Carifiesta, Montreal

Black and white picture of Carifiesta parade and dancers, Montreal, Canada

Carifiesta Dancers, Montreal

Sorry for the silence – work and a long weekend conspired to divert my attention.  On the plus side, the long weekend was photographically productive (Montreal knows how to cram a visually interesting festival or three into a weekend!), so I have a lot of pictures to share.  This was from Carifiesta, a festival of Caribbean culture culminating in a street parade through the city centre.  I didn’t even know it was on, just happened to wander across the waiting crowds and decided it was worth sticking around to see what happened.  Turned out to be a good decision, the parade was a lot of fun to watch and photograph!

Red Cuillin, Isle of Skye

Black and white landscape picture of the red Cuillin, Skye, Scotland

Red Cuillin, Isle of Skye, Scotland

I’ve debated putting this up picture of the Red Cuillin for a while now – it’s one of my favourites from the Isle of Skye, but the panoramic format really doesn’t translate well to this blog.  Still, I finally decided it was worth sharing, regardless of the limitations of the display format – I hope you like it!

Flamenco (XIV), Spain

Black and white picture of flamenco dancer and guitar players, Madrid, Spain

Flamenco, Madrid, Spain

Here’s another picture from the archives that I could have sworn I’d posted here before, this time from the Flamenco series.  While the flamboyant dancers commanded a lot of attention (especially for a photographer!), the guitar players at the back of the stage were equally impressive, albeit in a more subdued fashion.

Spanish Moss, Charleston

Black and white landscape picture of Spanish Moss, Charleston, South Carolina

Spanish Moss, Charleston, South Carolina

One of my main photographic goals for my trip to Charleston was to photograph the iconic Spanish moss. These trees were so heavily laden with moss I couldn’t help thinking of the cobweb-coated trees from The Hobbit, but thankfully there were no giant spiders lurking in the shadows.

(And for your fun trivia fact of the day, it turns out Spanish moss isn’t actually a moss, but  belongs to the same family of plants as pineapples (bromeliads).  Guess it goes to show appearances can be deceiving…)