I am trying to take a much-needed mini holiday. A three-day holiday, to be precise. August will also be a busy month for me, since I will work 5 days a week in the Exhibition Hall while continuing my tasks for Karen's 'An Embroiderer's Ledger' course and starting to elaborate my Flag for Peace for the 2012 Project.
I sneaked away from my holiday relaxation however to say hello and post some more photographs from Beceite, where I live. Just a few days ago I wrote an entry with some black & white shots from Barcelona. Today's entry is dedicated to Jack Oudyn, a fine artist and a dear online friend.
This is Beceite as seen from my balcony, the largest wide-angle shot I can get. The village's history dates back to the Roman times, when it was called Mirabilis. During the Middle Ages the Arabs coexisted with the Christians here and the name 'Beceite' derives from the Arab 'Abu Zeit'.
The belfry of Santa Ana, a small fourteenth-century chapel near the entrance to the village. I walk past it to go to work. I took this shot from a narrow, almost-secret path that is a shortcut to the Exhibition Hall.
This shot is from Calaceite, a village 28 kms from Beceite. There are 18 villages in the area and all of them still have the Medieval air about them.
This detail could be from anywhere but it's from around here, I promise.
Part rock, part water. I took this shot on the banks of river Ulldemó, a very popular spot to go for a swim in summer.
And this is the Pena Reservoir, about 4 kms. from Beceite. A lovely walk along a narrow country road through olive groves, almond orchards and vineyards will take you there. When you come to visit, that is!
Some of the photographs have been 'cyanotyped' digitally. I felt the bluish tint reflected their essence better.