Almeria….Spanish with a Moroccan Flavour


Ancient and modern in both architecture and culture.  North Africa mixes well here in a truly Spanish style.


The City is dominated by the ruins of the Cathedral Fortress, Alcazaba built as a defence against Barbary Pirate Raids (sadly it was barricaded off for our visit to allow Filming of Wonder Woman!) but still an impressive statement about Almeria.

Almeria is truly a city that has embraced modern culture yet has retained its historical past. A Spanish Beach resort blends into a vibrant Commercial City that has retained all the essential elements of its culture, a culture that has been influenced by all religions and peoples from across Europe, North Africa and further afield. Busy, yet relaxed in approach… a welcoming City. So lets take a tour….

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A spotless City where even the graffiti  is smart…

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1st October

(C) David Oakes 2018


A Winters Scene…..or two


I guess this could be a typical country scene across many parts of the UK today and over the coming week. This image is on one of the Victorian Greetings Cards in my collection.

In a recent (long put-off) sort out of files and the image archives, I also came across the image below….also a February shot.  Taken about 28 years ago on 35mm Fujichrome which I digitally scanned a few years later when we switched from film to digital imaging.  If I can dig out the traini I will try another scan on todays scanners which I am sure will produce better results….but meantime here we are

Skiddaw & Derwentwater, Cumbria

Skiddaw and Derwent Water, Cumbria 

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Over 50

Anything over 50 Years Old is the brief…well how about this?


Family memorabilia in the Tower Room of Ripley Castle, Yorkshire

As most of these items in the family collection go back over several centuries I guess they count for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge.

You can see what others have suggested on:-

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22nd July

(C) David Oakes 2016

Easter Day…….Greetings and Wishes


A Victorian Easter Card originally published by Raphael Tuck and Sons. From the David Oakes – Card Collection.

Easter Greetings to all…..and a wish that there could be more Peace and less Violence in this World.

20th April

© David Oakes 2014