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Antico Castello sul mare, Ligurian coast, Ligurian Riviera, Italian Riviera, Liguria, Ligurian Sea, Rapallo, Genova, Italy,

Fotoeins Friday: Summer light on the Italian Riviera (Rapallo)

On a first-time visit to Italy, I’ve joined my astronomer colleagues for a five-day meeting in the Ligurian Riviera coastal town of Rapallo. What the week has taught me is not necessarily state-of-the-art research on star formation in galaxies. What I’ve learned is every place, big or small, has their abundance of unique stories, and my own is about to change.

I’m standing at the edge of the Ligurian sea with the lapping of water against the shoreline, and the Antico Castello sul mare (Old Castle on the Sea, built in 1550) is basking under the warm glow of late-afternoon summer light. A slow realization is beginning to emerge: I’m on the path to something different, something to begin, where I’ll have to start over again.

I made this photo on 20 June 2008 with the Canon EOS450, EF-S 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/1250s, f/5.6, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at at

2 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: Summer light on the Italian Riviera (Rapallo)”

  1. Nicole van der Bliek

    Hi Henry,

    So when you were in Rapallo, was that when you saw the light and decided to leave astronomy?

    How is it going???

    take care, Nicole


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Nicole. Things are all right here; thanks. Rapallo was the start of something; that’s for sure. Let me put it this way: towards the second-half of the week, my head was feeling “full”, and I decided to take the morning off. I took the funicular up to the local hills for a beautiful quiet morning and early-afternoon. I rejoined the meeting’s activities in the afternoon, but had I stayed at the meeting the entire week, I would never have gone up to the nearby hills. I think attending the meeting in Rapallo was the beginning of the end, but it would be another two years until I attended my final meeting in Lyon as an astronomer; wow, it’s been five years. Thanks for reading and for your question! Still missing our occasional dinners in La Serena!


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