A square of pointy

I plan to post a few photos taken in Barcelona for Becky’s March squares.The theme, is very open, photos can be prickly, spiky, sharp, jagged, pointy etc. as long as they’re square.Barcelona has many architectural offerings but today I have something more ethereal.

The mesmerising Font Màgica, pointing skywards full of colour and light.

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Lens-Artist Challenge

This week it’s Amy’s turn to choose the theme for the challenge, and I could post lots for architecture. I pulled out photos from various places around the world but then thought of Mucem, a place I visited last year and really fell in love with.

Built in 2013, the museum stands guard at the end of the harbour and is linked to the 17th century Fort St Jean, by a footbridge. It’s a big cube, covered by a dark lattice that frames the views through to the sea. It was built on reclaimed land and when you’re there it feels almost as if you’re on the water.

In the background, the Roman Catholic Cathedrale La Major is Byzantine-Roman Revival style, with green and white stone that reminds me of Florence.

Between the two buildings, old and new, stands the Villa Mediterranee. Not visible in my photo, there’s a large cantilever over a pool,which has a glass panelled floor if you’re brave enough to walk across. I wish I’d gone inside.

There’s still time to enter and Amy’s beautiful photos were taken at the wonderful Machu Picchu.

Delicate spikes

As soft as spikes can be, Love in the mist, nigella damascena is a pretty annual that self seeds, turning up in shades of blue, pink, purple and white. It’s one of the plants I remember and love from early childhood. It’s my entry for Becky’s march square challenge today. The theme, is very open, photos can be prickly, spiky, sharp, jagged, pointy etc. as long as they’re square.

Join Becky here.

March Spiky squares

Well it’s the third of march already and I’m finally joining Becky’s square challenge. She says that as long as our photos are square, they can be, ‘ spiky, jagged, pointy, bristly, serrated, prickly, spiny, and/or barbed.’

I wonder how many cactus photos we’ll see in March.

These can be found high above the beach at Sidmouth in a little greenhouse that’s been there for years. I may have some more cactus later in the month, it depends how hard the challenge becomes, Join in here and see how far outside the box and creative B gets.

Close up at the valley park

Ana-Christine has picked a very popular theme for the lens artist challenge this week’ it’s close up. She’s also made it very inclusive by highlighting how you don’t need an expensive camera.I’ve only taken my camera out once this year, but my phone is always with me.
With the challenge in mind I walked the dogs at the valley park yesterday.


I’m fascinated by the form and colour of lichen, the tiny drops of dew were a bonus. My phone has a selective focus option, and while I could have got a better result with my camera, Flora and George would have had more time to get into mischief!

Salmon Pool aka St James Weir

I can’t stand beside the bench where I took this photo last June,

because a sink hole opened and swallowed the bench and the corner bank it was standing on. The weir at Salmon Pool is mostly dry, the river is flowing through a gap at the end of the damaged weir and the mill leat is temporarily sealed off.

Apparently there will be no repair, nature will take it’s course and the river will gradually return to the way it was, centuries ago before the weir was built.