Love of the open road

(Borrowed from Walt Whitman)
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. 

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here,
I believe that much unseen is also here.
Here the profound lesson of reception, nor preference nor denial,
The black with his woolly head, the felon, the diseas’d, the illiterate person, are not denied;
The birth, the hasting after the physician, the beggar’s tramp, the drunkard’s stagger, the laughing party of mechanics,
The escaped youth, the rich person’s carriage, the fop, the eloping couple,
The early market-man, the hearse, the moving of furniture into the town,
the return back from the town,
They pass, I also pass, any thing passes, none can be interdicted,
None but are accepted, none but shall be dear to me.

No explanation available.








Celebrating great photography.

Vernazza is one of the five towns that comprise Cinque Terre, Italy. The fishing village is almost 1,000 years old, and is closed to car traffic.

The vivid hills surrounding Cascade Lake, located in upstate New York's Adirondack Park, display peak fall foliage colors. The trail that loops around the lake is a popular spot for riders and hikers.

Florence's famous cathedral appears prominently in the city's skyline. The historic basilica—one of the largest churches in all of Italy—began construction over seven centuries ago.
Arab Israelis enjoy a day on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the holiday Eid al-Adha. The day is one of holiest in the Muslim faith, often marked with prayers, feasting, and charitable donations.
The Celebration of Lights Festival is an international fireworks competition held every year in Vancouver, British Columbia. Crowds gather to watch different countries' displays set to music.

In southern France, the town of Cordes-sur-Ciel lives up to its name by rising above low clouds in the surrounding valley. Home to about 1,000 people, the town dates back to 1222.

In Florence, Italy, a chalk artist makes the sidewalk his canvas. He creates his portraits near the Uffizi Museum, famous for housing works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Botticelli.
The lights of Positano, Italy, glow at dusk.

Tuesday night in Naples?

Cocktails with old friends in Naples - that's Florida, not Italy buddy... ...     ...   ...