It’s All in My Head(er)

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup - USA v Cuba | ©George Frey, Getty Images
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup | ©George Frey, Getty Images

In the Beautiful Game — football, or soccer if you prefer — a HEADER is an action by a player down on the pitch to direct the ball off his/her noggin’, sometimes resulting in a goal. OK, Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

In WordPress blogging vernacular, the HEADER is that large area at the top of one’s homepage (depending upon your WP theme) reserved for an image(s) and text or a graphic to help you brand your site so that your blog stands out from the crowd.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments (thank you very much) and questions on where one HEADER photo that I’ve showcased was taken. Here’s the HEADER in question, labeled H1, taken above the Marina Corricella on the small island of Procida out in the Tyrrhenian Sea not far from the Neapolitan coastline in southern Italy.

Procida - TPT header | ©Tom Palladio Images
H1 – Marina Corricella – Procida, Italy

It’s one of my favorite HEADER pics, too; but, I get antsy and keep swapping out the photo that occupies my faux Times Square billboard up there frequently.

Sunset in St. Emilion, FR
H2: Sunset in St. Emilion, FR

Having recently added an iPhone 5, with its neat panoramic camera feature, to my kit, I’m finding shots that I take with the phone can quickly be resized into the HEADER’s required 960×270 format. And, that’s why I’m changing the HEADER pic about as often as a stock boy/girl changes cans of soup in a supermarket aisle.

Costa di Ulisse - Lazio, IT
H3: Costa di Ulisse – Lazio, IT

By the time I get your favorable feedback asking where a particular HEADER pic was taken, I’ve probably already swapped it out with another and may be providing you with an incorrect reply due to these frequent changes.

Mt. Sibillini - Castelluccio di Norcia, IT
H4: Mt. Sibillini – Castelluccio di Norcia, IT

So, to remedy this problem, and have a little fun at the same time, I thought I’d showcase some of the HEADER shots currently in my rotating library, tell you where they were taken, and then let YOU decide which HEADER pic should go up next.

Grand Canal - Venice, IT
H5: Grand Canal – Venice, IT

If you’d like to participate, just send me a reply noting the shots, by their respective H-number (H1 through H15), that you’d like see up there on the Jumbotron.

La Rotonda - Vicenza, IT
H6: La Rotonda – Vicenza, IT

Votes received will be hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar, handed over to an independent, fly-by-night auditing firm for tallying, then announced right here on TPT at the end of August. Based on the rank order of the voting results, I’ll then rotate weekly, from the bottom to the top vote getter, until we’ve cycled through them all. By that time, I should have a whole new batch of fresh HEADERs ready to go before the voting public.

Castel Sant'Angelo - Rome, IT
H7: Castel Sant’Angelo – Rome, IT

Here are the remaining HEADER shots vying for your vote.

Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, IT
H8: Piazza dei Signori – Vicenza, IT
The Porticos of Mt. Berico - Vicenza, IT
H9: The Porticos of Mt. Berico – Vicenza, IT
The Villa on the Hilla - Vicenza, IT
H10: The Villa on the Hilla – Vicenza, IT
Dordogne River Valley - Domme, FR
H11: Dordogne River Valley – Domme, FR
Windmills of Montagne, FR
H12: Windmills of Montagne, FR
Chateau Saint Georges, Montagne, FR
H13: Chateau Saint Georges, Montagne, FR
In Vin Veritas - St. Emilion, FR
H14: In Vin Veritas – St. Emilion, FR
Civita di Bagnoregio - Lazio, IT
H15: Civita di Bagnoregio – Lazio, IT

Remember, the future appearance of this blog is in YOUR hands. So, get out there and vote for your favorite HEADER or HEADERs.


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The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


      1. The real surprise would have been if I’d just picked one. The more I see of the photo options, the more I think there will be an iPhone in my future, as annoying as I find that (and expensive, too, I imagine.) But as Aragorn said in “Lord of the Rings”, that day is not today. 🙂



      2. We’re BIG (not literally, though) LOTR fans. My husband would qualify as pretty near an expert. In fact, when we go to Wyoming this weekend, over the two-day drive, we’ll be listening to the 13-hour BBC fabulous production on CD. We’ve listened to it every single year since I bought it many, many years ago.


      3. I’m sure you’ll be seeing quite a few pictures from the Big Horn Mountains. 🙂 Yes, vacation, our annual one and both girls will be there as well, along with a boyfriend and a friend from England and my parents will pop in, too. Good times!


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