Regulars may have seen my blogs about Mallorca before, but with such enthusiasm for this island I hope you will excuse any repetition. I had planned to title this article ‘Flight and Light’ as a theme, but opted to broaden it out a bit. November is a great time to visit the Med, if you are after peace and quiet, still good weather and possibly a good deal too! With a lack of crowds (outside of the city that is) landscape photography becomes a little easier. As you may have read previously, a holiday starts with the view through the plane window. Whilst most thumb through the duty free magazine my camera is pressed to the window.
With super clear conditions I managed to snap a couple of nice shots as we descended to Palma Airport. Our route took us right over the centre of the island, showing off some of Mallorca’s dramatic scenery. The island has some pretty serious mountains, the highest peak being Puig Major at 4,740 feet.
Much of the central and southern part of the island is quite flat as my second photo illustrates. It is however surprisingly green, though perhaps less so mid summer.
Christmas lights in Palma
I was lucky in that my visit to the beautiful city of Palma coincided with the Christmas lights being on; and what a wonderful display they have, particularly in the Avinguda de l’ Argentina. Here a long wide boulevard has all it’s trees covered with white lights, with the overall effect magical.
I continue my tour of Palma’s Christmas lights with the stunning neo-gothic City Hall
Palma is probably most famous for it’s enormous and much photographed Cathedral. The nicest time to photograph it and my preference, is probably sunrise or dusk, when you benefit from the floodlights, as well as colour and light still in the sky.
Mallorca has wonderful sunsets too, which are a must for budding landscape photographers. There is something classic about a sunset with palm trees.
Colours change as the sun disappears over the horizon and the sky turned orange. I liked the silhouette of the person in the foreground, taking their own photo, as many were.
Palma’s Bellver Castle is well worth a visit I liked the light and shade in it’s circular central courtyard as well as the warm colour of the stone.
From the castle on it’s hill, the city looks very packed and congested, or at least that’s the impression my zoom lens gave. In reality there are many lovely tree lined avenues and squares making it a very green city.
Leaving the city behind and north across the mountains, you come to Soller. A town with a nearby beach resort, the latter perfectly situated in an inlet. Surely few Mediterranean locations could be more picturesque than Soller, especially with the views from the road to the lighthouse.
Capgros Lighthouse is just out of the town and sits unusually 400 feet above the sea. For a nice shot, I went behind it and held the camera high over my head so that a little of the sea could be viewed over the trees.
My final photo comes on the way home. The snow capped Pyrenees mountains make a spectacular view if the weather and visibility allow.