The English Channel; early morning seascape

Blue; sky, clouds and ocean

Early morning seascape; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel,  and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.

I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are  off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow

Rushing by the Sunflowers and the French Countryside

rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside

rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside 

We took a four hour train ride from Bordeaux to Nantes, long train rides are usually good for getting a little work done but I find I often get distracted, watching the French countryside rush by.  I have commented several times on Spain’s train system, it was pleasure to travel with them I was convinced that they could not be outdone. Well the French might not have outdone the Spanish rail service, but it is just as easy, just as comfortable, just as easy to recommend.

During our four hour ride we watched the cities, towns and farmland roll by. I think this is as close as I will get to the sunflower fields this year! Robin has a great photo of a sunflower on his blog this week, he wanted to alert the photographers in his area that the bright beautiful flower is in bloom.

This image and others are available in my photoshelter gallery. I invite you to check them out. I have had the gallery, but just now finding some time to develop the site a little further.

 

Travelling on the FEVE train; Asturias Spain

view from the FEVE Train; copyright jmeyersforeman

view from the FEVE Train; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Asturias, officially the Principality of Asturias, is an autonomous community in north-west Spain. The FEVE train that we have been using for travel runs along the north coastline, with beautiful views of the ocean, rivers, hills, towns. While I have to be quick with the camera, the train does move slow enough to get some images to show you this wonderful area.

We are travelling from Llanes to Leon Spain on the FEVE train today, so I am expecting to see more lovely Spanish countryside.

Riding the FEVE Train in Spain

a small town along the North Atlantic Coast of Spain  copyright jmeyersforeman

a small town along the North Atlantic Coast of Spain copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been riding the narrow gauge FEVE train, that follows along the north coast of Spain, through many small town.  It seems the skies are either a bright cloudless blue or, as in this photo, a foggy grey. While the foggy grey skies gives us shadowless images with saturated colour along the streets and rivers, the skies do unfortunately look a little lifeless. They are poorly represented in the photos, as it is wonderful to watch the misty fog roll along the ocean and countryside.

Much has been written of this wonderful journey along the narrow gauge line; it is more often used by teachers and student going on a field trip, commuters going to work or those out for a little shopping, then travellers trying to get somewhere. It is easy to figure out the ticket machines and time schedule, if you have trouble it seems there is always someone about to help, and the view is most certainly one you will not see anywhere else. If you have a week for leisurely travel then I would recommend this trip as a great way to relax and enjoy Spain.

FEVE; across the north coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain 

Yesterday I mentioned we were travelling on a narrow gauge rail line operated by FEVE. Best described as quaint, it is used by commuters, school children as well as a few tourists and travellers. If follows what has been described as the rugged northern Spain through coastal towns; we have visited Ferrol, and Ribedao and Gijon.

view from the FEVE Train

view from the FEVE Train    

Accompanied by the clicky-clake of the train wheel and the gentle rocking of the car we watch the beautiful countryside amble by. I do say amble as the train travels at a leisurely pace, slow enough we can enjoy the view of hills, towns and hidden beach coves as they passes by.

foggy countryside of northern Spain

foggy countryside of northern Spain 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunsets on the Atlantic Coast; Baiona Spain

Sunset at Baiona Spain

Sunset at Baiona Spain  

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this  – Van Morrison 

I have to admit that since arriving in Spain I have been looking forward to watching the sunset on this side Atlantic Ocean. Sunset is a wonderful time of day; the day’s business has been done or at least what could get done has been done. I know there are a few of you that burn the midnight oil either by choice or habit or a job, but for me being a morning person, the day’s business has been done, and a day where I can sit and watch the sunset reminds me of the Van Morrison song “Day’s like this” 

I hope you are having a  “day like this”

 

Baiona Spain

long exposure, fast moving water

long exposure, fast moving water 

Near Baiona Spain there are a number of beaches, and it is a popular summer resort town, some of the beaches are beautiful sandy beaches suitable for enjoying the sun, watching the waves, and collecting seashells. Some of them are rocky and the waves don’t roll in, they crash in against the rocks, sometimes with big a big splash.

The trick to getting the beautiful white water is a neutral density filter, finding the right setting so catch some of the splash, and not smooth out the water too much is also a consideration, and personal judgement. For me I could sit there all day, watching the waves, trying out different settings, each image a little different. Different not just because of the settings, but on just how the water hits the rocks, if the tide is going out or coming in, the clouds in the sky all change the light on the water! So many variables!

Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal 

We visited Portimao Portugal near the end of February 2014, the weather is a little like the weather we are having in Baiona Spain.

It has been rainy over the last couple of days, so we haven’t ventured too far from the balcony of the apartment we rented, but that is okay. I have had time to work on some image, do some key-wording and sorting in Bridge, and even watch some tutorials.

I hope you are enjoying your Friday, where you are.

Retired

retired

retired

We were at a little port town called Ayamtome Spain, on a Sunday, and to say call it a sleepy little town, would be an understatement. Most of the stores and markets were closed. There were a few people around the plaza’s, one young guy said that tourist season is not yet in full swing and many of the hotels were still closed. The tourist information was closed so it was hard to get any information about the town.

As walked along the coastline we did come find this boat grave yard – there were a three or four old boats of different sizes well past the need for repair,  and not likely to return to work any time soon. This beauty was the most interesting of them.

It has given me an idea for a new series, titled “Aged”  I want to show the beauty of old and worn, thing past their prime. Everywhere we have travelled we have been drawn to the beauty of the past, some places more aged and or more worn than others. There is still so much to explore.

Sunrise; Tarragona Spain

Sunrise; Tarragona Spain copyright jmeyersforeman photography

Sunrise; Tarragona Spain 

The remains of the Tarragona’s Roman amphitheater, built-in the 2nd century AD have spectacular views of the sea. Unfortunately the sun doesn’t rise over the sea, at least at this time of the year. But we did manage to find a spot where we could see the amphitheater, the sea, and the sunrise!

Rise occurred at 6:45 am, dusk began at 6:15. luckily we are only a few minutes walk from the site we choose for our sunrise so we were up about 6 am, dressed and on site as the sky started to change colour. Mornings are a wonderful time of day, the sun makes a dramatic entrance, the streets are quiet, and after the sunrise photography was done, we head to the local cafe for grilled croissant and cafe con leche (coffee with steamed milk). I cannot think of a better way to start the day.