If a look could last a lifetime…

May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten. ~Irish blessing

Spain-1040729Fancier than my ceiling.

Spain-1040675dmvAny closer to the communion ware and I will probably be reprimanded by a nun.

Spain-1040733Yes, I am a spy. I peer through the gap behind the ornate altar to survey the crowd at the next Mass.

Spain-1040730dmvSt. James may feel that this is his better side so I’d better post this, too.

Spain-1040678dmvClose up of the rope equipment that stayed idle during this Mass.

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The ever present seashell. Enough time in here.  Let’s go outside.

Spain-1040630Street artists are working for tips in the cathedral plaza.

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So much detail to observe.

Spain-1040620As a place of pilgrimage. People that through 2 centuries. It became a symbol of the brotherhood of vertebador (walkers?). Something about awareness in Europe.  Joan may have to help out with this one.

Spain-1040771These boots are made for walkin’. All together these pairs of boots have walked at least a thousand plus miles.  Probably over two thousand miles if you consider training miles.

Spain-1040768Last chance for a photo opp in front of the church before we head for the train station.  Ready or not, Segovia, Spain, here we come!

It’s Photo Friday!! Photo Etiquette 101

Looking for tips to stay within photography etiquette guidelines when traveling.  I love exploring cultures with my camera, including my own rural environment, but don’t want to be offensive at the same time.  Often times I find that we are “same but different” in many aspects and appreciate the uniqueness of experiences.  I have found that purchasing or tipping generously will often provide plenty of photo opportunities, but my experience with a variety of cultures is limited.

I’m reaching out to others in the world that have travel photography experience to offer suggestions to best document the experiences but be within the realm of common courtesy.  Which cultures are particularly difficult or easygoing to document?

Unsung Heroes of the Church

The church musicians are often hidden in the balcony or tucked into a corner of the church so aren’t always a visual presence during religious services.  But how empty the experience would be if we didn’t have their inspiring sounds filling the air!  This is an art form and many hours of work go into preparation to enhance the worship service, bringing beauty and praise to God’s Word.  They truly put their heart and soul into their work.