Murals of Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain

murals; Madrid Spain 

we spent the day walking around Madrid, and while there are so things to look and it was the murals painted on the storefront security doors that caught my attention. I guess being Easter weekend more of the stores were close, so more of the doors were visible to enjoy. I thought I would show you a few of my favourites.

Madrid murals

Madrid murals 

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

murals and storefront displays in Madrid Spain

Holy Week, Salamanca Spain

Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain

Easter Procession, Holy Week, Salamanca Spain 

It is Holy Week in Spain, one of the most important Christian events, and here in Salamanca, it is one of the great celebrations of the year. Continue reading

Salamanca Spain, Plaza Mayor; In and Out of the Shops

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain, a hub of activity in the centre of town. We arrived in Salamanca just prior to Holy Week, along with a lot of other tourists and travellers. The squares, markets and streets are busy. The shop windows are lined with goods for sale and reflect the patio umbrellas, tables and people visiting the square. While each of the images are “busy” and may even look chaotic to some, they represent the activity in Plaza Mayor and the city of Salamanca these days.

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Plaza Espana, Merida Spain,

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night 

We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand.  Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.

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.

 

Day 4 and we have arrived at Almaden de la Plata

Church of Nuestra Senora de Gracia, Almaden de la Plata, Spain

Church of Nuestra Senora de Gracia, Almaden de la Plata, Spain 

Today we arrived in Almaden de la Plata, along the Via la Plata, Spain, about 70k from Seville. The countryside is rolling hills, groves trees. From what I can tell there are olive, oranges and apples grown in the area. The skies have been clear, the temperatures are warm between 20 – 25 C.

The mid day sun makes for harsh high contrast photographs, since the white church walls are easy to over expose I thought I would be more intentional. Creating, in Photoshop, my best “water-colour” type image. Enhancing the black outlines, and saturating the colours of the trees I was able to finish the image as I had imagined it.

While you cannot see them, if you look to the church spire you will the see the nests of tow storks, considered luck for a town to have nesting storks. Perhaps I will see them flying later today!

The older I get…….

central park mime

central park mime 

The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.”
― Leonard Cohen

You have no idea how thankful I am for that realization!

My family has often teased me for being a control “enthusiast” and truth be told there maybe there is some truth to their loving taunts! Maybe a small amount of truth, but I am learning that it okay if some things don’t get done; that there is more than one way to do things and most importantly patience is sometimes better that persistence.

The photo was taken in Central Park, New York City, the beautiful mime entertaining the crowds, stood so quietly and with great patience she waited and watched as people approached, smiling and blowing kisses to those who left a little change in her bucket. We sat and watched her for quite sometime.

It is Family Day here in Alberta, and I hope your day is a wonderful one.

 

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District 

The New York City flower district, between 26 and 29 st. and jut of 6 Ave. a large concentration of both wholesale and retail florists. The flowers, trees, accessories can be found lining both sides of the sidewalk creating this little path.

One of the small districts that isn’t featured in many of the travel books, and just a small taste of some of the different things you will see when walking the streets of New York City.

Street Photography, Paris France

Street Performers_Paris France 

As we walk from place to place, attraction to shopping, we get to see life in Paris. There is so much to see. Great musicians playing for everyones entertainment, and of course a few coins.  The little kids are always fun to watch as they dance to the music, but not great subjects for street photographers or bloggers!

Ink and water color artist_Paris France 

The ink and water colour artist was sitting on the bench beside the Seine River, sketching and watching people go by. two images for $30.00 euro.  I liked his work and this seemed like a more personal keepsake to bring home rather than the usual tourist trinket!

Delivery by bike_Paris France 

Deliveries Paris style, there are a lot of bikes in the city, and with the general lack of parking, volume of vehicles, and traffic congestion, deliveries by bike seems like a good idea. This bike is outfitted with a special container to keep the good safe.

Bike Rentals_Paris France 

For locals and tourists alike, bike rentals, and the rental stands are everywhere.

A view of the Louvre from Musee d’Orsay 

And finally a view of the Louvre from inside the famous Musee d’Orsay’s clock.