After not going to a Renaissance Faire in so long I don't even remember my last visit, it was fun going three times this summer, each with a different group of people. Yesterday was Steampunk Invasion, which attracted crowds one of the more regular Faire attendees in our group called "epic."
Great costumes though:
I didn't do real costumes myself this season, but I have been informed that next season, there will be a costume, oh yes, there will. This should be interesting...
Why would anyone go to Arizona in July? A geas. On Friday I visited Park #26:
The trip also gave me a chance to take my 7D Mark II for a spin. Sitting 18 rows behind the Diamondbacks' dugout, I was able to get photos like this, no problem:
Let's take a closer look, yes? This is at ISO-3200, 1/500 at f/5.6, from about 100 meters away:
More photos of the game and of my field trip to Tempe later.
For no reason other than it was out last night:
Weather? Check. Photography? Check. The dog? Nope. The National Weather Service photo contest winners are very cool, though.
Part of the reason one stays in an Agriturismo is to go hiking. This is a state highway (scala provincale) near the closest village:
Despite being as far north (46°27') as Quebec City and Portland, Ore., Dosso del Liro is surprisingly warm and dry, the perfect environment for these guys, which we saw all over:
These guys (common Italian wall lizards) are about 8 cm nose to tail, and very fast. We didn't even try to catch them. But they're also hard to photograph; I got lucky and moved very slowly for this shot.
Northern Italian Alpine lake village, go:
This is another example of how a little HDR makes a big difference.
Tomorrow: photos from Thursday, including lunch in Lugano.
When you're crossing Lake Como from Cadenabbia to Bellagio on a sunny day, it looks like this:
I've also uploaded a full-sized JPEG (15 MB) to Azure storage. Enjoy.
I can imagine why the Catholic Church build Gallio Palace on the shore of Lake Como:
We didn't make it to the palace because we were distracted by food. I'll have more to say about Wednesday's dinner in my next couple of posts.
The Venetian church, viewed from the terrace of the Hotel Danieli: