WAY BACK WHEN……….in Morocco

I actually prepared this post about a year ago, and I really thought I had posted it. But I have just discovered it in draft form now, so finally here it is:

Recently I was looking through some old pre-digital photos, I was concerned to see how they were deteriorating, particularly those which I kept in those typical photo albums with a cellophane type of covering over the photos. So I set about trying to scan these prints – or at least most of them.  I had previously used a gadget for scanning the negatives but found it fiddly and it produced distorted colours, and scanning several prints at a time on my A3 scanner was so much quicker.

After scanning I then made some necessary restoration to the colours and intensity of the images. Of course they don’t compare well with the quality of photos made with modern digital cameras, many are a bit grainy or noisy, but in a way I quite like the aged appearance of them and I feel they are relevant in terms of representing a place in time, and important to preserve them before they are beyond redemption.

Starting with Morocco…

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In 1988 I made a trip to Morocco where I trekked with a group in the High Atlas Mountains, the high point of which was an ascent of Mount Toubkal. At 4,000 Meters I believe it is the highest mountain in North Africa. Not high compared with other more famous mountains, but fairly challenging.

The trek took us through many small Berber villages, the names of which are largely forgotten now. The friendly Berber people there were were mostly living in quite modest and poor conditions at that time, and tourism was really only just developing in the area. We overnighted in basic conditions in some of these villages although in one or two places we didn’t even have access to any sort of a toilet, and finding a private place for the necessary personal daily deeds was subject to being followed by local people – mostly women and children who were clearly highly amused!

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A Berber village on the mountainside, typically coming down in steps, and with its terraced farmland below.

 

Berber Villages in the Hight Atlas Mountains

 

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The main problem with looking back at these images is that I have forgotten the names of the villages, I may insert some more information if I can later.

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I believe the village above is called Ouanesekra

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Ascending Mount Toubkal. Large areas were quite snowy.

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From summit of Mount Toubkal, above.

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At the summit of Mount Toubkal. As I am in the photo, I obviously didn’t take it, and I really can’t remember who did, but I’m sure they won’t mind me showing it.

More of my photos of Morocco can be seen on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c38-photos-of-morocco

Also several paintings of Morocco on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c37-paintings-of-morocco

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CYPRUS, IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS

This was December 2018 in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. A beautiful area getting away from the popular coastal areas. I would expect this to be very popular during the hot summers, and it is noticeably much cooler up here at any time. Indeed, they have a skiing resort here, but there wasn’t much snow about when I was there – just a sprinkling at the top.

Apart from the stunning scenery, It was quite wonderful to smell the aroma of the pine trees. It made me want to breathe more deeply. It seemed more intensely perfumed than anything I experienced before.

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Up in the clouds on Mount Olympus. There was a smattering of snow here.

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Thanks for viewing my photos. Please look out for more Cyprus posts.

Previous Cyprus posts on:

WINTER IN PAPHOS, CYPRUS

TIME AND TIDE – and Flaking Paint (old boat at Latchi)

THE MAGIC OF LIGHT  (Zygi Harbour, Cyprus)

 STAVROVOUNI  (Cyprus)

STAVROVOUNI 2  (CYPRUS)

APPROACHING CYPRUS

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WEST KERRY SUNSETS (4)

More pictures of one of the wonders of the west of Ireland.  These photos were taken on Cosán na nEighe, a coastal walk next to Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Loads more photos of this area on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25-dingle-peninsula-photos

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BALLYHEIGUE BEACH REVISITED

Latest photos of Ballyheigue Beach.

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BLASKET ISLANDS

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View of Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head from the slip descending to the pier.

Below is a photo of Inis Tuaisceart.

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Inis Tuaisceart, AKA The Sleeping Giant, one of the Blasket Island Group, above.

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The Blasket Islands from Ballyickeen Commons, Dunquin.

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Great Blasket Island.

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Blasket Islands, from Ballyickeen.

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The Tiaracht, one of the Blasket Island Group.

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The Blasket Islands from The Clasach, Dunquin.

The links below will take you to my previous posts about the Blasket Islands.

Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 1)

Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 2)

Great Blasket Island, Part 3

BLASKET EVENING

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BERLIN 4, Some More of the Arty, Creative and Unusual.

 

Berlin is awash with all sorts of creativity. These photos show just a few of the images I captured in my opportunist moments as a tourist. I have little or no information about some of them, but they caught my attention.

Below is a sculptural installation Rolling Horse on the northern terrace of  the amazing Central Station.  It  was designed by the German sculptor Jürgen Goertz.

 

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The Oberbaum Bridge, above. It’s a double deck bridge that links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and it has become an important symbol of Berlin’s unity. The photo below shows a train passing over the bridge. It’s 124 meters long. I have read that the design of the bridge has been credited to Santiago Calatrava and opened in 1896.  But Santiago Calatrava wasn’t born until 1951 – so I’m confused about that!

 

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Above and below are two examples of several murals along Schloss Strasse, depicting events of history  – on the way up to Charlottenburg Palace.

 

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Below, the top of the Brandenburg Gate, as a more modern type of air transport passes above.

 

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I couldn’t let this colourful car pass without grabbing a shot. As for the one below – more fun than art, but I had to capture it.  Several of them passed by, with grown up drivers.

 

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Below are photos of chance discoveries as I explored the city.

 

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Music by the River Spree, above.

 

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Graffiti,  by the River Spree. There is a lot of graffiti in Berlin, some of it interesting and artful, but much of it is defacing other art objects, as in other examples shown in this post, above and below.

 

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This one above and one below are examples of murals on the old Berlin Wall, or “The East Side Gallery”, as I have described in my first Berlin post.

 

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This one above appeared to be inviting people to make their own mark.

 

 

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Bubbles in Berlin, above; a little fun by the Brandenburg Gate.

 

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I really wanted to go up in this balloon, which would have given wonderful views of the city, but after queuing up for some time I was to be disappointed – out of service for some reason!

I have several more photos, this is just a small section of them. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them.

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