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Alone But Not Lonely In Madrid

The Power of One

 

Alone In Madrid

 

High and dry and chilly. That is Madrid.

If it is people watching you are after you can find local crowds in the markets (Mercado de San Miguel, Mercado de la Pas) and tourists in the squares (Plaza de Espana, Plaza Santa Ana, Plaza de Paja). Wander the market or try to find a seat and take in the worldwide observational pastime of people watching. Noting body language, relationship interactions, facial expressions, curious attire, in the moment documentation while you sip on a latte or Madeira. But if you do not want an audience you can easily find singles in the corners and the crevices of this plateau city. After working the historic centre, museums and requisite landmarks, widen your scope into the side streets where subtle human stories reside. Loners refine their craft, hone their schedules, and some hardscrabble existence.

What do the flea market vendors thrive on, camaraderie among other collectors or the solitude of watching passersby? Would they rather you stop and chat or do they hope you pass them by, uninterrupted? Would the antique collector be happier if truly alone with their hard sought goods? Do they cry inside when parting with a long sought collectible?

Madrid may chillier than its Mediterranean sea level coastal cousins, Valencia and Barcelonia, but not in people watching, whether it is crowds or singles. Keep your wraps handy and your eyes open.

For more on the power of one and Spain, see also:

Barcelona, Spain On Wheels Tips To Capture Motion Blurs

Get Thee To Zaragoza (Spain)

Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, Spain

Cordoba, Spain A Catholic Cathedral Inside A Mosque

Timeless La Alhambra, Spain

 

Madrid Spain Europe
Walking Alone                                                                                               ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Madrid Spain Europe
Creating Alone                                                                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Madrid Spain Europe
Walking Alone                                                                                           ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Madrid Spain Europe
Working The Market Alone                                                                            ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Madrid Spain Europe
Stoic Lady Stands Alone                                                                        ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Spain Barcelona people
Spanish Coin Collector Examines The Goods Alone  ©heathersimondsphotography.com

Pigeons, Travel And Other Street Photography Tips

Pigeons, Travel And Other Street Photography Tips

 

Pigeons travel a lot. Motion triggers interest. Photographers look for interest.

Pigeons can be frightening at close range. Flit and fly, zoom and groom, munch and crunch, coo and, …, well, you know. Pigeon habits can be equally disconcerting. If you do not bring out the pigeon morsels, they pretty much keep to themselves which is a good thing. Polite even. An unnecessary scourge to the street walker but they can be invaluable to the street photographer. They can become your new best friend if you are looking for some action, motion, movement, reaction. Motion triggers interest. Where there is interest, there is street photography. Pigeons and travel go together.

Before you know it, you can become a little partial to pigeons too. Seeking them out, hanging out in parks,  watching for their telltale behaviour and telltale signature. Waterfronts, downtown, uptown, backstreets, main streets. If you do not bring out the seed packet those eagle eyed missiles pretty much keep to themselves, which is a good thing. Unless directly overhead.

Go low and head down, for best results.

Pigeons can be frightening at close range. Flit and fly, zoom and groom, munch and crunch, coo and, …, well, you know. Pigeon habits can be equally disconcerting.

Pigeons may be an unnecessary scourge of the street walker but they can be invaluable to the street photographer. They can become your new best friend if you are looking for some action, motion, movement, reaction. Motion triggers interest. Where there is interest, there is street photography. Pigeons and travel go together.

Before you know it, you can become a little partial to pigeons too. Seeking them out, hanging out in parks,  watching for their telltale behaviour and telltale signature. Waterfronts, downtown, uptown, backstreets, main streets. If you do not bring out the seed packet those eagle eyed missiles pretty much keep to themselves, which is a good thing. Unless directly overhead.

Gerard Petrus Fierot

For more on people and pigeon photography, see also:

 

Siberian Boys and Pesky Pigeons

La Paz Bolivia Street Secrets

Snowing In New York City

Street Photography in India

 

pigeons, travel perspective
Pigeons Check Out Porto Waterfront, Portugal                                  ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

pigeons, travel perspective
Pigeons Delhi Mosque, Jama Masjid, India                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

pigeons, travel perspective
Pigeon Feed Mumbai, India                                                               ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

pigeons, travel perspective
Pigeons in Glasgow Princes Square                                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

pigeons, travel perspective
Pigeons Hanging Out, New York City Financial District ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Portugal Street Photography From Porto

Portugal Street Photography From Porto

 

Porto, at any time, is pure Portugal street photography pleasure. If you like an old European feel of real live characters this city will reward with more than a glancing blow. A stream of Portugal street life will flow for you around every corner. Just follow the stoned pavement. The setts, often confused with cobbles, will take you to the usual suspect in public markets, cafes and street activities. Bolhao is rumoured to be one of Europe’s finest food markets with the opportunity to observe fish mongers and the daily pick fruit, just off the vine vegetables under an opaque crinolined roof. Light streams in as you barter for specialities of dried pig’s heads or goose neck barnacles. How about Portugal’s mainstays, honey or fresh figs? It is all here and the man and his daughter are at the entrance to welcome you with his music machine that filters the market as you make your fresh daily choices.

After Portuguese marketplace mania move out into the cobblestone streets. Clattering around on those ancient rocks is all the charm while you are looking for what they will spill out around the next corner! Take in more Portuguese living with a slow coffee at the shop nearby. You can see Portuguese going about their daily routines, shopping and talking and gawking and interacting with the ubiquitous pigeons.

Late afternoon sun brings out the other ever present Porto scene, people gathered in squares and cafes to discuss the topic of the day. Politics and economy always skirt around local gossip and beautiful people.

For more on northern Portugal and pigeons in the streets of the world, see also:

Portuguese Folks of northern Portugal

Siberian Boys and Pesky Pigeons

New York City Snowstorm

Udaipur Man and His Wild Friends

 

Portugal Street People

Living The Streets Bolhao Market Entrance Entertainment, Porto, Portugal                                                          ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Portugal Street People
Socialism and Pigeons, Porto, Portugal                                                                                          ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Portugal Street People
Shopping In The Quaried Setts Streets of Porto, Portugal                                                       ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Portugal Street People
Shopping The Streets Porto, Portugal ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Portugal Street People
Street Talk In The Late Afternoon Porto, Portugal                                                                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Black and White Glenbow Park, Alberta

Black and White Winter

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta

 

Monochrome and a nature park do not always dance together. But sometimes the palette begs it. Take black and white Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park (west of Calgary, Alberta), toss in a fresh dusting of snowfall and the prairie paradise is dressed in it’s grey scale finest. There are trails to discover so don your booties and venture into the black and white world of western Canada’s best.

Meditate on your surroundings and drink in the cold season’s best. Lily Loop will not disappoint as the poplar boughs bend to frame your route. While heading down the drifting path, other sets of eyes may be on you so pay attention if only for the pleasure of sighting wildlife curious about you. It is not every day you are so popular. Moose would be rare in these parts but Mule Deer or White-tails often venture to the edge of a human encounter. And coyotes are always watching.

Fence lines defining natures’ borderless panorama. Meandering trails lure your athletic prowess with deer springing across the landscape, anywhere and everywhere, and spooky poplars with fingers grabbing the sky. And possibly you. All awaits your inquisitive wonder.

Mind the slippery ramble back up the hill to wind up your adventure. All roads lead up at Glenbow park. Before departure, be sure to amble your eyes west, drink in the Rocky Mountains creeping up behind the foothills vista. Can you imagine all of this in monochrome, a black and white Glenbow?

 

For more on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in winter, see also:

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park- A Park For All Seasons

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in Monochrome

Winter Landscapes at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

November Monochrome Musings

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow                                                                                                                                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow                                         ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Black and White Glenbow
Black and White Glenbow ©heathersimondsphotography.com