09 July 2007
it's a bird...it's a plane...it's a ship...

It's all three! In one photo!

Trust me, they're all there if you look closely enough. As always, click to enlarge.

The plane in question is one of those that drops water on raging forest fires, which I swear P told me one time was called a Canadese (as in, "of Canada"), although I could be making that up.* Or it might've been the helicopter version. Anyone know?

Here are some closer looks at the plane, albeit out of focus. I haven't had much practice photographing low-flying planes, obviously. But the sky? Ah! Did someone say endless blue?

Aren't propellers just precious?

The day after these photos, this was the scene on the railing of my balcony:

We were blessed with the wet stuff only for about 7 minutes, though, so the planes were out again the next day--they're a pretty regular feature around here this time of year unfortunately.

As terrible as it is that we have to deal with the fires, I do rather enjoy following the planes as they make their circuitous routes from the sea and back, over and over again. There's something rather soothing in the rumble, perhaps my knowing they're doing their best to keep us all safe.

Sights like this also help ease my mind and soul.

And yes, I am working hard on your questions; if anyone has any more, check out this post, and leave what you'd like to know in the comments--now would be the time to add them, btw, while I'm still feeling answery.

*Edited to add that I was half making it up. P actually said "Canadair" but with an Italian accent, and so I apparently latched onto the part I followed and conveniently forgot the rest. That's neither the first nor the last time that'll happen, I'm afraid.

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Blogger Kathy said...

I'm loving the blue sky!

We're dealing with several forest fires here, as well. Now that the Lake Tahoe fire is out, 3 more have popped up. :-(

Looking forward to the answers to those questions!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that plane looks like a mesina plane (red and yellow)! I remember watching those planbes fly low and dip into the straits to pick up water and dump on teh fires raging in Calabria. And this year they looked just as bad; the whole area around il pilone is burnt down.

BTW 4 years ago I was in canada and there were SEVERE forest fires then. They also had very similar looking planes. Vanessa

There are quite a few big fires happening in the Western U.S. now. We are in the middle of a big heat wave.

I wish I could see a sky that color. Unfortunately all I can see is smog. :(

Anonymous Judith in Umbria said...

Yes, that's what he said. I was convinced my first year here that the Canadians sent fire fighting planes to help out Italy.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Kathy and NYC, I've been following the wildfires in the States as well--just terrible! Glad you both enjoyed the blue sky. I just love that color.

Vanessa, you gave a good clue on the Canadian planes (confirmed by Judith, I see), but do you mean Forza Messina? Because you know Catanzaro is yellow and red too ;)

Judith, thank you, especially for confirming that my mental images of Mounties flying the things don't mean I'm crazy--it was just a mnemonic device, only I forgot what it was for, kind of.

Blogger KC said...

When the page loaded and I saw the first photo, I tried to wipe those spots off my screen! I've been hearing the water dropping planes flying overhead very often lately. (Haven't seen them yet because we still haven't gone to the beach.) I'll ask N what he calls them.

Last week it rained here for about two minutes.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i did NOT know that catanzaro was also yellow and red. i guess because their football team isn't in the same division as Messina's.

however, it is pretty impressive watching those planes pick up water and dump it on the fires. Vanessa

Blogger sognatrice said...

KC, sounds like you were hit with the same "storm" as us--must've lost all its power by the time it got up to you ;) I haven't actually heard the water as the fires are far enough away, but I get an OK view of the water-gathering and an excellent one of the fly-overs.

Vanessa, I wouldn't expect anyone outside of CZ, actually, to know the colors of the local squadra. I only know b/c I've seen a banner hanging in some bars around here!

And I completely agree about watching the planes pick up the water--I wish I were closer, in fact, to get a better view.

Anonymous Sara said...

So blue!

The plane reminds me of a fantastically fun movie by Hayao Miyazaki called Porco Rosso. Miyazaki loves flying and has fond memories of Italy, and both of those facets combine in this film.

Blogger Shelby said...

beautiful blue skies - glad you got at least the 7 minute wet stuff..

take care and happy early start to the week!

Blogger cheeky said...

The shots of the plane are good. Where are the fires? Are they further away?
I agree with you on the last photo. It have the same sentiment.
I'm still thinking of a question.
Knowing me, I will think of an entire interview. Now there's an idea, hah!

Blogger cheeky said...

*I have the same sentiment.
Always doing typos over here. :)

Blogger A Novelist said...

I love when you can see the suns rays through the clouds...what a beautiful picture! :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Sara, haven't seen the film, but it sounds like something I'd enjoy :)

Shelby, thank you! I'm hoping for some more rain, but it doesn't look likely :(

Cheeky, I didn't even notice that typo until your next post. Funny how the eyes play tricks. Hmm...an interview...interesting....

Novelist, glad you enjoyed. We don't get too many of those views around here as the clouds are usually much higher in the sky, if there are any, so I was happy to see the rays too :) Thanks for stopping by!

Blogger Poppy Fields said...

In France those very same planes are called Canadair. Unfortunately, they have to fly over my house a lot in the summer, too. A couple of years ago, we had a big fire in our town, it was very scary to see the flames so close and a relief to see those planes.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Ah, Cheeky, I forgot to say that the fires are far enough away from me that we wouldn't be threatened--but if you saw the way the village is set up, we wouldn't really be threatened anyway. Plus we're all in stone houses, so that limits fires as well even if something did get close. The planes, though, fly directly over my house.

Poppy, your comment got me wondering, and I found a little info: the Canadair CL-215 is the older model, but the CL-415 is what ours here look like. And yes, they are nicknamed "Super Scoopers."

So they really are Canadese! Glad we've got that sorted out :)

Blogger Paolo said...

And they are, clearly, romanisti. (How can there be two giallorossi in Serie A, always freaked me out...)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Paolo, that's exactly why CZ stays out of Serie A--you know, so it doesn't freak anyone out. Respectful buggers, aren't they?

Anonymous Aimee said...

great photos! we are dealing with major fires too... in fact, the biggest one has made the national news and has closed down the freeway and such. luckily it's not that close to us, but i can feel the smoke in my lungs and eyes, and see it all over the valley.

the after photos are finally up! :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Aimee, I think I was commenting on your site while you were over here :)

Anyway, yes, the smoke can be stifling; we had a big whiff of it the other day when the wind was blowing in from the mountains instead of in from the sea. It just sat over us for hours--yuck!

Blogger JennieBoo said...

I am so sorry about the fires. How devastating!

I do like your picture of the clouds with the streams of sunlight, however.

How's "the move work" going?

p.s. I love that color of blue, as well.

Anonymous jessica in rome said...

cool photos! I have to admit I was looking without my glasses and my husband had to point out the plane and the ship...not very observant :(

Blogger darlene said...

wow, the last picture, is an amazing shot!!

Blogger Karina said...

What great pictures! I had fun with the "where's waldo" of the first one, trying to find the boat and the plane!

And that last picture is really nice...I love pictures of the sun through the clouds, they're just breath-taking.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Jennie, it's best we don't discuss the move work. It's going agonizingly slowly, but surely, so there's some positive at least.

Jessica, well it does take a good eye; I only knew they were there b/c I saw them live ;)

Darlene and Karina, thanks--glad you enjoyed :)

Blogger jennifer said...

Beautiful, beautiful photograph of the sky. I also remember the rumble of fire fighting helicopters over the mountains where I lived in Italy last summer. Sounds like another scorcher there...

Blogger JoAnn-NL said...

Hi S.. ( difficulat name)I just saw you again on Rebecca's blog (lost you...) I like your 'kind-of- photography' Like this birds/plane combination , thats so creative to do.You must also be 'at the right time,on the right place'.

With my last photo-exhibition I found out that "watchers" though that its more interesting to 'search for something'in a photo. I 've been tagged also (couples of times) so I have to start telling something also...

I'll start with my (6 years) living in Rome maybe.... Thats why I like the fact that you live in Italy..

Feel free to visit my blog,

Blogger JoAnn-NL said...

Hi M, Thanks for answering me that fast....1,2,3,wow! We have the same kind of heavy rain skies here right now. I like your blog... seems to me 'a lot of work'.

And uhhh, YES! the 'newspaperman' on my blog felt really from his bike, because of the rain and storm.


Blogger sognatrice said...

Jennifer, look at you...Italy's already past tense!

JoAnn, thanks for your comments, and I do hope that you'll start with your Rome experience--of course I'd be most interested :)

Blogger Mary said...

Great pictures! I'm amazed at the planes dropping water though. We haven't had rain in ages and have had a few local fires - nothing too major - but, no planes dropping water. The clouds tried to fake us out this morning and it looked like rain, but they just passed over. The sky here, like there, is amazingly blue though. There's always a bright side.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Mary, yes, there is always a bright side, isn't there? Thanks for stopping by :)

Anonymous Frances said...

That last picture is just gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.
Waving at you from a hot NYC,


Propellers are precious as long as they are on planes and not people.

hee hee.

And yes, the rain is good, we've gotten some here too, lately.
You got a torrential downpour of questions... so... whenever you're ready...

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Blogger sognatrice said...

Frances, I'm trying to send a nice cool breeze your way but I'm not sure you can feel it. We have *extremely* high winds right now, but at least the temp is a bit lower.

Scarlett, torrential downpour of questions is right. I'm chipping away slowly, slowly....

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