In the middle of winter

“O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate.
This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now.
In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”
― Albert Camus, L’été


24mm ISO64 1/160s f/10

70mm ISO64 1/200 f8

62mm ISO64 1/100S f/10

40mm ISO64 1/125S f/10

24mm ISO64 1/125s f/10

62mm ISO64 1/80s f/10

70mm ISO64 1/200s f/8

70mm ISO64 1/100s f/10

 70mm ISO64 1/400s f/3.5

*images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 E VR lens*

green new deal?

And now we welcome the new year
full of things that have never been
― Rainer Maria Rilke


New trees, new hope, a pair of robins, a family of blackbirds and assorted wagtails have made their new home amidst the olive grove (well, there are now two such trees). Nature has shown that even a brief respite from the toxic side products of human endeavour pays (green) dividends.

Let’s hope ‘we the people’ can now renew and heal as we transition to a new year, working together to heal differences and put aside toxic divisions.

(newly planted) olive tree: 1/200s, f/8.0, ISO 64

(newly planted) magnolia: 1/200s, f8.0, ISO 64

(precocious) prunus: 1/200s f/8.0, ISO 64

(ready for new residents) White House 1/200s f/8.0, ISO 64


*All images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E VR lens with limited edits in Lightroom*

shades of salamanca

It comes to this: like all of us who have not yet died of plague he fully realizes that his freedom and his life may be snatched from him at any moment”
Albert Camus


The streets of Salamanca stay muted as Covid-19 shows little sign of receding – although even in the darkest shadows light can be found.

A brief snapshot of the streets of Salamanca in September as the summer slides slowly towards the autumn. The outcome of my latest experimentation with the settings on my Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens.

More to follow.

Wherever you are, stay safe and look for the light in the shadows…


*Images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens*