Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Afternoon on Derb Djedid

Such warm and lovely colors in the women's clothes.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Very Blue Sky

Looking up from the courtyard...........you can just see the very smallest part of the olive tree on the roof.

On a much cloudier day looking upwards........... 

and a view from the roof itself. So much time spent studying the sky and enjoying the light.
In the evenings the swifts would circle eating mosquitos and then later the bats would swoop down--then one would know it was supper time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Beach at Diabat

Dunes and the Atlantic Ocean just south of Essouira.

A good place for surfing and a camel ride on the sand.

A good place for sandcastles and pondering mortality.
Jimi Hendrix supposedly wrote "Castles in the Sand" here.

Our little castle is swirled away by the tide.....

Monday, April 12, 2010

In the Souks/Suqs

A suq/souk is really just a shop. In Marrakesh there is a whole area
where lots of little shops are all clustered together.
In fact it's a sort of labyrinth of delights.

Many of the little lanes have wood slats in the roof to prevent the sun shining too brightly
and creating wonderful shadows.

So very many different things to see and buy! Jewels and pottery
and metalwork and tea glasses and scarves and baskets......

...but best of all leather slippers that Alladin or Princess Jasmine would envy
in every color and design under the sun......

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Buying Food

Larkspur and roses early in the morning at the covered market near the metalworkers' square.

The butcher was happy to pose in his shop. His turkey sausages are delicious.

My favorite place to buy fruit and vegetables.
It's all astoundingly fresh and plentiful.

You can buy chickens there too and rabbits and fish.

Lots of the stalls have hand-painted signs.

Here the light shines through the slats onto the workers' bikes and mopeds. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Light at the Jardin Majorelle

You should go to the Jardin Majorelle early in the morning before the crowds get there....

The gardeners will have just washed the paths

and the reflections are amazingly beautiful.
There are little frogs in the ponds  who may pop out onto lily pads.

The colors never cease to amaze me.

Everywhere you looks is magical.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Rabbits

Rabbits are a symbol of spring.
These ones in the Moroccan countryside seem pretty happy
eating marigolds.

Below are Lilies in the hall in front of the camel bone mirror.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

In the Bahia Palace

The courtyard garden is reflected in the window glass.
Inside the room are more painted doors.