Caphinha Boat on Tiles

Caphinha Boat on Tiles

This is a hand painted set of tiles that are very common, particularly in Portugal where this was taken. Almost every time I saw tiles like this I couldn’t stop myself lifting up my camera for a quick snap. I think Capinha relates more to the house or street rather than the boat, but I could be wrong. The blue painted outline really highlights the tiles from the white.

Weathered building with green tiles

I think a lot of people would never have noticed, let alone photographed, a building like this. Obviously regular readers will know exactly why I wanted to capture a record of it. Turning around through180 degrees gives one of the best views over the beach and town. It is sad to see such a lovely building going to waste like this. Still Portugal is full of fascinating contrasts such as this one.

White Heron and Reflection

White Heron and Reflection

Believe it or not this picture was taken in Portugal. The bird was very far away, so I had to zoom in and although it was bright white, none of the group of people I was with saw it. I presume he was fishing, but it looked like a man made canal, so I am surprised that there are fish in there.

Two Fish at Number 35

Two Fish at Number 35

Wandering around the streets of a small fishing town on the coast of Portugal with my camera, I started to notice that almost every home had some for of tile or porcelain artwork along with the house number. Some were traditional Portuguese hand painted tiles but as you can see above, these are two hand painted porcelain fish. I’m sure the owner of number 35 would be able to tell us a story of how and why these two fish came to represent his or her dwelling, maybe not but you never know!

Vespa Scooter Handlebars

Vespa Scooter Handlebars

Taken at my favourite time of day, dusk, the light seems just perfect in my opinion. The image has a dark feel to it with a tone of street lighting, but the bike’s mirrors and chrome elements reflect the slight blue sky above. This scooter has clearly been used for years, the left mirror has two cracks in it and there are large scuff marks on the area below the handlebars. If inanimate objects could talk I am sure this Vespa would have a few stories to tell.