasailand-in-black-white/

https://rkarkera.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/typical-weather-photo-of-the-season/

https://netdancer.com/2017/06/25/black-white-sunday-typical/

https://teepee12.com/2017/06/25/classic-blackstone-river-and-canal-black-white-sunday/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/black-and-white-sunday-typical/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/black-white-sunday-typical/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/06/25/black-and-white-sunday-typical/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/06/25/black-white-sunday-typical/

https://nwatkins23.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/black-white-sunday-photo-challenge-typical/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/06/26/black-white-sunday-typical/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/07/01/black-and-white-sunday-typical/

TRA AMICI

 

 

©Paula Borkovic 

 

These gondoliers are  for Jo, our restless walker, to remind her to take a load off her feet once in while  and for the weekly photo challenge theme: friend.

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN JUNE – Y2

 

It is the first week in June and it is time for another PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: 

 

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vigilant

pomp 

hooked

continual

Branching

vigilant

pomp

hooked

continual

©Paula Borkovic

¬†I hope you’ve enjoyed my selection from Venice.¬†¬†As usual for this theme, you can do one word, or more or all five. It’s up to you.¬†

To join the Thursday’s Special photo challenge you are supposed to: 

  • Make a photo post on today‚Äôs theme, before next Thursday.

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

  • Leave a comment under this post.

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Click on the bellow links to check out the fabulous entries to this challenge: 

https://restlessjo.me/2017/06/01/looking-east-in-the-algarve/

 https://morselsandscraps3.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/thursdays-special-pick-a-word/

https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/pick-a-word-any-word-actually-pick-five/

https://teepee12.com/2017/06/01/photo-words-of-the-week-thursdays-special/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/06/01/water-aquaduct-lisbon/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/06/thursdays-special.html

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/06/01/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june-y2/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/pick-a-word-in-june/

https://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/branching/

https://suejudd.com/2017/06/01/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june/

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/06/02/five-words-june-thursdays-special

https://theshowerofblessings.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/thursdays-special-branching/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june-y2/

https://netdancer.com/2017/06/01/vigilant/

https://traveltalesoflife.com/2017/06/02/angels-pool-victoria-falls/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/06/02/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-at-penmon-point/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-5/

https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/bridge-over-trouble-water/

https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2017/06/03/pick-a-word-in-june/

https://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/thursday-special-pick-a-word-in-june/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/06/05/vigilant-a-thursday-special/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/06/06/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june/

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/06/06/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-june/

https://morselsandscraps3.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/diversity-2

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-05

 

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.¬†

‚ÄúLucia Vergine di Siracusa rests in peace in this temple. You inspire a bright future and peace to Italy and the entire World‚ÄĚ. (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:

https://teepee12.com/2017/05/18/heritage-and-the-past-in-the-blackstone-valley/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/05/18/fishy-past/

https://restlessjo.me/2017/05/18/the-spectacle-of-the-roman-baths/

https://delightsofthealgarve.com/2017/05/18/azulejos-porto-cathedral/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/tired-tires/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-y3-05/

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/05/18/the-rocks-traces-of-the-past-yr-3-05-thursdays-special/

https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/a-rich-cultural-heritage/

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/05/trabant.html

https://iballrtw.com/2017/05/18/le-28-fevrier-1969/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-its-only-rock-n-roll-but-i-like-it/

https://suejudd.com/2017/05/18/traces-of-the-past-cornwalls-mining-heritage/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/05/19/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-y3-05/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/05/19/traces-of-the-past-exeters-city-wall/

https://empireoflights.com/2017/05/19/off-the-record-i

https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/sams-ses-challenge-18-bridge/

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/thursdays-special-1905_traces-of-the-past/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/05/19/of-men-turned-to-stone-and-a-cup-of-gold/

https://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/churchst-cajetan/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/20/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-and-wpd-heritage/

https://justinetaylorphotography.com/2017/05/20/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-wpd-heritage/

https://theshowersofblessing.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/weekly-photo-challenge-chinese-heritage/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/traces-of-the-past-15

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/05/23/thursdays-special-traces-of-the-past-7/

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN MAY – Y2

 

Here comes another month with a new set of words to choose from. I hope you like the selection and that you will find at least one word to work on. Here it goes: 

confined   

jazzy

patulous 

momentous

serene

confined

jazzy

patulous (as in overgrown)

momentous (as in life-changing)

serene (as in serenissima)

©Paula Borkovic

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¬†You already know the rules of Thursday’s Special photo challenge, but just in case:¬†

  • Make a photo post post on today‚Äôs theme, before next Thursday.

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

  • Leave a comment under this post.

Please check out the entries to this challenge:

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/05/04/five-words-may-thursdays-special/

https://teepee12.com/2017/05/04/pictures-words-thursdays-special/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/diamonds-are-forever/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/thursday-special-pick-a-word/

https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/mango-sticky-rice/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may-y2/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/05/04/blues-and-greens/

https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-4/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may-y2/

https://suejudd.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may/

https://restlessjo.me/2017/05/04/confined/

https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2017/05/04/thursdays-special-patulous/

https://3rsofretirement.com/2017/05/05/jazzy/

https://bushboy.blog/2017/05/05/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may/

https://iballrtw.com/2017/05/05/winged-victory-of-samothrace/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may-2

https://restlessjo.me/2017/05/06/six-word-saturday-234/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/thursdays-special-pick-a-word-in-may-3/

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/thursdays-special-0405_serene/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/05/06/hafren-sabrina-severn-please-meet-our-local-goddess-plus-a-tale-of-madcap-daring/

https://theshowersofblessing.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/thursday-special-pick-a-word-in-may-y2/

https://delightsofthealgarve.com/2017/05/06/cathedral-cloisters-porto-azulejos/

BELLA CIAO!

No fear on the streets of Venice….

 

Guardians of our security

 

Watching us closely

 

always at the ready

©Paula Borkovic

 

In response to  weekly photo challenge: Security .

 

MARCH RECAP – 2017

It’s time for my monthly recap. This is what March 2017 looked like:¬†

 

 

 

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: ILLUSION

 

This is another weekly photo challenge known as Thursday’s Special. This week Thursday’s Special is bringing you the theme “Illusion”. In my photo of island San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice I played with the gradient filter to blur some parts of the image and to create an illusion of a miniature model Venice.

This is just one of the ways to create an illusion in photography. For this theme you can use forced perspective, fake miniatures, creative bokeh, panning, long exposure, silhouette photography Рto name but few of the most commonly used tools. Come to think of it, any type of pictorial photograph should fit the bill.    

Today it is the 30th March, and you have a week to respond (i.e. by Wednesday 5th April). Can’t wait to see your entries. Happy Thursday!

©Paula Borkovic

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A few pointers about participating in the challenge: 

  • Make a photo post post on today‚Äôs theme, before next Thursday.

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

  • Leave a comment under this post.

I am very happy with the entries for this challenge. Please click on the links to see some wonderful stuff:

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/03/30/illusion-thursdays-special/comment-page-1

https://bushboy.blog/2017/03/30/thursdays-special-illusion/

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/03/30/point-of-view-crags-baku-heydar-aliyev/

http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/03/whirling.html

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/male-illusion-on-curves/

https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/thursday-special/

https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/thursdays-special-illusion/

http://www.paumau.fi/2017/03/linnut-taivaan.html

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/03/31/thursdays-special-illusion/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/illusion-a-thursday-special/

https://teepee12.com/2017/04/01/illusions-the-end-and-coming-home/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/aliens/

https://tishfarrell.com/2017/04/01/serpents-eye-view-from-llandudnos-great-orme-and-a-spot-of-lamb-retrieval/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/04/01/thursday-special-illusion/

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/01/thursdays-special-illusion/

Thursday’s Special: Bird’s Eye (View)

Today’s photo challenge can be interpreted in at least two ways.

You can do a bird’s eye view

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or just a bird’s eye

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Whatever your choice, I’ll be happy with you contribution. Happy Thursday!

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Once again I am very pleased to present the participants’ entries. Don’t forget to click on the links above images:

Putting things in perspective

Stelvio Pass

Bird’s Eyes

Between the bottom and the summit

Bird’s Eye View in Hyde Park

Mrs. Cardinal

Airy Heights

Falcon’s Eye View

Pelicans with a viewpoint

Bird’s Eye View of Shela Village, Lamu

View from Tokyo Tower

Bird’s Eye (view) by Klara

Kissy 

Bird’s eye view

Doorway to the Universe

A vista de pajaro, en Peru

The Ballestas Islands

Guest Challenge: Symbolism

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 Madhu:

The Venetian Gondola

The shiny, sleek keel-less vessels navigating the winding waterways of Venice, might not be the choice of transport of its diminished local population any longer, but they remain the most familiar visual identifiers of the city. Cliched symbols inextricably linked to its cultural identity. Perhaps more universally recognised than its monumental components.

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While a¬†selfie on a romantic cruise is a mandatory ‚Äėmust do‚Äô¬†on most Venice itineraries, few tourists are aware¬†of the gondola‚Äôs history or the symbolism¬†inherent in its design.

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The earliest known ancestors of the present gondole were large,¬†multi-oared boats with little ornamentation. By the fifteenth¬†century they¬†shrank considerably¬†in size, acquiring vibrant¬†awnings, ornate seating and plush upholstery. Within a¬†century, they¬†evolved into sleeker, sumptuous and colourful showpieces of wealthy aristocrats, until a 17th century egalitarian Doge’s edict decreed the uniform black enamel¬†and the precise dimensions¬†of¬†10.87m by¬†1.42 m. The only change since has been the¬†lengthening of the left¬†side by 24cm¬†to counterbalance¬†the gondoliers weight and rowing action. This late 19th century refinement gives the craft its characteristic list¬†along with¬†its current fluidity of motion.

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Each gondola assembled from¬†280 components¬†is handcrafted from eight types of natural wood. Each is fitted to individual gondoliers, with unique and detachable rowlocks¬†‚Ästforcola¬†‚Ästcarved to the gondoliers personal specifications. And each incorporates visual metaphors in its elegant design embellishments.

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The sinuous shape of the heavy iron prow the¬†ferro di prora,¬†is said to mimic the Grand Canal itself. Its¬†distinctive blade,¬†the¬†Doge‚Äôs cap.¬†The six prongs (rebbi) beneath, depict the six¬†sestieri¬†(neighbourhoods), and¬†the lone prong¬†opposite¬†(risso di poopa), the island¬†of¬†Giudecca.¬†The other iconic symbol of the city, the Rialto bridge, is represented by the tiny arch between the ‚Äėcap‚Äô and the prongs!

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With the number of vessels plying the canals down to a few hundred from some 10,000 at the end of the 16th century, and just three squeri (shipwright) working overtime to replace aged craft, this most beautiful boat in the world faces the risk of fading into the pages of history. Regardless of the fact that it only ferries tourists today, Venice would not be Venice without its gondole.

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Especially written for¬†Paula’s Thursday Special challenge – Symbolism.¬†I am honoured to be hosting today’s challenge…..thank you very much Paula!¬†