It is more than a little difficult to imagine that dirty, bloodied violent armies slugged it out back and forth over those green and golden rolling hills for centuries. It wasn’t always that way. The Romans established a villa on that hilltop in the 4th century BCE and called it “Villa Larziana”, the name coming [...]
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In the Bar dell’Orso on the road to Montalcino I needed a break from all the espresso shots I was kicking back. Instead, I wanted to just sit and sip at a coffee. Take my time. Enjoy it. I asked him for an Americano. His jaw dropped, his eyes nearly popped from his head. He [...]
This is the Sangiovese grosso. Some think this grape has been cultivated since Etruscan times. Yesterday we drove south to the Montalcino where the the Sangiovese grosso is raised specifically for the Brunello wine produced by Cantine Leonardo DaVinci. We visited a hill side grower. His vines line the slopes above the Sant’Antimo abbey. On [...]
I can’t seem to stop myself. All my photos of Tuscany so far are of this magnificent landscape. It is classic and stunning with rolling hills and heavy in agriculture – although that is declining as part of the regional economy. I have yet to seen an uncultivated piece of land. Lets be honest, this [...]
A man poles his way up the River Arno just outside the Uffizi Gallery, one of the very first modern museums, open to the public since 1765. At 150 miles long, the river Arno originates up in the Apennines at Mt. Falterona. It passes through Florence, Empoli and Pisa and empties into the Ligurian Sea [...]
Behold! The Milky Way. I’m not really sure what else to say about it….a giant sweeping mass of stars above our camp at Great Sand Dunes National Park. And there below is our little tent out under that mass of stars. It was one of those great weekends when you just don’t want to come [...]
Cumbres Toltec Railroad I mentioned in the MY SHOT of the Day from Sunday that kids and I rode the Cumbres Toltec Railroad Friday with my father and his wife at the end of last week. The ride is just a blast and I’ll have a little photo essay about this ride on the Cumbres [...]
Another addition to my list of Old Catholic churches. This is San Isadore Church in Las Mesitas, Colorado, destroyed by fire in 1975. The day after the kids and I rode the Cumbres-Toltec Railroad with my dad and his wife (photos from that trip this week) we drove up back the Conejos River to take [...]
The kids and I spent several days last weekend and into the week camping and hiking up in the Valle Vidal, one of the most amazing places in North America. We meant to go fishing but after arriving to our campsite in the Valle Vidal it turned out that while I had brought all the [...]
When the international steel-market crashed in the early 1980s my hometown of Pueblo Colorado took a massive hit. The Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) steel mill on the south side of town was long the main industry and thousands were laid off. My grandfather had retired just in time. My family was also lucky that my [...]
It is one of my favorite places in New Mexico. White Sands National Monument. I was out taking shots of the sunset over the Tularosa Basin and the Jornada del Muerto and the amazing light spreading across the gypsum fields that spread over nearly 300 square miles of the desert. This is the world’s largest [...]
It has just simply stopped raining. My buddy John Fleck reports that water supplies are the worst ever seen: With the preliminary April 1 runoff forecast numbers in hand, this is “the worst year ever” on the Rio Grande, according to Phil King, New Mexico State University professor and the water management adviser to the [...]
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- Should Foreigners Pay More? Damn Straight. September 19, 2013
- On The River Arno – Florence – My Shot of the Day, September 28, 2013 September 28, 2013
- “No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013 October 5, 2013
- Larciano Castello – My Shot of the Day – October 9, 2013 October 9, 2013
- Taos Mountain, New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013
- I’m Off to Costa Rica in Two Weeks! November 20, 2013
- Five Barcelona Museums Not to be Missed November 18, 2013
- Big Horn Sheep Ram – My Shot of the Day – November 18, 2013 November 18, 2013
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