Venice Night Lights

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Night falls over the watery canals of Venice, and the reflections become luminous lines and wriggles. Street lights throw luminous pools across pavements and water, and upwards onto ancient brickwork and windows.

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A classic wooden speed boat lies gleaming in its stalls, waiting for the call to transport us over the winding waterways.

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On the Grand Canal, light spills carelessly between buildings and boats. The green hue of the water catches unearthly light, and throws it back skywards. The water licks lazily at the pontoons and the stone walkways, and the street lights blaze as they have done for centuries.

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Gondolas nod dreamily under bridges, and the water stills to smooth silk, as the traffic heads home for the day. Corners of light come alive, showing us worn steps leading down to the water and the side of passing boats dipping into the shadows of bridges.

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From the sleepy dim backwaters we spill out under the arch of a bridge, back onto the main waterway. People throng towards St Marks Square, and the ancient wrought iron lights show the way over the old stones of the street.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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28 Responses to Venice Night Lights

  1. Suzanne says:

    How beautiful. The photos and the dreamy flow of your words make me wish I too could visit Venice one day.

  2. k. a. gardner says:

    I’d like to be among the throngs of people headed towards St. Marks Square. I’ve always wanted to go to Venice.

  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful photos bringing back lovely memories from one of the most romantic cities in the world πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely. The gondolas are so beautiful and all the lights…Truly magical!

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I like the bronze in the 4th photo as well, they look like something from ancient Egypt!

  6. The fourth is my favorite … beautiful bronze prows, gleaming … tough lighting conditions, nicely captured. D

    • Thanks David, it was quite a challenge for me as night shooting isn’t something I have much experience of…..but I will try to get more practice. I loved that 4th shot when I saw it in my camera πŸ™‚

  7. restlessjo says:

    Such magical shots, your night time, Venice, Seonaid! I especially like the blue posts and the prow of that gondola. You’ve been very disciplined in waiting for the moment to post these. I always want to launch mine straight out there, but it really isn’t possible is it, especially when you work. Do you do much photo processing? They really are superb and capture the atmosphere as well as your words.
    Don’t know if you saw my reply on 6WS last night? I contented myself with “doing” the Christmas market from the “safety” of Scott’s Monument. Great shots from on high (though I gather there was a tragic incident there on Friday- glad I didn’t know before I went up) I was looking for somewhere to have a coffee, if I’d only thought! I wouldn’t like to impose at short notice πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jo, I usually post some shots quickly, but there are always many left….just waiting for the right excuse, or right inspiration to post them πŸ™‚ I post process a little, but the more experience I get with shooting on manual settings, the less I need to do to the photos to get them looking the way I imagined them πŸ™‚
      I use an app called Snapseed on my iPad for most of my processing.
      Anytime you’re up here let me know if you have an hour or so for coffee/tea…..if it works with my commitments I’m always happy to meet up πŸ™‚
      Hope you enjoyed your Edinburgh trip…it’s pretty mild up here at the moment for December!

  8. Tina Schell says:

    What a great spot for a light challenge. My favorite is the gondola close-up but they are all lovely. Nicely done Seonaid!

  9. This post brought back such great memories, Seonaid. πŸ™‚ Venice is such a magical city, especially at night.

  10. I was in Venice when I was a child/young girl and all I can remember is these canals, the gondolas and a glassblowing factory that introduced me to the wonders of beautiful glass. What is Venice like these days? I heard there is a lot of pollution and way too many tourists during the summer. But still, it must have kept its beauty….

  11. Beautiful! We visited Venice a few years ago but during the day. I can only imagine through your photos how beautiful it must be.

  12. timzauto says:

    Awesome pics … Nicely put together ..

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