Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lights and Shadow

Just off the popular and touristy Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, lies a wonderful and elegant plaza known as the Placa Reial. The large open space with palm trees and lampposts designed by famed architect, Antoni Gaudi, provides a respite from the hawkers and souvenir vendors along the Ramblas.

Surrounding the plaza are arched walkways fronting the stores, taverns and restaurants. Some walkways are filled with tables for outdoor dining ranging from take-away resting spots to white tablecloths.

While walking through the plaza I noticed the repetition of the shadows on the columns created by the sun shining behind the hanging light fixtures. It took a few return trips to the Placa Reial to capture the shot I envisioned, but I think it was worth the wait.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cowboy in Baja Mexico

Earlier this year, I spent two weeks traveling in a circle at the tip of the Baja California peninsula of Mexico from La Paz to Todos Santos to San Jose del Cabo. The three locations provided wonderful variety from the largest city in Baja to a quaint small town with a thriving artist colony to a town full of resorts and tourists.

The Mexican cowboy plied the beaches outside the resorts in San Jose del Cabo leading three horses while keeping a lookout for potential customers. Jewelery vendors, jet ski operators and others were frequently seen on the beach, but nowhere near as annoying as the relentless time-share salespeople in Cabo San Lucas.

Still healing from a broken hip, I had a great excuse for not hopping into the saddle -- maybe next time.