Soaking up the Sun

Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun 

Just last Wednesday we were soaking up the Sun near Cancun Mexico! Today we are in Calgary and it is snowing! It isn’t that I mind the snow, but I do have to say that I prefer the warm sunny beaches of Cancun to the slushy streets of Calgary.

The lizard sat very still, watching me as I inched closer and closer, I wanted to see how close I could get before he bolted, as he did shortly after this image was taken. I was using the Canon 70-200 lens.  I am pretty happy with the image I did get.

Praia la Rocha, Portimao Portugal

Praia la Rocha, Portimao Portugal 

We have been home in Calgary for a couple of days now, well home but still homeless! We don’t get possession of our own house until end of May, but we have a roof over our heads, and a soft bed to sleep in thanks to my lovely daughter.  It seems there are many things to get organized, like a phone, cloths from the storage locker, and seeing all of our friends.

This image was taken during our visit to Portimao Portugal, almost one year ago, March 9th 2014 to be exact. It was the beginning of our epic journey through Europe.

We have only had sporadic internet service over the last 2 weeks, it has been a real holiday from photography and blogging! Now it is time to get back into the routine. Tuesday I am going to be dedicating to black and white, or monochrome images, and contribute to Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole, she has been hosting this weekly blog for 51 weeks now.

The Painter and the Ponte Vecchhio, Florence Italy: Monochrome Madness week 48

Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I have been travelling back in time, going through my (many) photo files, finally finding time to process a few that were take last October while we were in Florence. So many wonderful memories of our time in the city. Wandering the streets, getting lost in the laneways! I use to love walking along the river pathways, so much to see.

Buskers and mimes of all descriptions providing enterainment, vendors selling just about everything a tourist might want to take home, tourist reading guide books, taking photos, and getting lost. One of my favourites to watch was the various artists who set up their easel and begin to work. Watching them transform a plain white piece of paper or canvas to the scene in front of us is both magical and inspiring.

It is Tuesday, and Leanne Cole has her weekly Monochrome Madness blog, if you like black and white photography head on over to her page and check out some of the image submitted by the other photographers.

Sunny Saturday at Malaga Beach

BBQ on Malaga Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

BBQ on Malaga Beach; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

It is Saturday, and it sunny, so I expect the beaches and the beach bbq restaurants near the Malaga Beach will be busy at lunch time. Sardines on a stick, the heat and smoke rising from the pit. I am not one to eat fish very often, but this looks worth a try.

What do you think? have you been tempted to try a new food or a new recipe recently? I find that when I travel, break my usual routine I am more likely to try something on the menu. Over the last year, travelling around to different countries, the menu’s not always in English, I have at time surprised myself! I realized after the food arrived I had no idea what I was going to get. I don’t care how they cook tripe or sweetbread I cannot eat them!

We are off to the beach today, maybe I will try a Barbecued Sardine, I haven’t yet decided………..

The Statue of David; Florence Italy

Seeing David; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Seeing David; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

Looking back through the many photos taken over the last year, and found this image of the Statue of David.

Standing inthe Piazza della Signoria, a replica of the statue of David, one of the most recognized works of Renaissane art. The Piazza is filled with visitors, all snapping away with their cameras,  getting photos of the buildings, the different scuptures around the square and of course themselves and their friends.

As a tourist and visitor I want to document our time in a city, and the sights that we visit, but I also want to find a creative way to photograph the scene that is photographed hundrends of times a day!  The statue of David created by Michelangelo in the early 1500’s and became a symbol of strength and beauty. The shadow shows the pose and translates those qualities without having to see all the statue.  I used the square format to remove any distractions from the frame.

Many people I know purchase postcards, because they will “never get a picture that pretty” themselves. My great aunt use to purchase slides that were sold at all the tourist shop, many many years ago as a memory of where she had been and what she had seen. I remember looking at those slides when I was a little girl, maybe she planted that seed to travel and take photos!

When you travel, do you take photos that tells a story about where we you were?

The Old Prague Astronomical Clock

the prague astronomical clock; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

the Prague astronomical clock; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

We have been enjoying a leisurely couple of weeks in Malaga Spain. the weather is good, wonderful if I were to compare it to the temperatures back at home in Calgary!

It is an easy 10 – 15 minute stroll to the beach, we have been spending some afternoons in the sunshine reading. Most mornings I have been reviewing the many photos taken over the last few weeks. I thought I would tell you about the  Prague Astronomical clock, then I thought, na, if you are interested you can go to Wikipedia or the tourist information site and read all about the clock, I am heading off into town for my morning coffee.

What are you going to do today?

Daisies on the kitchen table

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Daisies on the kitchen table; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

This is the first time in almost a year that we have been in one place long enough to warrant buying flowers, and the flower market in Malaga is lovely. We have been here for almost three weeks and I have brightened up the little apartment with potted herbs, and fresh flowers. I bought candles to light during dinner, a couple of  pieces of art to set on the shelf and a beautiful table-cloth. Some might say I am ready for a few of the comforts and pleasures of a home.

I have also started one of Kim Klassen’s online photography course called BeStill_fiftytwoKim calls it a year of still life inspiration. I have followed Kim’s blog for quite sometime, occasionally using her textures in my work, and her photography as inspiration. I thought it was a good time, after a year almost a year of travel and photographing everything in front of me, to explore, something a little quieter. Kim has a wealth of information about using textures, layers and Lightroom to share in her classes, and she has a gentle and calm approach that is inspiring. I am sure I will learn a lot.

Sundays mornings are quite here in Malaga, and it is raining, so our morning walk will be a little different and I am curious to see what Malaga is like in the rain. How are you going to spend your Sunday, what is inspiring you?

Malaga, so many lovely streets and cafes

Quitapenas, Malaga Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Quitapenas, Malaga Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Malaga has lots of wonderful streets and lanes to walk, cafe’s to get a cup of coffee or glass of wine, for those times when it is just a little too cool to be at the beach.

I have tried something a little different with this image. I wish I could draw, but it is so much easier to let Photoshop do the hard work! Combined with a red and yellow texture layer we have the perfect Malaga streetscape.

I hope you are enjoying your day.

On the Wings of Freedom by Aether & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival

on the wings of freedom; Aethther & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

on the wings of freedom; Aether & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

We left Amsterdam almost three weeks ago, where does the time go!

While we were there we spent a couple of evening wandering around the Amsterdam has a light festival. This year the light festival celebrates life in the city.  The “Bright City”  has been on since every night since November 27, 2014 and will shine brightly until January 18, 2015, bringing light during the darkest days of the year.

The featured display, “On the Wings of Freedom” by Aether & Hemera is a cloud of butterflies, hundreds hover above the ground, the colour of the lights ever-changing, and the paper wings fluttering in the evening breeze the display was quite magical.