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Isla Christina

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 them.


The campsite at Isla Christina is literally across a road from the beach, with a dividing band of typical coastal pines.  We didn’t spend much time here so I only got a couple of short periods to shoot in.


These bands of coastal pines are common in southern Spain. They provide some shelter from winds and welcome shade.  The reasonably dense canopy rises from more stunted trees closest to the exposed beach to taller at the inland border.

The occasional fallen tree gives pools of light.

 The low sun at dawn penetrates the woodland from the side giving a warm light and long shadows.

 Cacti are a common sight for those who frequent these areas, but always something unusual for visitors


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