A moment in the lifetime of a fountain…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
…in Sitges, 30 km south of Barcelona, and not the Caribbean.
I know, it’s been my latest header photo for the last couple of days, but I couldn’t resist posting it for Watery Wednesday!
Some mighty boats around… Not talking about this one, of course! Not even a helicopter pad…
Watery Wednesday, here.
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.
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!
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.
Close to freezing temperatures in the morning… So here’s a bit of summer!
Watery Wednesday as usual, right here.
A beautiful lake in the mountains… Shot for Watery Wednesday, of course!
Watery Wednesday, right here.
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.
Behind the greenery.
Please check all the lovely watery photos for this wednesday, here.
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!
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!
One of the great things to do here…
This is for the weekly Watery Wednesday meme. Click here!
Leaving Barcelona…. for about 90 minutes.
This is for the Watery Wednesday meme. Click here to see more fabulous watery photos!
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
Thanks, Otis, you’re still the best!
Watery Wednesday, the place to be!
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.
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!
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A fountain,sunshine, a few drops, some ripples on the water… It’s a kind of magic!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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, Paint.net 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!
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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!
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!!!
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.
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!!!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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!
Silver and gold, one evening, with a very long lens, and some post processing.
Watery Wednesday, just click here!
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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.
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!
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 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!
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!
Where does the mountain end, where does the sky start… This are the 3 chimneys, symbol of Sant Adria de Besos, small town just north of Barcelona. Water, sky, clouds… Everything seems watery.
And yes, the thinggie on the right is a giant solar panel.
You probably guessed it if you follow this blog, this is, as pretty much every Wednesday, for Watery Wednesday. Please click right here, right now to visit the many other blogs doing the same thing today, posting a watery photo.
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This is, as every wednesday, for Watery Wednesday. Please click here to see more photos.
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Been a while… From the archives, one of our old favorites, the Magic Fountain near Plaza de Espana.
As usual, this is for Watery Wednesday 111. Please click here if you want to be totally flabbergasted!
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This is for Watery Wednesday 110. Please click here to see more watery and wonderful photos!
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Mangroves (I suppose) growing in the lake in Ciutadella Park.
This is for Watery Wednesday 109. Please click right here and right now to see more wonderful pictures full of water!
And once again, sorry about not browsing many of your blogs lately, as I am extremely tired at the moment.
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Can you understand why Ciutadella Park is one of my favorite places in Barcelona?
This is for Watery Wednesday 108. Please click right here, right now, to see more wonderful photos!
Today, September 29th, general strike in Spain and in many other European countries. Here is this morning’s BBC article about it:
Although sympathizing with the strikers, this blog is open for business. So, here is today’s Watery Wednesday post. Ciutadella Park, our magnificent fountain
As usual, click here to see more photos for this Watery Wednesday nr 107.
It is Watery Wednesday again, with some really clear water. Please click here to see more watery photos.
This is Venice, Italy, last winter. High tide on Piazza di San Marco. This lady seemed to enjoy it! The other one not so much.
Ésta es Venecia, Italia, el invierno pasado. Alta marea en la Piazza di San Marco. ¡Esta señora parecía gozar de él! La otra no tanto.
Watery Wednesday 105. Please click here to see more watery pictures.
You see it? Yep, that’s mine. Care for a little boat trip, darling?
Querida, onde vamos?
This is for Watery Wednesday 104. Please click here to see more watery photos.
Barcelona seafront on a warm summer evening. Must be 8.30 PM, probably the best moment of the day for a swim. Going there tonight.
As every wednesday, this is for Watery Wednesday, episode 102. Please click right here to see more participating pictures.
The water seems to jump of joy!
This is for Watery Wednesday 101. Please click right here to see more photos from the participants to this meme.
Watery Wednesday 100!
Some fishes in the remarquably clear waters in the Port Vell.
This is for Watery Wednesday, episode 100, yeah! Click here to see more.
After 5 weeks going through a hospital, plumbing problems, no internet, a house change, and so on, we’re finally back! Slowly though. My health is improving steadily, but there are still some bad days. At least, I sleep at night now, and not just for 2-3 hours. Sleep, what a wonderful thing!
So, we’ll be catching up with your blogs in the next couple of days, curious to see what marvels you produced lately!
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Been a while since I post anything from the Magic Fountain in Montjuic… Enjoy! This is one of the main things you CANNOT MISS, when you’re next in Barcelona! You can get an idea of the size of the fountain by watching the people in the foreground: it is huge!
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The fishes swimming around in the old port really love tourists and passers by! They seem to follow you, waiting to be fed. At least, it means that the waters are clean.
This is for Watery Wednesday 97. Click here to see more!
Watery Wednesday nr 96
OK. Let us assume for a moment that YOU (yes: YOU) are absolutely and utterly filthy rich (and we hope it is true). YOU obviously have several luxury super yachts all around the world, but can’t use all of them (what’s the use for a yacht in Barcelona when YOU live in the Seychelles???).
Obviously, having spent an enormous amount of money on your toy, YOU don’t want it to get dusty. So, this is the ideal solution for every yacht-owning housewife: a dust cover, duh!!!
The wonderful world of Watery Wednesday! Don’t know it yet, have a look! Know it already? Have a look anyway!
An archive photo about our holidays in the north, in July last year.
I am mending, did even sleep a bit last night!
Barceloneta, or little Barcelona.
La Barceloneta is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. The neighborhood was constructed during the 18th century for the residents of the Ribera neighborhood who had been displaced by the construction of the Ciudadela of Barcelona. The neighborhood is roughly triangular, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Muelle de España of Port Vell and the El Born neighborhood. The neighborhood is serviced by its own stop on the Barcelona metro. Torre Sant Sebastià is the terminus of the Port Vell Aerial Tramway (better known as the cable car) opened in 1931 and connecting Barceloneta with Montjuïc across Port Vell.
Barceloneta beach gained status as the best urban beach in the World and total third best beach in the World, according to the documentary film “Worlds Best Beaches” produced by Discovery Channel in 2005. And even Miguel Cervantes talks about it in book 2 of The man of la Mancha. Although I have to say, being almost incredibly crowded, it is not our favorite beach in Barcelona.
Another picture from last week’s fountain in Parque Guell.
The 92nd Watery Wednesday already! Have a look here!
Watery Wednesday nr 91
It is raining, which means that we have our very own watery wednesday here in Barcelona.
Photo taken in Parque Guell, A small fountain near the entrance, designed by Gaudi.
Please click here to see many more nice and watery photos!
Barcelona’s mighty flying dolphin squad, Ladies and Gentlemen!
To see more watery pictures from all around the world, do not miss Watery Wednesday’s 90th edition, right here!
Down at the old port.
This is for Watery Wednesday nr 87. Please click here, you’ll see many more beautiful pictures.
Thirsty? These public fountains are everywhere here as, despite of an almost scottish type of weather recently, it can be extremely hot here!
This is for Watery Wednesday. To see photos of other participants, please click here.
This is a photo of the water flowing on the walls of a big transparent box containing an old piano, a piano stool, an umbrella and other assorted items. Art.
The big bad icelandic ash cloud came to visit us yesterday, and everything disappeared in a brown haze, but today is a sunny, Watery Wednesday again! Click here to see photos from other participants.
Catalan recipe of the week
1 lb flour
3/4 lb sugar
3/4 lb marzipan
1 cup milk
1/3 lb of thickening agent
1/3 lb almonds toasted
Lemon rind, grated
A little cinnamon
The marzipan is made in the traditional way, mixing the egg whites, almonds and icing sugar. Next mix the flour with the sugar, add the milk and the marzipan. Knead with the hands and gradually add the thickening agent, the almonds, the grated rind and cinnamon.
Roll out the dough mixture on greaseproof paper on a baking tray, and place in the oven at 150ºC for about 15 minutes. Then remove and cut the mixture into strips two centimetres wide, glaze with the egg yolk and return to the oven until it turns golden.
Participating today at 2sweetnsaxy’s Watery Wednesday.
The Norwegian Jade in Barcelona. In front, the tiny one is a Golondrina, Spanish for swallow, one of the little boats you can take to go around the port, or along the Barcelona beaches.
To see more Watery Wednesday photos, please click here.
And by the way, hope you like the new ‘summer layout’!
One of the gryphons in Ciutadella Park.
To see more watery wednesday pictures, please click here.