Golden Darkness …

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Below the ominous shadow of Caldera de Gairia I watched as these fields of aloe vera took on a subdued glow in the dawn light . The brooding crater silhouette against a rapidly colour changing sky and rows of golden spikes at that time of day I knew would be fleeting, soon the landscape would take on more of the honey-coloured sun baked appearance that many people associate with Fuerteventura .Β 

Standing at 461m Gairia is one of many volcanic cones to be found on this the oldest of islands in the Canaries . Driving around one becomes familiar with many of them as they stand apart surrounded by lava fields and badlands .Β 

A few days previously we took a hike around the crater from behind this view, but unfortunately for us the summit was inaccessible at that time. A sign way up along the route informed us access was prohibited due to the protection of nesting birds, I gather though from other reading that August to March it is possible.

Beyond its glorious beaches there are plenty of interesting places to discover and explore here … juggling our interests of photography, walking and geology made for a great trip πŸ™‚ Looking back over photos taken I realise there’s a large collection that really need going through with a view to another post at some point .

A little play with paints again … watercolour jottings in my small sketch book is a great way to experiment without feeling something has to be perfect, and that helps loosen up my brushstrokes and just let things go … ha … much easier said than done !

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To finish .. after sipping coffee and making plans for the rest of the day the light was much brighter and a little further along the dusty track look who I found peering over the wall πŸ™‚

I’m really not particularly good with hand held shots but in these conditions with an of ISO 100 and Aperture of F4.5 the shutter speed was 1/500 which certainly helped eliminate my usual shake ‘n blur …

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I hope you’re enjoying a mellow kind of week too x

 

36 thoughts on “Golden Darkness …

  1. I saw that I was no longer following your blog (?), so I am following again – always odd and mysterious when this happens. I’m thrilled to see your watercolor, a beautiful piece with the wonderful tones and notes of color – it has both light and dark elements that captures ones attention. What a very special place you captured through your lens, the morning sky colors touching the aloe vera plants to make them ever more golden. It’s quite beautiful and peaceful. Your two little friends are about as precious as they come – stood still long enough to give you direct eye-to-eye contact, begging you to come see them. Their fur is so fluffy and what beautiful colors. All my best to you in the new year Poppy!

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    1. Lovely to see you again Mary πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for taking time to leave such a warm comment , it’s great to have some feedback that makes one look at something with new eyes .. much appreciated ! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your art too .. maybe there is a WIP right this minute πŸ˜‰ Thanks once again Mary .. happy weekend !

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    1. Thank you for visiting and your kind words there Suzanne . Welcome and it’s good to *meet you too ! I’m guessing then you must have visited ?
      We seem to have discovered the Canary Islands somewhat late on in our travels but have enjoyed the fact it’s not too far away and bright skies and sunshine in Wintertime is very appealing πŸ™‚

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  2. Good for you for being up early – those colors are beautiful, and I love the sketch – the composition is well-balanced, the colors are (again!) gorgeous, the white space keeps everything singing and the whole scene is very dynamic and energetic. The shot of the two donkeys just tops it off – it’s totally charming! Isn’t it interesting, the juxtaposition of textures – fur and rock – and all the same color? Yes, please post more!

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    1. Thank you Lynn ! Funny… I’d not actually really made that connection of textures of fur and rock but thought the colours overall seemed pleasing ,thanks for noticing ! Your observations on my sketch make me happy in thinking maybe I’m moving forward with those paints . Thank you x

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      1. For the person who makes the photograph, I think the memory attached to that moment is strong, especially if it involves people or animals or powerful weather, etc. But for the rest of us, I guess it’s a little more abstract, so we may be more likely to see the abstract qualities in an image. That’s my way of feeling better when I think it’s sad that photographs can’t possibly convey the original experience – maybe they convey other things. πŸ™‚ And yes, that sketch is really, really nice!!!

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      2. Yes, that’s just it isn’t it Lynn .. as you say there ‘photographs can’t possibly convey the original experience’ but if something else is ‘seen’ or any shred of emotion invoked, good or otherwise that, in my eyes is a positive πŸ™‚ I think one of the dilemmas I find myself with looking back on photos is my way forward post-processing RAW Files. A technically ‘correct’ version might end up plain boring but one that has horror of horror dark shadows with no detail or another with ‘blown’ highlights might not need ‘sorting out as much as I think . Hence the endless variations you and I talked about previously . Anyway ..enough about me Lol .. I’ve already had a quick look at your new blog post and looking forward to viewing on my desktop screen as opposed to here on my phone .. and there’s another discussion sometime !
        Thanks once again Lynn for your kind words and ‘looking’ x

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  3. That is one stunning image Poppy! To be honest I didn’t realize aloe looked anything like that 😊. And the little donkeys are heart-melters for sure! Are they wild??? I truly envy your ability to paint. I took a class once and was helpless. Definitely something I admire and know is not in my personal set of skills!!

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    1. Thanks so much Tina ! I’d never seen aloe vera flowers before our visit either πŸ™‚ The donkeys I believe must belong to someone in the village as they were in a walled pen with food … very curious they were😊
      I’m no natural Lol with paints but enjoy the creativity of it all ..
      Thanks once again for stopping by Tina , much appreciated x

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  4. I glimpsed this very briefly this morning, before I whooshed out the door πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Back to luxuriate in the colours and the landscape, and speculate as to when we might get another glorious glimpse of Poppy’s adventures in Fuerteventura. Love the moods and colours.

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    1. That’s a great word luxuriate Jo .. feel free πŸ˜‰ Thanks muchly x
      I’ll get onto the task then you’ve set me Lol
      Whoosh Thursday for us both .. I’ve whizzed down and back to Bath to deliver a celebratory cake and fizz to my sister . A gift from DD who’s getting wed on Sunday . Back home now and have a chinkle on a glass . Chin Chin πŸ₯‚ xx

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  5. What a stunning photo Poppy – it has an intensity that is hard to capture. The colours are so dense and chocolatey, they feel like many layers. I’ve never seen a field of aloe vera, in flower or not, but they are such strange, spiky plants a whole mass must be quite a sight. The little white building in the middle is so important – it just wouldn’t have been the same without it!

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    1. Anna – that’s quite the loveliest comment thank you x The thought of chocolatey layers is just fabulous ! You’ve seen something extra and described the scene in a way that I’ll remember from now on too when I look at this 😘
      That little white building was a gem to have in the composition for sure … now if only I could insert an *aural* sound perspective of one or two village dogs up over the wall giving a *wake up* morning bark behind me Lol

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  6. Like Sylvia as soon as I saw that glorious moody image I had to open your post Poppy. Maybe moody is not the right word, maybe intriguing. Wondering what is in that glowing white building. A lovely photo. And those adorable donkeys, thank you for showing us your delightful watercolour sketch of the scene too. You make it look effortless to get that flowing loose and colourful image, but I know it is not.I notice you have the same little W&N(?) paint box I use too. (Note to self- I must loosen up with my sketching…)

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    1. πŸ‘‹ Pauline , I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this hotch potch πŸ™‚
      The old white building is part of the farm and probably something to do with the watering I’m not too sure not getting any closer as I didn’t want to feel I was trespassing on the land .
      Those little paint boxes are handy but fiddly too πŸ˜‰ there never seems enough room for mixing different colours or … mud
      I’m trying to achieve the less is more in some sketches and as you say not always that easy !
      Thanks so much for your thoughts here Pauline x Here’s to loose and flowing πŸ™‚

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    1. When we first discovered this place Mark I knew I wanted to come back for a morning shoot, there are other aloe vera plantations on the island but this composition with the volcano background decided it for me . Thanks very much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

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  7. When your image appeared on my screen, it made me gasp. That dawn light is just so perfect and you captured it wonderfully. The inquisitive donkeys are really giving you the eye. πŸ™‚ You make water colour painting look so simple, but I’m sure it’s not. Nevertheless, I’m tempted to give it a try. Lovely to see another post from you, dear Poppy. xx

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    1. Aw Sylvia you do give me cheer πŸ™‚ Thanks so much x Those donkeys were so cute all snuggled up together ! Oh, do get those paints out … you know you want to πŸ™‚ … there must surely be some free time inbetween teaching your man piano and eyeing up the wildlife outside your door πŸ˜‰

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      1. I need to go and buy water colours and a sketch pad. I only have oils and canvasses languishing in my closet. Hubby is doing his piano practice at the moment and it makes my heart sing to hear him persevering. πŸ™‚ ❀

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      2. I’ll look forward to Sylvia Sploshes then soon .. right ? !! πŸ˜‰ Good for your hubby, I can imagine when he makes a break through with a particular difficult part of his practise it’s cheers all round . A long time since I played any instrument at all but do enjoy listening to a variety of musical genres πŸ™‚

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      3. A little box of those individual chocolate squares with paper wraps depicting heavenly blue skies snowy mountains and Alpine villages ?!! Those Swiss chocolates were a REALLY special treat when I was a young girl .

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