What happened to Summer?

The penultimate day of the year, it’s raining outside, hammering at the window, and I’m wondering how to make it through to the sunnier days of 2012. At least I can remember the balmy days of 2011!

Lago Trasimeno, in glorious summer

I’ve taken more photos in Italy this year than in any other place. Umbria and Lake Trasimeno was a good hunting ground for photogenic vistas. Here’s the view from above.

through the cypress trees

And the view down by the lakeside was a must.

Dawn, by the pier


Dawn again


I never can resist a few wooden stakes plonked in the water… And the required photo of a fisherman!


Another early riser


I guess these photos look quite peaceful and bucolic. Slow life, so Italian. Nothing however, is further from the truth. Taking a dawn photo is usually a mad rush, frantically trying to get in place before the sun blinds everything, tripod legs flying left and right and fumbling with lens and filter combos. I leave the slow life until the afternoon siesta…

Round the lake was pretty good too. One of my all time favourite discoveries was the XI century church of S. Biagio in Pierle. Quintessential Romanesque:

A thousand years old and more beautiful than ever

Cortona was almost impossible to photograph though. The locals kept driving their cars and vans into the square, parking up, and have a long chat with each other, whilst I (tripod, lens, filter etc etc) wished they would get out of my picture…


Main square, Cortona



If Cortona was a nightmare, then Pitiglione was a dream. This one at dusk rather than dawn.

Dusk - so much easier! Why don't I do this more often?

Dawn v dusk, dusk v dawn. Maybe I’m mad, and should just stick to lunchtime:


View from a restaurant


This was the view at the restaurant we visited in the middle of Trasimeno, on a tiny island, where there was only one pier which my daughter took a fancy to. Wine and fresh fish (and a siesta).

long live lazy lakeside lunches!

Happy New Year, and bring on the sunshine!

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