Another image from cottage country; while there I spent a little time walking around the cottage, thick dense forest. with lovely mushrooms growing out of the old stumps, wishing I had my macro lens with me. Accepting my limitations, and learning to work with the equipment I have, not always wishing for something else, I watched the sun’s rays stream down lighting small areas of the forest floor, and the leaves that were waving in the small breeze. I needed to have a shallow depth of field to separate the leaves from the busy background. I had to move around this little branch to find the right composition, I thought it made sense to have the branch flow from the bottom left to the top right where the sun flare magically lights the top leaves. Occasionally when I am out with my camera I think more intentionally of the compositional rules, but most times, I work my way round the scene with and idea in mind until I find something that works, and many times I cannot even tell you why it work, until I get home and start review and process images.
A forest scene like this can be busy, all the different textures, and shades of green in the background, and I found that it was a perfect candidate for a monochrome images. Removing colour simplifies the image to shapes, flow and light. Once completed I decided to submit it to Leanne Cole’s monochrome madness weekly post that features many, many photographers and their best, their favourite monochrome image for the week. Through this block I have, at least online, met several photographers whose work I admire, studied different approaches to monochrome images, and photography in general, and spent several hours just enjoying the creative photography submitted. I highly recommend you take a trip to Leanne Cole’s blog.
The walk the last couple of days has been very pleasant; we walked through pastures, farmland, and part of the Sierra Norte de Seville, a nature reserve that protects more thank 177,00 hectares. We have walked past farms, and seen sheep, pigs, goats, cows, horses, and of course plenty of farm dogs. We walked groves of olive, orange and apple trees, as well as oak and cork trees. The spring flowers are blanketing the meadows, growing along the ditches, and beside the lanes. While we have also spent a little time walking on dirt roads, and highways, the last two days has been very pleasant. We have also seen a couple of old castles, one in El Real de la Jara that are being restored, the one pictured below is about a 10 minute walk along the Via la Plata from El Real de la Jara, and has been left to the storks….
The towns have been small and quiet, and we are finding our way. We have only met 3 – 4 pilgrims, and seen a few more on the road from time to time, but very few in comparison to the Camino Francis, the most well known of the Camino routes. I remember the Camino Francis and walking out-of-town each morning we would see a line of pilgrims in front of us and behind us. While on the Via la Plata we can walk all day and not see anyone, except the occasional passing vehicle, or farmer driving a tractor, so the walk is much quieter. I realized on this walk, just how much we relied on other pilgrims to interpret for us, as we speak little or no Spanish. In fact to say we speak a little Spanish would be an exaggeration, but we have been able to get by, with the help and patience of some friendly people; sign language, the occasional passer-by that speaks a little English, and by using goggle translate when we have wi-fi.
Overall spring is a beautiful time in Spain and we are enjoying the Via la Plata….
Travelling the highways of Alberta in the wintertime is a wonder, over the course of a few miles, or for that matter just over the hill the weather can change. On friday when I was driving down highway#21 there was a wind warning, and occassionally, blowing snow drifted across the highway. The best side of of being out of the city is cloud watching, or in this case storm watching! For miles and miles you can see the weather changing and as the day and miles go by I am reminded I shouldn’t wait so long to go for another drive.
Often when we fly Bill gets the window seat, Sundays flight home was no exception. I like to get up and walk around a bit, stretch my legs, and if he is watching tv or sleeping then I don’t have to disturb him, it is a perfect match because he hates the aisle seat!!!! One Sunday I had to make him move a couple of times because the view out the window was magical, and I wanted a photo. Lucky when we went over Greenland Bill was not sleeping, and we were not eating. I spotted the snow mountains and glistening lakes the view was amazing. I am in awe of the world’s beauty.
This image was added to Jakesprinter Sunday Post “Distance” “Distance Shots : A view in which the subject is a long distance from the camera or appears to be far away” check out his blog, and his great illustrations and videos.
Bill and I visited the Cliffs of Moher, a couple of years ago. Ranked as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland, the cliffs rise 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean, and you can see for miles on a clear day. It is a bit of a climb to the top of the cliff, and it can be challenging for those with mobility problems. We also walked down the foot path along the edge of the cliffs. It was a gorgeous morning and well worth the trip if you get a chance.