Angel Sharks

An Angel Shark (Squatina squatina) lies at the rocky ground in Fuerteventura. Angel Sharks were common in the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean, but commercial fishing has decimated the population via bycatch. Angel Sharks are a now critically endangered species. The Canary Islands are home to almost all of the remaining Angel Sharks population.

Angel Sharks are an unusually flat-bodied genus of sharks and grow to a length of 1.5 meter. Angel Sharks once were common in the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean, but commercial fishing has decimated the population via bycatch. Angel Sharks are a now critically endangered species. The Canary Islands, hundred kilometres off the African west coast, are home…… Continue reading Angel Sharks

Cadiz after Midnight

Night in Cadiz.

Cadiz is not only a beautiful city with a picturesque old town, but also evaporates history with every step you take through its narrow alleys. The atmosphere of an old harbour town comes alive as the sun goes down and you feel moved back in time some hundred years. The cobblestones have seen many poor souls…… Continue reading Cadiz after Midnight

A Postcard from Cadiz

Fisherboats lie at the beach La Caleta in Cadiz. The fort San Sebastian (left) and the Santa Catalina castle (right) were built in 1598 to deter further British attacks in the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604).

Cadiz is among the oldest cities of Western Europe founded around 1100 BC by the Phoenicians of Tyre, a maritime trading people of the Eastern Mediterranean coast (today’s Libanon). However, acording to Greek mythology, Cadiz (Gadeira) was founded by Hercules just west to the Pillars of Hercules formed by the Strait of Gibraltar. Cadiz neighboured…… Continue reading A Postcard from Cadiz

Sand Play

Water and sand form constantly changing structures and patterns – ‘sand play’ gets a new meaning. The same happens at a rocky coast, but obviously the process takes much longer. In contrast to the previous blog post with iPhone snaps, the photos below were taken on film. Makina 67, Kodak Tri-X 400, developed in Rodinal…… Continue reading Sand Play

Patterns in the Sand

There are myriads of patterns in the sand. The waves form constantly evolving structures and patterns. At a sandy beach, these patterns change quickly. In the case of a rocky coast, the process takes much longer. My photos below are of course inspired by the great work of Michael G Jackson: Poppit Sands, a British…… Continue reading Patterns in the Sand

Building Ruins

El Cotillo, Spain April 8, 2013.

Construction in Spain boomed – until the economy collapsed in 2008. The result of the property bubble bursting are abandoned building sites omnipresent in Spain.

Postcards from Fuerteventura

The first lighthouse Faro de el Toston was built in 1887 at the northwest of Fuerteventura. Later in the 1950ies and subsequently in 1987, higher lighthouses were constructed. The most prominent celestial body in the upper left corner is planet Jupiter, and in the upper right corner is North Star Polaris.

A few days in the sun recharge the batteries after a long winter. Sun, salt water, wind, swimming, surfing, running, reading, eating fish, playing football and watching Champions League in a Spanish bar, eating more fish, and more swimming. What could be better? Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands and the oldest dating…… Continue reading Postcards from Fuerteventura