Just gold

Just gold

The glitter of gold in the Spanish sun

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A tempest in my mind

A tempest in my mind

The dance and colours of a Spanish festival

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Just a sketch

Just a sketch

Spanish festivals never cease to fascinate

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Spanish dancer

Spanish dancer

A bit of Goya and a lot of my own favourite colours

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Spanish Dancer 3

Spanish Dancer 3

Pure emotion

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Spanish Dancer 2

Spanish Dancer 2

Fascination of a Spanish dancer

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Spanish Dancer4

Spanish Dancer4

Grace

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Spanish dancer

Spanish dancer

Flamenco dance is the ultimate expression of Spanish tradition. The warm colours here represent the passion of the dance.

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Almond Sketch

Almond Sketch

In January and February the countryside is full of these lovely flowering almond trees.

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A Great Dane's eye view

A Great Dane's eye view

Great Dane admiring her own portrait

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Two Great Danes

Two Great Danes

What more beautiful animal than the Great Dane

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Early almond blossom

Early almond blossom

The gorgeous sight of almond trees blooming in February is a promise of the spring to come

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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Bulgakov's novel

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Pandeoro

Pandeoro

Literally "Bread of gold" - local bakery with the most mouthwatering bread and cakes

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The Over Knave

The Over Knave

The name comes from a Tarot card. The original image comes from a Spanish festival.

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Belly dancer

Belly dancer

Not all Spanish dancers are limited to flamenco!

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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

A favourite book

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En un lugar

En un lugar

Photo of a "hoguera", the title is from the opening line of Don Quixote "En un lugar de la Mancha de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme" ("Somewhere in La Mancha the name of which I do not wish to recall"). 2016 is Cervantes' 500th anniversary and so is a good moment to revisit this well loved charact...

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The Pirate

The Pirate

San Isidro is a colourful festival in a market town near Alicante and is full of interesting characters like this one.

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The Great Indian Novel

The Great Indian Novel

A marvellous book based on the epic classic Mahabharata

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Almond impression

Almond impression

February in southern Spain means thousands of flowering almond trees in fields and on hillsides.

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Loveliest of trees

Loveliest of trees

Almond blossom does not last long and its fragile beauty that makes it even more magical.

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The Fool

The Fool

No festival is complete without one.

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The Musician

The Musician

This is a "hoguera" (bonfire) from the San Juan festival in Alicante. All over the city large papier maché figures are set up, often with satirical themes. On the night of San Juan (24 June), they are all burned down, so are truly ephemeral art forms.

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Golden Lady and her Horse

Golden Lady and her Horse

A Spanish festival is not complete without horses. The beauty and nobility of the Spanish horse is rightly famous.

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Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

An amusing interpretation of the famous character from Alice in Wonderland for the "hogueras" of the San Juan festival.

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Alice

Alice

A "hoguera" from Alicante's festival of San Juan.

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Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

A "mad" "hoguera" from a satirical piece at the San Juan Festival in Alicante.

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The Catcher

The Catcher

The name is from a Tarot card. The character comes from a Spanish festival.

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