Silent Sunday Reflections

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Italia

The Balrog Tree

The Eye of the Beholder

Brunelleschi’s Dome

Brunelleschi’s dome for Il Duomo in Florence is the largest masonry dome in the world. Constructed from 1420 to 1434, the dome was the last element added to the cathedral. The dome is self-supporting. It is 45.5 meters in diameter.

The paintings by Vasari and Zucarri, showing The Last Judgement, date from 1572-1579.

Santa Maria in Trastevere

One of the oldest churches in Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the most beautiful. It is a minor basilica. Although there has been religious activity on the site since the 2nd century, the existing structure dates to the 12th century. The columns in the nave were repurposed from old Roman buildings.

The upper mosaics in the apse date to the mid-12th century and illustrate the glorification of the Virgin. The lower panels, depicting the life of the Virgin Mary, date to 1291.

The portico on the front of the church was added in 1702.

Mannequin

Fantastic Plastic

Mannequin wearing Guo Pei ensemble in exhibition at Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California.

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Masai Mara

Big Cat Day

We did two game drives today in search of the big cats. What a success. Cheetahs, lions, and even an elusive leopard. A great reward for suffering some of the most bumpy roads ever.

The photos were all taken with my cell phone so most are not close, except the cropped cheetah shot.

Two views from the porch of my tent at Fig Tree Camp on the Talek River, where the hippos make noise all night long.

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