Hi everyone! Today’s weekly photo challenge is “Foreign”. One of the dictionary’s definitions is: unfamiliar or strange. That just about describes my post perfectly. As you know, we returned from beautiful Italy ten days ago, and we had a wonderful time. I must say…every Italian we met was extremely helpful and kind, they did not make us feel foreign.
We rented a car to drive the autostrada through Tuscany….from Florence to Rome, with visits in San Gimignano, Siena and Assisi along the way. This was where we had a deep feeling of being foreign! We were definitely in unfamiliar territory with some strange highway signs. But we had no trouble arriving at each of our destinations.
The Italians, like other countries, are making more universal signs, appealing to visitors and natives alike. However, when traveling 70-80 km in the rain….the signs seem to appear out of nowhere and fly past you in a nano-second! The signs also have many towns listed with arrows going in opposite directions! The conversation in our car: “Did you see Assisi on that sign?” “No, did you?”
I started taking photos of the signs so I could refer to it after we’d passed them by! I apologize for blurriness…as the rain and speed didn’t help! I love to take photos of road signs in other countries, anyway…here’s my example of FOREIGN. Enjoy!
We start out easy. Lots of towns listed here. All are going in the same direction. Universal signs at the bottom. Piece of cake.
A little trickier. At first sight it can confuse you. Some universal signage combined with foreign words. Tutte means “ALL”, so everyone needs to veer in the left direction for Parking. It’s not good to go straight. 😉
EEEEK! I couldn’t get my camera to snap fast enough! Some universal signage and several towns…but going in different directions. If you were driving in the rain..as we were…this was definitely a whopper! I still can’t figure out the middle two triangles…but we made it to Assisi just fine! We saw beautiful countryside all along the way…even in the rain!
I recommend the drive to anyone. (but avoid the cities!) 😉
Over time, water merges with rock, eventually eroding the surface and turning it into sand.
Merging together, water and rock become a visual piece of beauty through the eyes of an artist. The water, in a fluid state, contrasts with the hard surface of the rock, but visually combined they make a pleasing creation. Different substances, yet they unite as one image for the photographer and the artist.
The Virgin River meets with the rocky surface of the Zion canyon walls along the Riverside Walk trail.
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As you may notice, I’m still sneaking photos of Zion in here. 😉
“Dreaming is another form of thinking, more concrete, more economical, more visual, and often more emotional than the thoughts of the day, but a thinking through of the day, nevertheless.”
~Siri Hustvedt, author
Dreamy look….at Kitch-iti-kipi.
This soft, diffused look, that would cause one to feel as if they were dreaming, was found at Kitch-iti-kipi in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest natural freshwater spring. Kitch-iti-kipi is located about six miles northwest of Manistique, MI. The water remains at a constant 45 F./7 C. It’s name means “big cold water.” The original name was given to it by the Indians: “Mirror of Heaven”. The spring water is clear, so you are able to view fallen trees, fish and rocks in it. There is a raft ride across the spring with a glass bottom section for viewing. This trip makes a great adventure for all ages!
For more information on Kitch-iti-kipi, click here.
Definition of Movement: (1) “the act or process of moving; especially: change of place or position or posture (2): a particular instance or manner of moving.”
What I’m showing you today is the RESULT of movement. The action (movement) has already occurred.
What you see below is the RESULT of movement of water and sand.
When Lake Superior’s wave action recedes from the beach, pulling and drawing sand with the water,
it leaves behind sand “sculptures”, where water rushed around rocks.
a beach on Michigan’s U.P.’s Keweenaw Peninsula.
The result of movement of the sand and water is like Nature’s Artwork on the beach.
The miniature sculptures are fun to find,
and they remind us of the strength and power of water.
When I think of summer, I think of going to Lake Michigan. Our daughter and her husband live there and it’s fun to visit them for a day or two. (hope they agree!) The beautiful beach is five minutes away, the pier is a great place to walk, and even the ice cream tastes better!
Sunsets are gorgeous over the lake……but this photo shows the setting sun’s reflection on clouds in the eastern sky. It was a double delight that night!
The setting sun reflects on the clouds in the eastern sky.