This image is from my first trip to Italy with workshop instructor Paul Christopher James.  After 3 days in Cinque Terre, we made our way to Florence for a couple of days.  This shot is taken from Michelangelo’s Piazza, overlooking Florence.  If you have been to Florence, you will probably recognize the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and maybe even Santa Maria Novella (the church in the middle of the image). 

On the first night of our visit to Florence, the skies had been completely socked in, so we were a little skeptical.  As we waited for the sun to descend, it looked like we wer going to be skunked again.  But at the last minute, the skies opened up and just caught fire.  There were 5 photographers with us, and all I remember was lenses flying, shutters firing, and a lot of oohs and aahs.

Its interesting that as amazing as this sky over Florence looks, its really not all that rare.  This type of sky happens more often than you would think, but it only happens for a few minutes, so most of us never notice.  We are too busy with our lives, usually spent indoors, to notice this spectacular of nature.