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.
is a beautiful colour, the colour of the sky and sea and our planet – and one of the three primary colours. I love this chart which shows the colour meaning and symbolism for blue – click the chart for the link to the Art Therapy blog this comes from:
is also the theme for November’s Challenge ~ and it has been an almost impossible task for me to choose a few pictures from our collection – but here are the photos I have chosen to represent this theme:
Well I had to start with a shot of the beach and the crashing waves for you! The blues in this shot are so calm and restful, yet the surf shows such power and majesty.
Not far from the shore you will often find old rotting boats sat forlornly on the sand, beached just high enough to escape the tide, and left to peel and rot in the sun. I love the strong blue paint on this boat, it demands to be remembered even as it is abandoned.
But it’s not just the boats that are painted and abandoned, this old building in Portimão has been given the graffiti touch, and now stands tall and proud. For more shots like this on the Algarve, you might enjoy this post G is for Graffiti
And before you ask – no this has not had the sky colour changed in Photoshop!
At this time of year, we often have the most amazing skies and sunsets, and this was last week on one of our favourite beaches, and shows off the wonderful range of colours that live within the blue spectrum. It’s almost turquoise and truly stunning.
Regular readers will know of our love of the Silves Medieval Fair held each summer – and this has to be one of my favourite shots from this year – we even had a Polish site on Facebook decide that this was their ‘pic of the year’ – wow!
Just to show another feature of the range of blues on offer to us – this is a much colder, frostier blue in the sky and nets which gives a much more dramatic feel to the shot than a standard ‘bright blue’ sky – and also proves that not every day is a brilliantly sunny day over here!
I thought I’d add something completely different for you as well – Dave went off playing around in a local fountain (literally!) to try to shoot water droplets – and this is the result! I love how each droplet is like a mini-universe reflecting the sky behind.
And it’s not just the skies, boats and buildings that are blue around here! This was a shot of a street artist face-painting – I love that even her dress matches her designs – and those blue lips are stunning!
You can’t really do a series of ‘blue’ shots of the Algarve and not include the wonderful traditional Azulejos that are all over our buildings and houses – for more information about these you might enjoy our Tiles, Iced Tea and Toilet Rolls post.
And for something different again – we thought you might like this quirky shot taken on a local beach last summer – there’s a story just waiting to be told here!
One of my favourite times of day is that wonderful moment at dusk when it’s not daylight anymore – but not yet dark night – and the sky can sometimes turn the most wonderful shade of indigo – perfect as a backdrop to this boat at Portimão harbour which is actually a floating restaurant.
And finally – one of my favourite shots that Dave has taken recently – and a completely different – and unusual – shade of blue for you. I’m even struggling to know what to call it – or where on the colour chart I would place it – I think I’d be reaching for a prussian blue added to a mid grey with a touch of white if I were trying to mix this one – and probably end up chewing the end of my paint brush for a while until I got it right – but it really is beautiful.
I hope you have enjoyed our selection of Blue shots for you – and if you want to see our photographs from previous months – just click the link here:
Thanks again to the blog East of Málaga for this 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?!
Two Minutes of Grace Debbie writes with real passion and feeling
HapiDayz brilliant travel writing with gorgeous photos
For more about our art and photography – just click the A3 Art logo here:
Wonder what December’s theme will be?