Amy is hosting our Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week and she has chosen a marvelous theme –“Under the Sun,” inspired by the book Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. As many of you know, Tuscany is one of my favorite places, so this week, I’ll feature 4 beautiful cities in province of Tuscany–Florence, Arezzo, Lucca, and Siena–at different times of the day.
The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.~Wallace Stevens
Morning in Florence
The sun in Florence casts a golden glow on the city, warming the bricks, wood, and stones. Here you can see a shuttered window in the neighborhood of Santa Croce, outside the historic center.
Siena at Noon
Siena’s Piazza del Campo is a magnificent bowl-shaped meeting place in the center of the city. Here, visitors and students chat with friends, eat at the cafes and visit the famous medieval landmarks Torre del Mangia and the Duomo. The red brick paving is set in radiating lines, fanning out from the Palazzo Publico like spokes in a wheel.
Florence in the Afternoon
In the afternoon, the Giardino delle Rose in Florence is filled with locals, students, and some tourists who relax on the grass and admire the flowers. As you can see, the sunlight slanting down from the west, casts deep shadows.
Florence in the Late Afternoon
The shadows lengthen throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. This park borders the Arno River which splits the city into two sections. When I took this shot, we were walking on the Oltrano (the other side of the Arno), opposite the historic center. This was one of my favorite walks. The light in the morning and evening was wonderful.
Sunset Conversation. Florence, Italy
Here’s another example of the golden light–striking a mail slot in a building in Florence’s historic center.
Arezzo in the Late Afternoon
Arezzo is often overlooked by tourists, but as you can see, it has many fine example of traditional Tuscan architecture. This doorway, framed with potted plants, is especially beautiful.
Lucca in the Late Afternoon
I’ll end my post with this shot of Lucca, a wealthy and historic city also in Tuscany. The ancient fortified walls are still standing. Visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the walls and walk along a pedestrian path around the city. At one point we spotted a mansion that was so beautiful we had to climb down and take a closer look. The Palazzo Pfanner has been converted into a museum with a public garden and even a small hotel.
I hope you enjoyed this visit to Tuscany with its outstanding natural beauty and beautiful golden light. No wonder why so many creative artists have found inspiration there. It is one of those magical places where nature, architecture and people create a harmonious whole.
As I end this post, I’ll leave you with Frances Mayes description of dawn in her book Bella Tuscany:
Dawn is the sweetest time on earth. In the last moments of dark, the bird chorale begins. One of us wakes the other. Listen, they’re starting to sing now. So many, a rising cloud of birdsong, a lift, an ushering-in. Then the sky—no rosy finger of dawn but a suffusion of rose out of indigo, the quietest light on the hills and the rushing songs of the birds still rising over the absolute world unto itself. ~Frances Mayes
A special thanks again to Xenia for hosting last week’s “Sanctuary” theme, which inspired marvelous posts. They gave us a wonderful breath of serenity and joy. Our sincere thanks to all of you who participated in the challenge.
Please join us this week for Amy’s LAPC #109–Under the Sun. Remember to link to Amy’s post here, and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find your post easily. Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to host challenge #110, so be sure to visit her site, Travels and Trifles.
I’ll end my post with the hope that you all stay well, stay safe and keep creating!