This section came from The Significato Journal, which was a joint effort between my husband, Peter, and me. The images are too beautiful to abandon, so we've brought them over to my website. Most of the images came from others.
Seeing this exquisite work of absolute beauty in St. Peter's Basilica was a highlight of my trip to Rome - and, traveling off-season that I could get up as close as possible was a huge bonus.
It is deserving of its fame as the most famous and awesome statue in the world: the expression on Mary's face, the perfection of every muscle, vein, and nerve ...
Michelangelo was only twenty-four when he carved his masterpiece - out of one block of marble. It was his only work that he signed (which he later regretted doing!)
Since 1972, it is housed behind bullet-proof glass due to a brutal attack in 1964 which took ten years to restore. (Photo and remarks by Maureen Spagnolo)
Photographer Maureen Spagnolo said about this: "I remember I had to pull off the road to take that shot. What an expanse of cloud and sky. I wanted the figures in the shot to give it perspective. That’s the amazing thing about being a city girl - there’s so much land and sky out there that one becomes unaware of.
Then again, the country folks hardly gave the spectacle a second look. How to not lose the”awe” of life is a quest worth pursuing."
~ This issue of Significato has a number of poems honoring the life of our beloved dog, Indi, who just ascended on April 26, 2018. This photo is our son Tymon (and daughter Grace) with her a couple of years ago.
~ During a visit to Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine, Grace Brown went into the sheep barn to see the lambs. There were also some goats, and a chubby litter of pigs. These two cuties were photographed during their morning nap.
Grace Brown was hiking in Robinson's Woods very near Casco Bay in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She saw this beautiful Mandala-like log just minding its own business in the woods and brought back this lovely photo.
We've been so beset with snow this winter that we needed to see some green! Here are some remarks about this shot by photographer, Maureen Spagnolo: "It was Victoria, Australia. we were staying in a cottage along the Great Ocean Road on a charming farm with a view of the sea. This was one of the roads near where we stayed. Everywhere was beauteous!"
While snowshoeing in rural Maine, Grace Brown took this shot of a lingering sprig of Queen Anne's Lace that survived the snow and sleet and dark of night. Wonderful and fascinating how something so delicate is still standing after months of harsh weather.
In Maine during the last weekend in March, we celebrate Maple Sugar Sunday. Before we moved here I had never seen a Maple Sugar House up close. The sugar shacks host huge pancake breakfasts, some with live music. I took this shot by the side of the road with my camera phone. (photo by Kimmy Sophia Brown)
I took this picture with the camera on my phone while walking in the woods behind our house. Note the tracks on the pond which include wild turkeys and other small animals. Just a sublime morning in the quiet of the natural world. (Kimmy Sophia Brown)