Finding the right spot to photograph sunset is always a challenge. It's often luck - be at the right place at the right time. Being in Tuscany it seemed obligatory to make the effort to capture this beautiful moment when the sun shines its last rays through the golden warm air. I am not a landscape photographer - I am clearly not patient enough for it.
We'd been driving back and forth for half an hour trying to find the 'right' spot, in vain. During our search we took every little paths off the main road hoping it would lead us to this magical place we were imagining. Finally, the time was up; we had to stop or we would miss sunset completely. We turned off and took a path that seemed to climb up. The path became a dirt road and after a few minutes we arrived at an old building. Not a farmhouse, something bigger, better kept with a big gate.
The gate was wide open. An inviting place we thought. A whispered 'Hello' got us no response. Fine, we thought; nobody's there to tell us to keep off the site. No signs, no mad barking dogs; the place is safe. We entered the property which looked like a place that welcomes visitors, except that there were no visitors. With hindsight it looked like a place that welcomed lost visitors who would remain lost forever!
In through the gate, we entered and quietly walked through this beautiful, manicured garden with expressive statues who could have had cameras instead of eyes. Sunset was about to take place at the back of the house. What was this house? A fort? Not enough defensive features. A convent? Quiet and eery, but too open for that. Mr Grey's home? We may experience the dungeon soon enough...
We turned left twice after the statue and ended behind the house on a sort of terrace with a wall, facing the hills of Tuscany. We didn't see or didn't hear anyone so we decided to stay for a little while and watch the spectacle. A cat joined us. He/she was very affectionate clearly wanting to be the centre of attention. So, I made the cat the main subject of my photos.
A few minutes later we heard someone coming home. We saw a woman at a window. I think she understood we were harmless. When sunset was over, we said goodbye to the cat and left quietly. The woman opened her window and called the cat in.