Wednesday 31 December 2008

No more sailing lessons until early Spring

Although we have already wished each other all the best for the coming new year, with this photo I just want to wish you a lot of sunshine into every aspect of your daily life.

Monday 29 December 2008

Winter light

18th Century farmhouse with its own chapel

Tuesday 23 December 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas but, above all, a Happy and Prosperous New Year in good health and in serenity.
My square in Arona

Monday 22 December 2008

Spinning wheel....

...'s gotta go around
Busto Arsizio

Sunday 21 December 2008

When Nature took out it's palette this early morning...

...I just stared and bowed in front of all this beauty. Even the pilot of the military airplane which had just past "scratching" the sky, must have remained stunned by the view from high above.
(Lake front - Arona)

Saturday 20 December 2008

Friday 19 December 2008


...there was light.
Sunrise in Arona

Thursday 18 December 2008


I was honoured again with the two awards I received from my Spanish blogger friend Tr3nta whom I will have the pleasure to meet in Madrid the next time my wife and I will visit Spain. (It is a promise, Tr3nta!)
What I received will be given on to 8 of my many blogging friends for their great efforts to share their daily impressions of their surroundings with both photos as well as comments.

The first one is for:

The second one is for:
- all others!!

Wednesday 17 December 2008

The weather is improving...

...after seven days and seven nights of heavy rainfall.
(the second of the Trilogy of Trees)

Tuesday 16 December 2008

Mist in Arona

First of the Trilogy of Trees
(with the help of Photoshop to bring out the colours)

Monday 15 December 2008

Last wednesday's bride...

... my daughter-in-law (or simply my daughter as I consider her)

Sunday 14 December 2008

Even cement is not hard enough...

... to prevent a plant from starting its life
(photo to be enlarged)
Last of the Transformation Trilogy

Saturday 13 December 2008


Reflections of a metallic surface - Transformation trilogy

Friday 12 December 2008

Transformation trilogy

This is part of a tree which I transformed with the help of Photoshop

Monday 8 December 2008

Sunday 7 December 2008

Saturday 6 December 2008

Friday 5 December 2008

Pre-winter landscape

Val Vigezzo - about one hour from Arona with heights of 1.700m

Thursday 4 December 2008

Wednesday 3 December 2008

The loner

Lake Maggiore - Arona

Tuesday 2 December 2008

A handfull of houses...

Orta San Giulio
...thrown around the lake

Monday 1 December 2008

Theme day: circles and spheres

Sculptures of Italian sculpturer Arnaldo Pomodoro in the streets of Orta San Giulio
...where spheres are also a circle
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Sunday 30 November 2008

Fragments of the burgh of Orta San Giulio

The origins of this beautiful burgh on Lake Orta, about 20km from Arona, date back to the 6th Century and even before. After various disputes between ruling families of the area and the Church throughout the Dark Ages and after, today's main urban morphology of the historical centre was shaped during the 17th and 18th century with some buildings dating back to even the 16th century. The Island of San Giulio in front of Orta's lake front which I posted some posts ago, hosts a few private villa's (one of which the proprietors open up for concerts in Spring). The main building on the island is a monastery of an enclosed order of nuns.

Saturday 29 November 2008

Bitterly cold

The last of the "Trilogy of Boats"

Friday 28 November 2008


The 2nd photo of the "Trilogy of Boats
my 150th photo

Thursday 27 November 2008

Coming out of the blue

Arona - Yachting Club harbour in the morning fog
First part of the "Trilogy of boats"

Tuesday 25 November 2008

The iron bench under the limetree...

Lakefront Arona
...where I read my newspaper in the early morning

Sunday 23 November 2008

Saturday 22 November 2008

Friday 21 November 2008

Feather clouds

Island of San Giulio on Lake Orta at 20km from Arona

Thursday 20 November 2008

When the sun breaks through

Rionero in Vulture (Basilicata)

Wednesday 19 November 2008

Where winemaking traditions...

View on Ripacandida (Basilicata)
... date back centuries ago.

Tuesday 18 November 2008

Some warmth

Rapolla in Vulture (Basilicata)

Monday 17 November 2008


Vulture area in Basilicata (Southern Italy)
...notwithstanding devastating earthquakes.

Saturday 15 November 2008

Autumn in the vineyards...

Rionero in Vulture this "Vulture" part of the Region of Basilicata, in the very south of Italy, known for its exquisite "Aglianico" wines.

Tuesday 11 November 2008

Path to the vineyards

I will be away till next saturday. Off to the very south of Italy to visit a local winery. I hope to be able to make interesting photos there to post them upon my return. Greetings from Arona to all of you!

Sunday 9 November 2008

Friday 7 November 2008

The quiet lake...

...before the heavy rainfall.

Wednesday 5 November 2008

Photoshop and I...

...see Autumn in Arona also like this.

Tuesday 4 November 2008

Sunday 2 November 2008

Saturday 1 November 2008

When you consult your dictionary...

Theme day: Books
...certain words jump to your eyes and to your soul.

Thursday 30 October 2008

Silver lake

Thank you very much again, Dusty Lens, for having chosen my blog for this award!! Now I must state 6 things that make me happy and choose 6 other bloggers for this award, who in turn must nominate other 6 bloggers of their liking according to the rules:
Six things that make me happy:
1. Family and friends
2. Singing with the band
3. Photography
4. Travelling
5. Writing
6. Wine and food
Six bloggers to whom I am pleased to give this award are:
Congratulations all of you and greetings from Arona.