CBBH Photo Challenge: PAIRS

The common meaning of the word pair, (derived from the Latin par meaning’equal’) refers to two of something.

A pair is a set of two things used together or regarded as a unit.

Whether this is something joined, like scissors or pants, or separate as with socks or earrings – there’s a definite connection.

Of course, the word pair can also used in the context of pairing off, up or with – but while you’re having a think about what it means to you, here are a few of my examples.

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.  Secondand most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hopmeaning 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!

Pair of door knobs in Frigiliana

My first photo shows a pair of door knobs and their shadows, taken in the pretty, white mountain village of Frigiliana.  This blue door is in the top part of the village, only accessible on foot, up a series of stone steps cut into the streets.  There is no motor vehicle access up the steep streets to this part of the village, which remains largely how it must have looked hundreds of years ago, when the village was occupied by the Moors.

Earrings in the old silk market in Granada

I spotted these earrings for sale in the old silk market, whilst we were visiting Granada earlier in the summer.  I particularly like the fact that amongst all the silver coloured pairs, there is just one pair that is different.

Archways through old city walls, Baeza

July 2013 was the tenth anniversary of the Andalucian town of Baeza being granted UNESCO World Heritage status.  The lovely Renaissance-styled town is a fascinating place to visit and here you can see two arches through the old city walls, beautifully lit to enhance their features.

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In a festival that dates back several hundred years, many coastal towns and fishing villages in Spain celebrate the Fiesta del Día de Virgen del Carmen as the protector of mariners and fishermen.  Of the many fiestas and festivals celebrated around here, this is one of my favourites, as the statue of the Virgen del Carmen is paraded through the streets before being loaded onto one of the decorated fishing boats and taken out to sea to bless the fishing grounds.   In this photograph you can see the pair of bells situated above the village church from where the statue emerges, used to call the faithful to prayer.

A cheeky pair of bullfighter´s buttocks!

And finally, especially for you ladies, how could I resist taking a quick snap of this postcard for sale displayed on a stand outside a local shop showing a cheeky pair of buttocks belonging to a bullfighter?!

My Featured Blog Links for this month:

** Nicole at thirdeyemom.com is a blogger and social-good advocate living in Minnesota, USA who travels and experiences the world using her “third-eye”, meaning with an open heart and mind.  She works hard to build awareness on some of the biggest social issues in the world and has written about global health, poverty, education, safe water and sanitation, human rights, and most of all, how all of these issues have especially impacted women and girls in the developing world.   Nicole takes the most amazing photographs and maybe you can learn about some of the tips she picked up recently from National Geographic photographer, Kelley Miller.

** Red Hen Run follows the Adventures of an Irish Mother of three teenagers, who is a half marathon and marathon finisher.  Always preferring to be on the go – she runs, but also pecks at photography, cooking, reading and history.  As I am not a runner, I particularly liked the look of her Prawn and Leek Fricasee,  but if running is your thing, you can find lots of useful information about training, sports bras, the use of earphones or just the plain old wisdom of running.

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for October, everyone!

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]

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Through the lines and patterns of the Real Alcazar, Seville

Looking through the lines and patterns of the Royal Alcazar in Seville, Spain.

This is my contribution to this week’s Worpress Photo Challenge: Lines and Patterns and the Travel Theme: Through 

 

Usually Hidden and From An Unusual POV

Dama de Noche on a rainy day in Spain

 

We don’t see this beautiful little flower very often because it is usually hidden in the daytime and opens during the hours of darkness to release it’s beautiful perfume.  I’ve written about the Dama de Noche (or night-scented jasmine) before, but it made an appearance today because we had heavy rain for most of the morning, and have had a dismal, cloudy afternoon.  The poor plant must think the evening is upon us already!

Still, we have had a long hot summer and the ground desperately needed the rain.  I know that the sunshine will soon be back 🙂

Anyway, it gave me the opportunity to photograph raindrops on the flowers from An Unusual POV, which just happens to be this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge!

Have YOU had a Silver Lining, recently?

 

You might also enjoy these other entries from:

Ese’s Voice

Le Drake Noir

The World is a Book

Meg Travels

 

CBBH Photo Challenge: PINK

Did you enter the “Capture the Colour” photoblogging contest last year?  I did – along with thousands of others, and you can see my entry here.  The idea was simple –  publish a blog post showcasing five of your favourite travel photographs which best capture the colour of the five categories: red, blue, green, yellow and white.  

The Capture the Colour Contest proved so popular that it’s back again for 2013 and this is my invitation to each of you to search through your photo libraries and see what you can come up with.

To get you in the mood, whilst you are searching for your multi-coloured photographs, I thought you might like to pluck out one or two PINK photographs for this month’s CBBH Photo Challenge. 

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.  Secondand most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hopmeaning 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!

Wild orchids in the garden

I’ve written about some of the wildflowers of Andalucía before, but of the many different colours, the pink blooms are my favourite!  The photo above is of one of the wild orchids growing on our land.  Their colour is so vivid, and the markings on the petals are very distinct.  

Wild poppies, Andalucia

Here is one of the delicate dusky-pink wild poppies, whose blooms disappear after just one day.  I love to see both orchids and the poppies as they herald the coming of the summer months, here in Andalucía.

Little girl in traditional flamenco dress at the medieval market, Torrox pueblo.

This little lady in her bright pink flamenco dress was cautiously eyeing up some of the beautiful birds of prey at the Medieval Market in Torrox pueblo last year.

Pink cape of a bullfighter

Love it or hate it, bullfighting is a long standing tradition in Spain.  This is one of the auxiliary toreros (bullfighter or matador) in his elaborate embroidered costume, assisting the featured torero.   As evidenced here, it’s a myth to think that bulls are attracted by the colour red.  Cattle are colour-blind, and it is the movement of the cape (capote) that attracts them.  During the first phase of a bullfight, the bull is tested for it’s strength and aggressiveness by toreros using magenta and yellow capes.

Sunset over nearby hills

I’ll finish with one of the beautiful sunsets, featuring shades of pink and yellow, developing into reds and purple that we regularly experience around the Axarquía region – east of Málaga.

My Featured Blog Links for this month:

**  Village Life in Andalucía reveals some of the secrets of living in a small inland village, deep in the heart of Andalucía.  John, sometimes referred to as “Pueblo Man” writes with a very easy style, and his latest offering,  The Not-so-Common Chameleon, reminds us that this beautiful little creature is on the endangered list.  I discovered the Village Life in Andalucía blog whilst I was trying to find out more about one of my favourite Spanish fish dishes – Rosada.  Fortunately, John answered my question, “What is Rosada?” by informing me that it’s not even a Spanish fish at all!  Sure is tasty though!  

**  Loren over at Cemetery Travel: Adventures in Graveyards Around the World describes herself as acemetery enthusiast devoted to cemeteries“.  Her latestCemetery of the Weekfeatures Drummond Hill Cemetery at Niagra Falls in Canada, but if you are interested in interment in Italy, France, China, India, England or around the USA, there’s something here for you.  So, if like me you are a taphophile, a tombstone tourist or a cemetery hunter, why not pop over to Loren’s blog, and tell them Marianne sent you!?

Conejo Blanco BLOG HOP Photo Challenge

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for September, guys!

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]

Let’s FOCUS on being a little kinder to each other

Focus on the village of Competa

Yesterday, I read with some surprise and sadness that Anita Mac, the travel blogger behind Travel Destination Bucketlist, had ended her own life, at the age of 43.  I’d never met Anita in person, but we exchanged messages from time to time, particularly last year when she was walking the Camino, in northern Spain.

Anita’s blog is filled with wonderful photographs of her travels and, not only was she inspired to continue to travel and experience more of the world, she inspired others to do the same.  Yet, despite her confident and adventurous outer facade, Anita was struggling with her own pain, as evidenced in her final post on August 22nd, “What do you do with a broken heart?”

We’ve all seen reports on TV of teenagers who have taken their own lives after being taunted by anonymous online trolls.  The anonymity of the internet sometimes makes people say things that they wouldn’t (or daren’t) say to your face.

I’m not suggesting that’s what happened with Anita, but many of us have some kind of ongoing battle in life that we may or may not choose to share with others – especially somewhere as public as on the internet.

And, who knows where the tipping point lies to push any one of us over the edge?

In the past few weeks, amongst the hundreds of ordinary, everyday comments this blog, East of Málaga …. and more has received, there have also been vile ones with no back-link, and filled with bad language.

What did I do to deserve these tirades?

One person not only left a vile comment, but also took to Twitter to tell the world about my bull**** blog, because they didn’t agree with the price of one item on my recent Cost of Living in Spain list.

Another has attacked me on their own blog because they “question the way my monthly CBBH Photo Challenge works“.    It seems that WordPress didn’t send a pingback for a “featured blogger” link they made, meaning that they weren’t “thanked personally” by that blogger they featured!  Somehow this is meant to be my fault.  Go figure!

As a result of the actions of these trolls, I’ve now switched my options so that I moderate all comments before they appear on the blog – and for that I apologise to the 99.9% of you who leave perfectly normal comments.

I’m not saying I’m above criticism – hey, if there’s something you don’t agree with – let me know.  I might even change my mind and agree with you.  But there are ways of saying things without making a complete jerk of yourself.

Maybe the actions of such trolls display some form of petty jealousy, envy of a lifestyle or of some kind of perceived success.  Who knows?

Like most people, my life is the way it is because I have planned it that way with lifestyle and monetary choices.  Some might choose to be envious – others could well be bored, but it would do us all well to focus on what we have, rather than what we don’t have.

This post is my response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: FOCUS.

I’ll leave you with the following quotes:

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”  ~ J.M. Barrie

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~  Plato