Adding a gallery
Each day after lunch I take a short walf. It’s good for the digestion and it gets me out from behind my desk, which can only be a good thing.
Naturally I take my camera, and sometimes I spot something fabulous. Like this flower:
I have no idea what it is called, but I have never seen it’s like before and it looks quite ‘other-worldly’.
A few days later the bees had done their work and the seed pod was starting to ripen:
So now I’m going to wait for a few more days and see what it looks like once the pod has exploded.
I love nature…
One of the oddities of Portugal is the mixture of buildings you find in most towns and cities. Alongside a modern villa you’ll find an old house, or alongside an apartment block will be a patch of unused land, and there are half-built structures all over the countryside. Partly a comment on the current state of the economy and partly seemingly that sometimes the owners just run out of the means to complete the buildings.
But the most unusual thing that I find about Portugal is the sudden sight of a completely derelict building in the middle of a town. It doesn’t matter where you go, there’ll always be a ruin. This particular example is in Aguas Boas, the next village over from Carris.
Just for a change, I’m going to add a couple of off-the-cuff images from this afternoon. I noticed the web earlier in the week, but it looked abandoned. Today, though was this magnificent spider, just sitting and waiting for his lunch. I managed to grab a couple of images before lunch, then after our lunch spotted him enjoying his lunch (or, of course, her lunch. Who’s to know?)
Our most recent surf session was at the Praia da Barra. As soon as we saw the waves, we knew that this was a challenge. The forecast was for waves of 1,5m, but they seemed to be more like 2-3m, and far out from shore. This time I wasn’t able to get some close ups of the surfers as they were 200-300m away from the beach, but when they caught the waves, it was spectacular, and kudos to the surfers for being so brave.
Sadly our surfing session this time was cut short by an unfortunate accident that led to a broken nose and an afternoon spent in casualty (not me, I stay firmly on shore), but in a few days we’ll be back on the beach.
To see the Beachcam gallery, where you can find these and more images, go to http://mochephoto.beachcam.pt/gallery/8-outubro-2013/NThiMTY0NGRiZjk4/page1/
Our most challenging surfing photography session was held at the Praia do Areão, near Vagueira. The waves were fabulous, but the fog was thick. After a couple of hours, the mist started to clear and we got much better photographs, but by tht time it was time to leave.
Here are a selection from the day, you can certainly see how foggy it was from the early photographs. To see more of these images, the Beachcam gallery can be found at http://mochephoto.beachcam.pt/gallery/6-outubro-2013/NDhiMTY0NGRiZjk4/page1/
Although we’ve been a little quiet just lately, that’s not to say we’ve not been getting out and about.
We’ve been fortunate enough to be selected by Beachcam.pt to be the local surfing photographer for the Aveiro area of Portugal, which includes Praia da Barra, Praia da Vagueira and the Praia do Areão. As such we’ve been out photographing freestyle surfers catching their waves, which has been interesting and challenging all at the same time.
All of our images are being posted on Beachcam.pt, where you can choose to purchase high resolution images of surfers, bodyboarders and paddle boarders (known as ‘SUPs’). It’s early days at the moment, and an injury and recent illness have prevented us going as often as we like, but in the next few posts we’ll cover some of the sessions we have been to, which we hope you enjoy.
The last band we saw at Vagos Open Air was the German Power Metal band, Gamma Ray. The band was actually here as a replacement for the British band, Saxon, one of whose members had an accident, but Gamma Ray delivered a fabulous performance which delighted the audience.
Setlist: (Welcome): Anywhere in the Galaxy, Men, Martians and Machines, The Spirit, New World Order. (Introduction): Dethrone Tyranny, Master of Confusion, Empire of the Undead, Empathy, Rise, Rebellion in Dreamland, (Guitar Solo ), Future World (Helloween cover), I Want Out, (Helloween cover), To the Metal, Send Me a Sign .
The first band of the evening was the American power metal band, Iced Earth. This was their first visit to Portugal for a long time, and they seemed to be enjoying their visit to Vagos Open Air immensely. With a hugely enjoyable set, Iced Earth performed two encores and left the crowd wanting even more.
Setlist: Dystopia, Dark Saga, Pure Evil, Burning Times, I Died for You, V, A Question of Heaven, Anthem. Encore: In Sacred Flames, Boiling Point, Watching Over Me, Iced Earth. Encore 2: The Hunter.
The rather unusually named Rotting Christ, an extreme black metal band from Greece, took to the stage at Vagos. Fronted by Sakis Tolis, on guitar and vocals, Rotting Christ were magnificaent, delivering a frenetic set which the crowd enjoyed immensely, setting up the festival for the evening performances.
Setlist: The Forest of N’Gai, Athanati Este, Kata ton Demona Eautou, King of a Stellar War, The Sign of Evil Existence, Transform All Suffering Into Plagues, Societas Satanas (Thou Art Lord cover), In Yumen-Xibalba, Chaos Geneto (The Sign of Prime Creation), Non Serviam, Noctis Era.