Today I started to design some new images for my blog re-fresh, and then with other thoughts to actually start a whole new blog from scratch, I began to play around with some of my favourite photographs and fonts.
‘Colour My Day’ was the initial idea for the new name of my blog, which sits boldly in front of my circular images, that are slightly faded and set as the background. Futura, Bebas Neue, Courier regular and Brush Script MT are the initial fonts that I used which suited my images, although there is still some re-jigging to do!
My favourite image is the sea one, so I decided to write some of my favourite words down in front of the image, almost like a poem to try and bring a story into the design. I chose to stick with the Futura font as it’s a simple style that doesn’t distract from the photo too much.
Desperate for some sunshine I spent a week exploring this amazing island, with the guaranteed good weather, volcanic landscape, beaches and my camera in hand, it was the perfect little adventure.
The best way to get around the Island is to drive, so hiring a car was a good option for the trip, that way you got more freedom and can explore every little bit of the island. It’s definitely more exciting finding somewhere off the beaten track, away from the tourist destinations that you can call ‘your place’ and that is almost undiscovered by others. My favourite place from the trip was the mountain just up and around the corner from the Beatriz hotel, here you could climb to the top of the volcano to see the sunset, and see the view of the trailing volcano peaks in the distance. Unfortunately there was some cloud cover but in a way this made for a more effective photo shoot as the clouds became wispy and patches of pink sky started to appear through the gaps.
With good weather every day meant there was a sunset opportunity every evening! On the first night before discovering Mount Corona I wasn’t sure how to get the best shot of probably the clearest sunset of the week, so I decided to chase this one in the car, heading south towards Playa Blanca there were some great opportunities to get different angles and views of the sun setting, the colours were so vibrant and dusk quickly followed which allowed the colours to change into a hazy pink and purple once the sun had disappeared…
The beauty of this little island is that nothing is too far of an hours drive along deserted roads and picturesque scenery, so to drive anywhere is a breeze, just as long as you have a rough idea as to the place you’re heading! For one of the days I had to make way for visiting the Timanfaya National Park (also know as the fire mountains). It’s here that you can see a spectacular volcanic vast land, which was the center of a massive volcanic catastrophe 250 years ago and erupted for over six years! As the cars are banned from driving around the narrow roads, a bus tour takes people around the park instead, which allows you to see the most breath taking views of the craters and the lava valleys. The crusty land is burnt red in some places making it seem like a spacey ordeal, almost like you’re on Mars! Once back at the top, there is a great restaurant (El Diabolo) at the highest point in the park where you can have a meal or drink and look out at the view. It is also here that chicken is cooked on top of a hole in the ground with only natural volcanic heat cooking it from beneath the earth’s surface- it’s without a doubt the worlds coolest BBQ!
One of the highlights was getting to meet a camel- or i should say many camels! As there were at least 50 or so all lined up in groups ready to take people on trips just a little way up to a small view point around the Timanafaya area. They were very friendly animals, as I had expected them to be spitting all over you, as I had heard that camels and lamas are known to do this! Luckily they had fairly sturdy seats on them so you didn’t have to straddle one so it was a fairly comfy ride, although on the way up the camel in front of mine needed the loo and ended up peeing for nearly half the journey!
Another great attraction were the caves, The Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los verdes are separate caves and very different, but are part of a 6KM long lava tube that formed 4000 years ago! I was excited to visit the Jameos Del Aqua as I had heard about the species of blind albino crabs that you can see in the natural lake which was formed within the cave, and it is the only place in the world you can find them! Surprisingly they were absolutely tiny, so small in fact that my camera even found it hard to pick them out, they covered the bed of the lake and looked like small white glowing pebbles from a distance, which made the cave look even more magical! The entrance to the cave was amazing, as you enter by climbing down a stone stair case into the first cave known as ‘Jameo Chico’, there was an unusual bar / restaurant, and then looking down you get a great view over the small blue lake. The Cueva de los verdes was a completely different experience, as the caves were much deeper underground, you could only see these caves as part of a tour, as there was every chance of getting lost if directing yourself alone. The lava tubes were lit up with special lighting effects, and this made for a real theatrical experience, as you also had to duck and crawl along narrow ways to get round parts of the cave.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”
When I think of Ornate, I think of how patterns in nature are so extravagant, and so other worldly. I find macro Photography is great way at looking deeper into the subject form of nature’s patterns. From tree bark and the way it twists and turns, the vibrant oranges and yellow colours in stone structures, puddles creating shimmery mirrors reflecting light to the intricate veins running through leaves and petals, all should be admired. The creativity in Nature is endless, and so breathtakingly beautiful.
Not a spontaneous trip as such, but one a bit more planned for a birthday treat. I had been to Rome before when very young, but i couldn’t much remember what it was like- even the Colosseum was a misty memory.
I went mid-April, so it wasn’t too hot, as my skin does not do the real heat! But 26 degrees with the sun shining every day was just perfect. The hotel (hotel Delle Nazioni) was an exceptionally great location for walking around. The area was almost like the Soho bit of London, where you find all the quirky places to eat and bars all sprawling out onto the cobbled streets. It was just a 30 second walk from the Trevi, unfortunately it was covered in scaffold. My friends who had been had warned me about this, as work has been going on for some months now- lets hope when finished it will look restored and more beautiful than ever! I searched for more fountains as I roamed the streets, as one of the reasons to me Rome is so beautiful and unique is due to the array of fountains that take center stage throughout the Piazzas.
Piazza Novana -the largest in Rome, had a wonderful large fountain in the middle, crowded with people and their selfie sticks, I still managed to get a good view of the ancient stone carvings and gushing water. To sit there and listen to the sound of water, just whisked me away from the frantic crowd, and allowed myself to enjoy and take in the surroundings. It was here that I had my first Italian Espresso of the trip- now i am a caffeine addict, but it’s safe to say after that I will still be sticking to my cappuccino’s- ‘Wowcha’ what a hit!
I can’t not say anything about the marvel of the Colosseum. It was magical, and it stood there in all it’s glory. I had already bought tickets to go inside, however there was a huge queue, and from what felt like just 5 seconds in the queue, I was approached and persuaded to skip it for an hours guided tour for just an extra 10 euros! It was definitely worth it, as our tour guide was precise, quick and clear, with no awful waffling as many tour guides can sometimes be.
I wanted to try and get the best view possible of the Colosseum, so I wandered through the forum area, making my way up to the hill and gardens, where there was a secret tunnel which lead to an amazing view…
Before even arriving I knew I would love this City for one thing- their love of food! Slices of chunky pizza heavy with toppings, bowl fulls of fresh pasta and of course Gelato! Where I was having 4 ice creams a day quite literally. But I wasn’t sorry, as the vast selection of ice cream flavors was enough to make you eat only ice cream! I tried so many but not nearly tried them all; nutella, chocolate, vanilla, pecan, lemon, and cookies and cream were my favorites. With a scoop of vanilla on the lemon sorbet I think that had to be the ultimate combo! Four cones a day consisted of one after breakfast, lunch and dinner- and I even went out to get one for a midnight stack!