Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The A-typical

I took lots of pictures with the new picturer that you won't see in most tour (or even history) books. For instance, here is a picture of the Roman Colosseum:

That little chunk of quartz crystal predates even the building it boldly contributes to the cause of the continuum of support. Reminds me greatly of that wonderful William Carlos Williams poem, "El Hombre":

It's a strange courage you give me,
ancient star:

Shine alone in the sunrise,
toward which you lend no part!

And this is a shot of the beautiful Tiber (TEV-eh-ray in Italian):

(I thought of you, Joe, when choosing the pose.)

This is a really great opportunity for some CSI'ing.

So is this one. Are there a couple purses in there, perhaps?

I just expanded this one and, truth be known, I had no idea that guy was even in the shot.

Isn't that Ilya Kuriakin's partner down there?

"Hellooo? Mr. Solo! Mr. Vaughn? Is that you???"

Many more to come. More prosaic, I promise.


At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:37:00 PM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

the pics are great!!
my hubby just bought me the nikon d40. it looks like yours! (i know you have a nikon..) i'm sooo excited to start using it!!! :)
happy halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Happy Halloween Gawpo!
Interesting piccies.
You take fun photos like Baby O, she sees things the rest of us would pass by, as we looked for something bootiful.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

That lovely gawpograph of the Tiber is a visual haiku. Gawgeous.

It appears that eight out of ten bottle smashers prefer Heineken. I'd be right at home...

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 5:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Scarlet said...

Is it the camera or the man behind it that takes these amazing pictures? I'm looking forward to Florence. :)

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:31:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MINDANCE: I love your husband. Good choice in picturers. H.H. 2 U 2!

SHEILER: H.H., Sheila!!! Children have a bootiful eye for the bootiful; they seek each other out.

SOMEWHERE JOE: You caught the Heineken trend. It's everywhere.

SCARLET: It's the former. The latter just pushes the button. Ah-hem---did I forget you were going to Firenze? If you haven't been, email me and I will be so happy to act as scout.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:05:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

A-TYPICAL? Of all the words I might use when describing you, your posts, or anything pertaining to you, typical would not be among the choices. As far as I can tell, these shots are classic Gawpo.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:44:00 PM PDT , Anonymous catnapping said...

i see the secret agent now! finally. it looks like he's smiling. i wonder if he realized he'd be in your shot.

that's a lot of litter there! a friend went to ireland, and told me it'd be beautiful there except for all the orange plastic bags littering the hills and roads.


geez, i can't imagine seeing structures built thousands of years ago. imagine all the people...all the generations of kids walking by before you. damn.

At Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 9:15:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Ha! You always have such a "whip" about how you put things so straight out there. There's a snap to your literary step, Quill. And I love it. You bring a smile to my face each and every visit. Thank you so much.

CAT: Guess who I was thinking of when the pilot told us that, outside our right windows, we could see the lights of Billings. Been to Rome and STILL haven't been to Montana! Drat. I have big plans to fly to Kallispell (or-however-you-spell) because there's a potter at Big Fork named Dave Shaner.

But seriously---I truly was thinking of you when we flew over ya. I wondered how close we might have been to your humble abode.

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:42:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Oh G, this is Blog comfort food. Much needed, after a month long ghoul fest. Back to reality.
Make mine a Stella, please, then I'll smash it good.
Still envisioning you in the safari suit. When mum told me we were at work...laughing! Then, we both got serious and thought out loud...but that IS Gawpo. Totally Gawpo!

The gem in the Colosseum is wonderful! We all have one inside; the Colosseum showed you its.


At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:36:00 AM PDT , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

I'm guessing they're Venetian recycling bins, allthough the first one might be where they moor the Venetian police boats!

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10:20:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

Loved the second picture.
Looked really hard at the last one!I was looking for a chameleon or an insect and then I spotted the man! :-)

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 11:17:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Fun stuff, dude! Can't wait to see more. I'm so excited for you and your new picturer.

I'm finding it a bit funny that you called me far more often from Italy than you do when you are 100 miles away.


At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 11:42:00 AM PDT , Blogger AnnieElf said...

The Tiber's trashy edge looks positively dangerous but also possesses a strange and compelling beauty.

Re: the half-guy. What a happy accident.

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:40:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

I came back to see the Colosseum again. What a great shot of it. And all it's gem.
(I C.S.I'd it, really know details.)

At Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 9:47:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE: I want that safari suit. I want the peacock feather. It did seem so Gawpoistically perfect in every way. The interaction with the MOB, et all of it. The outfit and a Heineken. Can't you just picture it?


BAZZA: Excellent assessment, B. Didn't see a Venetian police boat. But did get one of an ambulance that floats.

Ps: Wasn't that man down there just amazing, or what? I sort of jumped when I saw him there. Didn't expect it at all. Oh happy fault (felix culpa).

CHEENDRUH!: Wait til you see the pics of the saltwater aquarium. Looks like I've been diving on the south reef just outside the jetties.

Yes, I did call you more. But not actually having connected with you is well.....let's just say I called you lots and leave it at that.

ANNIE: THE TIBER'S TRASHY EDGE. I love how that rolls. Nice title for Somewhere Joe's other novel.

GILLY BLUE BABY: Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Nodding with eyes closed and peacock feather obeying the air's resistance...

At Friday, November 2, 2007 at 6:14:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

The sneaky little guy! How cool to find a surprise in a picture. Looks like you had a great time in Italy, Gawpo!

At Friday, November 2, 2007 at 9:09:00 AM PDT , Blogger Nessa said...

I bet there's gold in there, Gawpy.

At Friday, November 2, 2007 at 9:55:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Can't wait, Gawpo. I was scuba certified right there in the wicked crazy waters of the south jetty. Well, the reef. it was gnarly. The pacific wanted to spit our asses right back out! NO desire to dive there anymore. I'll just gaze at your photos instead. When you post them. DId you post them yet? Hurry up. Please.

At Friday, November 2, 2007 at 11:11:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KAT: I'll be he goes around doing this to everyone he can. Very clever fellow. He should have "" on a ball cap or something.

It was mind-blowingly wonderful.

NESSIE: Real gold, too. Not the fake kind. Good thinking.

CHEENDRUH!: Okay! Okay!!!! :)

At Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2:05:00 AM PDT , Blogger singleton said...

Oh, gawpo, these pics should be in the Art History Books! Awesome, absolutely awesome!

At Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 1:38:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so jealous! You know that Rome is my favorite city in the world?! I am looking at doing study abroad through Temple Law there this summer. Never too old, right? Plus, looks like this will be my only chance before I have to work a real legal job-yikes. We shall see! thanks for sharing with me!

At Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 4:57:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KATIE (I presume...): No, I did not know that. I was NOT aware of that. And no----NEVER too old. Please do get with me about some things-Rome any time you feel like calling. I have the fresh 411 on the quaint little berg.

Thanks for stopping by, too!

xo, G


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