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January 13, 2019

Olhao is the closest big town to Fuseta. On the advice from Roger, a resident of Fuseta for ten years, I checked the map and saw a nature reserve in what looked like walking distance from the town.  After finding a parking space for my little 125 bike, which is easy in Spain and Portugal as most towns have plenty of dedicated spaces, I set off to explore the town.  Its quite a pr...

January 11, 2019

Fuseta is in the centre of an expanse of salt pans, some still used, some derelict.  These give the area an almost surreal feel as you walk amongst the mirror calm pools.  The pans attract a wide variety of wading birds, including flamingos, which for someone who has only seen them in zoos before is surprising.

January 8, 2019

Fuseta seems to have a split personality, well in the way that it is spelled.  If in doubt I look at the signage on the Tain stations.  The signs on the building are Fuseta, while the metal signs are Fuzeta.  The same is true throughout the town, both spellings are used.  I have decided to use Fuseta, as this is the spelling used on the council offices.

December 20, 2018

While out shooting in Frigiliana discussions took place about our direction of travel. It was decided the best plan would be to head towards Portugal. Before crossing the border it was was suggested that we should stop over at Isla Christina, close to the border, to do some shopping.  Certain items are a lot cheaper in Spain than in Portugal so this was our chance to stock up on...

December 3, 2018

The town of Frigliana has a fascinating history to it.  The hill it is built on apparently saw the final battle with the Moors, with the remains of a fort above the town.  The towns museum is full of artefacts and remains dating back over four thousand years that were found in the many caves around the town.  My plan for the day was to follow a walk that I had downloaded onto my...

November 27, 2018

The beach at Torre del Mar is four kilometres long and is bounded by a wide esplanade with a good variety of trees planted for shade and decoration. This, combined with the many cafes, restaurants and bars, plus numerous fountains and monuments make it an interesting place in the quiet season. A 3.2 kilometre running surface has been create the length of the main part of the beac...

November 25, 2018

Torre del Mar is one of those seaside resorts that the Spanish flock to during the summer.  In the low season it is a quiet, quite charming town without looking deserted, the way so many resorts look off season.  The first impression is that of space, with wide promenades and parkland, plus the empty car parks at our end of the beach.  As with most Spanish towns that I have visit...

November 12, 2018

On paper, or to be more precise on screen, the campsite near Manilva should have been perfect.  Next to the beach, close to the town, swimming pool and plenty of bars around.  In reality it was another mistake.  The pool was closed, and thanks to a photographer with a wide angle lens, was no where near as big as it looked on the website.  The site was very formal, reflecting the...

November 10, 2018

I suppose my love of black and white imagery stems from the darkroom.  I was never really interested in colour printing, then once I became a portrait and wedding photographer I was forced into it.  I used to print much of my own work, this was a dark period of my life, not only printing colour but photographing people!

November 2, 2018

An exploratory photographic shooting trip to the south of SpainAfter driving 1827 miles from Mossley, thats a total of 51 hours behind the wheel, we have arrived in Cadiz. We started with Black Rock Sands in North Wales to meet up with our friends Emma and Jim. A night in Kent before the Eurotunnel was followed by two stop overs in France and three in Spain before reaching the st...

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