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4th September 2015

Port de Soller on the west coast of Mallorca, viewed from the Mirador de ses Barques on the MA-10 road Port de Soller on the west coast of Mallorca, viewed from behind the bay Port de Soller on the west coast of Mallorca, as viewed from the west side of the bay

If anyone asks me for a recommendation for the nicest place to stay or visit on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, I would tell them 'Port de Soller'.

Port de Soller rapidly became Liz's and my go to location during our last stay on the island, so naturally, I have plaenty of photos of this lovely place, of which I'll share the best here at goHOWiE.com.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Port de Soller, Mallorca #1, #3 and #4 photo pages to read more.

3rd September 2015

The town of Deia, Mallorca The west coast of Mallorca, featuring the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, viewed from the Mirador de Ricardo Roca

Today's two images from Liz's and my holiday in Mallorca were both taken from the side of the MA-10 road that runs down the west coast of the island.

One view I found slightly disappointing, the other, not so.


Find out which was which by clicking on the links or thumbnails to go to the Deia, Mallorca #1 and Sierra de Tramuntana, Mallorca #6 photo pages to read more.

2nd September 2015

Lighthouse Cala Ratjada at Cap de Capedera, Mallorca Lighthouse at Cap de Formentor, Mallorca

No matter where I go, if there's a coastline then I'll look for lighthouses.

So I was very pleased to find these two lovely specimens during Liz's and my holiday on the lovely Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Cap de Capedera, Mallorca #1 and Formentor Lighthouse #2 photo pages to read more.

1st September 2015

Large waves breaking on the promenade at Cala Molins, Mallorca Cala Molins, Mallorca Red 'No Bathing' flag at Cala Molins, Mallorca









These three images are a study in colour, with emerald green seas, deep blue skies and, in one instance, a vivid red flag.

Colours that are typical of a hot afternoon on a Mallorcan beach, but where were the people?

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Cala Molins, Mallorca #1, #2 and #3 photo pages to read more.

You can also see a video of the waves at Cala Molins, just click on the link and then hit your browser's 'BACK' button to return.

28th August 2015

Karst limestone rock formation at Cala Aguila, Mallorca

With a beach disco to the left, and high rise apartments to the right, Liz and I didn't spend long at Cala Aguila on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Just long enough to find and photograph the lovely eroded limestone headland, sandwiched between the other 'attractions'.

To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Rocks, Mallorca #1 photo page.

27th August 2015

Twisted tree at the Mirador de ses Animes, Mallorca

I found this delightfully shaped tree perched on the side of a cliff at the Mirador de ses Animes on the west coast of Mallorca

Of course - I couldn't resist photographing it!

To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Twisted Tree, Mallorca #1 photo page.

26th August 2015

Torre del Verger watchtower at the Mirador de ses Animes, Mallorca Torre del Verger watchtower at the Mirador de ses Animes, Mallorca

Another pair of images from our last visit to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, this time showing the Torre del Verger watchtower at the Mirador de ses Animes on the west coast of the island.

Both photos were taken under similar lighting conditions, but the colour image has a lot more of a holiday feel to it compared with the more dramatic monochrome version.

It's amazing how you can affect the mood of an image through colour, or the lack thereof.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Mirador de ses Animes #1 and Mirador de ses Animes #2 photo pages to read more.

25th August 2015

Panoramic image looking over Port de Soller on the west coast of Mallorca, with the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains in the background Panoramic image looking over Port de Soller at sunset, on the west coast of Mallorca, with the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains in the background

Here's one of those 'spot the difference' puzzles.

These two stitched panoramic images, showing a view over the lovely Port de Soller on the Balearic island of Mallorca, are pretty much identical in composition, but very different in lighting, with one image taken in the mid-afternoon with relatively clear skies and one at sunset with a heavy bank of cloud rolling across the frame.

Each is a decent image in its own right, but the mood between the two is completely different, caused solely by the difference in lighting.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Port de Soller Panorama #2 and Port de Soller Panorama #3 photo pages to read more and see larger versions of these images.

24th August 2015

Panoramic image looking south from the Formentor peninsula over the Bay of Pollenca, Mallorca

My wife Liz and I have been off on our travels again.

This time we've paid a second visit to the Balleric island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea, to spend more time exploring the wilder places on the mostly beautiful place.

Today's photo is a panoramic stitch showing the view over the Bay of Pollenca, as seen from the south facing coast of the Formentor peninsula on a warm sunny afternoon.

It cheers me up just to look at it on this chilly, windy and damp day in North Wales!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Formentor Panorama #1 photo page to read more and see a larger version of this image.

22nd August 2015

Old tree, weathered and bent by the wind, Capel Curig, Snowdonia, North Wales

I think that I shall never see. A poem as lovely as a tree.

I certainly share that sentiment, especially when we're talking about the battered, weatherbeaten trees of Snowdonia, North Wales, that cling to life in what seem impossible conditions.

This lovely example is to be found on a hiking trail between Capel Curig and Llyn Ogwen, and was well worth stopping to admire and photograph.

To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Tree #14 photo page.

21st August 2015

Gladstone library and statue, Hawarden, North Wales

The Gladstone Library in Hawarden, North Wales is an architectural gem that I knew nothing about, even though it's only a few miles away from where I live.

Sometimes the most photogenic of locations can be right on your doorstep.

To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Gladstone Library #1 photo page.

20th August 2015

Time lapse video showing a new crescent moon setting behind a range of hills. Filmed from Deganwy on the North Wales coast

A rare clear sky at dusk on the North Wales coast allowed me to capture this simple time lapse sequence showing the new crescent moon setting behind the hills of Penmaenmawr as seen from the side of the Conwy estuary at Deganwy.

Click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Moonset Timelapse #5 page to watch the video and read a bit read about it.

19th August 2015

The milky way arching over the watchtower at the tip of Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

Following on from yesterday's time lapse video of the milky way over Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey, today I'm showing one of the stills from that video as a separate image.

Because I always shoot in the RAW format, which is 14bit from my Canon 6D, I've usually got plenty of data available to play with.

So I made the most of that ability to further enhance this individual exposure in Adobe Lightroom, improving colours and contrast over what I could achieve when processing the 2168 files used to make the video.

I really like the final result, so I'm now on the lookout for more North Wales beauty spots to film the milky way against.

Any ideas? Email me at howie@gohowie.com with your suggestions!

To see a larger version of this image, and to read more about it, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Milky Way #1 photo page.

18th August 2015

Time lapse video filmed overnight on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

Some time lapse video shooting opportunities just fall into your lap unexpectedly, while others are the result of weeks of planning.

This 'dusk to dawn' sequence, filmed on Llanddwyn Island on the Southwest tip of Anglesey, was one of the latter.

Click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Dusk to Dawn Timelapse #2 page to watch the video and read more about the planning that went into it.

17th August 2015

Panoramic image of Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, pictured from the banks of the river Shannon

Killaloe, on the banks of the river Shannon in County Clare, is one of those place in which you know there's a decent photo to be made, but you just can't seem to find it.

in the end, I found a panorama to be the best way of showing this lovely Irish town.

To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Killaloe Panorama #1 photo page.

14th August 2015

Bridges of Ross at Loop Head, County Clare, Ireland

Liz and I have made many excursions around Loop Head in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, but it seems there's always something new to see.

This time our exploring took us to the Bridges of Ross, a new location for us but one that no doubt we'll be visitng again.

Spectacular!

To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bridges of Ross #1 photo page.

13th August 2015

A Perseid meteor in the star filled night sky over a stone cross on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

A short interlude from the selection of images from the west coast of Ireland today, to allow me to show you a photo I took two nights ago during a meteor watch on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey.

The meteor in question was part of the Perseid meteor shower that occurs around this time every year, and you can more about my night time adventure by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Perseid Meteor #1 photo page.

12th August 2015

The Atlantic coastline at Loop Head, showing Bishop's Island with a ruined monastery, County Clare, Ireland

One of the many things my wife Liz and I love about the west of Ireland is the way that so much history is just left lying about, waiting for us to discover and enjoy.

The first time was saw Bishop's Island, just off Loop Head on the Atlantic coast, our common thought was 'who on earth would have been crazy enough to live on that lump of storm-wracked rock?!

Well, I've finally found out.

To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bishop's Island #1 photo page.

11th August 2015

The wild Atlantic coastline at Loop Head, County Clare, Ireland The wild Atlantic coastline at Loop Head, County Clare, Ireland

Just a short way along the west coast of Ireland from Kilkee, featured over the last two entries (see below) is the Loop Head peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic ocean and attracts some pretty wild weather.

Even on a nice, sunny day the onshore breeze can make taking photos here somewhat interesting.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Loop Head #6 and Loop Head #7 photo pages to read more.

10th August 2015

The bandstand at Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland The bandstand and bench at Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland

Two more images from Liz and my latest visit to Kilkee, in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland.

Part of the seafront that had just been restored following the winter storm damage from 2012-2013.

Just click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Kilkee Bandstand #1 and Kilkee Bandstand #2 photo pages to read more.

7th August 2015

The beach at Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland The sandy beach at Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland

Liz and I visit the west coast of Ireland quite often, as we have family over there.

One of our favourite places to spend a few hours is the lovely, unspoilt Loop Head peninsula in County Clare, at the entrance to which stands the small seaside town of Kilkee.

These two photos of the seashore at Kilkee were taken on an all too rare sunny afternoon, and although they're a bit postcard-like, I like them for their novelty value as cloud and rain are more the norm here.

A click on the links or thumbnails will take you to the Kilkee #1 and Kilkee #2 photo pages to read more.

6th August 2015

Colourful stones at the water's edge on the beach at Church Bay, Anglesey, Wales

This photo, of colourful stones and blurred waves on the beach at Church Bay, Anglesey, was a result of looking down rather than straight ahead.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Stones #6 photo page to read more.

5th August 2015

Time lapse video showing storm clouds, including mammatus clouds, streaming over the North Wales coast at Colwyn Bay

This weekend just past was a real treat for those interested in weather.

On Friday we had the display of lenticular clouds over the North Wales coast, as shown in yesterday's video, and then on the Sunday evening we had this spectacular showing of storm clouds, including the impressive mammatus, heading out over the Irish Sea from Colwyn Bay.

To read more, and watch today's video, click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Clouds Timelapse #10 page.

4th August 2015

Time lapse video showing lenticular clouds forming and decaying over the North Wales coast at Penmaenmawr at sunset

Well, so far this UK summer has been a bit of a wash out - if you're a sunbather that is.

But for folks like me who appreciate a bit of drama in the skies then there's been nothing to complain about, with scenes like these spectacular lenticular clouds over the North Wales coast to enjoy.

Bad weather - bring it on!

To read more, and watch the video, click on the link or thumbnail to got to the Clouds Timelapse #9 page.

3rd August 2015

Yacht in silhouette against the sun, West Kirby Marine lake

Another contre-jour image toady at goHOWiE.com, again, photographed at the West Kirby Marine Lake.

This is definitely one of those pictures where less is more.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yacht #9 photo page to read more.

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