Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snowy Europe: My Favorite Photo

I found this photo of snow-covered Florence, Italy on the New York Times's "Lens" blog. It was taken by Maurizio Degl'Innocenti for the European Photo Agency.

Why it's my favorite picture of the snowfall that has shut down Europe over the past few days should be fairly obvious: The whites and the blacks and the reds, the blanketed streets--photos are silent, of course, but you can almost hear the quiet in this shot. Someone else can explain exactly why snow dampens the sound of city streets; for me, it's just one of the best things in the world.

Why shouldn't these people be kissing? They're in Florence. They're not trapped in an airport in England, sleeping on a rolled-out foam mattress and eating god-knows-what. Congratulations to Mr. Degl'Innocenti and his editors for reminding me that natural disasters of this kind aren't always awful.

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