CBBH Photo Challenge: Ancient and Modern

Believe it or not, it’s one year to the day since I published my first CBBH Photo Challenge.  How time flies when you are taking photographs!

Anyway, for this month’s challenge, if I were to I say “Ancient and Modern” – what would you think of?  Would it be hymns, languages, history, art, the Olympics or maybe architecture?  Within one photograph, I want you to show me your interpretation of Ancient and Modern.

Don’t forget that the CBBH Photo Challenge is a little different from some other challenges, in two ways.  First, it’s only once a month – giving you lots of time to consider your entry before the end of the calendar month.  Second, and most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hop, meaning white rabbit in Spanish), so DON’T FORGET that in your post you need to add links to two blogs that you have visited and commented on, during the past month.  That way, when we visit each other, we can HOP OVER to your links, connect with others and share a little blog love around!

El paseo de las traditions, Competa, Spain

I’ve blogged before about El Paseo de las Tradiciones in the white village of Cómpeta, but it’s a perfect example of the beautiful modern ceramic murals celebrating the lives of generations of the working people of the village, annexed to the 500 year old Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción).

Giralda, Sevilla cathedral and setas

Here you can see the 15th century Cathedral  in Seville, with its famous Giralda Bell Tower, as viewed from the very modern Metropol Parasol.  More popularly known as Las Setas (the mushrooms), this huge wooden structure was built between 2005 and 2011 in the heart of the city.  It seems people either love it, or hate it.  I LOVE it! 

Jet trail over the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Back in May, I visited the city of Granada and, whilst we were having lunch in one of the wisteria-covered restaurants in Paseo de los Tristes, in the shadow of the Alhambra, I grabbed my camera when I saw a jet appear above the turrets of the ancient monument.  It was this shot that first gave me the idea of this month’s theme.

Mirador in Cazorla National Park, Spain

And finally, this modern stone architectural structure (known in Spain as a mirador – or look-out point) is sited to take advantage of a the scenic view over the UNESCO World Heritage Cazorla National Park in Jaén province.  The Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and La Villas, to give its complete name, is Spain’s largest national park and the second largest in Europe.  It’s marvellous to just gaze out and wonder at who has looked across these same mountains in days gone by.

My Featured Blog Links for this month:

**  Spain for pleasure follows the adventures, misadventures and quiet musings of an earnest (British) expat living “la vida loca” in Granada.  I was amazed (and envious) to read Josh’s tale of when he played a part in the best EVER water-fight in Lanjaron, but one of my favourite posts is hisPiste 2 Playa Projectwhen he took the ultimate day trip from Granada to ski in the morning in the Sierra Nevada mountains and sunbathe on a Mediterranean beach in the afternoon.  Quite why he had to do it dressed in a giraffe onesie (especially on a nudist beach) is beyond me – but that’s Josh for you!!  When he’s not having such interesting adventures, Josh earns his keep teaching English as a foreign language, so if this is something you might be interested in, head over and take a look at his blog.  You’re sure to find something of interest –  I always do!

**  con jamón spain are a couple of Brits who have recently moved from London, England to live in Órgiva, in the popular Alpujarras region of Andalucía, for one year.   Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Órgiva is situated an hour and three quarters’ drive east from Málaga, and 45 minutes south from the city of Granada. Con jamon spain are a couple of carnivores who have totally changed how they live over the past few weeks, and have discovered how to make delicious vegetarian pizzas, using fresh produce bought from the local Thursday market.   Their regular posts make me want to jump in the car and visit Órgiva, right away – especially if it involves watching goats eating sugar cane, right at the end of their road!   I’d love you to pop over, say “HOLA” to them and follow their adventures – I’m sure you’ll have a great time 🙂

CBBH Blog Hop

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

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, tag your entry ‘CBBH Photo Challenge’,  link back to this blog and, most importantlydon´t forget to add 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]

72 thoughts on “CBBH Photo Challenge: Ancient and Modern

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  3. Your second postcard was waiting for me when I arrived in Florida a couple of days ago. Thank you so much. Frigiliana looks like such a charming place. I’m so busy catching up, but hope to do your ancient and modern challenge in the next couple of days. 🙂 xx

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  5. Hi Marianne, I can’t believe August is nearly over … I almost missed out on the post even though I had my photos organised for weeks! Here they are … a lovely theme to think about and enjoy 🙂 http://wp.me/p1kP6q-1Ev I love your photo of Seville, the new structure looks quite graceful, but I can imagine people resenting it in a traditional city. Christine 🙂

    • I couldn’t help but smile when I saw your first photograph of the camel. Yes, a very ancient form of transport 🙂

      I totally agree with you about the pyramid-shaped entrance to the Louvre. It always takes my breath away – and works so beautifully, don’t you think?

      I’ve just been over to your two links – a great choice, Christine. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • …and what lovely memories you have from your visit to Rome, Patricia 🙂

      Thanks for sharing them with us, along with links to two great blogs.

      Hope you manage to get to Granada next year – let me know if you do, wont you?

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    • Sorry for the confusion! I always post the CBBH Photo Challenge on the FIRST OF THE MONTH – so people have a whole month to think about their entries 🙂

      You didn’t miss it – your timing is perfect!

      Love your photos – my favourite is the first one. I love the way the new building is peering up from behind the old one – saying “Me, me – I’m here, too!”.

      Glad that Cathy was able to help you out.

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  14. Living on the west coast of Canada, it’s hard to find examples of ancient. Though I haven’t been, I’d love to see the totems of Haida Gwaii.
    Great photos, Marianne!

    • There are so many great ancient places to visit throughout the world, aren’t there? Didn’t know about the totems of Haida Gwaii though. Hope you get to see them, Sally 🙂

  15. I love how you have ancient on your doorstep, and that it is so valued. I was discussing with dadirridreaming just recently that finally Australia seems to be embracing our ancient culture and appreciating, even celebrating its cultural & artistic offerings 🙂

  16. Hey thanks for linking me in!! Especially on such a milestone of a post! I’ll have to get involved now! I’m sure I can dig something up 😉

    • Thanks and you’re welcome, Josh.

      Hey, it’s not only the first anniversary of the CBBH Photo Challenge – this is also my 200th blog post, I’ve just had the 6,000th comment posted – AND I’m about to hit 2,000 followers! WOOHOO!!

      • Well done! I seem to remember me becoming your 1000th follower not long ago? My you’ve made a lot of progress since then haven’t you! I’m coming up to my 500th comment and 65th blog post! Little by little… 🙂

  17. Congrats on the 1 year anniversary. It seems like only yesterday. 🙂 Wonderful photos for your theme.
    I arrived at MiL’s house today and she gave me your gorgeous postcard. Thank you so much. xx

  18. Another stunning set Marianne! Meant to participate in the last challenge, can’t believe it is August already!! 🙂 Congratulations on the CBBH anniversary 🙂

  19. This is an awesome theme, Marianne. I’m in awe of the jet above the Alhambra shot! Fabulous view of the park!
    I’m not sure I can find any in my file, but will try…

  20. Stunning selection for the theme Marianne. So much beauty surrounds you as well. 😀
    Thanks for sharing and for hosting. 😀 *hugs*

  21. The metropol parasol is an amazing piece of architecture! People hate it? How is that even possible!!
    And that jet is going straight up! Holy cow, great capture!
    Congrats on reaching the one year mark with this challenge. I’m not surprised it’s done well, though…it’s a fabulous and different idea.

    • I guess in the middle of so many old buildings, many people don’t like change – but I think the Metropol Parasol is wonderful 🙂

      Yes, I was so lucky with the jet over the Alhambra shot!

      Thanks so much for your kind comment – much appreciated 🙂

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  23. Funnily enough I just turned the calender 15mins ago and said Conejo Blanco! Do you do that? It’s one of this silly things I picked up from my mother and I haven’t yet put it down 🙂
    Excellent idea this month, Marianne. I’ll have to go looking. I adore the look of the Parasol in Seville. Must go and seek it out someday soon. The views are fantastic.

    • Yes, I always say Conejo Blanco – funny that!

      I absolutely loved the mushrooms of Seville. So glad I saw them recently. They look fantastic from below (and are huge), but the views of the city when you climb up them, is amazing! Hope you get the chance to visit, Jo 🙂

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