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Mike Tonge / 2,061 items

N 141 B 3.9K C 41 E Nov 29, 2022 F Dec 8, 2022
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A shot taken at dawn in the fabulous Park of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. The Hemisferic is a building designed by Santiago Calatrava that represents the human eye. With its ovoid cover extending over 100 metres it houses a large spherical projection room, which is an IMAX cinema. It was opened in 1998 and was the first of the spectacular buildings opened within this Park.

It was a great morning to be wandering around this area with a camera as the dawn colours were amazing.

Tags:   16-35 D850 Nikon Nikon D850 Spain Dawn Arts and Sciences Park Hemisferic Hemispheric Building Sunrise Valencia

N 89 B 676 C 42 E Nov 27, 2022 F Dec 7, 2022
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This is the Mirador y Ermita del Espiritu Santo summit overlooking the community of Vera, in Andalucia, Spain.

This is the nearest town to the Villa we rented this winter and the conical shaped hill can be seen for miles around with the white statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus perched on its lofty summit.

I have taken lots of shots of this place, but on this night during our last week here, the sky was biblical, so I made a frantic dash for the hill and managed to get some shots before the clouds moved on and the November light went.

This is the site of an ancient Islamic settlement from the 12th Century when it was known as Bayra (Vera is actually pronounced "Bayra" in Spanish). Its origins as a Hill Fort go back much further with a Roman settlement on the Via Agusta route and a Carthaginian outpost here before that. Artefacts have been found here going back to the Bronze Age around 2000 BC.

The town of Bayra was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1518, with the epicentre around this hill. The modern town of Vera today was constructed a little further from this hill than the original settlement.

Tags:   Vera Bayra Sacred Heart Sacred Heart Alcazabar Andalucia Spain Mesa Mirador Mirador y Ermita del EspĂ­ritu Santo Jesus Statue Clouds Summit Hill Biblical Landscape Nikon D850 24-70

N 49 B 535 C 28 E Oct 17, 2022 F Dec 6, 2022
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Another from my walk around the Brecon Waterfalls. A lovely secluded autumn morning by the "Falls of the Fuller" or Sgwyd Y Pannwr in Welsh.

I tried a number of different shutter speeds to show the water in different guises of flow. I quite like this slighter faster speed showing more texture in the faster flowing water of the falls.

Tags:   Brecon Afon Mellte Afon Mellte Waterfall Sgwyd Y Pannwr Brecon Beacons National Park Wales Fall Falls Trees Ferns fall of the Fuller Penderyn Ystradfellte Leaves Autumn Nikon D850 16-35

N 29 B 450 C 6 E Nov 27, 2022 F Dec 4, 2022
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Well as they say, all good things come to a close! This was my view on the last night staying down at our rental Villa in Spain.

I had decided to visit this Mirador on my last night and again the weather was kind at sunset. I spent a good hour up here and had a couple of Ibex clambering around near me at one point. The Mirador de la Granatilla marks the high point on the road between Mojacar and Carboneras. You can see the fabulously winding road leading down to the coast, with the Chimney of the Cement works in Carboneras, clearly visible. Beyond that there is the table top headland of Mesa de Roldan and in the far distance the mountain tops of Cabo de Gata.

If you look closely down the slope beyond the cactus plants you can see a "40" kph road sign that has been knocked over by some unfortunate motorist who has obviously failed to negotiate the corkscrew bend here! The drop here is quite steep, so not a place to leave the road!!

Tags:   Spain Mirador de la Granatilla Carboneras Andalucia Almeria Mirador Pass Road Sunset Portrait Landscape Dusk Mediterranean Sea Cactus Foliage Nikon D850 16-35 NISI Filters

N 89 B 792 C 40 E Nov 29, 2022 F Dec 2, 2022
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Well, I'm now finally back home, and shivering, after a wonderful stay in Southern Spain. I've just uploaded all my images and after a 6 hour drive up from Folkestone, I thought I would just edit one shot from a fabulous sunrise walk around the City of Arts and Sciences Park in Valencia.

I took 5 days over the drive back and took in some sightseeing. Here, we stayed in a hotel right by the Park in Valencia and I managed a sunset and sunrise shoot before travelling on to Pamplona. I have visited this fascinating Park before and you just have to admire the stunning architecture of the Arts and Sciences Buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela.

They started this project in 1996 on the site of the river bed of the Turia, which runs through the City. The River was actually completely dug out and rerouted after a disastrous flood in 1957 and this area was then redeveloped. The first building was completed in 1998 and that is L'Hemisferic which is the "armadillo" shaped structure in the left centre here, which is meant to represent an "eye". It is actually an IMax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium. Behind it is the Museum of Sciences, the Assut de L'Or Bridge and the L'Agora, with the side profile of the L'Umbracle running along the right of this image.

I have to say I was blessed with some fabulous skies throughout my stay down in Spain and this morning was no exception. I got a wide variety of colours and textures as the sun rose in the West over the Port area. Any way I'm saving hundreds of shots for less tired eyes after my 4 am start today, more to follow in the coming weeks!

Tags:   Valencia Sunrise Dawn City of Arts and Sciences L'Hemisferic Santiago Calatrava Felix Candela Water Science Arts Buildings Architecture Spain Turia Asset de L'Or Bridge L'Agora L'Umbracle Clouds Nikon D850 16-35 NISI Filters


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