Monday, December 22, 2014

More Black and White In Color

Here is a collection of "almost black and white" photographs that I could not give a day of their own.

Two photographs from Lake Trafford.

Two paddle boarders on the Imperial River in Bonita Springs shortly after sunset.

Yes, I know that it was the current Pope who said dogs can also go to heaven,
but you take the photographs you are presented.
Venetian Village in Naples.

Tired of monochrome and looking for some color?  OK.

On my way to a holiday party in a high-rise tower in Naples,
I turned the corner and found these chairs near the elevator.
No, they don't suit my decor but I want them anyways.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


These two young women took a break from shopping at the factory outlet stores.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nutcracker Soldiers

Did I mention that I like German nutcracker soldiers?
Italian ceramics, too, but that is another story. 

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bah! Humbug!

Let me quickly say that "Bah! Humbug!" does NOT express my feelings about the Christmas season.
I love this time of year.  The music, the colors, the happy spirits, everything.
But this pillow in a Naples store was too
good to pass up.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Norman Love Chocolates for the Holidays

My kids will be visiting, so I paid a visit to Norman Love Confections,
one of the best chocolatiers in the world, for a couple of boxes of chocolates.

Alex helped me.  Alex is graduating from college and going on to medical school.

The chocolates are not only delicious, they are beautiful.

Ramona is a customer who lit up the store with her Santa hat, warmth and smile.

Annie -- a Naples realtor -- is a friend of Alex's mother and told me about his medical school plans.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


How often do you ask the owner of a fashionable Naples boutique to pose for you 
and discover that she used to be a model?  Sweet!

Marina is from Torino (Turin), Italy.  She owns Casanova Boutique in the Village on Venetian Bay.
Her husband, Keith, owns the Venetian glass shop next door.  The Venetian connection
is probably serendipity, but I like it.

Casanova offers colorful, stylish and elegant clothing and jewelry.  The clothing is 
usually made from natural fibers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Keith has a marvelous gallery in the Village on Venetian Bay, selling Murano glass and
Venetian paintings, masks and other fine art objects.  If anyone is looking for a
Christmas present for me, one of the Venetian masks would be a good choice.

Here Keith is showing a meticulously crafted Venetian glass violin, 
with an impressive Murano glass sculpture behind him.

Keith's vivacious wife runs a boutique next door.  Come back tomorrow to meet her.