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Love the NC Mountains!

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What’s not to love about a place where you can find an alpaca farm and a herd of Scottish Highland cattle within two miles of each other?  And all this by a rushing river, lush green mountain views and brilliant blue skies accented by mounds of clouds!

Vacation has been great!

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What a lovable face! Goofy, but lovable!
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Bangs are making a fashion comeback…who knew it started with Scottish Highland cattle!

Prague, Cathedral at Hradcany Castle Hill (pen and ink)

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Hradcany Cathedral
Cathedral in Prague by Hradcany, 2002

Experimenting with the pen and ink feature–seems to work well!  Hard to go wrong when anything in Prague is the subject of the picture…one of my favorite cities in the world!

Photos from Italy…you knew they were coming!

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Here is a random sampling of photos from the trip Cathy and I took to Italy the first two weeks of May.  Several of you have asked when they were coming so here they are!  Although there are many more, I hope these will be fun for you to see.

The Coliseum in Rome
The Coliseum in Rome
Statue of Peter in front of the basilica
Statue of Peter in front of the basilica
Alter area of the Pantheon in Rome
Alter area of the Pantheon in Rome
Duomo in Siena 2
Duomo in Siena 2
Duomo in Siena 1
Duomo in Siena 1
Piazza del Campo in Siena
Piazza del Campo in Siena
Coastline of Cinque Terre
Coastline of Cinque Terre
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Close up of Tower in Pisa
Close up of Tower in Pisa
Duomo in Florence
Duomo in Florence
Duomo in Florence at night
Duomo in Florence at night

Venice Corner, Levanto Balcony and Siena Sunporch — At Home in Italy

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Venice Corner
Venice Corner
Levanto Balcony
Levanto Balcony

Never a bad view on the streets of Italian cities…here are three house scenes, the first in Venice, the second in Levanto, and the third in Siena.  Love the way the homeowners pay attention to the details!

These pictures are digital photos I took and then reworked with computer oil painting software.

Siena Sunporch
Siena Sunporch

Michelangelo Favorites…Pieta and Moses

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Cathy and I returned late Friday night from our trip from Italy with lots of great memories and hundreds of photos!  Let the viewer beware of many uploads to come.

Just to get us started, here are two memorable photos of my favorite pieces by Michelangelo.  Absolutely amazing works!

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The Pieta
St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Moses Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
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Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

Hagia Sophia Mosaic of Virgin and Child

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The Virgin and Child--Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
The Virgin and Child–Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Another of the well-preserved mosaics in Hagia Sophia reminding visitors of days gone by when Jesus Christ was worshiped in this grand edifice.  This is the earliest of the mosaics to survive the ages and be uncovered in recent years.  The mosaic of The Virgin and Child is thought to have been produced in the late 9th century!

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To see the first mosaic I posted, click on the thumbnail to the left to see the November 13, 2011 post of the mosaic of Jesus.

Approaching Petra

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After a mile-long walk through the Siq, a narrow path between lofty rock walls, sometimes separated by no more than 15 feet, the visitor to Petra in Wadi Musa, Jordan comes upon an astounding sight.  As we round the last turn in the Siq, we get our first look at the Treasury in Petra.  The first of many amazing feats of the rock carving is all the more impressive in that these 2000 year old remnants were carved by the Nabatean people into the face of the vertical walls, rising from the canyon floor to a height of 300-600 feet.

Here is a picture taken from the Siq looking ahead to the first view of the Treasury.

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For perspective on the size of the Treasury, here are two camels resting out front.

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One last picture that I really have enjoyed is that of a cave in Petra, carved out of the red stone with all its layers of colors which create a stunning visual impact.  What a marvelous demonstration of the handiwork of the Lord!

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Williamsburg Workstation

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Williamsburg Workstation, 2011

Makes me very grateful to live in the age of wordprocessing on computers!

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Palace

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At Windsor Palace in England, St. George’s Chapel stands as a monument to the royal families of the United Kingdom.  The earliest records indicate that construction of the chapel goes back to the 14th century and even though extensive damage was suffered during the 17th century, it has been preserved, renovated and expanded to its present beauty by generations of royal families.  Among the kings buried there are Henry VIII and Charles I.

St George's Chapel, Windsor Palace

St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Palace, England, 2011

Cliff Palace — Mesa Verde, National Park, Colorado

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Remnants of an amazing culture demonstrate the initiative and creativity of a tribe of Native Americans who made their home among the cliffs of a remote part of what is now Colorado…

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Cliff Palace — Mesa Verde, Colorado, 2008

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