Monday, August 19, 2019

Gladioli (Posterized)


My cousins came to visit yesterday and brought an enormous bouquet of gladioli.  The stems were so big I was afraid the vase would tip over! There are blossoms in all my favorite colors: red, orange, and pink.  This closeup shows just a few of the flowers. Tonight I used Painter to simplify the background, and then I also posterized the image.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Parque das Nações, Photo from the Gondola


I was very surprised to find myself taking the gondola ride (twice) at Lisbon's Parque das Nações.  It was a lovely ride.  Although I don't like heights, I have tried to rise above my fear, so to speak. Over the years, I have learned that being behind the camera helps a lot.  Here is one of the pictures I took from the air.  I also took video, but have been able to post it here. So I will have to settle for the photo.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gondolas, Bridge, Ocean: Parque das Nações in Lisbon


It is lovely to walk around the Parque das Naçoes in Lisbon, which is what we did on our first evening in Portugal.  In this view you can see the ocean, the cable cars, and in the distance, a bridge that reminds us of Boston's Zakim Bridge.  It was fun to watch the gondolas.  Little did I know that I would soon riding in one of them before our trip was over!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Parque das Nações


We spent some time walking around the Park of the Nations in Lisbon.  This park was built for the Lisbon World Expo in 1998. In the park, you can visit the Oceanarium, you can stop at Starbucks!  or choose from a number of international restaurants. You can ride a gondola (cable-car) from one end of the park to the other, or you can cool off by walking along this row of flags. We did all of these things.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Gare do Oriente (Oriente Train Station in Lisbon)


I took the train from Lisbon to Porto and back. The Gare do Oriente became very familiar because Oriente was also the subway stop for the Vasco da Gama Shopping and the Park of Nations and Oceanarium.  I loved the design of the outdoor roof over the tracks. so I took this picture.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Lovely Afternoon in Guimaraes


Spent some time walking around Guimaraes, a town about 40 minutes north of Porto.  I took a lot of pictures,  but for now just posting this one.  I love the soft colors and the patterns, and this is the kind of photo that might be a good reference for a painting.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Driving in the Rain, Porto


It rained a bit during my last day in Porto. It was a great day anyway, even though I was sorry to be leaving. I took some pictures from the car as we drove through the city.  I liked the contrast of the old buildings and cobblestones with the red and yellow tour buses so I took this picture. I have learned not to worry about raindrops on car windows. Sometimes a little bit of rain can adds to a scene.