Archive for Summer

It’s been too long….

Posted in Digital Image, Highways, Roads, train, train station, Travel with tags , , , , on July 21, 2014 by melabeemiller

Hasn’t it?  Lots of things have been going on and I owe you.  In this post, I’d like to catch up and share what I see from various Amtrak train windows.  I usually sit on the same side of the train but, since my last trip, I realize that the views on each side are remarkably different.  Do you recognize any of these locations?

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I know it’s Summer when

Posted in Digital Image, Flowers, Summer, Sunflower, Sunlight with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by melabeemiller

I see sunflowers-in the garden, along the road and at farm stands.  Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. The ones I photographed last week were as tall as I am.  Sunflowers turn toward the sun, shine even on a dark day and produce seeds that can be dried and eaten.  Have you ever tasted sunflower honey?  I like the Italian variety- Girasole Miele.  Try it and tell me what you think.

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Relax at the Water’s Edge

Posted in Beach, Caribbean, Coastal, Daylight, Digital Image, Memorial Day, Ocean, Summer, Sunlight, Travel, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by melabeemiller

On almost every beach we visited in the Virgin Islands there were lounge chairs perfectly positioned to watch the water lapping the shoreline.  Find your ideal spot this summer and let me know.

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Visiting Radda in Chianti, Italy

Posted in Colors, Detail, Digital Image, Italy, Italy, Melabee, Melabee M Miller, Mountains, Nature, Photography, Radda in Chianti, Summer, Sunlight, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by melabeemiller

Our first day trip was to the lovely hilltop town of Radda in Chianti in the center of the Chianti region.  Our host explained how safe it was by relating this story: A previous workshop participant lost a camera somewhere in the town.  The next day it was returned by the Policia.  A local resident found the camera, recognized the photos of Borgo San Fedele and knew that it had to belong to a visitor staying there.  You can’t get much safer than that.

We found the perfect bench in a small park overlooking the countryside and painted the fabulous views.  The Church of San Niccolò is in the center of this circular town so we knew exactly where we were at all times. In the middle of the Chianti region, we found many black roosters (found on the seal of Chianti Classico wine) and the most delicious white wine made with the typical Vernacchia grape.

Of course we didn’t paint all the time.  We visited abiti e accessori, a store with home accessories in one room and, in the other, beautiful clothes made with hand painted fabrics made by the artist in the middle of the store.  Other stores featured the food of the region including pici pasta and a tasty olive oil, of course.  And, don’t forget a fabulous lunch.

The size and friendliness of Radda was just perfect for our first adventure.

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