So blogging is already getting exhausting and I’m only four posts in. Have decided to shorten things up so here’s how last Wednesday went. [Having now finished the post I see it’s not that short. Well. I am what I am!]
Decided on a 14K loop hike – the ‘Archduke’s Passage’ from Valldemossa – a fairytale village if ever Valledemossa – iPhone shot taken when I stopped for a rest after climbing for about 90 secondsthere was one.
Missed the fact that the 1500 foot climb was apparently almost all in the first 2000 feet. Gasp. Wheeze. Burn. Had a few choice mental words with the Archduke.
6AM. Woke up at the crack and decided to get up – threw on thick socks, lulus and sweatshirt (apartment unheated) – eager for my morning cafe con leche fresh from the divine Nespresso machine (I’m almost a convert, but they have to come up with recyclable pods).
Then… thought I’d check for February festivals in Mallorca – wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any.
Oh look, here’s one in the Cathedral de Santa Maria in Palma. Wow, that looks fantastic. An amazing trick of the light that only happens twice a year. Gotta see that!
When is it? Oh – February 2nd – wait – isn’t that today? Yes it is. Funny you should ask.
What time? 8.30AM
8.30AM! That’s 2 hours from now. Siri! Wake up and tell me if I can make it. (Palma is at least an hour’s drive on the other side of the island.)
Siri says yes if I leg it out the door on the spot. No shower. No change. No breakfast. Just grab camera(s) and go NOW.
As a novice hiker, a woman soon to be out and about on my own on some pretty challenging terrain in the majestic hills of Mallorca – I had promises myself to take all the precautions needed to avoid ending up calling 911 (which is 112 in español) as per a previous unfortunate incident when following a 3 mile loop from the visitor’s centre in Tobermory. (Another story . . .)
and mine… to bring you the news that due to an amazing 8 straight days of beautiful sunshine – I haven’t been huddled up indoors updating my promised ‘blog’.
This weather is unusual – as everyone tells me – last year was really cold – and in fact there is a troubling drought (Mallorca being an island with finite water resources) – and believe me I have had to rearrange my features into a ‘sad’ face to reflect my absolutely disingenuous ‘concern’ at the horror of constantly fabulous weather [we all know I’m really – oh like you wouldn’t be too!]
== > photography notes (may or may not be of interest)
Anyway – here’s an iPhone shot taken using a joby gorillapod (mini tripod) and using the slowshutter app – did not work hard for this – it’s right in front of my apartment. The slowshutter app is my absolute favourite for any shot involving moving water since it allows you to take long exposures during the day – giving the smooth water effect you see here. Personal preference of course.
2 cautions – it usually takes a lot of trial shots before you get it right. #1 because when it’s sunny it’s very hard to see the screen, and #2 you’ll need to fiddle with the amount of blur and the number of seconds to get the right combo to reflect the kind of shot your looking for. And sometimes you’ll still get home and discover you didn’t get it after all – or on the other hand you’ll discover a great shot you didn’t know you had. Thats’s how it goes . . . and I’ll challenge any photographer to tell you different.
As many of you know I will soon be off on a big spanish adventure!
While I certainly won’t be recording every minute – I will be posting any happenings or maybe worthy photos in this space and you are of course very welcome to drop by if you happen to be wondering what I’m up to – or possibly cursing my existence from your spot in a snowbank.
And here’s the reason you visited from Facebook. This is what I looked like the last time I was in Mallorca – and this is my poor younger brother clearly less than delighted to have been dressed in a complementary outfit. No doubt he learned to run as fast as he does in order to avoid this ever happening again