La Sèquia de Manresa (Catalonia)

Posted on July 27, 2014 Leave a comment

La Sèquia de Manresa (Catalonia)
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The Sèquia is a medieval canal built in the 14th century to bring the Llobregat River’s water from Balsareny to Manresa.

Designed by engineer Guillem Catà, it is considered one of the leading hydraulic engineering works of the medieval period. It is 26 kilometers long, but only has 10 meters of slope along its route, a fact that is unusual considering the rudimentary means available at the time. To make this possible, they built mines and about thirty aqueducts. Some of these aqueducts, such as Conangle, Vilar, and Santa Maria, are considered true monuments, even in today’s optimal conditions.

But the most important fact of the Sèquia is that is still fully operational and provides water for the city of Manresa and several villages in the region of Bages, six centuries after its construction…

Did you know about this canal? In addition to being an architectural triumph, it is a nice place to visit.

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Llobregat River (Catalonia)

Posted on July 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Llobregat River (Catalonia)
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The night before I took this photograph of the Llobregat River, it rained a lot and the water was brown and muddy. I thought this was curious, because the name of the river, Llobregat, originates from an ancient Latin word meaning ‘dark’, ‘sorrowful’, or ‘muddy’.

The Llobregat, at 170 kilometers long, is the second longest river in Catalonia. The source is in the limits of ‘Castellar de n’Hug’ in the Cadí Mountains, and it ends in the Mediterranean Sea in the city of ‘El Prat de Llobregat,’ near Barcelona.

I took this photo from a bridge near Balsareny town. I am always captivated by a full-running river. What about you?

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Lost in the Woods

Posted on July 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Lost in the Woods
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The day I took this photograph, I was not exactly lost, but after an hour inside the forest, I was not able to locate the particular spot I had in mind. Granted, this visit occurred more than fifteen years ago, before the GPS revolution, but was still disappointed I couldn’t find my intended location.

However, there is always an opportunity to capture a great photo; it is just a matter of looking around and try to convey what you feel in what you see. What do you think?

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Independence Square in Girona (Catalonia)

Posted on June 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Independence Square in Girona (Catalonia)
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Recently, I visited Girona, the capital of the province of the same name in Catalonia. I only spent a few hours in the city, but the time I spent there was enough to make me wish to repeat the trip. The photo is from Independence Square (Plaça de la Independència), one of the best-known and most frequented places in the city.

The photo is from Independence Square (Plaça de la Independència), one of the best-known and most frequented places in the city. The name refers to the War of Spanish Independence against Napoleon Bonaparte, and is not related to the recent attempts of the Catalan people to gain their independence. In the center of this neoclassical square, you can see a monument dedicated to the defenders of the city during the sieges from 1808 to 1809.

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The Yellow Lily

Posted on June 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The Yellow Lily
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Each time I saw a lily on my mother’s garden I had the impulse to photograph it; however, for same reason, I always get late. Maybe, this is because lilies open early in the morning and start to wither in the following night. In fact, the one in the photograph it was already withering when I took the photo.

By the way, I recently wrote an article about the best ways to photograph flowers. You can read the full tutorial here: How to photograph flowers. Ready to capture a few flowers? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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The Groenerei Canal in Bruges (Belgium)

Posted on June 8, 2014 Leave a comment

The Groenerei Canal in Bruges (Belgium)
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From time to time I like to review my old photos just to make sure I didn’t forgot to publish any interesting material. This is the case of this last year photo from Bruges, first I decided not to process but yesterday I just thought… why not?

In this Photo, you can see one of the beautiful canals of the city, The Groenerei, almost in the center of the city and surrounded for a large number of medieval buildings. Bruges it is sometimes referred to as “The Venice of the North”, and it deserver it, it’s a beautiful city.

Have you ever been in Bruges? What do you think about the city?

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Views from Balsareny Castle (Catalonia)

Posted on May 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Views From Balsareny Castle (Catalonia)
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I took this photo while visiting Balsareny Castle. Like other medieval buildings, it was constructed at the top of a hill and the views from the castle are excellent.

It was early in the morning, and when I looked to the northeast, I saw mist rising from the Llobregat River. In that moment, I forgot about the castle and I set up my tripod to capture this amazing sunrise.

In the photo, you can see the farms and fields spread across the landscape. The white building in the scene, the “La colonia Rabeia,” is one of the textile colonies constructed on the river at the end of the 18th century that used the water to produce energy.

Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises?

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