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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

To The Lighthouse

'Playing With Light’ is the theme Carmi at written.inc has presented us with this week. His own picture prompt is something of a mystery, which I am sure he will reveal later in the week, but has the look of something from out in Space. My own choice is somewhat nearer home. I am lucky to live in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and I have sweeping views of the coast. The lighthouse or Faro de Pechiguera, is a local landmark, which I see daily from my window, and when I lie in bed at night I can count the beats of the strobing light filtered through the skylights onto my bedroom wall. There are actually two lighthouses side by side, an older and a newer version. César Manrique, the architect of the island, had hoped to put in place a string of lighthouses around the coast, but sadly the project was never completed. One day last year we took a stroll along the beach in late afternoon, when a dark cloud appeared over the lighthouse. Suddenly an aperture appeared and sun shone through, creating a halo of light around the lighthouse. The giver of light had become the recipient. I grabbed the camera and took the following shots. Then we walked round to the lighthouse itself and watched as the clouds moved over the Bocaina Straits between here and Fuerteventura, turning the sea the colour of copper. Finally the clouds shed their load of raindrops out at sea, but with the backdrop of the sun’s glow.
If you are tempted to visit, you can find out more about Playa Blanca here.

16 comments:

  1. Let there be light. You just have to wait for nature and hope you have a camera at the right time. Good job you had Nell. One of the most fascinating nights I had was on Teneriffe at night on an astronomical tour with a guide who could explain the stars we could see in the night sky. No camera could do it justice.
    Fine shots Nell, especially that first one.

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  2. Absolutely magnificent shots.
    To witness this without a camera would have been exciting enough, but to capture it and be able to share the memory goes beyond that.
    With all the technology in the world, the best photographs are when nature provides us with unprompted beauty like this. The sky and sea entertain me for hours like nothing else can.
    A brilliant choice for the theme.

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  3. Ah yes, perhaps this is where the giver of light gets its forever glow! What a beautiful place to live near enough to grab your camera and still gather such stunning photos! Added with the joy of having a lighthouse to stroll around and any given moment...you are blessed! I really enjoy reading your insights of life around you!

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  4. Those are wonderful shots! I love the way the sun's rays shine down on the lighthouse! Really lovely photos - I'm longing to see the Canary Islands myself!

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  5. They are all such great shots. It is amazing to capture that downward rays of light.

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  6. Wow - great photos and a memory that you'll never forget, I imagine.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  7. Wonderful pictures. I love your posts on lanzarote as it brings back all my holiday memories of going there. How fabulous to be able to see the lighthouse from your home too. Scarlett x

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  8. It almost makes you feel as if you are giving witness to a happening.

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  9. I love the first two- so dramatic!gives me goosebumps...

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  10. Beautiful pictures, love the coast, the lighthouse and the way the suns rays shine down behind it.

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  11. What a spectacular photo! You were certainly in the right place at the right time for that one. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Glorious pictures which seem to capture the scale - the scale of the sea, the sky, that Lanzarote landscape - so well. I can't really join in with the theme this week (I am tied in to my tour through my own archives) but hopefully I will be with you again next week.

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  13. Absolutely stunning! Whenever I see pictures like yours, where the sun's rays fan out from the clouds above, I can't help but think of how small we all are, and how humbling it can be to watch the planet go through its paces.

    I often stand by the ocean or a Great Lake and watch the sky evolve. It's a time and a place that can both bring me peace, and your pictures evoke that feeling in spades. What a great way to reflect the theme!

    (Oops, almost forgot. My theme launch picture was of a jellyfish. The light was very dim, and they were moving very quickly. So getting a sharp, tight shot was a challenge, especially given the crowds of onlookers at the aquarium who kept getting in my way. Eventually I got what I wanted, though, so it was worth it.)

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  14. Awesome shots! When I see light shining in a seemingly pointed direction, as on the lighthouse, I have to pause and ponder that point in time. What it might mean to me might differ for others, but for a moment, at least, I am focused on beauty and energy that mankind can never duplicate. For that moment I am outside myself. Call it a "God wink".

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  15. great timing you got there, to get that cloud letting in the light ever so perfectly over the lighthouse.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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