The Palavas swamp is a habitat for all manner of birds on account of the shrimp and other tasty morsels that thrive here. The glassy surface at dusk caught my eye as I drove past. Those houses on the other side sit along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, this is a popular destination for vacationers in summer. However I was here in the off-season which afforded me an opportunity to see a slightly different side of life in southern France. Quiet walks along the beach or simply watching the night set in across the swamp.
Other swamps around this area are used to cultivate salt. The nearby town of Aigues-Mortes is where some of the finest salt in the world comes from. I'm not a good judge of salt but it seems to me refined and smooth. nevertheless but we bought a little box to bring home which we use sparingly for special dishes.
Aside from the salt, several little aspects of French culture rubbed off on us while we were here.; cheese, wine and baguettes be chief among them. But other things like slowing down to enjoy a meal which is something we don't always do back home. In the end we came back with just enough to whet our appetite for more and the thought that things taste better when we slow down and, use a dash of good salt.
Here is another shot I took from an observation tower looking north towards St Pete. In the foreground is the trail through Robinson Preserve, off in the distance is the Sunshine Skyway bridge and, if you look closely, beyond the bridge is downtown St Petersburg.
For the sky and water I overlaid the texture from the inside of a native american Cedar canoe. Surely that has nothing to do with this picture yet it seemed to work well. Textures are photos of other things that can be used to add to an otherwise plain surface. I started collecting textures, which is just another way of saying I've been taking pickers of the ground, walls, clouds or interesting patterns. I never know how something will work until I try it out, like this one.
I wrote a post about pictorialism and how I gravitate towards the artistic side of photography. That's evident in this image because I've changed it to convey a feeling or idea, not so much a strict representation of the moment. I'm not that much into the purist side of photography where we document a moment in time. That's an honorable profession, it's just not for me. I'm in it for the art. Totally.
Here are some apartment towers across the pond at the edge of the Vancouver downtown facing Stanley Park. Both the towers and trees cast a reflection on Lost Lagoon as I walked by here not too long ago. Lost Lagoon is a funny name for a pond in the middle of a big city, it conjures up images of a tropical island in the middle of the pacific somewhere, yet here it is in a big city. Maybe they figured no one would think to look for it here.
I once made up a rule about landscape photography, that the more elements a photo has the more interesting or impactful it becomes. By elements I mean earth, file, water and air. So..., the idea is the more I could incorporate in a photo, the more it resonates. Take this for instance, it has water, earth and air. There's a hint of fire on the right from the setting sun. I have no idea if any of this is true, but it's an idea and I kind of like it.
Speaking of lost, I wish they'd make another series like Lost. I was hooked on that real bad; wouldn't it be cool if they did another one? Lost 2, or Lost Again, or better yet, Lost lagoon. I have the perfect location.