Thank you to the blog East of Málaga for this monthly Photo Challenge – just click the logo above for more information about how this challenge works. You can also click this link to read their post for this month’s challenge: CBBH Photo Challenge
I will also be using this challenge as a way of enjoying some of my favourite photographs of the Algarve ~ and even linking you up with some other blog posts you might enjoy that we have previously written. We’ve been a bit busy this month so we are just squeaking this one in before the end of the month!
is September’s Challenge ~ so here are the photos I have chosen to represent this theme:
You can’t really start with Algarve and not mention the beaches! In the summer they are a riot of colour and shapes, as holidaymakers stretch out to enjoy the gorgeous sunny weather.
The setting sun creates the perfect backdrop to these sun-loungers – but don’t worry that it will always be busy on the beach – if you know where to go – there’s always some empty spaces!
Sometimes it is in the sand itself that you can find repetition and patterns:
These rocks on a small beach on the West Coast show some of the magnificent geology you can find on our beaches too:
The Algarve also has an abundance of tiles and cobbles for you to enjoy, with strikingly complex patterns and shapes replicated along long stretches of walkways:
This one at Praia da Luz just entices you to come and promenade in the late afternoon sun:
If you are lucky you can even find some disused railway line to help you with the ‘Repetition’ theme:
And once more the cobbles call you back – they are all laid by hand – a long and arduous job:
But the results can often be spectacular – like this winding street in Tavira:
The arable landscape that surrounds most of the villages on the Algarve can also bring inspiration – as well as a great tendency for planting in straight lines:
And even the fountains in the squares can be encouraged to join in the theme:
These boats looked so cute all lined up in the harbour at Sagres – they look like dolphins all ready to launch!
And these chairs all stacked up outside a restaurant added a real splash of colour to the proceedings:
This is one of my favourite shots though – one of those moments you cannot predict – an entire field full of White Storks, all lined up waiting for the call to fly:
And I leave you with more bursts of shape and colour in these wonderful fishermen’s pots you see on every harbour-side:
Thanks again to the blog East of Málaga for this challenge – and with the calendar on my wall about to change again – it looks like we’ll be back soon with the October challenge!
And here’s a link to two more of my favourite blogs ~ who might even be up for the challenge of joining us every month – who knows?!
Sami’s Colourful world - expat life in Australia
Traveling Meg - with great photos!