In 2016 I had my first photography tour to Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. Yes Keukenhof is like a World of colours.
How the rain showers come in the month of April, bringing nourishment to the flowers so they can bloom in the spring. ~ David C. Reyes
The coming of April heralds the time to plant seeds of magic and fill the heart and home with the joy of light and life ~ Lotuswulf Satyrhorn
You will feel the intoxication if you live life very consciously in this beautiful, merry month of April ~Summer Bacon
It was a fun exercise looking into archives to get the idea of April in yesteryears. Snow in April is not exceptional.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs was constructed in the 16th century following an original design by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
At the beginning of the 18th century, Pope Clement XI commissioned the astronomer, mathematician, archaeologist, historian and philosopher Francesco Bianchini to build a meridian line, a sort of sundial, within the basilica.
There is hole in the church’s wall from which the sun can shine through and onto the meridian line.
Tthe object had a threefold purpose: the pope wanted to check the accuracy of the Gregorian reformation of the calendar, to produce a tool to predict Easter exactly, and, not least, to give Rome a meridian line as important as the one Giovanni Domenico Cassini had recently built in Bologna’s cathedral, San Petronio. Alan Cook remarked, “The disposition, the stability and the precision are much better than those of the famous meridian… in Bologna”.
Bianchini’s sundial was built along the meridian that crosses Rome, at longitude 12° 30′ E. At solar noon, which varies according to the equation of time from around 10:54 a.m. UTC in late October to 11.24 a.m. UTC in February (11:54 to 12:24 CET), the sun shines through a small hole in the wall to cast its light on this line each day. At the summer solstice, the sun appears highest, and its ray hits the meridian line at the point closest to the wall. At the winter solstice, the ray crosses the line at the point furthest from the wall. At either equinox, the sun touches the line between these two extremes. The longer the meridian line, the more accurately the observer can calculate the length of the year. The meridian line built here is 45 meters long and is composed of bronze, enclosed in yellow-white marble.
In addition to using the line to measure the sun’s meridian crossing, Bianchini also used the window behind the pope’s coat of arms and a movable telescope to observe the passage of several stars such as Arcturus and Sirius to determine their right ascensions and declinations. The meridian line was restored in 2002 for the tricentenary of its construction, and it is still operational today.
You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for ~ Craig Bruce
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it ~Søren Kierkegaard
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite. ~ William Blake
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough ~ Rabindranath Tagore
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you ~ Chuck Klosterman
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter ~ Ansel Adams
Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography ~George Eastman
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera~Dorothea Lange
This is a scheduled post. I will be on WordPress at the earliest by Friday as week 10 is quite a hectic week at work.
Stay safe and be kind.
Our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves ~ Wilhelm Von Humboldt
I must have flowers, always, and always. ~ Claude Monet
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens
Some of the articles which I found relevant:
After a week’s break we were back to our routine, the walk. The temperature has improved a lot and the roads are almost clear but there is still plenty of snow elsewhere. We were greeted by many on our way up and down. The weather changes everyone’s mood.
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering ~ Steve Maraboli
I hope you enjoyed our company 😊
Everyone needs to analyse and understand what makes them tick, like taking a clock apart to discover how it works. Self-knowledge will help you to understand what you have to offer that’s special.~ Rod Judkins (The Art of Creative Thinking)
Thses images were taken during a visit to “The Fallero Museum – or Museo Faller de Valencia“.
In March every year the city of Valencia, Spain is taken over with Las Fallas. Parties begin and massive colourful “monuments” appear in the streets, only to be burnt to the ground a few days later in an emotional night of fireworks and flames.
Falles is a popular festivity that has been celebrating the feast of Saint Joseph in València since the mid-18th century. Thanks to citizens and falles artists, ephemeral monuments depicting satirical images are erected on the streets of València. These monuments are made of ninots, figures that are set alight to welcome the spring on 19th March, feast of Saint Joseph. On 30th November 2016, Falles was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
If you can’t visit Valencia for Las Fallas, then this museum full of the festival’s ninots (sculpture caricatures) is a must. Each year, hundreds of ninots are put on display at a special exhibition and visitors vote for their favourites, which then escape from the traditional burning on 19th March and are added to the museum’s collection.
This fascinating collection exhibits ninots from 1934 onward. The collection is a wonderful demonstration of aesthetic and artistic evolution over time. The museum also features posters and photography and informative videos, which tell the story of the Fallas Festival.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius
I love my job and my hobby but they are not the same and when time constraints hobby has to wait. I hope you don’t mind a late post.