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Spain Day 8 – Capileira & Pampaneira


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We had a lovely little hike along the mountain trail just north of the pretty village of Capileira this morning, taking a picnic with us to eat along the way. There was plenty of rustic life to see!

Two Old Shepherds And A Dog
Two Old Shepherds And A Dog
Grazing Donkey, Capileira
Grazing Donkey, Capileira

We also enjoyed the iconic chimneys on the rooftops of Capileira – each looking like a man with a hat and an individual character:

Domingo, Antonio & Diego
Domingo, Antonio & Diego
Emilio, Carlos, Luis & Salvador
Emilio, Carlos, Luis & Salvador
Pedro, Juan, Xavier & Manuel
Pedro, Juan, Xavier & Manuel

We also visited the picturesque village of Pampaneira to indulge in a spot of shopping and make a few more photos of the colourful wares on show:

Colourful Rugs, Pampaneira
Colourful Rugs, Pampaneira

Here are the rest of my shots from Capileira:

And some more from Pampaneira:

Spain Day 7 – Órgiva Market & Casita Florita


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We had a free day today to do as we pleased. Originally I had planned to take a drive to the coast, but although I was feeling much better than a couple of days ago, I still didn’t feel up to travelling too far. Along with some of the others from the group, I took a walk into Órgiva to visit the weekly Market in the town square. There are always photo opps to be had when the market is in town!

Sunnies
Sunnies
Komo Komo
Komo Komo
Por Favor
Por Favor
Sweeties
Sweeties

Here are some more from the trip to town:

The afternoon was spent quietly pottering around the villa and its neighbouring Casita garden – the pretty Casita Florita.

Arched Window
Arched Window
Rusty Bedhead
Rusty Bedhead
Not Quite Square
Not Quite Square
Fallen And Resting
Fallen And Resting

There are lots of photo opportunities in the garden:


This evening we all enjoyed dinner out at a local restaurant, a lovely way to round off the day.

Spain Day 6 – Artists’ Exchange, Alcázar


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Ken arranged for us to visit his artist friend Meg Robinson at her studio in the pretty little village of Alcázar today. Meg is an inspirational lady and showed us some very original work. She talked to us about her artistic process which was a revelation.

Attentive Students
Attentive Students

Meg was kind enough to give us a tasty lunch. Then we were free to wander around her amazing house and the village for an hour or so to find our pictures.

Artist's Palette
Artist’s Palette
Red Stool And Curtain
Red Stool And Curtain
Birds In The Bathroom
Birds In The Bathroom
The Candelabra
The Candelabra
Whispy Cloud In Blue
Whispy Cloud In Blue
Embossed
Embossed
Blue & Green
Blue & Green
Purple Drapes
Purple Drapes

As well as seeing plenty of colour, I also noticed the textures of The Church Door. I was surprised to find the local school abandoned and open for exploration – I wasn’t expecting to do any more urbex today!

Abandoned School Corridor
Abandoned School Corridor
I Want To Break Free
I Want To Break Free

The rest of my images can be seen here:

Spain Day 5 – Sick Day

Unfortunately I was quite poorly during the night and all day today. So I stayed at the house while the others went out exploring. Ken had given us the challenge of making pictures which break the photographic rules. There was a brief period when I didn’t feel too bad and went for a little walk in the garden with the camera, but eventually I had to admit defeat and went back to bed.

Fancy Handle
Fancy Handle
Crossbrace
Crossbrace
Metal Finial
Metal Finial
Slab
Slab
Waxy
Waxy
Deathbed View
Deathbed View

Spain Day 4 – Bedroom, Órgiva & Tijola


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We had “homework” before even getting up today! Ken set us the task of finding 10 images in our room before breakfast. With some glancing light coming through the windows, I was able to rise to the challenge:

Condensation Drips
Condensation Drips
Wardrobe Curls
Wardrobe Curls
Light On The Door
Light On The Door
Bedhead
Bedhead
Tamrac Textures
Tamrac Textures
Wardrobe Top
Wardrobe Top
Condensation And Beads
Condensation And Beads
Underfoot
Underfoot
The Morning Cuppa
The Morning Cuppa
Open The Door
Open The Door

We spent the morning in Órgiva town, with another assignment – this time based around finding colour. It’s something I’m drawn to regularly anyway, so it was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Here are my best 10:

L Is For Lenticular
L Is For Lenticular
Yellow, Blue & Pantiles
Yellow, Blue & Pantiles
Three Stripes And A Shadow
Three Stripes And A Shadow
Yellow Fresias
Yellow Fresias
Drips
Drips
Rice Crispies Wall
Rice Crispies Wall
Croc
Croc
Rubbed Paint
Rubbed Paint
Walk Away
Walk Away
Blue Blinds
Blue Blinds

The rest of my set from Órgiva:  

We had a great walk up the track in Tijola this evening – to a viewpoint overlooking the Rio Guadalfeo valley. It was sunny but very windy up there, but we arrived just in time for the glancing sunshine.

Horizontal Stripes
Horizontal Stripes
Rocks In The Rio Guadalfeo
Rocks In The Rio Guadalfeo

The rest of my images from the evening are here: