After weeks of heavy rains, the sun broke through yielding beautiful blueberries. Within seconds of entering the fields, my nose filled with the sweet perfume of ripening blueberries. My eyes captured the mix of green, purple, and blue hues. I picked one berry off the bush to test the flavor; fresh and delicious. As I filled the pint box, my heart melted gathering the fresh fruit in the sun.
True olives have pits inside.
Many towns in Southern Italy provide the environment to embrace nature’s pleasures. One of my favorite things in Southern Italy is going to street vendors to buy olives, the type that come in various sizes, shapes, and color, as opposed to the homogenous olives you find in jars. Jarred olives are uniform in size and shape to mechanically remove the pits. But this process also removes the heart and soul of the fruit. The pit gives the fruit form and flavor. Chewing around and on the pit releases the intense perfumes and flavors made possible by the hot and arid Mediterranean climate. The olive is a kind reminder to step back and embrace the small but flavorful details of life.
From land, the subtle transition of color simulates the body’s senses and offers a serenity only nature can provide. The dynamic depth of blue tones draws your eyes in, the repetition of the water breaking at the shoreline provides a rhythm for your ears, and the salty air is inhaled, tasted, and felt on your skin.
As time passes, the sense of urgency fades. The body and mind slowly align with the natural rhythms of nature and a sense of calm takes over your body.
A bright red car in a coastal southern Italian town bringing a smile to many faces.
I dolci dal sud d’Italia
Hoping an Easter egg brings a healthy longterm relationship into my life this year so I can share the sweetness with someone.
Capturing Verona’s Teatro Romano Under the Dramatic Light of a Winter Sunset
By spending a few days in Verona, rather than doing just a day trip, it afforded me the flexibility to finally see the Teatro Romano outside of the city walls and at a very specific time of day. As the early clouds of the day burned off, a strong winter sun cast dramatic shadows inside the city walls. I knew I needed to take advantage of the opportunity to see, experience, and capture the dramatic setting of the Teatro Romano. It is carved into the hillside, overlooks the Adige River, and provides a grand panorama of the historic center.
The strong and direct sunlight warmed my face, provided a beautiful vista for my eyes, and filled my heart with emotion. By spending about 40 minutes inside the Teatro, I was able to experience the subtleties of the capturing the same vantage point under the changing sunlight. I did not want the sun to drop behind the city, but the dramatic shift in light and temperature engrained the experience in my memory.
While walking in the Brea neighborhood of Milan, I passed the Cirmolo Antiquariato antique shop (Via Fiori Chiari, 3). A glowing Alfa Romeo sign caught my eye. I took a picture and shared it with a fellow colleague/Alfa Romeo enthusiast, who made a comment about the dragon eating a man. The following day, sunshine and warmth led me to walk to the Sforza Castle. Even though I had been there before, the Visconti coat of arms with the “Biscione” caught my eye on the information plaque. The Visconti family controlled the city of Milan from the 13th to the 15th century and I came to realize the Alfa Romeo (Anomina Lombarda Fabrica Automobili) symbol makes a direct reference to Milanese history and tradition.