If you approach La Oliva from the north there is a point at which my favourite volcano looms above the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – the problem is it is difficult to find a good place to stand to capture an image.
It was all looking so promising.
Good sunsets have been a rare thing of late in Fuerteventura – the photographers curse of cloud on the horizon has been an all to frequent phenomenon over recent weeks. But this evening looked promising for a decent El Cotillo show, cloud was moving down from the north giving some nice broken cloud over the island but the sky to the west over the Atlantic was clear so it looked good for the sun getting under the island cloud and thus giving that much desired fiery show.
On the way back from the expedition to the coast I spotted a large goat farm with many goats – there used to be goats all over Fuerteventura but I think it is an industry that is dying out – not surprisingly since I think young Fueteventurans would rather surf or open a coffee shop that herd goats and who can blame them. Frankly goats stink !
The west coast of Fueteventura is a largely rugged and remote with hardly any safe harbours. Access is generally difficult without a 4×4 – only a handful of spots are accessable by surfaced road.
Greenway overlooking the River Dart in South Devon was the summer home of mystery author Agatha Christie.
Burgh Island is a tidal island just off the coast of south-west Devon. At high tide the island and its Art Deco hotel can be reached by a sea-tractor at low tide you can walk across the sand causeway. The island is visible from many miles along the coast.
On duty to help out unfortunate swimmers and surfers at Bantham Beach the RNLI Lifeguards have a range of lifesaving gear at their disposal and which for the photographer make strong colourful subjects.
Perhaps the most picturesque tidal estuary in the whole of England the Kingsbridge Estuary is a mecca for sailors especially around the waterside town of Salcombe. Chichi Salcombe has perhaps some of the most expensive property in England outside of London.
A bright but blustery day and a visit to the National Trust’s Overbecks property near Salcombe in Devon. Magnificent views down the Kingsbridge Estuary past Salcombe and its Yachty tofs ! Too many people spoiling the view I’m afraid.
A first trip out with the GX9 and the little 12-32mm, just a quick walk down to the local pond to grab some of the late evening light.
On the east coast of Oleron the minor road that runs along the coast has been designated the “Route des Huîtres” and for good reason, all the way along the route are the colourful shacks and boats of the Oyster farming industry.
On Oleron there is really only one game in town – Huitres (Oysters).
Fort Boyard is a fort located between the Île-d’Aix and the Île d’Oléron in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France. Though a fort on Boyard bank was suggested as early as the 17th century, it was not until the 1800s under Napoleon Bonaparte that work began. Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857.
One of my favourite functions on the Lumix G9, that comes as a consequence of having an electronic viewfinder, is the ability to see the results of different crops (picture modes) in camera or indeed filter effects such as monochrome.
The rule of thirds, which is not really a rule, would have you put the horizon on a third. But which third ?
More colourful Cabanes – this time in Le Chateau d’Oleron. A number of these old Oyster farming cabins have been converted into artists studios whilst others remain in their original use, all in all a rather odd mix – still they do make good photographic subjects although enough is enough and other subjects await.
Ile d’Oléron is the largest of France’s Atlantic islands.
Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente is one of the most picturesque villages in Roman Saintonge. Climbing a rock buttress on the banks of the River Charante the village affords nice views and provides some good places to stand.
A little mish mash today – all taken on a cycle ride along the “cote de beaute” between St-Palais-sur-Mer and Royan.
Charrelets – Belle Epoque Architecture – and that Catherdral again.
Founded around 1555 Brouage was at first the centre for European salt trading, before it became a military base under the drive of it’s governor: Richelieu. It was once the most impressive sea-port of France and Louis XIV, today the bastion lies some distance “inland” surrounded by brackish marshes and provides some interesting photographic opportunities although is perhaps best appreciated from the air.