A Cupola in my Computer

January 16, 2011

If icicles dangle from your lashes and hoarfrost coats your lips, I’m sorry.  Really, I am.

Here in Sicily the sun warms my limbs as I work on my tiny balcony. And reflected in my computer screen is an image that makes my heart burble:

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla reflected in a computer screen, copyright Jann Huizenga

You know how some people have a zillion photos of their dog, or their kid?

I’m obsessive that way about my cupola.

Cupola of the duomo in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily at dusk, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Cupola in Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

What would you like reflected in YOUR computer screen?


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22 comments to A Cupola in my Computer

  • Hmmmmm….. a little “stalla di pietra” with olive trees and almond blossoms in the background. Gorgeous photos Jannn! The light at sunset the last couple of days has been fantastic!

  • Grazie for the beautiful images! How wonderfully you captured that fabulous ITALIAN LIGHT! It’s impossible to choose just one reflection I’d love in my computer…perhaps a revolving panorama: a Ventian canal, a trattoria in Rome, the view of the sea from Ravello…

  • A cupola sounds pretty good. Hard to beat that.
    You fail to mention what the temperature is like after the sun sets though. I don’t know what it’s like on your balcony, but here the rooms become refridgeraters. I’m not kidding. We stick our hands in the fridge to warm up. It probably doesn’t help that our walls are paper thin…

    • Jann

      Yes, it’s colder inside than out. Haley, have you no heat for the evening? If you’re getting into the fridge to warm up, that’s not fun! 🙁

  • So that is a Cupola…I go by one everyday. The St. Augustine’s Cupola!

  • catherine Billups

    All I have seen for days here in Oltre Po Pavese is FOG which stretches from here to Milano!. I should have stayed in Noto where is has been 20 degrees warmer every day (in Farenheidt).
    By the way, I, too, like Bella’s suggestion.

  • Wayne

    What do I want reflected in my computer screen? Your cupola. You sellin?

  • emalene

    oh such memories

  • sandee koeze wheeler

    I LOVE your cupola! Jann, is that the view out your window? If not, what is the view from the window of your house?

    • Jann

      The cupola is out my window; I was working on my computer with my back to the sun when the cupola “popped up” on my screen.


    THE DOLOMITES are on mine.



    Ciao Gianna-
    I can see you now…………..
    These are gorgeous pics!

  • While inspiration is, theoretically, everywhere, it’s still a matter of noticing it. Your cupola inspires me to be more aware of not just the screen on which I’m typing or what I see when I look up, but what is behind and around me, in this environment and in the energies present and imagined. Magnificent!

    • Jann

      Yup, you’re right–it’s all around us, and I’d been working on my computer for quite a while before I even SAW it there.

  • Lovely photos! I have a screen saver looking through old buildings in Varenna to Lake Como and before my computer goes on it’s hold mode there is a slide show of Italy. I am a little obsessed. Think I might have to head to Sicily one of these days!

  • Jann, I want a glossy of Javier Bardem or Antonio Banderas…or both! 🙂 Love your cupola shots, by the way!

  • Sam

    Well, considering this is mid-January, I’d like to see some sand and palm trees and a bunch of people running around in swimsuits reflected on my computer screen.

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