Time Out

Los Colores de la Primavera

Los Colores de la Primavera

Every now and then it’s nice to take time out from your daily routine to remind yourself why you love to do the things you do and especially for me, why I love Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata so much. I particularly love this time of the year as the world is waking up and there is so much to see, the light is particularly fantastic, it is not too hot and much of the accommodation is competitively priced, not that this should be your main reason to visit my home… or maybe it should 🙂

So as a bit of a recreational diversion, I set off with my camera to simply photograph natural colour in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, i.e. using colour as the main compositional element.

Enjoy the slideshow!

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Still to come – Ruta Arierra de Felix… I’m working on it!!! 🙂

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Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography
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Wednesday, March 7. 2012

Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Spain by Martyn Thompson

“The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata is a much understated  area of  the Almeria province of Spain. In the summer, people flock to this  heaven-on-earth for it’s stunning beaches but what of other times of the  year? During Spring & Autumn and to some extent winter also, there is the  most beautiful ambient light and the colours, flora & fauna are truly  something wonderful to behold.” –  said the photographer

Thank you Martin!

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Slow off the mark!

Well here I am with my head in the sand yet again, completely oblivious to the world (well sometimes anyway). So, I need to do a few things, put a few things right and correct the error of my ways, so here-we-go…

Firstly, a long-overdue thanks to Blue Line for making one of my pictures their photograph of the day – http://www.bluelyn.com/2012/03/07/photo-of-the-day-mar-7/ Very sorry for not acknowledging this sooner. This is a great website and I recommend you all look at it, though evidently I haven’t viewed it for a while :-S

Secondly, I was lucky enough to be nominated for an award on 16 March and have just appreciated that along with an award comes great responsibility so, a BIG thank you to Ummanaal’s Musings for their Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination. Now I understand that I have to say seven things about myself and make some nominations, ooer :-S There are so many fantastic blogs that it was difficult to choose, I hope you all like my choices and understand why I’ve chosen them!

The nominations (in no specific order):

versatilebloggerawardVersatile Blogger:



kreativ_bloggerCreative Blogger (sorry, refuse to use K & and drop the E):



very-inspirational-blogger1Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

http://www.andreudoz.com/ (not sure if this is a blog still)




Thirdly and lastly, seven things about myself, hmmm…. ok here goes (LOL),

  1. Sneezy
  2. Sleepy
  3. Dopey
  4. Grumpy
  5. Happy
  6. Bashful
  7. Loves coffee & making music 🙂

Doc is NOT a character trait and therefore must be ostracised!!!

Where does the time go?

Ruta Arriera

Ruta Arriera de Felix

Where has the week gone? Last Friday, we went for the day to Felix for the filming of a documentary Ruta Arierra de Felix for Canal Sur; proudly working towards the recovery of social customs and symbols and of local Andalusian traditions.

The programme will be broadcast on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 20:05 on Canal Sur 2 throughout Andalusia. Then from Monday 23 April, you can view it online @ http://www.canalsur.es. Search for “Espacio Protegido” and click on the broadcast of 21 April.

Anyway, since last Friday, I’ve been desperately trying to sort through the 627 photographs of the day… so why haven’t I succeeded?

…well because (excited but nervous cough) I have been spending all my time since getting photographs and leaflets ready for an exhibition I’m taking part in – my first one in Spain 🙂

This Saturday sees the opening of a mixed exhibition of painting, stained glass & photography in Rodalquilar in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

The exhibitors are:

The address (for those that can make it) is:

Sala de Exposiciones
Calle de Bocamina (ALP-824)
04115 Rodalquilar

So… until I get the remainder of the photos sorted, here are a few from last Friday… hope you like them!

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The opening day of the Rodalquilar art exhibition is this Saturday @ 17.00 and the exhibition runs until 8 April – I hope to see some of you there 🙂

Contact details:

Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography
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Barranco de la Cerra de Guainos

There are many hidden places in the province of Almería and one of my new favourite “secret” places is Barranco de la Cerra de Guainos. Of course it’s not really secret but it IS tricky to find and it IS a tricky walk and it IS narrow.

Photograph by Jesus Contreras

Photograph by Jesus Contreras

Barranco de la Cerra de Guainos is a gorge that runs from the rambla just outside Adra up into the mountains behind and is very narrow in some places so if you suffer claustrophobia, this isn’t the place for you! It’s a beautiful gorge with a stream (arroyo) running through, actually the Río Adra and I can imagine it’s not a safe place to be when there is a downpour of rain. The only way to access certain parts of this gorge is by using the staples drilled into the rocks so if you suffer vertigo, this isn’t the place for you! There are also a number of places where the only way onwards is by climbing over slippery rocks so if you’re nervous about “scrambling” over difficult terrain, this isn’t the place for you! In fact, if you prefer your walking / hiking to be in flat, open and easy-to-access places, I’d stay well away from here unless you just want to see the opening, which IS worth seeing. Having said this and probably scared you away, it is a stunning place and those inclined to be a bit more adventurous, are well rewarded.

Photograph of Jesus Contreras

Photograph of Jesus Contreras

The wild-life along Barranco de la Cerra de Guainos is fantastic; frogs, Natterjack Toad, lizard and boar all coexist with numerous birds singing their sweet songs. There is plenty of lush vegetation dotted along the edge of the river such as willows, Oleander, Tamarisk and white poplars.

The Río Adra has also provided water and fertile land to many different civilisations, e.g. Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, which have all settled here over the centuries. You can still see evidence of their irrigation systems (ponds, ditches & overhead aqueducts) and their flour mills, also powered by (columns of) water. When you consider how difficult it is to simply walk along the gorge, you can appreciate that these irrigation systems and structures are quite amazing engineering achievements for the time they were constructed.

Further downstream at the delta of the Río Adra are the coastal lagoons known as La Albufera de Adra, classified as a Nature Reserve and created over the years in the coastal bays area closed off to the sea by sediment deposits.

These lagoons house a rich variety of flora and fauna and are internationally considered to be a wetland of high ecological importance. You can identify more than 140 species of birds including the white-headed duck, the bastard nightingale, the great reed warbler, the great crested grebe, the coot, the mallard and the pochard.

Egret taking flight

Egret taking flight

Shortly after our walk back to the car from the Barranco de la Cerra de Guainos, we met an 82 year old man whom we stopped and chatted to for a bit. After our chat, this 82 year old man climbed up the side of a mountain quicker than I’ve seen most goats climb – amazing!

New Website

Well, I finally did it! I’ve built myself a new website to coincide with the first day of spring (20 March) – nice & slick methinks.

I’m still adding, modifying content etc., so although the new website is now live, it will be updated regularly! Also keep an eye on (this) my blog for latest ramblings, ideas, etc.

All the site functionality works so you can view the photography experiences I currently have on offer (more coming soon!) and make an online query / reservation as easy as anything – there’s no better time like the present to come and see the beauty that my part of the world has to offer 🙂 You might also like the new enhanced gallery page.

As you probably all know, I run my operation with a very limited marketing budget and therefore rely heavily on word-of-mouth and personal recommendations. In this respect, I would be really grateful if you would share this information with others that you know – if you feel you’re in a position to trade links with me, or would like related articles written for your own blog or website, I would be only too happy to discuss this.

Click on the image below or here – http://martynthompson.net to visit website.