Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea … Moments at Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain

 

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The Sea.

The body aqua.

Tranquil and menacing in one breath.

Being in the moment,

By the water,

The lesson of the ages.

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This week’s photo challenge asks us for impressions of the sea.

My image selection is from time spent early last year by the Mediterranean Sea at Port Olympic in Barcelona.

Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

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Wrygrass

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour … Barcelona, Spain

This week’s photo challenge asks us to brighten our world with colour.

To me this bridge of time linking winter and spring is the dreariest of the year.

While we wait for the grass to turn green and the flowers to poke their noses through the still frozen ground, the world about me is cast in a pall of grey. So, I welcome this opportunity to inject a little colour into my world, and yours, courtesy of time spent in colourful Barcelona early last year.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Green Light

I knew, as I crossed the threshold of the magnificent Roman Catholic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona one cold day in February, that I was going to witness something marvellous. I did not, however, expect the experience to
take my breath away.

Talk about a delightful surprise!

... A portion of the ceiling ...

… A portion of the ceiling …

You don’t have to be of the Catholic faith to appreciate the glory of God depicted in this sacred space.

... Window detail ...

… Window detail …

I have a fondness for the grand cathedrals of Europe. I’m in awe of their structure, workmanship, and artistry. Their sheer scale somehow embodies the essence of peace, leaving me feeling wonder-filled and worshipful. Even as tides of tourists flow up the aisles and around me my place in the great church is not lost. In that I find comfort.

Where permitted (not all churches allow photography) I take out my camera and capture moments that capture my imagination.

... Light painted floor ...

… Light painted floor …

Like a child wide-eyed in front of a shop window dressed for Christmas I’m fascinated by the magical light-play of stained glass reflected on stone and marble. The colours mesmerize as they slowly advance and
recede following the path of the sun.

... Ceiling detail in amber light ...

… Ceiling detail in amber light …

... Central Nave ...

… Central Nave …

The scale of the large churches and cathedrals of the Old World always amaze. They are ancient and have stood
the test of time. That, too, is part of their wonder.

This incredible structure, designed by acclaimed Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), is still under construction. Work began in 1883 and is scheduled for completion in 2026 (the construction of this edifice is funded almost entirely through donations so when the money dries up the work stops, which has happened before).

It is a rather different experience to wander the nave of a mammoth sacred space that has yet to be completed. I feel like a witness to something significant.

The Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

... St. George in silhouette overlooking the central nave ...

… St. George in silhouette overlooking the central nave …

Perhaps if you have not yet visited this modern architectural wonder its astounding beauty is a delightful surprise for you too.

... Organ pipes ...

… Organ pipes …

... Organ pipes reflecting blue light  ...

… Organ pipes reflecting blue light …

Whatever your life journey, whatever your faith, with all my heart I wish for you the peace, joy and magic the Christmas season brings.

May all your surprises be delightful. 😉

... Detail from the Nativity Facade ...

… Detail from the Nativity Facade …

Thanks for visiting …

Merry Christmas!

Dorothy 🙂

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Contemplation … Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain

One of my favourite things to do is meditate in quiet contemplation by the water, so when I caught sight of this young mother with her baby focusing on the Mediterranean Sea I couldn’t resist capturing it.

I live in rural Ontario, no where near the sea. We recently had the garden re-landscaped and installed a bubble rock. Finally the meditative essence of water in my back yard. Still, I’m looking forward to my next excursion to a somewhat larger body of water.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Equestrian Monument Perspectives … Barcelona, Spain

When travelling I keep a mental bucket list of must-sees/dos to check off wherever we go.

In particular, in the old cities of Europe I keep an eye open for cathedrals and stained glass, opera houses, speciality chocolate shops, jewellery shops so I can find a piece of my treasured labradorite (I collect wherever I travel … love it … a story for another day), and equestrian monuments, just to name a few.

There are a couple of monuments at Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona that caught might eye.

The first of these was the Triumphal Arch designed in 1888 by architect Josep Fontsere who was assisted by the then unknown Antoni Gaudi, a young student at the time. The arch was completed as part of a massive park project to replace the original citadel built for Felipe V between 1715 and 1720 which, in the 19th-century, became the much-loathed symbol of centralized power.

What follows are a few perspectives of the Arch taken, as you can see, with the brilliant blue sky as a back drop. The golden monument itself was almost blinding.

The Arch complete with pond, fountain, dragons and a couple of tourists (it was the winter) …

Did I mention the monument was blinding? Actually, almost a shock against the azure sky …

Switched digitally to black and white I really like the perspective of the horses seemingly rising from behind the tree’s winter branches. Also, they have the patina of gold without the shock of it …

This last perspective, taken through winter’s skeletal branches, gives the illusion of a mosaic, which I really like.

The second monument, smaller in stature but also impressive, is that of General Prim — the man responsible for the demolition of the citadel and the land being given to the city as a park.

As you can see, the seagulls also have an eye for a good thing and love to leave their mark.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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