Sunday, September 2, 2012

Don't Break the Chain . . . or . . . Head In the Clouds . . .

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The purpose of this post, as was the purpose (though less clearly stated perhaps) no doubt of the previous 1166 posts here in the Magic Lantern Show, is to propel this blog into the limelight of international recognition and acclaim from millions of viewers.
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Well, isn't that pretty much the purpose and secret hope of every post on every blog the world over ?
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Now, for that to happen, some "buzz" has to be generated. And for "buzz" to happen, you have to pass this on and tell other people to look at this page. More specifically, you have to tell at least ten other people to look at this post immediately. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but right now !
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And tell each of them to tell ten more of their friends and acquaintances to look at this page. If you decide not to heed this instruction, which has it's roots in an ancient Egyptian prophecy, a forty pound blueberry eating pigeon is going relieve itself in the next day or two on the windshield of your car. You don't have a car ? It will track you down regardless. But if you do obediently follow this non-negotiable order, good fortune will arrive in your life by the truckload starting one month from today. So don't break the chain.
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If just six or seven levels of ten people each passing this on to ten more people occur, there should be over a million page hits here within the next 24 hours. So I am counting on you to not break the chain and incur the wrath of the forty pound pigeon !
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Ok, maybe I have my head in the clouds again. Like the folks in this first photo, which is my contribution to James' Weekend Reflections.
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And speaking of having one's head in the clouds, I was considerably amused by some of the extraordinarily creative images which can be seen by doing a Google Images search for "head in the clouds". And discovered at the same time that there is a movie I hadn't seen or heard of, starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, by that same title, Head In the Clouds.
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And speaking of James, away from his Reflections page, he has another fine blog called "Something Sighted". On August 24th he posted two photos there, with a subtle play of foreground and background in or out of focus, from the cemetery at the San Miniato al Monte church on the south side of the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Oddly enough, I was also in that same cemetery in June of this year, and of about 75 photos taken there, the very last one was this one, with the same sculpture which appears in James' photos, but from a slightly different angle. Rest in peace, Sylvia. One notable person who was buried there is the author of the Pinocchio story, Carlo Lorenzini, or perhaps better known under his pen name, Carlo Collodi.
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Another sculpture in the San Miniato al Monte cemetery was this infant, gazing at the clouds above.
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This is Lorenzini's tomb in Florence.
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15 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

All very nice photos! The cemetery photo is amazing!

Elizabeth Anderson said...

LOL Owen you've been Facebooked, Tweeted and Pinned! I better get some good luck. :D

Hope you are well. I've been away for a while but I hope I am back. I finally finished the painting using your photographs (I combined elements of three together. I'll send you the image as soon as I photograph it.

Owen said...

Hi Pat, many thanks !


Elizabeth, I have not the slightest doubt that whole boatloads of good fortune are heading your way as I write ! Can't wait to see the painting !

Nefertiti said...

superbe reflexion bravo

Oakland Daily Photo said...

San Miniato is one of the few places I've found in Italy where you can hear Vespers sung in Latin by the monks who live there.

James said...

First I'd like to compliment you on the reflection and your clever choice of words. I bet they don't even realize that their heads are in the clouds. :)
Secondly, your cemetery photos are great as usual and it's nice to see more of this one since I hardly spent anytime there. I meant to return but the trip was already over when I remembered.

Oh and thanks for the mention. :)

Steve said...

Love the "UFOs" in the first picture!

Owen said...

Merci Nefer... !

Hi C.... so you've been there too ? But did you also photograph this tomb sculpture as James and I did ??? Three like-minded photographers all having been to San Miniato is already a bit of a coincidence here in the cybersphere...

Hey James, many thanks. Ah, sorry you didn't get back there, I guess you'll just have to go back to Florence then. We spent at least two hours in the small English cemetery one day, then the next day after visiting a couple of museums we walked over to San Miniato, and must have spent close to three hours there, it was wonderful, many beautiful sculptures and photos to find in there...

Owen said...

Steve, I don't know what it is, but I have had a number of encounters with UFOs in various places over the years. But this one was particularly vivid, three of them flying in formation, right out of the sun...

Robert Geiss said...

Hardly remember what clouds are, look like.

Skies still (brutally) blue over here. One starts to pray, that the month will remain peaceful.

Wishing you all the very best and a good new week ahead.

Genie said...

I am so happy you shared more of your pictures from Florence. This cemetery is so beautiful. Love the tomb. I cannot imagine having curtains in it. Your captures are absolutely captivating. genie

Owen said...

Ah Robert, I guess it is good to have skies that have clouds some days and are blue on others, to avoid any sense of brutality from above. I too am hoping this months and months to come will be peaceful, in Athens and elsewhere...

Hi Genie, am very happy then if photos from Florence bring you pleasure, perhaps you've been there and they stirred up some memories ? There are many more photos from the San Miniato cemetery which will appear here sooner or later.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

You have your "head in the clouds" for sure, Owen - hah! Just don't let the forty pound blueberry eating pigeon get too close to your head!

I have only been to Florence once and saw quite a bit in 5 days but how did I miss a cemetery? Silvia's monument is familiar but perhaps I saw it on James' blog.

I will have to return to Florence.

Bises,
Genie

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

I don't do chain mail, but I did mention you in my 2nd anniversary post a fortnight ago. I wonder if you noticed a few more hits through my site?

'Tsuki said...

J'aime beaucoup cette photo de reflet : la façon dont tous ces gens on littéralement la tête dans les nuages me plaît beaucoup...

La statue de cimetière est aussi très impressionnante.