Looking West

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The clifftops at Cuevas del Mar in Asturias, Northern Spain.  I was waiting for a sunset, but mother nature had other ideas.

It has been a while since I last posted anything here.  But there’s been good reason.  Belinda and I started a road trip in April, and we are still travelling!  A record of a journey is here at ‘Stories from the Wild’.  I hope you like it.

- John

Sky, Sea, Sand

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It’s been a while posting here.  But there’s a good reason.  We have been up scaling our endeavours in ‘making time to live’ and Belinda and I are currently starting a new project involving a lot of getting up early and going to bed late.  More about that later.

Here’s a picture from Galicia in northern Spain on a beach close to the La Playa de las Catedrales.  A long exposure with intention camera movement, panning from left to right.

John

Against the light

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Me! – Taken by my Dad (under supervision!).

A rare moment on our visit to the UK. The weather has been horrendous – walking has been replaced by wading.

Another New Day

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From the Parque de la Concordia, Arriondas, Asturias, northern Spain.

A photo was taken this morning in the same place as my last post – Clearing Mist.  This sunrise crept up on a me.  Our lounge window is north facing and it looked a bit gloomy as I peered out at 7.30am.  But leaving the building, we were greeted with a tinge of red in the higher clouds, that eventually evolved into this scene.  And behind us the rising sun turned the previously gloomy north view to a blanket pink colour.  It looked amazing but I wasn’t carrying the wide angle lens needed to capture it….. there’s always tomorrow.

I think in 2014, I will try to experience as many sunrises as possible.  Magical.

Happy New Year to everyone.

- John

P.S.  Full disclosure, I photoshopped some annoying overhead cables.  Sometimes you just can’t avoid them!

Clearing Mist

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Taken from the centre of Arriondas in Asturias, looking down on the Río Piloña.

At this time of year our morning walks are often accompanied by a thick blanket of mist.  Sometimes it can last until early afternoon.  But yesterday, it cleared enough to allow a little colour from the sunrise.

Ben made a black and white shot of the same scene earlier in the year.

- John

Las Cañadas

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An early start, walking in Las Cañadas below El Teide in the volcanic landscape of Tenerife.

It turned out to be a one-day holiday – even though we went for 7 days.  I spent the first 3 days with flu and another 3 days forced inside by a tremendous storm.  Lightning, wind, rain and floods.  Although we did see the sun again – as we were driving back to the airport!

- John

 

Nature therapy

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Autumn in the region of Ponga, Asturias – views of the Picos de Europa and Bosque del Peloño.

I recently heard the term ‘NDD – Nature Deficit Disorder’.  I think I caught it!  It was time for action.  So, we took a long walk to see the autumn colours.  It wasn’t ideal for photography – clear skies with strong sun, contrasted by deep shadows from the high peaks.  But that wasn’t the point of making the trip.  And we still managed to see a wild cat stalking its prey on the edge of field, which was a real treat.

-  John

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