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Lido, the Island that forms the border between the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, is a strange place to live in. In winter it is made of a series of small hamlets and some clusters of houses separated by more or less deserted stretches of sandy dunes or expanses of beaches, some of them free, others private (that is hotel-owned). In winter it is the first to be hit by winter storms, and a violent wind called 'bora' coming from Slovenia. Fogs well up from the sea like a tidal wave. I remember that walking to school was like wading about in dark milk soup. Then, from June to late August Lido becomes a cosmopolitan fashionable beach, where Saudi princes close part of the beach for their harems, and Russian millionaires toss a fortune away at the casino. If this is not enough, in late August-early September the International Movie Festival attracts swarms of starlets and toy boys looking for a wealthy sponsor, and some real star, from Marylin Monroe to George Clooney. After the movie madness traditionally the beaches are empty of families and the so-called September people start to gather, that is gay people coming from all over the world, but especially Europe when I was a child.
Here you can see a piece of chain from some boat and a pleasant sunset after a storm.
Thank you for your kind comments.
August 4, 2014
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Aug 4, 2014 11:29:08 am
This image has a really nice, cryptic quality to it, which works really well. I think it's because of the empty beach and the boat chain that could also be a piece of seaweed or something, if you don't look carefully. The mood of this piece is really nice and the colors are really crisp, sharp and inviting. I love scenes like this, and this looks like the kind of place I'd love to visit. Your writeup is evocative as well, and I think it's one of your best; you always give such great information, which you do here, and with this, you turn some really wonderful phrases. It's also funny, because I'm now reading Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, and there is a substantial part of that book dedicated to fog, and when you mentioned it, I got all sorts of images in my head, most prominently what the world must be like when you have to walk through "milk soup". THAT is such an image in and of itself! Brilliant. I also like the written snapshot you give here, you deliver such a great sense of place, and well, the term "September people" would also make a great title for a story; there's a mysterious quality to it, as if you're describing something other than people arriving in September. Rich, heady stuff, and an evocative image! I love it when both word and visual image evoke something, and...well...this whole piece, written and photographed, evokes. This is really great!

by Chipka Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 11:47:04 am
splendid image of peace, beauty.

by eekdog Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 12:19:03 pm
A lone seagull flying over an empty beach. Spectacular colors. A brilliant image. I agree with Chip on your narrative. First class work.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 12:58:20 pm
Fascinating information and a haunting picture.

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 1:01:36 pm
much nostalgia it seems to me in your text ... as this arc abandoned beach by the sea!!!splendid presentation !!!

by claude19 Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 1:06:11 pm
What a story about this place and where did you get this brilliant colour from ???

Excellent image.

by jayfar Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 1:17:45 pm
Very nice capture, the colors are superb!

by Jean_C Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 1:55:27 pm
A magnificent image and fine descriptive, Sandra! Most excellent sharing! Bravo!

by Radar_rad-dude Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 2:02:57 pm
Beautiful capture!!

by brycek Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 3:23:10 pm
Excellent Shot Sandra!!

by bazza Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 3:32:45 pm
Super photo Sandra :)

by Star4mation Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 5:13:53 pm
very intriguing scene
who knew it hides so much within its sands

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 5:23:44 pm

by MagikUnicorn Homepage »

Aug 4, 2014 5:37:41 pm
Sandra, this is a fabulous photo and a thoughtful presentation to go with it as only you can create. A visit to your gallery was a much needed thing for me tonight.

by magnus073 Homepage »

Aug 5, 2014 2:57:20 am
Really a nice picture. I like the detail of the flying well as the chain...
I've been myself one of the "September people" for so many years... Living so near I was tempted to visit the Lido in winter too, when it looks neglected and barely inhabited, I avoided the foggy or rainy days though...
I like the feeling of the 'after the storm' of your picture...

by jgeorge Homepage »

Aug 5, 2014 11:24:29 am
Interesting infos and superb capture with this light !

by Leije Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 5, 2014 4:33:35 pm
It's an awesome picture !!!

by Cyve Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 5, 2014 5:00:04 pm
That's really interesting, Sandra. Pretty shot!

by drifterlee Homepage »

Aug 10, 2014 12:37:11 am
Beautiful photo and very interesting information accompanying it!

by rachris480907 Homepage »

Aug 15, 2014 9:08:17 am
Fantastic POV and colors. Thanks for the interesting informations.

by Hendesse Homepage »

Aug 15, 2014 3:01:47 pm
A nice place and great narrative ((5++))

by mickeyrony Homepage »

Aug 15, 2014 4:43:28 pm
Fantastic colors and shadow.Wonderful photo

by jeroni Homepage »

Aug 15, 2014 7:16:25 pm
very interesting history of the area and a superb capture

by Richardphotos Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 16, 2014 1:39:53 pm
Amazing view!

by Valeriya Homepage »

Aug 16, 2014 3:29:35 pm
Such a peaceful image. Beautiful colors. Well done!

by FredNunes Homepage »


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