Above the Colorado city of Grand Junction is the magnificent Colorado National Monument one of the jewels of the US National Parks with which we were unfamiliar. The Rim Rock Drive that winds along the edge of the canyons must be one of the great drives of the world, so put it on your bucket list and prepare to be in awe.
Whether in glorious colour or monochrome Tuscany takes your breath away.
After Siena the Tuscan landscape en route to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra.
Two of the best reasons for visiting Volterra can be found in the Pinacoteca e Museo Civico.
Rosso Fiorentino. Deposition 1521
Luca Signorelli, Annunciazione, 1491
Volterra is also renowned as Italy’s capital of alabaster and visiting the Rossi Alabaster gallery and workshop on Piazza della Pescheria it is clear why.
One particular piece caught my eye as it’s beauty seemed to reflect those wonderful faces in the Fiorentino Deposition.
After Volterra it was on to San Gimignano.
The towers of this iconic hilltop town dominate the horizon for miles around.
The surrounding Tuscan landscape shimmering in the evening light.
Whether you have two legs or four there is nothing pedestrian about this pedestrian pathway, as you walk, jog or cycle beside Spanish Banks and English Bay as we did yesterday, with the Vancouver skyline in the distance.
Could this be one of the most scenic pathways in the world?…
…but I’m a little biased of course.
I think you all know that Kitsilano Beach here in Vancouver is my photographic muse having shared so many images with you at different times of the year. You may remember those snowy Kits days last December, which I featured in backdrop to a life
, and the snowy willow
painting that followed.
This morning the sun was back all too briefly as the rain will be returning tomorrow, but once again Kitsilano shone in the morning sunshine, and that snow-covered willow is snowy no longer. Here are a few more views from my morning walk today for you to enjoy.
With the popularity of The Road Taken, my submission to this week’s Photo Challenge from Krista, here are a few more images of the breathtaking Arizona Landscape that is Glen Canyon taken on a memorable late afternoon in April 2015.
“Ambience has the power to uplift your mood,” writes Jeff Golenski in his introduction to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
On a clear, crisp Saturday yesterday, this was a rare site in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, which definitely uplifted our mood as we walked by in the afternoon sunshine. But to fully appreciate the joy of the scene the sounds that accompany it and heard in the following brief video will complete the picture.
Vancouver’s winterwonderland continues.
The golden hour and the Vancouver skyline at the end of New Year’s Day 2017.