Annecy France, a tableau of color

•May 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Patricia Turo:

As summer approaches and people head for trips to Euorpe, be sure to visit Annecy if you are visiting France.

Originally posted on Piacere - Food & Travel without rules!:

Annecy is in the southeastern part of France. It lies on northern tip of Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie surrounded by mountains where goats and cows quietly graze in alpine pastures. Farms along the route produce and offer chèvre for sale and beautiful chateaus can be seen behind tall majestic trees.

During the 1400 hundreds, it was in the possession of the Genevois and the Princes of Savoy and later under Sicilian, Sardinian, Spanish, Austrian and finally French rule. You can clearly see the influence of these countries in the cuisine. The production of salami can be found in shops and farm stands throughout the region. Some stuffed with hazelnuts or rolled in crushed peppercorns and herbs. Large ones, small links, soft and hard varieties are produced by small farms in the area.

The old village (Annecy-le-Vieux) rambles along the Canal du Thieu where passages along the…

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Harness Racing

•April 19, 2015 • 2 Comments

Deep fog was not in my plans when I awoke at 5:30 AM to shoot the sunrise at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center in Delray, Florida. I thought this could be interesting anyway and drove to the stables. I could barely see the horses slightly visible through streaks of mist moving silently over the corals.

Harness Racing

The atmosphere was mystical as I drove up to the racetrack.

Harness Racing

I could see trainers leading their horses in and emerging out of the fog.

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And then the sky started to turn pink, then bright gold, it looked like they were trotting to reach the rays of sunlight casting gold light on their coats with their mains floating in the air.

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It was captivating watching this unfold and my plan to shoot the sunrise turned to capturing these beautiful animals and their trainers.

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It became a passion and I returned many times.

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I know nothing about harness racing except to have attended a few races in the vineyards not far from our home in Switzerland. I began to see personalities in the horses and the relationship between the horses and trainers.

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The trainers even seemed to look at their young horses in amazement.

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The power of their limbs and their gracefulness has lured me back many times.

 

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The trainers, owners and staff are engaging and have accepted my presents, although sometimes wondering what I’m doing so early in the morning taking photos. As they leave to go up North for the summer, I will miss my visits to Sunshine Meadows and look forward to their return in October.

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Spend a few moments with me and enjoy these beautiful animals and their trainers.

 

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Art Basel Miami 2014 and The Wynwood Art District

•December 5, 2014 • 2 Comments

The day started with some rain and then the sky opened up with bright sunshine on Wynwood’s colorful wall art.

Art Basel Miami,Wynwood 2014

The international community has descended on the streets as artists and visitors alike speaking many languages open galleries and take paint brushes to the walls of buildings.

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Connecting collectors and introducing new collectors with galleries and artists is in full swing.

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It isn’t surprising that art fairs spread in satellite exhibitions around Miami with artsy Wynwood being one of the most popular.

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The transformation of what was once a manufacturing district into an artist canvas with painters creating colorful images on everything from cars, buildings, walls and even garbage containers.

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Photography, sculptures and experiential art have attracted an international community of artists and collectors.

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Basel House and other pop up galleries displaying emerging artists draws tens of thousands of art lovers and opens up a world of “must see” art.

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As the show begins and the parties start until the wee hours of the morning, I took to the streets to watch and join in the excitement.

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What people are doing on the streets of Wynwood.

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Fire Fest at Johathan Dickinson State Park

•November 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Division of Forestry and Johathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Fl had a Fire Fest with a controlled burn. The focus is on fire safety and the importance of forest management.


Johanthan Dickinson State Park

The growth of community development close to wildlands and the growth of vegetation has made the management in these areas riskier and complex.

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Tribal, federal, state, and local governments partner in the management of these areas and community preparedness strategies.

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Inviting the public to talks given by the firefighters and a demonstration of an actual controlled burn is an effort to educate families to get involved in the use of the community wildlands and its wildlife.

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Safty is of key importance as large numbers of families joined the fest for a day of activities.

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Look for information on their website for the next Fire Fest. http://www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

•October 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

Each year Scott Kelby hosts a worldwide photo walk. Organizers from photo clubs around the world select a location in their area to highlight .  This year PBC Photo Walkers, a group that I’m a member of, choose Green Cay in Boynton Beach, right in my back yard.  I joined about 50 photographers to photograph the nature preserve at sunset.  The park is about 1.5 miles of boardwalk with various plants and wildlife abundant and easily photographed.  The challenge is that the selection is not the best location for a sun set meet and this isn’t the best time of year to photograph animals or birds, as the migration has not yet begun.  But having said that, it is important to search of interesting shots and challenge your skills.

There is a contest by Scott Kelby that the photographers can participate in and the selected photo’s will be posted on his website.

 

Here are some of the images I shot.

 

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The Death of a Leaf

•August 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The miracle and beauty of a leaf as it trembles in the breeze and soaks up its last rays of sun.


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A dew drop balances on the tip of a dead leaf soon to tumble to the ground.

 

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A leaf lives for a moment in time absorbing nutrients and sunlight creating oxygen.

 

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A dead leaf falls from a plant but nourishes the earth so that new growth can be created.

 

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A leaf has a purpose, a beauty in life but also in death.

 

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Look closely at how its colors change from green to tones of rust, red and yellow.

 

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A dead leaf forms, lines, curves and contortions that create wild and lovely shapes.

 

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The Death of a Leaf.

 

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Brickell, Miami’s Cultural Neighborhood and its Architecture

•August 3, 2014 • 1 Comment

Brickell has grown into a major cultural area with theaters, such as the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Theater and other Performing Arts centers. Also found in the area is the Perez Museum, under construction the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium and nearby the Children’s Museum and many others. Creative and exciting architecture and public areas beautifully adorned with palms, flowers and parks provide leisure spaces for visitors.

 

Brickell

 

Brickell Village is a small neighborhood in the middle of this beautiful area overlooking the sea where  many restaurants and cafes cater to locals w ho enjoy evenings and weekends with friends. As a photographer what fascinates me is the way the contemporary architecture mingles with the “Miami Style,” as I call it, which is a combination of Spanish and Art Deco buildings.

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Buildings of glass reflect architectures that seem to be alive with the flavor of the Latin music that is heard in the clubs and restaurants. The shapes, lines and colors dance to the rhythms of the culture of the area. Recently I have taken images of the buildings that show how these architectures reflect the style of the area.

 

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