Italian Photographic Challenge

Hi everyone

This week’s editorial is a day earlier than usual, because for the rest of the week we’re getting ready for our holidays.

Liz and I are lucky enough to be going to Italy for two weeks: to Florence and Bologna to be exact. There’s lots to see and photograph, and I’ll be writing some extended photo-essays when I get home. But in the meanwhile I’m going to try a challenge for the two weeks we’re out there, based on an idea my good friend John had a few months ago.

While we’re away I’m going to post a photograph each day of something that catches my interest. It’ll be a challenge because I’m going to have to rely on some nifty bits of mobile technology to get the pictures from my camera to this blog. I’ve never tried this on such a large scale before, so I’m hoping the pictures turn out OK.

From what I’ve seen so far Florence and Bologna are very photogenic, so I hope I do them justice. Better, hopefully then my mangled attempts to speak Italian. I’ve been practising like crazy using an app on my ‘phone, so I’m hoping the 100 words or so I’ve learned will get us through the holiday.

The whole thing promises to be an adventure, helped down by some great Italian food and wine. The weather’s been pretty poor at home recently, so the chances of taking an decent photographs have been limited. I did manage to get some close up’s of mayflies down by the river on Saturday. These delicate creatures look like small dragonflies and I was able to get some good close up pictures. I love doing macro photographs of insects, even if it means lying down in long dampish grass, watched by the dog. Sally’s very patient whenever we go out: if I’m photographing something she just sits at my feet and waits.

Anyway, I hope you like the mayfly, and enjoy the Italian photos. Except the first one on Thursday evening.


There were thousands of Mayflies down by the River Derwent this weekend. These beautiful creatures only live for a day in this final stage of their development. They make patient photographic models. This one stayed completely still for about ten minutes while I photographed it.

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