Weekly photo challenge: Renewal – New Year

By: roughseasinthemed

Nov 16 2012

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Category: Life, Photography, Spain


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What I like about New Year’s Eve is the sense of anticipation of a new year.

The chance to look back on the past 12 months, the good, the bad, and if it was especially bad, pleased that it is out of the way and hoping the next one brings better times.

For many people I knew on the internet, 2010 seemed to be especially bad, us included – but even in the midst of some serious problems there were highlights, like my silver wedding, which we celebrated just a couple of weeks after having all our papers, passports, all ID, bank cards, money, iPhone, countless other goodies, stolen from the front of our Land Rover.

In fact these pictures were taken at the end of 2009, which had been a mixed year. Who would have known what the next 12 months would bring? I’m glad we didn’t.

We try and spend either Christmas or New Year or both at the finca, and that means a few walks down the beach.

Here in greater detail, is the figure escaping on the bottom left of the header photo. Yes I could have cropped him out, but then I wouldn’t be able to lead so neatly into this pic.

It was one of those sunny cloudy heavy shower days, and it wasn’t too warm (that’s relative in Spain).

So he’s kitted out in heavy shirt, down vest (we’ve had them 20+ years and I’m not throwing them out, that’s before anyone comes out with a picky vegetarian question), boots, and the inevitable shorts. Shorts because it wasn’t that cold, and as I said on the previous post, the rain in Spain, legs dry off easier and faster than trousers.

The rucksack falling off his shoulder was empty, we were going to call at the village shop on the way home. The umbrella was in case it rained. It did as soon as we left the beach. And then the sun came out again. Because the sun always comes out at some point.


14 comments on “Weekly photo challenge: Renewal – New Year”

  1. I agree, I love the prospect of a new year, and leaving behind all the bad of the previous one.
    For me a few years ago, the bad spread all the way from December to February (I think you probably know the one I mean), oddly things started to improve around the start of the Chinese New Year.

    How lovely to be able to blow all the cobwebs away with a beach walk, that always rejuvenates me, whatever the weather.

    Shorts? T as you know wears them all year round, he does get some odd looks, non more so than a couple of years ago when the temperature dropped to -19c ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


    • Meant to add, what a great description to the second photo, it really brings to life, what otherwise, would just be a figure on a beach.


    • Yes, the feeling of something new, a fresh start, an open year in front of you to restart all over again, I find quite inspirational and motivating. After a few days the feeling wears off, but for a couple of days it’s good. I can guess the year I suspect, and doesn’t matter what sort of New Year it is either. A Chinese one is just as significant and we have gone to Chinese New Year parades in a couple of cities.

      I love the empty beach in winter ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s when it is worthwhile living near the beach. I think shorts all year round is pretty easy when it doesn’t drop below 0C. I don’t think either of us would be wearing them in -19. Reminds me of John Merrill walking around Britain in shorts in all weathers.


  2. It is that reassurance that the sun always coming out at some point that gets me through the stormy days. I actually moved purposely to another part of my state about 8 years ago because we get about 300 days of sunshine here. A high desert works for me after being in a valley and at sea level all my life prior.
    I rather like that baked feeling from the sun at 4,500 feet in elevation, Nicely entrenched up here in the mountains.

    I really enjoyed reading about your homeland roughseas. great post as your norm always is. ~.


    • You sound like my partner who moved from the wet, rainy, valleys of south wales to australia for the hot dry sunny weather. I like all weathers, although not too much of the same type endlessly. Spain is nice and hot though, so that suits him, and even after a few days rain a) it’s not cold and b) the sun comes out.

      Thanks BB, your visit is appreciated, as ever.


  3. I feel renewed every time I walk along a beach, it cleanses your soul. Love the pics… illustrating perfectly yes, the sun does always come out at some point, and be prepared for change in the weather & other eventualities… I guess each change is a small renewal, as each day is renewal… some, like birthdays and new years day take us, often thankfully into another year. As we usually take 3 weeks holiday from Christmas on, my new year feels like it really begins when I return to the office… I also like Chinese New Year, away from the tradtional festive season, and because each Chinese year has certain characteristics and nature ascribed to it.


    • Thanks ED, and, you got the other ideas of renewal that I didn’t express because I thought it was too complicated ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yes, the Chinese New Year is interesting, each year is far more defined and individual, unlike our years, where the only real difference is the number at the end of the date that you have to remember to change.


  4. i am always find being at a beach both inspiring as well as relaxing. in fact, the rougher the sea, the more relaxing the moment, if that makes any sense.
    which image were you trying to straighten – the main image? or the one with the ominous sky? a very cool click. that sky really is dark and expressive with A walking along it. with those shorts, he would fit right in here. people wear shorts here at times no matter what the weather – and although i don’t really like to admit it, and would probably be in denial if someone asked me about it outright, we sometimes can get quite wintery weather here.


    • Yes, roughseas are very relaxing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or maybe invigorating? Whatever, they are nice to see because of the movement and the sheer life.

      The top one. But as I said to V, one degree wasn’t quite enough and two was too much leaving the sea running downhill to the right ๐Ÿ˜€ It probably needed 1.5 degrees which I can’t do on my camera programme. Or if I can I haven’t worked out how. Plus, I liked having A disappearing off bottom left and rotating meant he got cropped out. So that’s why I left it. This not being a photo-blog and all that, I know people can cope with slanting sea/skyline.


      • Forgot to say, I took quite a lot of pics that day because the light was so interesting. Some of the others may find their way on here at some point, although would also suit a slideshow but I don’t like DT’s vertical slideshow ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


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