The May Super-Moon

Well, all this talk of the super-moon of May got me excited on my trip back to the UK… and there I was on Saturday night, camera & tripod ready and guess what?? Too cloudy!!! So, back the following night (Sunday) and guess what?? Actually, not as cloudy as the night before but never-the-less, not that brilliant where I was.

So here is a photograph of my parent’s house taken by the much-diffused moonlight – me?? Disappointed??? Nah  😦

Halfway Farm

Halfway Farm

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Dedicated to all in the European Freeze

I guess I must be lucky living where the sun shines during the day but it sure is cold at night and houses around my way are designed to stay cool so… that’s what they do and it’s often colder inside than it is out!

Anyways, here are a few photos I took a while ago in UK, in case anyone needs reminding 🙂

Snowy woods, Maidenhead

Snowy woods, Maidenhead

Maidenhead Bridge

Maidenhead Bridge, Maidenhead

Jubilee River, Maidenhead

Jubilee River, Maidenhead

Sierra Nevada

With all the snow very much in the news just now I thought it was time I went off in search of some so yesterday, Amber & I set off to the Sierra Nevada.

Ice Melt

Ice Melt

For those that don’t know, the Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the region of provinces of Granada and Almería. It contains the highest point of Spain, Mulhacén at 3,478 m (11,411 ft.) above sea level. It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts, in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little further, Almería and Málaga. Parts of the range have been included in the Sierra Nevada National Park. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve.

Blossom

Blossom

The Sierra Nevada National Park was declared a national park on 14 January 1999. It stretches from the Alpujarras to El Marquesado and the Lecrin Valley, covering a total area of 85,883 hectares, making it the largest national park in Spain. Due to its isolated location in the far south of Europe, the flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada are unique. During the last ice age, species moved south to escape the colder climate in the north and as the climate grew warmer again, these species survived by taking refuge in the mountains. 2,100 plant species have been catalogued in the park, 116 of which are classified as threatened and over 60 of which are unique to the area (endemic).

For the wildlife enthusiasts amongst you, the park is home to a thriving Spanish ibex population, along with other species such as wild boar, martens, badgers and wildcats. Native bird species include the Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Common Kestrel, Little Owl, Eurasian Eagle-owl, European Goldfinch, Serin, Ortolan, Dartford Warbler, Wheateater, Red-legged Partridge and Common Quail.

Abrucena

Abrucena

We visited the Sierra Nevada during the “European freeze” not really knowing what to expect. Our starting point for our little journey was a small town called Abrucena, just on the edge of the park. We drove slowly and carefully up towards a picnic area called La Roza where it wasn’t really possible to go any further due to compacted snow. There were however plenty of photo opportunities en route which obviously extended the journey time 🙂

This is an area of Andalucía I’ve wanted to visit for a while so what better time than when there are some serious weather conditions across Europe. It snowed whilst we were driving around but fortunately not enough to hinder our travels.

Contact details:

Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography
Photography Experiences in and around Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata
and Europes only desert in the Almería Province of Spain.

http://martynthompson.net
https://martynthompsonphotography.wordpress.com
martyn@martynthompson.net
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Sunsets

Sierra de Cabo de GataRiver Thames from Canary WharfMaltaRota, Costa de la LuzRota, Costa de la LuzRota, Costa de la Luz
Hvar, CroatiaBrighton, West SussexSan José, Cabo de GataLos Ecullos, Cabo de Gata

Sunsets, a set on Flickr.

Just for fun really…

When taking sunset photographs, I like to look and study how the light affects and interacts with the landscape and not just at the colours of the sunset though of course this plays a major part in the composition. I often like to pick out specific features of the foreground that compliment the colours of the setting sun; the light of the setting sun reflecting on stones, the colours of the vegetation, etc.

Sometimes I am thinking in black and white and shades of grey and / or sepia in which case the way the cloud formations contrast with the overall scene is very important.

I try to shoot using as smaller aperture / slower shutter combination as I can get away with, which sometimes means using a tripod. For me, simplicity is the key.

Flying visit to Cabo de Gata

Ariciffe De Las Sirenas

Well it was quite an eventful week weather-wise in Cabo de Gata; San José saw enough rain to last several lifetimes, the sea was as agitated as can be, heavy grey-skies, etc. Though the damage to some property was considerable it has to be said, the storms were pretty amazing, I was very tempted to go mountain climbing with my camera at 2.00am to photograph the lightening (something I’ve yet to do), but it WAS cold and it WAS wet and for once, common sense got the better of me.

After two days of almost constant rain, the weather brightened up – just in time for me to say goodbye for a short while… I’LL BE BACK!!!