State of Mind

I’ve often written about travelling to Europe during Winter, and the more often than not inclement weather. Grey skies, cold, rain etc on a constant basis can have a damping effect on your state of mind. So when I saw the “state of mind prompt” prompt for the weekly photo challenge this week, I looked at a selection of my images from my recent “winter” trip to Portugal. Images that were taken during or after particularly inclement weather, always seemed to have bright coloured elements in the image, perhaps my subconscious or maybe even conscious way of colouring up that dampened state of mind :-). Some of these images are my response to this weeks prompt.

….the journey continues………..
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Weekly Photo Challenge : Colour

Colour is a prompt that has featured a few times previously on this blog, yet always provides new opportunities to post something different every time it returns. With that in mind, my post for this weeks “weekly photo challenge – Colour” is of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Something which was always at the top end of my “bucket list”, it moved even further up the list when on a previous visit to Sweden, I discovered that I was not far enough North to actually see them. Last year, I was fortunate enough to travel to Sweden once again, and this time made sure I was far enough North, into Swedish Lappland, beyond the Arctic Circle, to maximise the opportunity of being able to witness. Enhanced by a starry sky and reflections on a nearby lake, the “Northern Lights” did not disappoint, and made a spectacular “colour” appearance on more than one occasion. Certainly an experience that makes you feel extremely fortunate. The speed and intensity of change in the “lights” makes it very difficult to replicate, yet the images in this post attempt to convey what its like……………the journey continues………..

Travel theme : Rhythym

This weeks travel theme on “wheres my backpack” is about the rhythym of travel, and the rhythym of the places that one travels to. My last post following the travel theme prompt “street markets” was about umbrella sellers in Napoli. Ironically, my post for this week is a continuation of where the last one finished.

It had been raining most of the morning, and following my “umbrella” incident, I sought shelter in a coffee shop in the vicinity of where I was walking. Not far from there was the station of the funicular which ferried you to the top of the hillside that the Castle ovelooking the City was located on. It seemed like a good idea to get onto the next funicular and head to the top, at least the wait at the station and the short ride up the hill would be completely sheltered from what seemed like unrelenting rain.

A short while later, I emerged from the upper station, pleased to see that the rain had let up a little. So a gentle stroll to the Castle in what was now a light drizzle felt a lot more pleasant than trying to negotiate the downpour below :-). It was still very overcast and grey, with very muted light. The castle has an imposing view over the City, with Mount Versuvius towering over it in the distance. The City looked quite dull and almsot uninteresting in these severely overcast conditions. So, amidst all that grey sky the various rhythyms of the City seemed to be subdued.

And then without any notice or warning, there was an opening in the cloud cover and the sun shone through like a spotlight and just lit up this rather grey scene,  no, no, there wasnt a huge brass band or an orchestra churning out a melodius rhythym at the same time,:-) but all these subdued rhythyms just started emerging from the city below.

………….Rhythyms of blocks, and streets, and cars, and buildings, and colours, and domes, and windows, and doors, and satellite dishes, and all sorts of things that just seemed to emerge when you just looked around long enough.

So the idea of entering the station and taking to the Funicular was a really fortuitous one, for a while it also felt like some sort of just reward for enduring the downpour a short while before

Fortunately, I had my camera with and these are some of the images that represent my interprepation of “rhythym ” ……the journey continues……………