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Photography Travel

Infrascapes: Keukenhof Gardens

This past Spring, I traveled to the Netherlands for the first time with my daughter. We happened to be there right in the middle of tulip season, so it was imperative that we pay a visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. The gardens were not far from Amsterdam and even closer to where we stayed in Haarlem. We bought tickets for the gardens at the tourist center in Haarlem. Our tickets included a bus ride that let you off a few blocks away. Keukenhof is massive and there were a ton of people spread out over the large gardens. This place is a flower-lovers dream! Thousands of varieties of tulips and many other flower varieties are arranged along various pathways dotted with buildings that contained more flowers plus cafes and gift shops. There were bike rentals (of course!) just outside the garden entrance so you can cycle around the tulip fields in the area.

I took an incredible amount of color photographs while I was there but also had my infrared camera with me. Here’s a few of my color infrared photographs that I shot during that visit:

 
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Photography Travel

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

July 1st is Canada Day and this year Canadians are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.  On July 1st, to honor this special celebration, I spent most of the day gazing through 15 years of photographic archives and selected 150 of my favorite color images shot in Western Canada where I was born and raised.  Oh Canada, my home and native land.  You’re so beautiful!  Here’s my Canada 150 in a slideshow:

Canada 150 – Happy Birthday to my home and native land! from Carol Watson on Vimeo.

Photography Travel

Infrared Photographs: Faves from 2016

I traveled a fair amount again this year and my infrared converted Nikon D300 comes with me. I thought I’d finish up 2016 with my favorite infrared images from my travels throughout this year.

Zion National Park (left), Barcelona, Spain (right)

Santa Maddalena Val di Funes, Italy

Lago di Carezza, Italy (left), Passo Gaiu, Italy (right)

Passo Sella, Italy

Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain

Barcelona (left), Mineral de Pozos, Mexico (right)

Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Near Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

Passo Giau, Dolomites, Italy

Michoacan, Mexico

Michoacan, Mexico

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Life in Mexico Photography

Calacas and Catrinas

One of my favorite traditions to photograph in Mexico is Dia de Los Muertos. This year, since our streets in Pozos are undergoing major construction, many events had to be canceled. So, I spent a couple of days in San Miguel de Allende and photographed the various calacas and Catrinas that are abundant during Dia de Los Muertos and the annual La Calaca Festival. A rainstorm put a damper (literally) on the events later that night, but the rain held off until the end of the Catrina parade. dotd2016-01 dotd-2016-036 dotd2016-02 dotd-2016-064 dotd2016-03 dotd-2016-069 dotd-2016-053 Check out more of my images by viewing my story on Steller:

Food Travel

Barcelona: Foodlover Tapas Tour

While I’m here in Spain, I made a quick trip via high-speed train to Barcelona for a few days.  As part of one of my excursions, I signed up for a Foodlover Tapas Tour. Along with our guides Javier and Daniel, there were 8 of us hailing from the USA, Germany, Luxemburg and the UK. There were a great bunch and it was fun to share food and stories with them! Here’s photos of all the tapas I tried along with plenty of wine (of course).

Our first stop was La Boudequeta Provença:

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Octopus Salad, Ensalada de Pulpo

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Bread with Tomato, Pan Con Tomate

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White wine from the Pamplona region.

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Fried Anchovies, Boquerones Fritos

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Salt Cod Croquettes, Croquetas de Bacalao

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Fried Baby Squid, Chopitos

Stop number two was a few blocks away and a small rustic and intimate tavern, Taverna Mediterrania:

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A handcrafted Vermouth aperitif to start.

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Mushroom and Egg Omelette

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Ox Stomach Stew, Tripe Aita

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Steamed Mussels, Mejillones al Vapor

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More fried anchovies, Boquerones Fritos

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Chickpea Stew with Morcilla, Cocido

Our final stop of the night was Bardot in the L’Eixample district:

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Beef Croquettes

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Calamari and Beans

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Salt Cod Omelette

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Braised Oxtail

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Vegetable Risotto with Pancetta

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Grilled Beef Steak, Chuleton

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Postres — Chocolate Torte and Crema Catalan with Ice Cream

We finished off near midnight satiated and quite happy.  I really enjoyed the people in our tour group, and Javier and Daniel were great guides!  I’d do another Foodlover tour next time I’m back in Barcelona!