Against the light

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 The weather has been horrendous – walking has been replaced by wading.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

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

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


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

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

The Hills Have Eyes!

The Hills Have Eyes

Not the horror film! But a walk in the area of Amieva, Asturias in northern Spain. The route was called “El encanto de la Mitologia” and runs from the village of Santillán to Beyu de Pen. A great autumn walk.

- John

Making time for Cows

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John’s lovely dog made me think about this lovely cow up in my favourite farm in the world, Rio Pradillo, an hour north of Madrid. I’ve been terribly busy recently and need to get back up to the farm, to make more time to take photos, be creative, to … LIVE!


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