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#frifoto – Close-Up

The Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife have been in the news lately battling forest fires.  Visiting La Gomera last year I was enchanted by the rugged landscape  (it can’t be an easy place to fight fires) and the wonderful flora.  At the islands heart is an area of ancient laurel forest which dates from the Tertiary era millions of years ago.  Our offerings for FriFotos this week are a tribute to the rich flora of La Gomera.  They were taken at the excellent Juego de Bolas Visitor’s centre…

#frifoto – Museums

Museums come in all shapes and sizes.  This week’s #frifotos theme of museums set me thinking not only about the contents and exhibitions but about the buildings that house them and how they influence the experience or even in the first place the decision to visit. From a practical point of view, purpose built buildings must be better, but does the look and atmosphere of the shell matter? Here are a few to ponder. 1. Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe, part of the City of Arts and Sciences in…

#frifoto – Flowers

Between them Frank and Daniela hosts at lakeside Quinta Do Barranco da Estrada in Portugal have created a floral paradise. Determinedly, lovingly Frank built a good bit of the property stone by stone – the garden came first.  He showed us pictures of a bare hillside now transformed into a lush terraced garden filled with blooms and birds – Frank’s a birding guide.  Inside the house Daniela’s signature vases of colourful, fresh flowers fill the rooms, by the bedside, on tables and sideboards, even in the bathroom. Do you like…

#frifoto – Time/Clocks

Inspiration comes from the local orange crop, in this fruity ceramic surrounded clock at Valencia’s Modernist Estació Del Norte (North Station).

#frifoto – Green

A few words about our green photos and some links to their origins 1.  Ampelmännchen -  the little traffic men with hats from East Germany have become cult figures with stores where you can buy memorabilia.  This green, go fellow was photographed in Berlin 2. This parrot lives in paradise in Portugal – home is a lakeside Quinta in the Alentejo run by birding guide Frank McClintock 3. You can’t miss these vivid green car ferry’s running between Setúbal  and the Tróia Peninsular in Portugal. We took one on our…

#frifoto – Local

West Bay Harbour, Dorset England It’s strange, the number of people, when they learn I live just along the road from West Bay, turn out to have been on holiday here. They nearly always remember it fondly too. Crabbing, fishing, playing on the beach or strolling around the harbour – West Bay is a place for simple pleasures.