The theme for this week’s WordPress photo challenge is Heritage. Thinking of the words ‘heritage’ and ‘Portugal’ in the same sentence the first thing that comes to mind is Fado.
We were fortunate to see the highly acclaimed Fado singer Mariza in concert in 2010. It is one of those treasured memories that will always stay with me.
Mariza in concert – Lagos 2010
Dating back to the early 1900’s Fado (destiny/fate) is traditional Portuguese music with its roots in Lisbon. From my experience of listening to Fado I can only describe it as the voice of a soul in torment. The fadista (singer) usually sings about the harsh realities of daily life and is extremely melancholy. Expression also plays an important part of the performance with anguish not only portrayed in the voice but also in the facial expressions.
Mariza in concert 2010
The fadista can be male or female and is often accompanied by guitars including a Portuguese guitar
This week, share a photo of something that says “heritage” to you. It can be from your own family or culture — a library, a work of public art, a place of worship, an object passed down to you from previous generations. Or, like me, you can choose to focus on a tradition to which you don’t belong, but to which you’ve been exposed whether through travel, moving, or the people in your life.
Related posts: Fado is like Marmite (or should that be Veggiemite?)
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: this week’s challenge is ‘Reflecting
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting
I was taking a walk though the Portuguese countryside when this reflection caught my attention. Can you see what is missing from the picture that is reflected in the rather large puddle?
August Strawberries in Portugal
I’ve been meaning to set myself this challenge for some time so after reading the theme for this week’s photo challenge is ‘Quest’.
and according to Merriam
Simple Definition of quest
: a journey made in search of something
: a long and difficult effort to find or do something
I think a ‘quest’ to pick strawberries for nine months out of twelve for the next year is ‘long and difficult. So this will be my quest.
Growing Strawberries containers
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is all about reflections.
Palacio de Mateus
One of the least memorable trips on our Douro river cruise was a visit to Palácio de Mateus, near Vila Real. Please don’t ask why but I was expecting to visit a vineyard for the Mateus Rose wine. Yep, the devil is always in the detail and I failed to connect the dots.
I am not a student of architecture so the building while providing an impressive photo oppotunity on our arrival failed to stir much interest within. Even Wiki only has a page stub.
The official website is www.casademateus.com
I love the way the droplets of water linger on the petals and leaves like tiny bubbles. These are small details we often fail to notice yet when captured in a photograph remind us of the simplicity of nature.
Other details include the unusual combinations of colours.
Gazania (pink and cream striped petals) Photo taken in Spring
And bees gathering pollen.
Gazania with yellow and orange flowers (photo taken in Spring)
While I find Gazanais relatively easy to grow, I disagree with the experts comment that they are drought resistant. If I don’t water my plants regularly they resemble a bed of birds nests.
Gazanias are not drought resistant. (July 2016)
Useful websites for care of Gazanias
This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is ‘Details’
The theme for this week’s WordPress challenge is ‘Opposites’. Contemplating the differences in opinion for Brexit: ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’, how could I express the extremes behind the vote and the wisdom of the ‘Leave’ result in terms of a photograph?
In the end it will boil down to money. Some think the UK will be better off leaving the EU while others disagree. Some people will benefit financially while others won’t. There are always winners and losers so let’s just hope the UK ‘leavers’ with their ‘island’ mentality eat their words and count the money (or not).
So for my ‘Opposites’ contribution I present a photograph of money: coins and notes. Both of value yet represented by different properties.
Counting the cost of Brexit
The theme for this week’s WordPress photo challenge is curve. Initially I was drawn to architectural curves and the many photos I’d taken of archways and bridges. But how boring… so seeking inspiration I looked in the mirror and thought of ‘bodily ‘curve’s’ and the sculptures of Karl Heinz Stock displayed in the extensive grounds of Quintos Dos Vales wine estate near Lagoa in the Algarve.
Sculpture of Swinging Grace by Karl Heinz Stock
Sculpture by Karl Heinz Stock
Sculptures by Karl Heinz Stock
How can bony be beautiful when you have curves like these?
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Eye Spy.
I see you,
do you really see me
behind the bars
of captivity… ?
The Evolution of Man
The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Transition.
When you stop to consider how we have evolved and the stress of living in a high-pressured, money-grabbing, politically correct and power crazy world where tolerance and excuses breed intolerance, have we really progressed? Dog eat dog and all that…
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Wall’
This is the noticeboard on my study wall. For the last year I have been staring at this piggin’ mess with the good intention of removing all the redundant pieces of paper, cards and ‘whatnots’ I keep, ‘just in case’. I now have SO much rubbish I can no longer see the woods for the trees. Talking of trees, there IS probably a tree pinned to my noticeboard.
How about you. Is your noticeboard neat and tidy or a riot of paper such as mine?