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  • Frolic
  • Secret stairs
  • Windows of light
  • Dunes and sky
  • Hurray
  • Duck 1
  • Heart hands
  • Leafy view
  • Dragon's breath
  • Crocus-3 copy

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Frolic

It’s amazing how much a sky – and a beach –

Can change in the space of a day or two:

From cloudy drama

Footprints

To the joyfulness

Of dogs frolicking

In a glorious sunset.

Frolic

For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.

The walled town

Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being

A perfectly preserved walled settlement.

Walls

The castle and its walls date back

To Roman times

Walls looming

But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,

You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic

To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.

Church and wall

The city gate is a gorgeous

Blue tiled balcony.

Tiled balcony

The town was very much geared for tourism

So my favourite parts of it

Were the secret alleys,

Secret stairs

The quirky old stone houses

Blue striped house

And far-away glimpses

Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.

Purple splash

For more historic sights, please visit: Our World.

Windows of light

The beach at Baleal, Portugal, is covered in dunes

That are environmentally protected.

Vista copy

One evening, I went out at sunset

To see the dunes rising against the sky

Like the humps of camels

Windows of light

While the sun burst forth

In wonderful windows of light.

Burst

For more light, please visit: Skywatch.

Surf’s up!

Just back from a fabulous week

In Baleal Surf Camp, Portugal

Where the water was cold,

Boards

The kids stood up on their surfboards

The very first day,

Surfing

The skies over the sand dunes

Were so wide and embracing

Dunes and sky

And the scenery wild

When the rain came rushing in.

Rainy beach

For more cool shots, please visit: Our World.

Summer siesta

School’s out and the long, long summer holidays have started.

Hurray

The kids and I are kicking off the first week of summer

By going to a surf camp in Peniche, Portugal,

And learning something new: surfing.

Buddies

I’ve got Our World ready to go up next week

(Hope there are no problems!)

I won’t be around for about ten days or so

So won’t be commenting on your blogs.

Catch you later!

Sunburst

For more sunshine, please visit: Skywatch and Our World.

The ripple effect

When we look at ourselves in the universe,

We are but a small and humble part of the whole.

Wide skies

But each move and turn we make

Creates its own beautiful pattern

Duck 1

And tiny ripples of kindness or wonder

Can be passed onto others to enjoy.

Waves

For more lovely moments, please visit: Our World.

Skies of love

When the golden sun

Dazzles on the water

Jetty

And it’s still bright

At gone 9.30 in the evening —

Heart

Then the heart fills with

Wonder and love.

Heart hands

For more lovely shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Enjoying my greens

The spring rains fall

Leaving behind crystal balls on leaves —

Entire worlds living in those small raindrops.

Rain

Grass grows wildly

Dotted with the cheerful faces

Of dandelions and dogs.

Simson

A tiny yellow snail

Reminds me that slow

Is the pace of nature

Snail

And that trees reflected

Create their own art.

Leafy view

For more greens and other colours, please visit: Our World.

Enter the dragon

Dragon fire

Sweeps over the lake —

Dragon's breath

Fierce, beautiful

And dramatic.

Fierce

The dragon sweeps onwards

Leaving behind memories

Of purple rain.

Rain

For more stormy scenes, please visit: Skywatch.

Stained glass petals

Spring is all about

The glowing sun of flowers,

Crocus-2

Where crocus petals

Drink in the rays

Crocus in light

To reveal silhouettes

Of their secrets.

Crocus

I love the way the petals and shadows

Create mosaics like stained glass windows, don’t you?

Crocus-3 copy

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

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