CBBH Photo Challenge: REFLECTION

It’s that time of year when many of us reflect over the past year and begin to look forward to whatever the coming year will bring.  I’ve always enjoyed reflection – both the looking back kind, as well as the distorted or alternate view of something realistic.

Pagoda and pool, Jardin Concepcion, Malaga

Within Málaga’s La Concepción Botanical Gardens lies this Alhambra-inspired pool, which beautifully reflects the nearby pagoda.  Even on a hot summer´s day, it´s a pleasure to  enjoy the cool green shade and occasional sprinklers of the Gardens, which may catch you by surprise as they irrigate the surrounding plants.

Outside Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

In the Basque Country capital city of Bilbao, in northern Spain, lies the amazing Guggenheim Museum.  Located alongside the Nervión River in downtown Bilbao, the museum is a glass and titanium structure resembling a ship, filled with modern and contemporary art.  For me though, the exterior was the most impressive, with a series of outdoor exhibits including a giant spider structure, the famous giant puppy monument fashioned out of bedding plants which are renewed each spring, and this huge mirrored bunch of balloons reflecting the pool beyond.

Sunset reflected in my pool

I just had to include a photo of one of the spectacular sunsets reflected in my swimming pool.  This is a sight I never tire of seeing.  Can you make out the tail of the dolphin I had tiled into the floor of the pool (towards the bottom right of the photo)?  This was to remind me of the time I swam with dolphins on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

The golden dome of the Stupa glistens in the beautiful sunshine

Visitors to the eastern Costa del Sol might not anticipate that there is a beautiful Buddhist Stupa within easy reach of the Mediterranean coast.   The first Buddhist Kalachakra stupa built in the western hemisphere can be visited about 40 kilometres east of Málaga, just north of the town of Vélez-Málaga.  Here you can see the golden dome of the Stupa reflecting the sunlight against an impossibly blue sky.

Grave reflection

El Día de los Muertos” or the “Day of the Dead” is a celebration of life held each year throughout Spain on November 1st.  Cemeteries are packed with families paying homage to their dead, as family members tend the gravestones of their loved ones by painting, weeding and cleaning them, and by placing fresh flowers and candles.  It’s a time of quiet reflection – though I couldn’t help but also notice the blue sky and palm tree reflected in the polished marble of the headstone.

In addition to a physical reflection, you might want to explore emotional reflection through an image.  Whatever you decide, share a photo that means REFLECTION to you.

This month´s CBBH Featured Blogs:

** Tom at The Palladian Traveler describes his blog as an ”eclectic site devoted to the pursuit of happiness from within the borders of Italy and, occasionally, beyond.”  I particularly enjoyed learning about the impressive and ancient hill town of Sutrinoted for its precious archeological finds covering the Bronze, Etruscan, Roman and Middle Ages.

Tom packs his posts with lots of information and history, punctuated with beautiful photographs.  I love Italy, and have very fond memories of visits there, so  The Palladian Traveler is somewhere I enjoy lingering for a while.  Why not pop over there right away, and say HELLO? 

** If you want a recipe with a Spanish twist, Tanya at Chica Andaluza is your girl!  Her recipes are always easy to follow and I especially loved her Lamb Shanks with Borlotti Beans – the most delicious comfort food you could imagine!  You are sure to find something on her blog to tickle your taste buds.

Tanya is a passionate cook, aspiring writer and City Slicka turned Spanish Chica who shares the highs and lows of what she gets up to in her Andalucián mountain hideaway.

CBBH Blog Hop

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for January, folks!

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month,  link back to this blog and, most importantlydon´t forget to share links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.  Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month´s exciting challenge!

For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.

I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite!  I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

[CBBH logo Image credit: (cc) Mostly Dans]

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109 thoughts on “CBBH Photo Challenge: REFLECTION

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    • Glad you could join us this month, Isadora.

      It was wonderful sailing down the Peace River with you through your photos. Who knew about Blackbeard’s hiding places for his treasure? 🙂

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  11. I have indeed posted a photo entry on the Reflections theme on my blog site.I’ve only been blogging since August of 2012 but find it refreshing. I’ve added your blog site and will drop by on a daily basis to see what’s new in your life. Keep up the good work. 🙂 – Bob

  12. Aaaaaaahhhhh! Another of Frank Gehry’s masterpiece. I can cry right now wishing I could see myself personally. Thanks for the share, and looking forward for more of your interesting posts this year

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    • No wonder you are pleased with your photos – they’re wonderful, Gilly. Mobile cameras have really come along in leaps and bounds over recent years, haven’t they?

      Thanks for the introduction to two blogs, both of which are new to me. I really enjoyed spending time reading both of them. It’s been an exciting month for new blog shares up to now!

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  17. A stunning collection, as always, Marianne – and a good choice for this month’s theme (with just enough room to wriggle out of the obvious if I can swing a twist!). Hope you’ve left Oz by now and are in the more temperate climes of New Zealand – it looks like a version of the inferno over the south-eastern half of the continent today with even Tasmania in the grips of the year’s first heatwave.

    • Of course you are – especially as you have done it so beautifully 🙂

      Thanks for sharing links to two blogs you enjoy visiting. I hope that others will love visiting them as much as I have 🙂

      Well done, Jo.

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  19. Gorgeous reflections Marianne! The Bilbao one is my particular favourite. Don’t rmemeber seeing tose balloons when we were there a few years ago. Wish you good health and much happiness in the year ahead 🙂

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  21. Wonderful reflections, Marianne. Happy New Year to you. I’ll see what I can come up with for the challenge. I love Tom’s blog, and follow hi already. I’ll hop over to Tanya to have a look at her delicious recipes. Thanks for the link. 🙂

  22. A lovely challenge and what beautiful photographs to inspire us. I’ll have to think long and hard about reflections but then you do give us a whole month to sort out our contributions. Must say that your challenge is certainly my most favourite of all the challenges around at this moment. Happy New Year Marianne.

  23. Happy New Year, Marianne! What an appropriate topic for this month’s photo challenge. My first reflection as I leave my comment is to say how delighted I am that I discovered your blog … through your fab photos, of course … and to thank you for so many other great blogs you have brought into my life. Your photo challenge is a fine idea and a great conduit for connection for all of us in the blogosphere. May 2013 bring you the best of all you wish for!

    • Thank you for your lovely words, Patricia.

      I always love to discover links to new blogs – particularly ones featured on other blogs in my Reader. Besides, we all love the connection and exposure, don’t we?

      Happy New Year 🙂

  24. Marianne – Thanks so very much for picking me out of the crowd and highlighting The Palladian Traveler. I’ll do my best to “reflect” before the end of the month. Happy New Year to you and yours just east of Malaga.

  25. Hello on the first day of the new year Marianne 🙂 Thank you for your beautiful wishes on my blog. I like your new theme, which though been used so many times is always inspirational 🙂

  26. Go pick a favourite out of those, Marianne! Almost impossible, though the Guggenheim shot is spectacular, and I’m so jealous of your swimming pool. I’m reflecting. I’m reflecting! It’s another(!) beautiful morning here in the UK. Let’s make it a good year.

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