Sunday Photos: Las Salinas

This week’s photo excursion was to the salt works at the southern tip of the island, Las Salinas de Fuencliente. I had it all planned out: I’d photograph the piles of salt in the rosy light just before sunset, photograph the sunset itself, eat in the cafeteria and then I’d photograph the stars.

That’s not what happened. Most of the Salinas had been taken over by a wedding party so the salt piles were off limits to respect their privacy. Fair enough, it’s one of the most important days of their lives and best of luck to them. I went and photographed the waves instead. I experimented with a slow shutter speed to see if it made the water look wetter, as it does with a stream. Well yes, it does. For anyone interested, this shot was taken at 2.5 seconds, with the camera wedged on some rocks. In hindsight I should have been less lazy and got the tripod out, but now I know for next time.

And then I photographed the sunset, the only bit that went to plan. It was a slightly disappointing sunset though, because of the thin clouds. And the same clouds meant that there wasn’t much point trying to photograph stars so I went home and got a good night’s sleep.

I was less productive this week, but it still hasn’t been bad. I’ve done more proof corrections to the guide book. (Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have native Spanish-speaking friends to help? They really help!)

Progress on the whodunit slowed down because my writing buddies pointed out some problems. When I realised that they were right, I didn’t exactly dance with glee but I’d much rather have these things pointed out now then have an editor reject the book later. So I’ve fixed 2 out of 3 problems and I’m now on chapter 38 (of 102).

And I’ve noted down a few more ideas about the next book. I’ve learned that some people have dreams which are so vivid that they can’t tell that they’re dreaming. It’s impossible to tell what’s real and what’s not. Hmmmm.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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