On a grey, murky Easter Sunday afternoon, after a rather nice dinner had been eaten and washed up, I decided to focus on my next challenge. Julie Dawn Fox kindly tagged me to take part in HostelBookers Seven Super Shots. You can see what Julie made of the challenge by clicking on her link above. Quite appropriate that there’s a chocolate Johnny Depp to be viewed. I didn’t get any Easter eggs. Did you?
A photo that takes my breath away
You might know that I’d be starting in the Algarve. I have more beautiful shots from there than just about any place I’ve ever been- not surprising really. This is a good time to point out that many of the photos on my blog are the handiwork of my husband Michael (he would say the better ones!) As we sometimes share a camera, it can get confusing, but for the purposes of this post I have to stick to photos that I’ve taken.
The above shot comes from the very first time I witnessed the natural beauty of the Eastern Algarve, in the tiny hamlet Cacela Velha. It really was breathtaking, and a moment I love to recapture.
A photo that makes me laugh, or smile
This is one of many engaging photos of my son James that make me smile. He was a charming toddler and easily found entertainment wherever in the world he happened to be. Water was inevitably a success. This was on Rhodes. Can’t you tell?
A photo that makes me dream
I’m fairly sure that this is one of Michael’s photos- oh dear, you’d better disqualify me! It encompasses everything that I love in a photo- water, mountains, blue sky. I thought Madeira one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Cascades of flowers everywhere, distinctive buildings, fabulous scenery and wonderful levada walking- most definitely a place to dream.
A photo that makes me think
I was very moved by this section of wall, constructed from the headstones wilfully destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War. I have been too cowardly to visit Auschwitz. Just the descriptions of the teeth, hair and glasses massed in cabinets has me in bits. I really can’t make myself go there. But Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter of Kraków, speaks to me of the past, and I was intrigued by the synagogues I saw there. The area is now quite tourist orientated, but if you are able you should experience one of the free walking tours that are available.
A photo that makes my mouth water
I’m not much of a foodie and I rarely remember to take any photos of food- I just eat it! I was delighted with this exquisite little cake though. I was in the small village of Constancia in Central Portugal, at the junction of the rivers Zezere and Tejo. It’s a lovely peaceful spot for canoeists and nature lovers (unless you time it to arrive on a Youth Festival weekend, as I did)
In the tiny village square with its pelourinho (ornate pillory), visible from our hotel bedroom, we lingered for a coffee at the end of the day. I have a fondness for the pastel de nata (custard tart), widely available in the Algarve, but the proprietor, Luis, advised me that they only had the local delicacy, quejinhos do ceu. What a find! It looked as good as it tasted- a strong hit of almonds. Strictly for sweet toothes!
A photo that tells a story
Not the best of photos, but a memorable occasion. The Dickensian Festival in the Yorkshire Dales village of Grassington is one not to miss if you’re in the area in December. Together with nearby Skipton village, festivals are staged over 3 successive weekends.
The whole is in aid of local charity and you are quite likely to be offered “a kiss for 20p” from a nice-looking young shepherd. (no, that’s NOT my main reason for going!) The Mummers have many a tale to tell, and if you’re into audience participation they’ll happily include you. The day closes with a procession through the streets, following Joseph and Mary as they search for shelter at the three village inns.
The photo that I am most proud of (aka worthy of the National Geographic)
I’m out of my depth here as I am no technician when it comes to photography- I just know what I like and do my best to capture it. You knew I’d end with Portugal, didn’t you? I’m going to give you two to chose from, since that one in Madeira wasn’t really mine. That way I can legitimately claim seven. The Porta da Vila is part of the town walls of Obidos – another place you don’t want to miss if you have the opportunity. I was there at the time of a Medieval Fair, which really added to the atmosphere, but the liqueur Ginja de Obidos, served in chocolate cups, makes it a great venue at any time of year.
I can never resist a sunset and am often up on our roof terrace at the end of the day, listening to the birds and watching the changing sky. The above shot was taken in February, during an evening stroll along the boardwalk in Cabanas, just a few miles east of Tavira, in the Algarve. I like to think I’m getting better at taking photos, but in reality I’m very hit and miss.
So I’ll pass on the challenge to someone I know can do much better:
I am knocked out by the photography on all your blogs and I don’t know how you’ll pick just seven. You also need to tweet your post to HostelBookers to let them know you’ve taken part at #7SuperShots. Don’t forget to check out Julie’s Johnny Depp!