Heart Statue Almeria, Spain

Heart Statue Almeria, Spain

As you probably know, last month I went to Almeria in Spain for a weeks holiday. It was my first beach / sun / relaxing type of holiday for years. I enjoyed relaxing but I did take a few photographs to share with you. This statue, pictured above was in the middle of a roundabout in the tourist resort side of Roquetas de Mar, a few miles west of Almeria. To me it looks like a large, white, stone heart but when I have shown others they often saw other things. For example, someone thought that it looked like two fish or dolphins nose to nose. After a week of exploring the area around Almeria, I found there were a lot of these types of statues. Almeria was host to the 2005 Mediterranean Games and so many statues represent sports. Sadly, I found almost no information about any of the statues. I walked around the roundabout where the above heart statue was and found no information about the artist or the statue’s title, in Spanish or English! If you have any information on this symbol I would love to know, or if you thought it represents something other than love then I would love to read it in the comments below.

Man of Indalo Statue, Spain

Man of Indalo Statue, Spain

Travelling back to the Airport in Almeria, Spain last week I saw this statue in the middle of a roundabout. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a couple of photos. Not bad, for the fact it was taken through a moving coach window. The Indalo is a prehistoric “magical” symbol that was originally found in the cave of “Los Letreros” in Velez Blanco, Spain. It has been customary to paint this symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil and is considered to be a god totem. It is meant to be good luck to be given this symbol as a gift but bad luck if you buy one for yourself. They have hundreds of these symbols around the area of Spain I visited ranging, from stickers on backs of cars to little statues to key rings.

Greyfriars Bobby Statue, Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby Statue, Edinburgh

I had a bit of a day off from photography today. However, I did see this statue in a book about Edinburgh and thought that he would make a good photograph but didn’t know where it was in the city. Today, when I walked past I just had to get my camera out and grab a picture. The story of the Skye Terrier dog is world famous…

Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the two were inseparable for about two years. Then, on the 15th February 1858, Gray died of Tuberculosis. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby, who out lived John Gray by 14 years, is said to have spent the rest of life sitting on his master’s grave.

I have seen versions of this story in popular culture a number of times, Walt Disney had a very similar looking dog in a number of his children’s films and the story was even adapted for one of my favourite cartoon shows, Futurama. I thought that the photograph looked better in black and white and the space to the right of the dog gives the impression he is looking out for his master’s return.

Church Clock and Statue detail

Church Clock and Statue detail

Bad start to the New Year due to a friend being taken into hospital, she will be fine but its never nice in hospitals. This afternoon I took the train over to Macclesfield to visit her in Macclesfield General Hospital. I enjoyed the walk back to the station from the hospital and took a few evening photos, the lighting was very bad (cloudy, overcast and going dark) but I managed to grab this photo, I was experimenting with ‘depth of field’ in the above photo. The foreground (the statue) is sharp but the background (the clock and church) are out of focus. I made it a black & white image to give a more dramatic feel. The church is St Michael & All Angels (Church of England) in the centre of Macclesfield.