Cottage Country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water

Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water: copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been in Calgary for a few days, visiting with friends and family, but I wanted to share a few more images of our time in cottage country, Ontario.

Growing up in Saskatchewan we as a family did not head to the lake for weekends or holidays, and while I love to sit beside the water, and it doesn’t matter if it is a lake, seaside or ocean or even a pool,  I am not to likely to get much more than my toes wet! Sitting up at the end of the dock with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, feet dangling in the water is wonderfully relaxing. The view so peaceful, the air so fresh, and the world so quiet I can understand why so many people are drawn to cottage country. 

Reflections of Bath in the River Avon, Bath England

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman 

While we were in Bath we walked across the Putney Bridge, through the garden and down the riverbank early one morning, commuters were on their way to work, few tourists were around and it was wonderfully quiet. The morning light was perfect for getting reflections of the church steeple in the water.

It was a beautiful start to the day.

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

Reflections, Clouds and The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Leon Spain

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you might already know that I love to watch the clouds. The constant shape changers affect the light we see, and the weather we are having or going to have. Another favourite subject for my photography and this blog has been reflections, two stories for the price of one, combining what is going on in front of me, as well as behind me.

When we walked up to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, I was amazed at the reflections in the colourful glass panels, so clear was the detail it was as if someone knew I was coming and had washed the windows for me!

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman  

just down the street was another building, this one an office building, deep blue in colour…..

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman 

I feel I must tell you that I get some really strange looks from people as they walk by and try to figure out just what I am taking a picture of, some look at me as I have lost my mind, and several time I seen people who have been watching me, go and stand where I have stood (after I have moved on) to see if they can see what I have seen!

It was a great day in Leon Spain!

 

Umbrellas and a Rainy Day in Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain ; copyright jmeyersforeman

Even the rainy days in Spain are nice, especially for photos.

Nothing better than wet cobblestone streets for reflecting the brightly coloured umbrellas that people sometimes carry.

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Or watching the families walking together.

 

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one of the few days we have needed our umbrellas!

One of the few images we have of us together! We hope you are enjoying your friday.

Plaza de Maria Pita, A Coruna Spain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain 

We arrived in A Coruna Spain yesterday afternoon, just before the rain! By the time we checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk the rain had stopped. During our walk we visited the Plaza de Maria Pita the cities many plaza and gathering centre. It, like a lot of major plaza’s is surrounded by buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Today those shops and restaurants were not too busy, it was the middle of the day, and tourist season has not yet hit its peak. What was great, at least for me, was seeing the buildings reflected in the puddles! I just had to wait a few minutes to get a couple of people to walk through the puddle.

 

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

 

Reflections of the Past: Barrel Maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

Reflections of the Past: Barrel maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

Reflections of the Past: Barrel maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

We were strolling around the Tarragona Harbour when we found the Maritime Museum.  In it a few interesting displays and displays about the role the port played in this history of the city. Among the displays we watch a brief video about how the old wooden barrels were made. We can see a reflection of the video and the barrel maker in the window of the display. Through the window we can see all the tools he would have used, as the video plays and shows us how those tools were used.

I read “Chasing Reflections” by Eli Reinholdtsen published by Craft and Vision quite some ago, it was full of inspiring photography and lessons on using reflections to tell a story. I really should re-read it, but for now I keep my out for interesting reflections that combine two images in one photo.

 

Weekly Photochallenge: Street Photography, Merida Spain

Merida, Spain, just before sunrise, March 29, 2014

Merida, Spain, just before sunrise, March 29, 2014 

we were up early this morning, in the off-chance there was a great sunrise. It has been raining on and off again for the last few days, but we always remain hopeful of a beautiful sunrise. On our way to the river and the Roman Bridge, I decided to take this image, I love the light reflecting off the wet streets. There isn’t a lot of street life at this time of day, 7 am, not that early in my books, but it is a Saturday and I guess people were sleeping in.

WordPress hosts a creative photo-challenge each week, check out the street photography others have linked to the challenge, see what is going on around the world…

Meanwhile I have taken the afternoon off from walking. I will be process some lovely evening and early morning photos we have taken from Merida Spain.