Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy

I was fortunate to go to Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy a couple Sunday’s ago. It’s right on the oceanside, about an hour away from Florence. The floats were very large in size. They were as tall as the apartment buildings, if not taller! It was incredible to see these ginormous floats. Take a looksy.

Freddie Mercury Float - by Tessa Cole

Freddie Mercury Float, Viareggio, Italy

Freddie Mercury Angel Float

Freddie Mercury Angel Float, Viareggio, Italy

Hysteria Float, Viareggio, Italy

Hysteria Float, Viareggio, Italy

John Lennon Float, Viareggio, Italy

John Lennon Float, Viareggio, Italy

John Lennon Float 2, Viareggio, Italy

John Lennon Float (side view), Viareggio, Italy

Native American Float, Viareggio, Italy

Native American Float, Viareggio, Italy

Obama, Viareggio, Italy

Obama, Viareggio, Italy

Snake Demon Float, Viareggio, Italy

Snake Demon Float, Viareggio, Italy

Snake Demon Face, Viareggio, Italy

Snake Demon Face , Viareggio, Italy

Triton Float, Viareggio, Italy

Triton Float, Viareggio, Italy

Triton, Viareggio, Italy

Triton, Viareggio, Italy

Beach Fairy, Viareggio, Italy

Beach Fairy, Viareggio, Italy

Viareggio, Italy

Me!, Viareggio, Italy

I was very excited to find a store sign that literally had my name on it! I recently found out that Tessa is an old Tuscan name. I’m getting in touch with my Italian roots!

March 13 2014 – The Hills Are Alive Again

Today in Tuscany the sun has finally popped out without the arctic chill of the wind. It was so nice to finally feel (at least) simi-strong sunshine today. I noticed that the hillsides are blooming again with yellow and orange-yellow flowers…

The Hillsides Are Alive Again - photo by Tessa Cole

The Hillsides Are Alive Again –  by Tessa Cole

Yellow Flower - by Tessa Cole

Yellow Flower – by Tessa Cole

Why Landscapes and Skies?

For me, landscapes and skies represent limitless possibilities. When I see vast and open landscapes and skies, with all of its beautiful colors, images and sounds, it makes me feel like there are so many more possibilities to life. That life is not just A or B/black or white. But there are always other options. It’s just a matter of finding them; of seeing them.

When I see a beautiful moment, I must capture it because they are so fleeting. The sunset lasts only a few minutes, the birds will be chirping in that one spot for just a little while, the clouds may cover or uncover the sun at any given moment. There is an endless list of moments that last for just a short period of time. Everything in life is temporary. It is important to see the beautiful moments and acknowledge them so they don’t just pass you by.

And when life feels so stuck and the economy is so bad and there are things which are completely out of my control, I look up at the sky and at my surroundings, take in the colors, breath in the fresh air and listen to the sounds of life around me. And I know that there are other and better possibilities that will open themselves up, like when the clouds finally part after weeks of rain and the sun shines through again. I know that everything will be ok because what I’m looking at is somehow so much more important than the stresses of daily life. And that’s why I photograph and videotape landscapes, skies and beautiful moments.