Lens Artists Photo Challenge #103 – Surprise

While exploring the walls of the medieval city of San Gimignano, we discovered this fascinating door, a lovely surprise.  While it appeared to give a beautiful view of the Tuscan countryside, I suspect it may actually have been a portal to another world.  It just had that feeling. 🙂

What do you think is on the other side?

You can find more surprises at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #80 – Leading Lines

San Gimignano is a quintessential Tuscan town, with medieval architecture and beautiful hilly, countryside views.

Fourteen tower houses have been well preserved, giving the city its unique skyline.  (There were originally 72.)  The city wall dates from the 12th/13th centuries.  San Gimignano flourished until the Black Death swept through Italy in the mid-1300s.

My husband took this cool picture from the city wall; I love the way the corner of the wall points to the buildings below.

And, as a bonus, one of my favorite “leading lines” pictures I’ve ever taken, from the Maumturk Mountains in Ireland.

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You can find more leading lines at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #31: Landscapes

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Some of my favorite landscapes were in Tuscany.  All the rolling hills and charming houses and farms, the neat rows of cypress and olive trees…it’s just iconic and beautiful and I could not take enough pictures.

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My husband took this picture!

You can find more landscapes at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #24 – SEASONAL

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When the winter weather gets dreary, we can dream of summer in Tuscany.  On our visit there we had a wonderful meal at the Fattoria Poggio Alloro while enjoying the view of San Gimignano’s skyline.

To see more seasonal photos, check out the original post.