“Venice Fading” : Italy, 15th March 2011
It may be true that Venice is fading if we think in terms of its shrinking native population and their fears that the unique maritime city will soon become a dead museum. One can also see unmistakeable evidence that the place is crumbling, gradually making way before the power of nature against this very unnatural of habitats (a whole city, built on wooden stilts pushed into the marsh).
However, on this foggy day as I sped past the main square, thinking that the inclement weather would be affording me few photographic opportunities, I hadn’t reckoned on the mist being so low as to partially erase the top of the Campanile, or the obliging pigeon who appeared exactly at the right moment.
Incidentally, this very tower, originally built in 1514, suddenly collapsed one morning in 1902, mercifully not injuring anyone, before being reconstructed ten years later. So it really did disappear from view for a decade:
You can see a bigger version of my photo by clicking here.