Barcelona, a photo a day


The diagonal forum

Behind the shopping mall called Diagonal Forum, there is a small fountain. It doesn’t look like much during daytime, but is so much nicer at night.


Kim’s Water World Wednesday is here.


This is the first ever time I use the miniature technique of photography, for Water World Wednesday. It is basically fiddling with the depth of field.

One of the ways of enjoying Barcelona by the sea, the fast way. I would suggest you to wait and do this during summer, but not right now.

The faun?

Another busker on Plaza Catalunya, near the fountains? Or an escapee of Greek mythology? Pan means bread in Spanish, by the way… ūüėČ

More watery photos here, if Kim has time enough to activate the meme on her holidays home, in the Philippines.

And happy spring everybody, the astronomical spring starts today in the northern hemisphere, at 12AM Spanish time!

Water World Wednesday

The fountain with pond in the courtyard of the Maritime Museum, for Water World Wednesday.

Water World Wednesday

Yeah, makes you want to be on the boat, doesn’t it?

Water World Wednesday, right here.

Just leaving it all behind…

Wouldn’t you sometimes just want to step on a boat/plane/car, and leave everything behind…

Water World Wednesday, right here.

Boy toy?


Kim’s Water World Wednesday meme is here.

Very early morning…

…in northern Catalunya.

Click here for Water World Wednesday.

Water World Wednesday

Made a little collage from close-ups of the fountains on Plaza de Catalunya, for Kim’s Water World Wednesday meme. Click here to see more!

Early morning…

… in Northern Catalunya.

Splish splash

A moment in the lifetime of a fountain…

Water World Wednesday

November sky

Interesting sky yesterday morning above the fountains on Plaza de Catalunya

The water’s edge

It’s theme day again, youhouh!!!! This month’s theme is, you guessed it, the water’s edge. This is Badalona beach, 3 or 4 years ago.

Click here to see what other participants did.

The water of life

Water World Wednesday


…in the fountain on San Filipo Neri square, 1/20 s, ISO 400, f/5.6, 450mm, aperture priority.

For Water World Wednesday, and Nature Footsteps.


Autumn has arrived in town, with a big bang: rain, rain, rain. The dry season is truly over. We still have what most Europeans would call balmy temperatures, 23-25 degrees.

PLEASE REMEMBER! Tomorrow is CDPB theme day! The theme is: silhouette. Here is where you can post (or see) it, on the CDBP Theme day blog, specially created for this purpose!

Unusual English word of the day, dedicated to all French: batrachophagous. Check it out, and bon appetit! 

At night on the Avenida…

The white water fountains leading to the magic fountain, for Water World Wednesday.

The boat

Isn’t she pretty?

Water World Wednesday, right here.

Hanging out

Nothing really to add. Except that it is for the weekly WATER WORLD WEDNESDAY , and also the NF Waters meme.

It’s hot and thirsty weather

So, what can you do, when you’re a dog. You can either lay in the water, or drink it. Or both of course. Happy dogs, wish I could have done the same. I mean lay in the cool water…

Water World Wednesday, right here.

And don’t forget: it’s monthly Theme Day soon! Here‘s the link (not open yet). The theme is: people watching. On your cameras, go! See you all on September 1st!

Are you looking at me?

Water World Wednesday, of course!

As the CDP portal is still down, here is the CDP Facebook page where you can, amongst other things like publishing your latest posts, also vote for the theme of the next, you guessed it, theme day!

Magic shower!

Been a while… It is so hot here than going to the Magic Fountain water, light and music show in the evening, up close, is a very very good idea! Due to the large amount of spray, it’s like a huge outdoor shower, and you can even sing while the music is playing!

Appropriate song of the day…

The good life

Need I say more?

Water World Wednesday

Beach time is back!!!

Very soon, instead of looking for a sunny spot to have a coffee, we will be shifting to a cold drink and some shadow. 27 degrees this coming weekend, yeah!!! Beach time, folks!


Pristine crystal pond

Red fish eyes a soaking bug

Splash, rippling, it’s gone

Water World Wednesday

In 1977, our local catalan architect Ricardo Bofill was asked to develop a new district in the french city of Montpellier. He designed Antigone in a striking greek neo-classical way, with huge columns, pilasters, pediments, etc. Of course, there are quite a few statues inspired by greek mythology. One of them is Poseidon, god of the sea and of earthquakes, making the waters rise.

I just realized that today was actually Wednesday… Was sure it was Tuesday. So, I will post this straight away.

This is for Kim’s Water World Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday

Not sure if Watery Wednesday will be on this week, but, hey, gotta nice watery photo, from northern Catalunya. So here we go! Have a look anyway, here. Or here, at Kim’s Water World Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday at the Cosmocaixa science museum

HA!Boys just love this!!!

What about you, girls?

Watery Wednesday, as every Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday in the sunken forest

Inside the Science Museum, there is a sunken forest, populated with fishes, birds, snakes, a capibara, etc…

 Watery Wednesday, right here.

Weekend reflections in Horta

Yet another view of the gardens in Horta.

Good shot for Weekend Reflections! And for Skywatch Friday as well.

Watery Wednesday in Horta

One of the many many beautiful features in the park, the reflecting pond behind the Duke’s neo-classical pavilion seen yesterday.

Watery Wednesday, right here.

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Some mighty boats around… Not talking about this one, of course! Not even a helicopter pad…

Watery Wednesday, here.

Lazy Sunday afternoon?

What are you doing on a Sunday afternoon?

Watery Wednesday

Couple of simple things you can do with your photos. For this, I used a small but nice program called Artizen. It is a HDR program, but you can use it for tonemapping single photos as well.

Watery Wednesday, right here.

Sad Watery Wednesday

An Italian ferry, anchored at Montjuic Hill.
This is dedicated to the victims of the Costa Concordia.
Watery Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday

The Debod temple park in Madrid, for Watery Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Mandy.

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One more photo of our Christmas trip to the north-eastern corner of France, for the weekly Watery Wednesday meme. With a bit of HDR, of course!

Water-Ill Wednesday

Strange title? No, not really. This is the river Ill, in my hometown of Strasbourg, Alsace, France. The Ill (yes, ill as in sick) is a sidearm of the mighty Rhine. We just spent Christmas there. Cold, but no snow unfortunately.
We will stay away from Barcelona on this blog for a bit longer, to show you something that has been happening in Strasbourg for a looooooooong time…

You know what to do now…. No?¬† Just click here.

Watery Wednesday

Close to freezing temperatures in the morning… So here’s a bit of summer!

Watery Wednesday as usual, right here.


Let’s get out of Barcelona, even Spain, for a bit. Some swans in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, some time ago.

Watery Wednesday

A beautiful lake in the mountains… Shot for Watery Wednesday, of course!

Watery Wednesday

Watery Wednesday, right here.

It’s the weekend!

As the weather is very nice, 20 degrees (68 F), sun, I went to a short walk in the park, with my camera.

Please click here to see more black and white pictures, and here to see James’s Weekend Reflections.

Watery Wednesday

Don’t you sometimes wish you could just go fishing, instead of going to work or to school?

Watery Wednesday, right here.

Watery Wednesday in Connemarra

Still stuck at home, with a big stock of watery photos I’ve used before. So, let’s do a wee trip over to the very western part of Europe, the strikingly beautiful Connemarra, in Ireland, our old and beloved home. More photos from all around the world right here.

Watery Wednesday

Behind the greenery.

Please check all the lovely watery photos for this wednesday, here.


As you all notices, I like experimenting (well ok: playing around) with my photos. The result is never really what I expected, sometimes good, sometimes better, sometimes not good, sometimes really bad. But then, sometimes, photography can be like painting… with a little sun glare on my lense.

Watery Wednesday

Lots of cats living wild on Montjuic Hill. And they need to drink as well. Spotted this one on a very warm and sunny  afternoon, last sunday, just a few meters away from the Magic Fountain. A fine pussycat for a fine Watery Wednesday!


Bon voyage!

Many more watery pictures here.

Watery ABC WedNesday

I usually publish a water picture of some kiNd on wedNesdays, for 2sweetNsaxy’s Watery WedNesday meme. Let’s chaNge, and do somethiNg else as well this week. So there is a meme called ABC Wednesday, a photo a week ceNtered arouNd a letter. This week the letter N.

So let me show you this very Nice fouNtaiN in Ciutadella Park, Near the Arc de Triomf, a paNoramic view.

Walking on water?

Whilst watching the Barcelona Airshow last week, saw this guy just passing by.

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We got this extremely nice panorama-making program the other day. Here is one we did last sunday. 11 photos stitched together… Very happy about the result!!!

Watery Wednesday, have a look!

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One of the great things to do here…

This is for the weekly Watery Wednesday meme. Click here!

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Leaving Barcelona…. for about 90 minutes.

This is for  the Watery Wednesday meme. Click here to see more fabulous watery photos!

Wasting time…

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Thanks, Otis, you’re still the best!

Watery Wednesday, the place to be!

Watery Wednesday

Does anybody know what this type of fountain is called, if it has a specific name? Spotted it in the archetypical Spanish village in the Poble Espanyol a few weeks ago.
Whatever it is, it is for Watery Wednesday, right here.

Watery Andorran Wednesday

We went to Andorra last weekend, for the first time ever. And what an absolutely lovely little country this is! For those who don’t know, Andorra is a tiny principality (technically called a micro-state) in the Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France. Just over 400 square kilometers, 2 heads of state, the Bishop of Urgell in Spain and the french president, de facto princes of Andorra.
Mountains, water and duty free shopping. Will show you much more about it!
Oh yeah: as in Catalunya, the official language of the country is Catalan. Which means that Andorra is the only independent Catalan country in the world.

Click here to see more watery pictures for this Wednesday.

Watery temptation

August in Barcelona… Many many people spend hundreds (or thousands) of euros to be here now. As for us, the people actually living here, we’re just going to work, trying to escape the intense heat (over 41 degrees in the sun yesterday at 3 PM)¬† as much as possible… Going to the beach? Sure, in the evening!
Meanwhile, passing through Plaza de Catalunya, there are those temptingly cool looking fountains… Access forbidden, obviously. But if you go close enough,you can always enjoy a bit of the spray. Nice.

Watery Wednesday. Here.

With our longing thoughts to our friends and family in NZ, stuck in the snow. Guys, let’s swap for a day!

Watery Wednesday 152: liquid gold

A fountain,sunshine, a few drops, some ripples on the water… It’s a kind of magic!

Watery Wednesday: it’s magic!

Skywatch Friday

It is brutally hot in Barcelona, so let us escape to some fresher pastures… This is Lough Corrib, in Connemara, in the Gaeltacht west of Galway, in Ireland. And the mountains are some of the 12 Bens. Aaaaahhh,a breath of fresh air!

This, of course, is for Skywatch Friday! Check it out!

Watery Wednesday: looking at the Big Blue

Watery Wednesday… Looking at the Big Blue Med from the Forum area, with a few lamps in the foreground for the happy yachtsmen and women.

Hard-working dad

It can be hard work, going to the beach!

Watery Wednesday

The lifeguard, keeping the Sitges coast line safe, in his red pants.

Please check out what other participants posted for this week’s Watery Wednesday meme!

Family outing

Family outing, with grandma and the babies.

Watery Wednesday

Had a nice afternoon at the beach. It was extremely windy! Perfect for sailing, surfing, windsurfing and fishes. Not so for swimming, as the yellow flag was raised first, then the red one.

Anyway, Watery Wednesday again. Lots of water on this photo!

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The boating lake in Ciutadella Park, for Watery Wednesday, in it’s 148th edition.

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Easter Monday in Sitges,.. It was a grey and windy day. But good enough weather for a couple of photos. Watery and windy ones, for Watery Wednesday of course!

Watery Wednesday

It is HOT!!! We’re having some hot air coming straight from the Sahara, and it’s been over 45 degrees in many parts of Spain. As we’re on the coast, we are getting a breeze from the sea. But still, yesterday Tuesday, we really got this feeling… You know, when you open the oven door, and the very hot air comes out. Basically, it is too hot to sweat.
So, the fountain on Plaza Catalunya nearby is extremely tempting!!!

Watery Wednesday! Check it out, and have a cool drink! We will!

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I went to France twice in the last 10 days. On my first trip, I somehow managed to forget my camera in Alsace, 1300 km from here. Well, good news: we were reunited today! Yeah!!!
So anyway, this photo was taken through a train window, the sundown over one of the inland seas in southern France, the ‘etangs”.
Many more to come! This one is for one of our favorite memes, Watery Wednesday. Just click here, you know you want it.

Watery Wednesday

Now there’s something else… The small port in the beautiful lebanese town of Sidon, or Saida, in Arabic. Had a fantastic lunch there, once.

Click here to see what my mates did for Watery Wednesday!

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One evening on the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, coming back from the Magic Fountain. Can never take enough watery photos, I guess!
Many people ask me for details on the processing I use. Well, I use many many different programs, such as Adobe Photoshop CS4 (learning,that is), Adobe Lightroom, Artizen, Photomatix Pro (not that I am a pro!). What I use mostly, my favorite program, with it’s fantastic results in color and black and white, is Luminance HDR, aka Qtpfsgui, and, very simply, Picasa, or Gimp to do the fine-tuning. Most of these programs are free, you’ll find them easily.

Well, yep, once again: check here for more Watery Wednesday photos from so many people around the world!

Surf’s up, part 2

Glad to see that some of you followed our advice, and had fun!!!

Surf’s up!

Time to get your wetsuits out!

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3 views of the same fountain/cascade on Montjuic Hill.
Yep, you’re right, it’s Watery Wednesday again! Just click here!

Watery Wednesday

W…ell, another Wednesday, a Watery one as usual. Still ‘levitating’, I came towards the high rise Westin hotel. Quite a new place, it opened a year ago, or so. Last time I was there, Shakira was filming one of her clips there, you might have seen it (forgot the title, not being a fan of the lady’s music). Right there, on this very beach.
I posted another picture of the Barcelona seafront, all of it, here, if you are curious (and it’s healthy, being curious!).

Watery Wednesday of course!!!

Watery Wednesday

An evening at the beach.

Watery Wednesday. Right here.


Another Wednesday, and here we go again: the (almost) weekly Magic Fountain shot. Click on the labels below to see more of the Magic Fountain.

And also click here to see other participant’s photos to this Watery Wednesday meme.

Watery Wednesday

One of our favorite oasis in town is the inner courtyard of the municipal archive, facing the Cathedral. A quiet and peaceful place, shady, watery…

Watery Wednesday, definitely another favorite place! You can go as well, just click here!

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Yet another picture of the Magic Fountain for this week’s Watery Wednesday. I don’t think we’ll ever grow tired of it!!!

Watery Wednesday

A seagull, taking the waters in Ciutadella Park, with his slightly more water-shy mate below.

Watery Wednesday again! Just click right here to see more!

Watery Wednesday

Detail of one of the fountains on Plaza Catalunya. They seem to celebrate the almost summery weather  forecast for the next 10 days here (at least). Friends from colder countries, now is the time to come!

Watery Wednesday, one of our top 10 weekly memes! Do yourself a favor, and click here!

Watery Wednesday

Came across, once again some bubble makers, some families with their kids, in Ciutadella Park. Would have loved blowing a giant bubble myself!

As usual, this is for Watery Wednesday. Come on, let yourself go, and just click!

Scenic Sunday

It is now nice enough here for a bit of boating on the small lake in Ciutadella Park.
This is for Scenic Sunday. Click here to see more!

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Weahey , it’s Wednesday again! Time for some watery photos. Here is one, just above, taken by Mandy. You want to see more? No problem, just click here! Don’t wait, do it just after leaving your comment! Thank you very much!

It’s a kind of magic…

We went back to this most magic of places last night, the Magic Fountain in Montjuic. Enjoy!
(Got now enough Watery Wednesday pictures to last us 11 years… Just kidding!)

Watery Wednesday

Where are you going, what are you thinking about?

Watery Wednesday, here.

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A Golondrina at night. Even Golondrinas need to sleep, I suppose.

This is of course for one of our very favorite weekly memes, the one and only Watery Wednesday!

Our fellow Barcelona blogger Isabel, from isasfotoblog really likes this blog! So much that she gave us an award! Here it is:

Now, we have a few days to think about who we will pass it on. Stay tuned, folks!

The water tank

The Poblenou water tank, built in 1906. I don’t know much more about it, but I suppose the style can be called modernist, as it has been built very much during the same period of time.
Even water tanks are beautiful in Barcelona, yeah!

Watery Wednesday

An afternoon at the beach, 2 days ago.

This is for Watery Wednesday, the ultimate weekly meme you just have to check out, right here!

Watery Wednesday

Silver and gold, one evening, with a very long lens, and some post processing.

Watery Wednesday, just click here!

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Some boats…

Watery Wednesday!

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A very familiar scene in the Port Vell, the old port (which is actually the new one… Don’t ask). I think the fishes actually wait for for the tourists to feed them. Hello, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov!

This, of course if for Watery Wednesday.

Watery Wednesday

Even during the winter… Watery Wednesday!

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A blue-eyed duck in Ciutadella Park. Watery Wednesday nr 125. Please click here, and… you’ll see!

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We’re having a ‘very cold spell’ (quote), temperature dropping and dropping and dropping to… minus 1 C, or 30F. Told you I was quoting the weatherman! Anyway, these critters must love it!

Well, it’s water, it’s Wednesday… Yes, it’s WATERY WEDNESDAY!!! Click here, and gaze in wonder. Go on, could be the best time in your day!

And don’t forget tomorrow’s Food for Thoughts meme!

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When the Barcelona World Race was here at the end of last year, there was this artificial pool where small and big kids could play with model replicas of the boats. These kids seem to have fun!

This is for Watery Wednesday in it’s 123rd edition. Please click here as usual to see other blogger’s photos.

And don’t forget your weekly appointment with Thursday’s Food for Thoughts!

Watery Wednesday

The fountain on Rossio Square in Lisbon.
Some of you asked for more photos from the Mousteiro dos Jeronimos, St Jerome’s monastery. We’ll show you more soon, most probably this weekend.

This, meanwhile, is for one of our favorite memes, Watery Wednesday. Please click here as usual to see more.

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This is for Watery Wednesday, episode 120, a very cool meme coordinated by 2sweetnsaxy. Click here

… and for Outdoor Wednesday as well.

And of course… Click here to see the BIGGEST CAGANER IN THE WORLD EVER!!!

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A boat, sunshine, some friends….. Happiness.

This said, the weather forecast for today is 16 degrees (61F), with light drizzle, which is 41 degrees C or 74 degrees F more than me old mate Erik has in Sweden. Don’t put ice in your whiskey, Erik!

This is, as usual, for Watery Wednesday. Please click here for some more enchanting photos.

And don’t forget our new weekly meme, Thursday’s Food for Thoughts, starting tomorrow!

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The Golondrinas, Spanish for swallows, are waiting for you!

This is for Watery Wednesday. Please click here to see more.

And don’t forget tomorrow’s new meme, Thursday’s Food for Thoughts. Any photo about food welcome, be it food itself, food places, anything goes! See ya all tomorrow!

Watery Wednesday

Watery fun in Ciutadella Park.

This is for Watery Wednesday. Please click here to see more photos of participants.

As you can see in the sidebar, we will start a new meme this Thursday. You know memes: Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, etc. Well, this one is called Thursday’s Food for Thoughts. Anything about food, any type of food, real food, food for thoughts… You are all very welcome to it!

Watery Wednesday

Reflections on a mountain river.

This is for Watery Wednesday. Please click here to see more.

Amongst other news… The Unesco, meeting in Nairobi, has declared the catalan human towers, castells, an intangible world heritage! They did the same with flamenco dancing and singing, and… FRENCH CUISINE!