Italy in small details (2)

Poetry & Writing

Here in the UK, 2021, we still can’t travel anywhere, so here are a few more images of Italy, focusing on the small details. These images were taken in Lucca, Florence and Rome around summer/autumn, 2016. Enjoy…

I have a few more sets of photographs from other cities around the world, which may find their way into a new post in the future. In the meantime, I’d love for you to share your travel stories with me. Get in touch…

Italy – in small details (1)

Poetry & Writing

These photographs were taken in September 2016, around the cities of Rome, Florence and Lucca. I guess since we aren’t currently allowed to travel anywhere, I thought it might be nice to reminisce about happier times…

One of the pictures below (top left) shows some small detail on a statue in Florence. Tortoises are a common motif of artwork commissioned by the Medici family, but you don’t notice them until you spot four or five in a single morning!

There’s something about the small, sometimes missed, details – in backstreets, doorways, or looking down on you from the corners old old buildings – that I find intriguing. Individually, they are a curiosity. Collectively, they form interesting insights into the cities they have inhabited for years – or in some cases, centuries.

So be sure to keep your eye out for the small details, next time you find yourself somewhere new!

Snow (double haiku)

Poetry & Writing

Snow on the Dyke-backs

Prophesying its return

And see, it comes now

For those who might not know, the dyke-backs are the sides of the short hills or ditches which, in winter, never get direct sunlight. As a result, snow takes longer to melt on these small sections of Northumbrian landscape. Around here, is taken almost as a given that seeing the snow remain on the dyke-backs, when it has melted everywhere else, means that it will likely snow again before the weather improves and the world gets warmer on it’s path towards the spring.

And while it stays cold, the frost can do strangely wonderful feats to your car…

Frosting cold and white

Nature’s stencil on metal

Accidental art