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When I saw the beach at the famous Playa de la Concha in San Sebastian for the first time, immediately a beach scene from 1960s movie came into my head - complete with tanning women with their skulls caps and a lifeguard sitting perched up on the tall white chair. Not sure why this came into my head, but all the buildings/houses around the area seemed to be preserved in that era. Many travel books have written that San Sebatian (Donostia, as it is known in Basque), a summer capital of Spain, is here where the Belle Epoque ( beautiful era ) lives on - very visible from the pictures above. I tried to give the pictures a vintage treatment try to convey this feeling as well.


Watch the entire layout at: http://www.mrahmanphoto.com/blog/?p=875

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Another shot in Potes, one of my new favourite villages. Sometimes nature makes you feel very small, and in the greater scheme of things, we are. This planet is huge, and beautiful, and I think once in a while you need to visit a place that will remind of you of this. Standing next to these mountains, and seeing them everyday must be wonderful reminder indeed.

I think this will end up effectively become my last post of 2011, as today I am going back to the country where the village of Potes lives. Have a happy new year, and see you all next year!
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Who wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning to a view like this? Well, its the view that most people who live in Potes see everyday. Potes is a small village in the region of Cantabria, and is on one of the prettiest. The village is in the centre of the historic Liébana region, an area that is surrounded by spectacular mountains, with running streams and rivers. Its old quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation.

The town is very typical of the smaller European towns, and have a very cozy feeling reminiscent of old movies – basically, at a first glance, looks like it has a lot of character. When you learn more about the history, you know why it feels that way. Potes was originally the dominion of the Infante Tello (14th century), son of King Alfonso XI of Castile, and in 1445 became the property of the Marquis of Santillana and his descendants, the dukes of El Infantado. Specifically, the tower known as the Torre del Infantado, a sturdy construction dating from the 15th century –and until recently the site of the Town Hall– is one of the most important monuments in the town today.

Walking through the town, you get a sense of calm feeling that is very refreshing when you visit from the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan area. The people that live here have lived here for many generations, and don’t plan to go anywhere. They take pride in the smaller community they have built and work hard to keep it. There is a sense of satisfaction that comes from doing that, and its immediately visible.

One of the things I love about sleepy mountain towns like this is the food. Usually the regions are cooler, and tend to have lots of comfort food types dishes, such as stews, soups and casseroles. This town is no different (well, this region, as well). The traditional dish found here is called cocido lebaniego (chickpea casserole). Its a hearty stew made with chickpeas, meat on bones and potatoes and vegetables. All cooked in chicken broth for a long time makes a very satisfying dish on a cold day.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete trip to Potes without mentioning the mountains of pico de europa. These majestic mountains surround this town and a few others around the region. We took a trip with the trolley all the way to the top, from where the view gets even better. There waa a shed up there, which not sure what it is used for, but I am guessing that a night up there in the summer must be amazing.

You can see the full blog post at: http://www.mrahmanphoto.com/blog/?p=733 - I tried something different for this one, and made an independent layout.

I'm also going to add this to #NatureMonday, curated by +Rolf Hicker
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This is Shahaar, my very good friends son. An old picture, but just popped up for me while browsing the other day. Little kids are always so fascinated with shoes, I thought him cuddling his own shoes was very cute.

Adding this one late to the #PortraitTuesday theme, curated by +Laura Balc
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Richard Avedon’s instructions to his printer for an image taken of coal miner Lyal Burr, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Koosharem, Utah, May 7, 1981.

http://aphelis.net/avedons-instructions/
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Great post! Check out other projects by +Jose Martinez. You won't be disappointed.
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Here is the very first entry of the Conversations section on my site.

I am very proud of this new project and the conversations with +Erin Wilson, now I have a new folk to play in the riverside. All of the words included in the story about childhood and behind the article, mean a lot for me, that's why I want to say THANK YOU to my friend Erin.
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I've been to Spain four times now, and every time we visited, we spent most of the time with family albeit a few day trips here and there. I really haven't travelled around Europe very much, and Spain is my real foray into the region. I love it that this region has so much variety in cultures all packed into one of the smaller continents. I've seen enough road trip movies as a kid to have that idealic impression of a road trip, made famous by the likes of Easy Rider, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Motorcycle Diaries. Even though I have been on many mini road trips around the US, I've never been on a planned one. It was about time I experienced one. So the summer of 2011 we decided to start with Spain - a road trip from the northern tip of Spain in Santander, all the way to the southern coast, to Fuengorila/Malaga, and really see the country from road warriors point of view. I tried to enjoy the places more than take pictures, so there are tons of pictures of places that are missing from this trip, but in essence, we visited 12 towns, in about 7 days. I named this series SN2S 12/7 (Spain, North to South, 12 Towns in 7 Days) to mimic the European car license plates - a fitting name, I thought, if any.

We first start with Santander, which is the regular pit stop every time we visit Spain. We always have a great time when we visit here, and this time was no exception. We start with a picture of Sergio, wearing the Spanish national colors. This is quite fitting to start a picture of a road trip in Spain, I thought, and the bright national colors stands in quite stark contrast on top of the concrete background.

A little late, but I will add it to #PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc
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Interesting viewpoint, when more and more companies and businesses are jumping into the social media platform to iincrease brand awareness.
Being a certified cyberologist of Internet techmologies, and all, my service business is kinda supposed to have a presence on all the major social media services. But, honestly, none of their profiles have ever brought any value. That's why, from this moment on...

I'm done with you. ALL OF YOU.

Twitter... Peace out. You suck. Always have.
Company Facebook Fan Page... Deuces. Only clients need our updates.
Google+ Page... I'm raising you to be a mute.
Others... You matter so little, you don't even deserve a goodbye.

Service-oriented companies don't need corporate social media profiles, but the people who work within them sure do. After all, it's people, not products, who provide services to other people. To drown out a Soulful service provider's voice with a loud, soulless company logo's babbling promotional bullshit is, quite simply, such a lame, poseur thing to do.

This rant is complete.

Oh, disclaimer: My company will still have social media profiles, but they'll only be seen, never heard - publicly, that is.

P.S. Notice how I haven't mentioned the name of my company in this post, not even once? MAN, it feels refreshing to no longer give a shit about promoting it!
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Wow.... its amazing to see how nature adapts...
Some cool photos at this National Geographic photo contest. (http://bit.ly/vkBGiP) The last two don't need a description, but the first one is pretty unusual. (*I've been posting my own photos lately, so I can see some people confused in the comments already: these are not my photos.)

Here's the description on this one: "An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were less mosquitos than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods."
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