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Cacti and flowers

October 9th, 2018

Cacti and flowers

A quick abstraction of some cacti and flowers I saw last weekend while we were walking in a protected area near the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria (province of Cadiz, Spain). We are generally in this area twice a year, in the autumn and spring, which are the best seasons to see some birds and enjoy the vegetation!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/10/cacti-and-flowers.html

Storm in the dunes

October 2nd, 2018

Storm in the dunes

A bit late (after a couple of very busy weeks, tons of work and a conference in Valencia where I have just come back from), here are the last pictures of the Netherlands, of my dearest Schoorlse duinen, Schoorl dunes (province North Holland).

N.B. For weeks already (once again), comments do not appear on my blog and the comments I put on some other blogs do not appear either. After browsing a bit, I see that the problem is not new, but I hoping that Google engineers will solve it quite soon. There is nothing more frustrating.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/10/storm-in-dunes.html

Texel a green beauty

September 23rd, 2018

Texel a green beauty

The island of Texel in the province North Holland, the biggest Wadden island north of the town of Den Helder, has many facets. I have always heard that more sheep than people live there (I do not know if it is true). Texel's colours are golden (the dunes), blue or grey (the sea, depending on the weather) and green (everything else).
About one third of the island is covered by a national park. Because of its marshy environment, the island is rich in birds: we say many of them, water birds, geese and birds of prey. If you plan to go there, it may be wise to go during the autumn or winter: some paths are only accessible from August 1st / September 1st to March 1st because of the breeding season.

Enjoy some impressions of my short stay there!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/09/texel-green-beauty.html

Texel a green beauty

September 23rd, 2018

Texel a green beauty

The island of Texel in the province North Holland, the biggest Wadden island north of the town of Den Helder, has many facets. I have always heard that more sheep than people live there (I do not know if it is true). Texel's colours are gold (the dunes), blue or grey (the sea, depending on the weather) and green (everything else).
About one third of the island is covered by a national park. Because of its marshy environment, the island is rich in birds: we say many of them, water birds, geese and birds of prey. If you plan to go there, it may be wise to go during the autumn or winter: some paths are only accessible from August 1st / September 1st to March 1st because of the breeding season.

Enjoy some impressions of my short stay there!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/09/texel-green-beauty.html

Cows, sheep and geese

September 18th, 2018

Cows, sheep and geese

Mid-September already, it is still hot and humid here in Spain but autumn has already arrived further north. We are just back from the Netherlands, where geese and other birds are preparing to migrate for the winter. We saw beautiful cows and sheep near Schoorl and on the island of Texel (both North Holland).
I will certainly come back with more landscape pictures soon but here are the first ones, all animals. Enjoy!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/09/cows-sheep-and-geese.html

Chilling

August 24th, 2018

Chilling

Days are getting shorter, I can smell the new season coming. It smells like melancholy and activity at the same time. Looking forward to seeing empty beaches soon, and pumpkins.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/08/chilling.html

Be strong

July 29th, 2018

Be strong

It was impossible for me to concentrate on work this week, seeing terrible pictures of forest fires in Sweden, Greece and Germany every time I opened any newspaper. I was in Sweden two months ago and I Athens four years ago (of course, I was in Germany more often, coincidentally near Potsdam three years ago as well).
I met so wonderful people in Athens, I really hope they are all right and will be able to repress those bad memories and overcome their grief.
I wish our politicians had a vision and would assume their responsibilities. I wish our destructive system could be replaced with a more respectful way of life. Right away.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/07/be-strong.html

Variation

July 22nd, 2018

Variation

A landscape reduced to its necessary elements: water and rocks.

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/07/variation.html

Extinct animals - another Animal Alphabet

July 15th, 2018

Extinct animals - another Animal Alphabet

The weekly challenge Animal Alphabets on Twitter (@AnimalAlphabets) started a new round already seven weeks ago, focusing on extinct animals this time. We have reached letter F so far (participants will post their letter G tomorrow at 7.30 GMT, and letter H will be released on Tuesday) and none of those creatures was familiar to me before. Such figurative drawing are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I like to use this challenge to improve my skills. Enjoy!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/07/extinct-animals-another-animal-alphabet.html

More olive groves in Iznajar province of Cordoba Spain

July 6th, 2018

More olive groves in Iznajar province of Cordoba Spain

Iznajar is another picturesque village (maybe I should say "town") in the very south of the province of Cordoba (Andalusia, Spain) that is worth a visit. Years ago, an artificial lake was created there as reservoir for domestic consumption, and Iznajar, situated on a promontory, escaped from submersion.
At every hour of the day, different "miradors" offer splendid views on the lake below and the surroundings hills with olive groves.

We spent two nights there but did not stay in town. Instead, we preferred a small rural hotel nearby, where dogs are not only accepted but really welcome (still rather difficult to find in Spain). Because temperatures were not as high as usual, we could even walk a bit in the beautiful countryside. Enjoy!

http://chaniscreativespace.blogspot.com/2018/07/more-olive-groves-iznajar-province-of.html

 

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