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

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.

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!

Watching the waves roll in……….

watching the waves roll in

watching the waves roll in

It is Sunday, and while it rained earlier today, the sun is now shining, and we are off for a walk along the beach and maybe sit and watch the waves roll in. There is something very relaxing about sitting in the sunshine and just watching the waves roll in.

We hope your Sundays in lovely, and the sun is shining.

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.

Visiting Oceanograic; Valencia Spain

visiting Oceanografic, Valencia Spain  

Oceanografic is Europe’s largest aquarium and contains all of the worlds marine ecosystems, over 500 separate species and 42 million litres of water. The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea, as well as marshlands, and gardens. We spend about four hours walking between aquariums and buildings getting to a peak into the fascinating world of the ocean and of course taking a lots of photos. 

oceanografic aquarium

oceanografic aquarium 

boat sunken at the bottom of the tank, Oceanografic, Valencia

boat sunken at the bottom of the tank, Oceanografic, Valencia 

aquarium at Oceanografic, Valencia

aquarium at Oceanografic, Valencia 

Sea Horses, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain  

jellyfish, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain

jellyfish, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain 

jellyfish, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain

jellyfish, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain 

Beluga Whale display, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain

Beluga Whale display, Oceanografic, Valencia Spain

 

 

 

Beach Day; Tarragona Spain

Beach Day

Beach Day

I have read that Tarragona has 15 kilometres of soft sandy beaches along its coastline, and after a couple of days of wandering the city we thought we would head out to the beach is which is just minutes from the apartment we rented for the week.

Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.

Ocean View and watching the clouds roll by.

More about the beach later.

Tarragona Spain

Tarragona Spain, at sunset

Tarragona Spain, at sunset 

While I have many wonderful photos and stories of Toledo Spain, we have moved onto Tarragona. About an hour south of Barcelona along the Mediterranean Sea, we thought a few days of rest with an ocean view would be a nice change from the hills of central Spain. It has been reported that Augustus Cesar wintered here, and there will be a big celebration during the month of May honouring his life and times on the 2000 anniversary of his death.

 

Long Beach California; shades of blue

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Sunday Morning we were in Long Beach California, picking family up from the cruise terminal, we sat and watched the many people disembarking from the ship, there were many! It seemed they streamed off the ship forever.

Sitting and waiting, it was the first time in quite a while that I have had time to look around and just image what I might photograph.  I had recently purchased a new multi-stop neutral density filter, and wanted to spend a little time discovering the possibilities. The coastline was hazy, and there was hardly a line between the sky and the ocean. The ocean is in constant motion, so I thought I would use the filter to allow for a long exposure, softening the waves and eliminating any distraction on the surface of the water, or birds that might be flying by. Giving a photo of soft blue in just about as many tones of can be imagined.

 

shades of blue

shades of blue

shades of blue 

This photo was taken on our last trip across the Atlantic Ocean, one of the rainy days, lucky for us there weren’t too many of them. But I have to admit there is something very  meditative about sitting on the deck of a ship looking out in the blue.  With nothing specific to focus on, just the various shades of blue in the water and the sky is calming. Such beauty is enchanting.

On another note, the weather around Calgary the next couple of days is supposed to be wet and rainy.  We will be looking forward to the blue sky the meteorologist has promised by Saturday.