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N 9 B 214 C 5 E Mar 15, 2005 F Jul 18, 2017
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Everyday life becomes art: as I explored the empty streets of Collioure early one Sunday morning, this humble, colorful display caught my eye, as did the beautiful wall and window. One feels a sweet emotion, as one passes these types of offerings to the world along the narrow streets of this ancient fishing village near the French border with Spain. I loved walking about while everyone was still at home, enjoying a leisurely day off, and no one was yet in the streets.

Collioure has an ancient past whose harbor has been used since Roman times.....and also - more recently - was the inspiration for many of the post-Impressionist pre-modernist French painters, like Matisse and Derain who delighted in the colorful southern atmosphere of this place where many villagers spoke Catalan, like their neighbors in Spain. There is wonderful cheese here, and delicious honey, and the bright yellow and red of the Catalan flag show up in tablecloths and home decor. This lovely little town has its own unique atmosphere, peaceful during my winter stay there. I truly loved it.

About Collioure, from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collioure

And about the Fauve painters, Derain and Matisse who lived and worked in Collioure in the early 1900's: modernartconsulting.ru/en/2012/06/birth-of-fauvism/

Tags:   Collioure French Catalonia France fishing village wall window decor texture Rita Crane Photography www.ritacranestudio.com Languedoc Roussillon Pyrenees-Orientales

N 8 B 267 C 3 E Apr 16, 2010 F Jul 16, 2017
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The late afternoon light sparkled through the leaves and shone on the meadow hidden beyond this old homestead's redwood fence. This little scene caught my eye, reminding me of Corot's paintings of nature, and touched my heart. Along Hwy 128 in Mendocino County, if one is not in too much of a hurry, one can catch glimpses of these 'notes' left by the early 19th century settlers of this area of Northern California.

The road that runs through the Anderson Valley is a historic stagecoach route that connected inland towns to the remote and rugged Mendocino Coast....and still does.

Tags:   Mendocino County California woodlands meadow oak trees trees history history of the U.S. light leaves www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Highway 128 Anderson Valley stagecoach route Old redwood fence

N 20 B 468 C 6 E Mar 9, 2006 F Jul 12, 2017
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There was something of the 'still life' or 'stage setting' in this scene. Maybe it was the bare trees standing like sculptures in their little square bricked plots; the green trash can echoing the shutters; that cheerful ladder propped along the wall; the pipe painted green; and that delightful little red bench tucked in to complete the picture. A harmony in grey, with yellow, red, and green. Art of everyday life, on this little island, under a soft grey sky. And not a person in sight. Everything was ready for the theater to begin.

Tags:   Burano Venice Italy Veneto buildings red yellow green trees winter bare trees harmony urban still life www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography

N 10 B 250 C 4 E Mar 10, 2006 F Jul 10, 2017
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Such a wonderfully patient traveling companion, my best friend! Here I was working on some photos at the now deserted Rialto fish market, the Campo de la Pescaria, and turned around to see if Peter was still nearby. Sure enough there he was in his red goretex jacket, conveniently easy to spot! and carrying my portable tripod. He had become a little bit bored, and ready for a little bit of a treat, so he was scouting out something delicious in the bakery. It was clearly just about time to head back to our apartment near the San Greci Church in the West Castello, and prepare dinner! It was late winter, and dusk was approaching.

Tags:   Rialto Market Campo Rialto people arch Venice Italy architecture buildings reflections Veneto www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Campo de la Pescaria fish market hall San Polo Sestiere

N 9 B 353 C 4 E Mar 6, 2006 F Jul 9, 2017
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A forgotten photo from my archives....an ancient doorway full of history.....one has to wonder what lies behind this door. Centuries of stories.....

I have no notes on the location....but I think it is Cannaregio or West Castello Sestiere. Brilliant light on a clear winter morning, brings out the beautiful details!

Tags:   portal entrance Venice Italy door architecture beauty www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography


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