A View of the Valley, Yosemite
From this angle, you can see the length of the valley, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome (center), and El Capitán (left of center). It’s a wonderful place to explore.
A View of the Valley, Yosemite
Poinsettias, El Real Alcázar de Sevilla
It’s a beautiful courtyard, with arches and a water element. The red color from the poinsettias added some pop to the scene. There are a lot of designs on the walls that add texture to the space.
Patio, El Real Alcázar de Sevilla on Flickr.
This patio was a in the Real Alcázar, a royal palace, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. I thought it was an enjoyable small space that incorporated a few architectural elements that I liked. I also liked the warm yellow color.
Sevilla at Night, Sevilla on Flickr.
Sevilla is beautifully decorated with plenty of lights during Christmas. The main streets, the side streets, all lit up. It’s a very festive atmosphere. Sevilla is also filled with plenty of citrus trees. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many citrus trees in a city. They are part of the character of the city. It’s wonderful.
Plaza de España, Sevilla III on Flickr.
The lower wall of the main building at Plaza de España is subdivided into sections. Each section has its own elaborate mural, painted on tiles. They’re incredibly detailed. Each one symbolizes a different province, depicting a historical moment.
Plaza de España, Sevilla II on Flickr.
Plaza de España looks beautiful at night. It is so well lit that it glows. With less people around than in the daytime, I was able to enjoy the plaza in peace.
Plaza de España, Sevilla on Flickr.
Plaza de España is in Maria Luisa Park. For me, it was one of the highlights of Sevilla. The plaza forms half an oval, with a graceful curve of the building. It’s quite impressive. It’s a nice space to walk around, or just sit and contemplate. This photograph was taken just before sunset. I wanted the warm light to make the center of the building glow. The challenge was to wait for the clouds to open up so that the sunlight could peak through.
Beer House, Madrid on Flickr.
This is a beer stand in the middle of Mercado San Miguel. The bright red color called my attention. Mercado San Miguel is a fabulous market in prisitine condition. It’s in the Plaza Mayor area of the city. The market has fruit and vegetable stands, dried meats, cheeses, bars, pinxos, and more. It’s definitely a must see.
El Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.
Ricardo Bellver (madrileño), 1877, bronze
This is the featured sculpture at the center of the roundabout Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. It’s a magnificent statue. I can almost feel the tension in his right arm, resisting against the snake wrapped around his wrist. I never thought a sculpture of the fallen angel could be so beautiful, so powerful. I find it also sad, a sad story. How could an angel, a spirit at such a high level, fall so far? I don’t want to know. My Borch map says that Madrid has an altitude of 667 meters. This statue is said to be at 666 meters above sea level.
Gárgolas, Ángel Caído, Madrid on Flickr.
Francisco Jareño, 1885, bronze and stone.
These are gargoyles that compose the fountain at the base of the monument of El Ángel Caído in Parque del Retiro. I was captivated by the detail in the creatures faces. There are two different face designs, alternating at each side. Water spouts from their mouths, as well as, from the mouths of the serpents below them. If you stare at the eyes long enough, they’ll start to move.