Venetian masks have been worn in Venice, Italy, since antiquity as they protected wearers’ identity during promiscuous or decadent activities. Masks are made from paper-mache and wildly decorated with fur, fabric, gems, or feathers. At the end of the Veneto republic, wearing of masks in daily life was severely restricted and limited only to about three months from December 26.
Carnival returned in 1979 to bring back the history and culture of Venice. Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for Carnival and some of them, coming from various places in Europe, spend their time walking around the city fully dressed in sophisticated Renaissance or Baroque costumes.
Here below a series of 50 images dedicated to these visiting Masks.
Back from my last trip, an eight days cruise across the Southern part of the archipelago of the Galapagos .
These islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. Galapagos islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (575 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. Galapagos National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visits obey string guidelines of the Galapagos National Park and are a mix between walking ashore along well delimited paths, snorkeling (or diving) and zodiac rides.
This time, M/V Samba, a graceful 78–foot motor yacht of European vintage, sailed South and we visited the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Santiago and Rabida.
Note: Galapagos national parks has reorganized the way you can visit the islands. In the past you could get 3 or 4 days tours concentrating exclusively on the hot spots offered by these wonderful islands. In order to minimize the impact of the nature, tours are now of 8 days either for the Northern or the Southern part of the archipelago.
About photography equipments I mainly used:
- SLT Sony A99 with Sony 70-400 G + 1.4 ext.
- Mirrorless Sony Nex-7 with SELP 16-50
- GoPro for underwater images.
The 36th International Hot-Air Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex opens today and go till 2 February 2014. Spectators will enjoy magnificent air shows, admire new special shape balloons and, of course, see many colourful balloons take off.
Meteo forecast is nothing good for the two coming days, but with some luck, more colorful images may come shortly.