Picture of the Week

24 March 2013

Week 12: dogs, cats, Villajoyosa, El Campello, Apedales

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This week, despite not travelling anywhere, I have taken a lot of pictures. Having Tuesday off (San José, a public holiday in Spain) helped. As usual, cycling features prominently.

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I have photographed this puticlub on the old Valencia road during the day while cycling, but one evening this week I found myself driving by. The place actually looked a lot nicer than in daylight:
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Now some cycling pictures from Sunday and Tuesday.

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I am always fascinated by the fact that just a couple of km from the beach, in El Campello, one can come across old-style herding:
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The boss of the herd:
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Roundabout in El Campello. A driver must have missed the fact that it was a roundabout…:
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On Tuesday, I cycled south to Dolores and Elche. On the way back, I had this great road with a newly installed bike path all to myself:
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Self-portrait on the road:
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Bar Antonio y Toni, combined with a fireworks outlet. People around here use fireworks year round, for private celebrations as well as public ones:
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As usual, a couple of pictures taken while walking my dog:

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Blue sky is nice, but for a photographer, interesting clouds are better:
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The billboard in front of this ugly, empty lot, keeps displaying messages that are completely at odds with the surroundings:
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“The TV controls you”:
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One of the stray cats on the golf course in nice morning light:
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Our own Taco in his preferred environment, our bed:
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On Monday, spring finally arrived. Hostal Maruja on the beach opened for the season, and I invited a co-worker for lunch there. It is 20 km from the office, but it is a quick drive, and eating lunch in these surroundings is simply wonderful:
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When you finish eating, you can take a look onto the adjoining beach:
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On Wednesday evening, my local bicycle shop Apedales, where I have bought four bicycles in the past 5 years, inaugurated their new premises. They are doing well despite the crisis, and took advantage of extremely low commercial rents to move to better premises just 100 metres down the street. The celebration was modest, just some tapas and beer:
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The new shop has two display floors, each almost as big as the old place:
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One of the co-owners of Apedales with his son:
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This is a place I pass every day–the stairway to our underground car park at the office. I have long thought that it had photographic potential, and this week I made these three studies:
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On Saturday I was out on the bicycle again, this time north to Villajoyosa. It was cloudy but in the end I did not need the rain jacket I carry in my handlebar bag. But I did need the camera I carry in that same bag:
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I bought a Coke and sat down for a few minutes break on the beach promenade. There were not that many people, but there were some passers-by, young…:
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…and not so young:
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The cloudy weather made for interesting views, here looking north from Villajoyosa’s harbour:
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Saturday afternoon I went to my local Carrefour supermarket to do some shopping. As I walked up to the store, I came across this photo studio, set up outside as a promotion for Purina dog food. The sign specified small dogs only. This one certainly met the criterion:
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This is probably the most common dog in Alicante:
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This little bulldog was not very cooperative:
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He was only interested in one thing:
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