Man & Nature

Silencio 2013-03-29 at 09-05-16 - Version 2

This is a common theme in my work. I like to observe how the man-made elements and the natural elements fit together. I usually show how man encroaches into nature, if possible, from a different viewpoint.

Typically, we don’t tend to notice nature when we are in a man-made environment. In contrast, when we are enjoying nature, concrete and steel intrude.

Next time you’re driving along the motorway, take a look around (while keeping an eye on the road!), nature will be there for you.
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Parhelion

Cloud
A sundog seen from Lleida, February 2013.

If you want to know more about this phenomenon, check out this entry from the Cloud Appreciation Society.
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Getting things into perspective

Bridge new WM B sc
Look at the pictures taken by the cameras they cannot lie
The truth is in what you see - Bruce Foxton (The Jam)

The camera does not lie, it merely distorts the truth in the eye of the observer.

Try looking at things in a new way.
Don’t accept what others say.
Find out for yourself.
Experiment.
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Mother & Child

clouds 2012-04-14 at 19-35-03
Well, use your imagination!
These are ‘statues’ in Plaça Blas Infante, Lleida. The square, designed by Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, features these Torres de las Palabras (towers of (the) words) which represent the eight cities of Andalucia. They are particularly photogenic if the backdrop is moody.

Here is another ‘statue’ (with a magpie on top).
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Invisible (2)

Vilanova 2012-04-08 at 17-20-48
No, not invisible, but transparent, although that doesn’t mean it won’t disappear if we don’t look after it and use it sparingly.
Much of the south and east of England is in drought and has a hosepipe ban in place (it doesn’t rain as much as people think - only as often). Some people in Wales are looking at selling water to their neighbour, although their own situation isn’t much better.
It’s easy to forget the problems we had in 2008 when Barcelona tried to get its hands on the river Segre. If Barcelona does build EuroVegas then they’ll be back.

Here is a web page about water use in Europe. Here is the Facebook page to stop the extraction of water from the river Segre.
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Invisible

Matress
How thoughtful! For all those weary souls passing by the Segre River, near Vilanova de la Barca, you now have somewhere to rest.
On the other hand, perhaps someone decided it was easier to dump this non-biodegradable rubbish next to the river than to get the council to take it away. Had this been dumped next to the main road (130 meters away), it would have been cleared long ago for the benefit of the majority, unfortunately, for the minority who enjoy a walk by the river, it’s still here.
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