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Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
Jeff Newcomer had been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a blog about photography in New England.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Italy Part Duo, ( Tuscany )

Duomo Siena   

Morning at the Villa, Tuscan
We are rushing along on the high-speed train from Bologna to Milan on our way to Lake Como, in this blog I will be featuring pictures from our wonderful, nearly week-long stay in our hill-top villa in Tuscany.  The area is magical enough with endlessly rolling hills, vineyards, and compact hilltop villages, but the real magic was that we got to share all this, along with amazing food, with the kids, their significant others and friends.  

Golden Dawn, Colle Bianco, Tuscany

Piazza del Campo, Siena
The villa was perfectly situated with views in all directions.  Every morning I got to open our bedroom windows on the hills spotted with isolated villa.  I somehow wanted to breath it all in and never let it go.  We shared the house with Abigail and her boyfriend Grayson, Jeremy with his girlfriend Gina (Napolitano, can’t get more Italian than that), and we were excited to include Grayson’s brother Cuyler and his wife Kerry.  We all had cars to explore independently, but we generally got together for Breakfasts and dinners.

Rosette Duomo Museum, Siena
Torre del Mangia, Siena

Olive Road, Trequandra

Steggiano, Tuscany
As I said previously, it has been difficult to find time to work on the thousands of images that I have captured so far.  It has taken late night efforts to get about thirty pictures onto my Italy 2017 Gallery.  I must keep working because I know that when I get home I will be slogging through hundreds of fall foliage images, assuming there is any color back home.  Perhaps I will have more time to return to Italy during the stick season and the bleak winter.  

Last Harvest, Castello di Potentino
Wine Tasting Lunch, Castello di Potentino

Porta Santo, Pienza, Tuscany
Charlotte, Castello di Potentino

Here are views of Tuscany.  They include our tours of Siena, Montalcino, including the best lunch of our lives overlooking the village, the magical valley vineyard of Castello di Pontentino, and many other hill-top towns including San Gimignano, Pienza, and San Quirico D’Orca.   


Many of the best pictures came from the verandas of our villa with amazing sunsets and peaceful sunrises.

Morning Mist from our Villa

Lyonel, Cupan Vineyard, Tuscany
Tuscany was a lovely quiet respite between time spent in the busy cities.  Florence and Bologna were wonderful, but the combination of spectacular beauty and the special family time will likely make Tuscany the highlight of our trip.

Family Lunch, Montalccino

This is only a taste of the classic beauty of Tuscany.  Next week, we return to great Italian cities as I will post images from Florence and Bologna. Of course by then I should be back in New England, frantically trying to get ready for my Fall Foliage Workshop, so who knows what I will be writing.
In the meantime, check out my slowly growing Italy 2017 Gallery.

Jeff Newcomer

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