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An intermezzo on color and light on an autumn day in Rome....

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Though not a match for Vermont, Rome does have a marked autumn season, with accompanying colors. This leaf on the ground caught my eye after photographing the sky, buildings and people all day.

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The blue of the sky on this particular day was more vibrant than I ever remember seeing it, providing a perfect color complement to the ochre-colored buildings of Rome.

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The "ochre" and amber-hues of Rome come in many different shades:

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           from gold...to orange...to russet...to peach.

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And there is another prevalent color in the city duing its frantic race to prepare for the millennium and Giubileo 2000 kickoff -- dayglow orange!

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In the quiet little Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere there is a fancy bar that specializes in fresh-squeezed orange juice. I asked the waiter to pose for me with his parfait glass of o.j. destined for the table with matching cloth and eager palate.

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The Portuguese church of Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi hosts a fine Renaissance painting of the Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony and Francis. Here the latter's stigmata burns in his hand, fire-red.

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I couldn't resist concluding with this closeup of the full moon and a straining couplet:
    Set in the light-void of the night sky,
    Diana reflects in her face to us all the colors as white.
Bella luna!

 

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