An intermezzo on color and light on an autumn
day in Rome....
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.
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.
The "ochre" and amber-hues of Rome
come in many different shades:
from gold...to orange...to russet...to peach.
And there is another prevalent color in the
city duing its frantic race to prepare for the millennium and Giubileo 2000 kickoff --
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.
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.
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.