I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love photo challenges. It’s great fun to spend time reliving memories as I linger in my albums finding the shots I want to use.
Every month Marianne … oh wait! … first I want to congratulate her as she recently won first prize in a photo contest for this entry … *YAY! WOOHOO!* … okay, back on track …
On Marianne’s fabulous East of Malaga website, she has a photo challenge once a month and February’s topic is Across The Rooftops.
That challenge took me back to one of my visits with my (no exaggeration)
beautiful, wonderful, hilarious, one-in-a-million, sister-in-law, Ofra, who lives in a tiny village a half-hour south of Granada, Spain. She went there for a one-week visit 25 years ago and hasn’t left! I love her story!
I’ve spent many hours on her rooftop terrace snapping photos and getting caught up in the sheer beauty of this picturesque part of Andalucia; a half-hour from the Alpujarra mountains to the north and 20 minutes south to the Mediterranean beaches. The first time I won a writing award was for a piece I wrote about doing just that. I’ve never lost my fascination for the colours and textures of those terra cotta tiles, the vistas beyond, and the stories they might hold.
Rooftops like these exist in many countries around the world but the ones I’m sharing here are from the Valle de Lecrin in the south of Spain. I hope you see the attraction!
As much as I love the rooftops in Spain, it wouldn’t be moi if I didn’t finish with a rooftop shot from France. Looking down on the vieille ville of Nice is a view I love.
Where are your favourite rooftops? One of the rules of Marianne’s challenges is that you must visit other blogs from her comments and refer back to two of them here.
If you can, take a minute to see the photos they have posted and please tell them I sent you. Enjoy!
I love the variety here, from Prague to San Diego on http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/cbbh-across-the-rooftops/
And Pat’s photography here on every subject is inspiring: http://imissmetoo.me
Warm weather roofs! Sunshine on them!!
Ah yes! Those tiles instantly make us feel warm, don’t they? Does it remind you of Baja?
Some parts of Mexico, but mostly where we went in Baja it was quite remote and sparsely populated.
Words We Women Write says
I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
More about this nomination is at http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
You are too kind! I might say the same about you!
Thanks for your congratulations (and your vote) in the recent photography competition, Patricia. I still can’t believe I won!
Many of your rooftops look familiar to me in this part of Spain. The way rooves are constructed here make them very strong and almost impossible to leak. 🙂
You might want to look at the link to Amy’s blog as it was showing an error when I clicked through to it – and I needed to copy-and-paste to get to your second link. Easily remedied and both well worth a visit 🙂 🙂
I always enjoy your photo challenges. Your enthusiasm shines through, Patricia. Well done!
Thanks for the heads up on those links. I will check them out right now. We do love keep our shutters clicking, don’t we?
I did as you asked and voted for Marianne. Too late. She’d won anyway, but it’s a great photo. I echo her comments about the links 🙁 . I must find some shots of our greatly-battered-but-still-hanging-in-there rooftops here in Laroque, as seen from the church. Moving doesn’t leave much time for this sort of rummaging so it could be a while….
Why wouldn’t you enjoy photo challenges? You take some pretty awesome pictures!
Thanks, Phil! It’s my addiction … next to chocolate …
There is something very charming about old rooftops, especially in rural areas. I too loved the views from our hotel in Granada. I felt I just wanted to skip all over them.
I loved that comment and know what you mean! The Alhambra simply takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Did you also visit the Mesquite in Corboba? I hope so!
Yes, we did. I love Muslim art and the south of Spain is full of it!
Angeline M says
Beautiful scenes, and as Fatima mentioned, there is something so charming about the rooftops in the old villages and towns. I do love that shot in France!
Love those! The Spanish views are great and I adore any view of Nice… Thanks — made a nice travel moment while snuggling under blankets and trying to stay warm in our unusually cold southern winter.
Ah, Granada and the Côte d’Azur! What’s not to like? 😉 The last shot is particularly stunning.
Nia Simone says
I love rooftops and your sample is fantastic. When we stayed in Madrid we were in a penthouse room with a pop-up roof. We stood there and looked out at the rooftops while sipping wine. I’ll never forget it!