Essaouira in Black and White

Charming blue doors and quaint harbour aside, Essaouira is a photographer’s dream.  On my first day there I had enough material to fill a book, perhaps even two.

And so I took a chance the next day and photographed everything in black and white.  I was delighted with the results 🙂

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Essaouira

I fell head over heels in love with Essaouira, the gorgeous seaside town that was the repite from the chill of my sojourn in the High Atlas Mountains and where lunch came straight out of the ocean.

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I could happily live in Essaouira with its orderly Medina and lovely eateries tucked away in the side streets. And the gelato sold on the Square, where I had the closest thing ever to Bangkok’s famed coconut ice-cream.

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The quaint harbour reminded me of Kalk Bay back home, but with a North African backdrop 🙂  It’s little wonder that Essaouira was chosen as a location to film Game of Thrones.

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I could do without the seagulls though.  Their loud shrieks throughout the night kept me awake. So did the accoustics in the Riad where the one towel they gave me was so thin it was fraying.

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Four years ago I made a rule that I will never visit the same place on my Bucket List twice because there are so many other places I still want to see.  I made one exception after visiting Chobe in 2015.  And I will make another for Essaouira 🙂

 

Explore the Elements

There are still a few days left for all of you Travel Photobloggers out there to enter UK-based travel company Thomas Cook’s Travel Photoblogging Challenge.  The aim is to showcase the elements and your own unique interpretation of the four categories, Earth, Water, Fire and Air, so dig into your travel pic archives and get those entries in.  There are also some great prizes to be won.

Huge thanks to the uber talented Jude of Travel Words for nominating me.  Her posts are always a delight to read and a wonderful reminder of my childhood in England.

Be sure to study each category description carefully.  And with that, here is my submission:

Earth:  Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity4-IMG_5166

For EARTH I selected one of my favourite pictures taken in Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique.  Life is so carefree in Ponta that children abandon their bicycles and bags at the water’s edge to play soccer on the beach after school.  For all of us, Earth is what holds us up, the foundation for most things.

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Water:  Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism 3-1873

Just as Earth is solid, water is the fluid, ever changing essence of life.  Without water, the seals and birdlife around Pelican Point Lighthouse off the Namibian coast wouldn’t survive.

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Fire:  Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit

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Dune 45 at Sossusvlei in Namibia represents Fire for me.  Blow by the wind, the dunes are ever changing in form and ignited in the sunlight to huge, glowing embers of copper and ochre as they spread across the parched earth.  The dunes are best climbed in the early morning before the sand heats up enough to scald your feet.

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Air:  Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom 4-07-IMG_1054Birds are synonymous with freedom of movement and this elusive breeding pair of African Black Oystercatchers photographed at Cape Point, a species of high conservation, highlights the need to be free to grow and continue the circle of life.

How you enter:

  • Entrants must follow the online ‘Explore The Elements’ instructions to create their own blog entry.  Those entry instructions form part of these competition terms and conditions.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted. Multiple entries will be invalid.
  • Entries must be received by Thomas Cook by no later than 23.59 on 16 March 2015.
  • To qualify for entry, entrants must also nominate 5 of their fellow bloggers within their blog post.

My five nominations are:

  1. Janaline’s world journey
  2. Scarlet Nguni
  3. Sliding Sideways 
  4. A Glass Half Full
  5. Herman van Bon Photography 

Don’t feel obliged to join in, but best of luck if you do 🙂