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By the sea

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I’m living inland and I ‘m permanently longing for the ocean with its open horizon, its salty smell, its breeze, The sound of its waves…

I belong to a family with several centuries of history of marine tradition. We have lots of ship’s captains among our ancestors. But my father pursued other goals, in the field of literature and journalism, and besides he had to exile from his country In eastern Europe many years ago, persecuted by the communists. So we ended settled in a city far away from the sea in a new country.

Nevertheless, the call for the open horizons is in my blood and I return to the coast whenever I can, to enjoy that unique atmosphere, watch the ships, sail, and swim, and breath the clean air at the shore while the waves wet my feet.

The picture has been taken in Bermeo, Bizkaia (Spain)
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A vulture in my garden

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Last summer I was peacefully reading at home when somebody came hurriedly saying: “Quick! Your camera! there is an enormous bird in the garden pretty aggressive” .

I went out and certainly I saw a big vulture on the grass. He had been fallen from a tree top where he had been perched and once in the confined garden he had no room to take a run to take off and fly. So we had to call to the wild animal rescue service to help us get the vulture out of there.

But Oh wonder! it was a feast day, and the people at the public service didn’t consider our problem an emergency, even as our uninvited guest had blocked the garden door and our parking lot. They told us to wait till next day and if he continued there they would send some people to catch him.

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For sure, the next morning the vulture was still in our garden. They sent a woman i a Land Rover with a cage and a blanket. The idea was throw the blanket over the animal to neutralize him and then put him in the cage. But the vulture wouldn’t let her approach and the cage was too small. So the gardener had to help catch the bird and I had to help with the cage. She prohibited me to take pictures of the process.

When the vulture was secure in the cage we went to the mountain to look for a hill with enough space for the vulture to take off and fly and we set him free.

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Mom

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Mom solving crosswords

My mom passed away a few months ago. I miss her badly. Above all these days. Here she is solving crosswords at her desk. She was always busy with something. I like this picture because it conveys the cozy and peaceful environment she created with her presence. She was the soul of the house. Now the room is empty and cold without her. There are many memories, but my soul hurts.

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Here is a portrait of my mom:

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Spare

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If you have followed my blog you probably would recognised the man in the picture. He is the accordionist who plays every day at the Castle’s square in Pamplona, my city, to collect some spare coins from the passersby and the customers of a busy café. He’s a good street musician. Plays nice melodies. He’s an immigrant, old, and jobless. Barely speaks our language. He told me with broken words and signs that he’s homeless, and he needs 10 euros a day to pay a shelter to sleep . Today was a pretty good day for him. The weather was mild and by noon he had collected already more than 9 euros. But as ever, his gaze was distant, tired and sad. Life is difficult for the street people like him.

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Jubilant

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I took this picture last year July 6th shortly after noon in Pamplona, Spain. The San Fermin Fiesta had Just began. This young man with the traditional white clothes and the red bandana, comes from the city hall square, jubilant after the proclamation of the beginning of the celebrations that will continue for a week in the city.

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Face

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I don’t know his name. I only know that he is poor and he seems extremely tired. He arrives every morning to the main square of my city, chooses an empty bench and begins to play his old accordion hoping to collect some coins from the people passing by, hurrying to get to their jobs or go shopping. There are many beggars playing the accordion in my city. They are terrible. A pain for the ears. But this one is different. This one is a real musician. He plays beautifully a wide repertoire of melodies. And he remains alone and silent in his bench, in a dignified attitude, while his fingers fly over the keys of the instrument, the look lost somewhere far away, maybe trying to remember the horizons of his lost homeland.

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Seasons in my life

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Share an image evocative of the weather or represent the current “season of your life” in metaphor.

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My life is like a river flowing fast towards the end of its journey at the Ocean. I can feel the winter in the air. It’s not too cold yet.  But yes, the winter is approaching.

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Vibrance

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This week, share a photo of something vibrant. Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.

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A flowerbed near my house in a photo taken this morning. The weather was nasty and gloomy: foggy and cold.  But against all odds the flowers were already showing their colours joyfully at the park. The city gardeners really are doing a great job these days.

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Weight(less)

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Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.

This big guy was apparently trying to start a flight from his perch in the park without success. Maybe to heavy?. Who knows!. Anyway, after quite a show flapping his wings, he finally jumped down to the water to float peacefully  with the other ducks and reach the shore where he began to walk awkwardly towards his nest, concealed behind a bush.

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Document a gathering and share your interpretation with us.

We have had a Christmas celebration in my city’s Journalists’ Association. We are friends, and we enjoy the opportunities to be together in a festive occasions not related with our work. It was fun. I took a picture of the group.

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Oops!

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‘Tis the season to revel in photographic (and/or photogenic) disasters.

I was trying to take a picture of the little dog and the backpack on the street. A man was close by, doing giant soap bubbles and playing with kids,  and this was the result.

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My personal victory is my mom. She had a brain stroke and had been near death four years ago. Because of that she’s paralysed. Since them I’m taking care of her, to give her a nice quality of life. She’s smiling and looking great at 95. I love her and I’m proud of her.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Victory.”

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Ornate

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This is a detail of the Pamplona’s city hall facade at noon. Every year the sixth of July, this clock at this hour, marks the beginning of the worldwide known Fiesta of San Fermín.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

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Treat

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It’s tricky, but a good treat for me would be a trip to my beloved homeland, Croatia. I’m longing yo see once more its marvellous shores, its islands, its beautiful cities and towns. Here I have some old pictures from my last trip many years ago.

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Meanwhile, flowers are always a good treat.

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In response to The Daily Post’s photo prompt: “Treat.”

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Lazy Photo

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A friend of mine invited me to visit her village in a beautiful valley north from my city. I went with my camera and my walker and found it very difficult strolling through the cobbled streets. My walker advanced rattling and my balance was unstable. The group of friends decided to visit the village’s ancient church. There was a flight of steps pretty steep. A real barrier for me. So I decided I had had enough of struggling with my walker, and I was going to wait down alone. I was feeling lazy, down there doing nothing. I noticed someone was watching me attentively. It was really handsome, so I took a picture of him. I did it carefully and quietly because i didn’t want to scare him. Here he is.

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Later, my friends went to the cemetery. Again, the access was impossible for me. I waited wandering at the main square, where there is a fronton to play basque ball or jai alai. There was nobody around. From one of the sides of the fronton there was a view of the nearby mount I liked. The day was cloudy and the light wasn’t good. But I took a photo anyway.

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From Every Angle

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This week, photograph a stationary subject from three different angles.

I have taken pictures of the giants that dance in our streets for the enjoyment of children and grown ups during our Fiesta. Here are three different angles.

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