Monday, October 08, 2007


A centuries-old wall in Ravenna, Italy.
The old lives alongside the new.

All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

10 comments:

Tom & Icy said...

Interesting juxtaposition. Here you have the old wall with the modern electrical wires in the background. But Roachz of http://rambling_chicken.blogspot.com - a student in Japan had an ultra modern building with electrical wires going to it and the wires looked old fashioned. Things are relative, I guess.

Crazy Me said...

I love old walls like that. I'm not sure why but I always have.

TLP said...

Excellent picture. Excellent quote.

Top cat said...

I'm not too sure old waldy would approve of a beautiful stone wall and a electrical tower and wires standing side by side, lol but it is a powerful thought.
tc

Anonymous said...

The past and the present makes here and now :)

Vikingisson said...

An old wall like that in Niceland would surly be inhabited by a troll. What's the Italian troll?

tsduff said...

Tom and Icy - I found that tangle of ugly wires to be a funny and stark contrast to the super modern building in the photos. Everything is connected.

Crazy Me - (throws roses - bravo on your performances). I love the walls too. This one was just lining the city, in the middle of modern living. I love stones. and bricks.

TLP: Ravenna was a beautiful place filled with ancient intricate mosaics, stone and brick churches, mausoleums and arches. Emerson called it right.

TC: The old wall endures the encroaching inevitable trappings of the modern world rather well. I think Emerson got it. :)

annonymous - It's so simple!

Vikingisson: or "huldufolk," or hidden people... Funny, I've never heard of an Italian Troll- I never glimpsed one when I was in Italy.

Minka said...

It is what we are, deep inside us...every day we depend on something we learned yesterday, trying to frame it new for our tomorrow.

jillie said...

I think the old is what give us and everything else character. New is just too...well, you know, new.

Except for us right? lol

ariel said...

Just what Icy said.