21 febrero 2019

The Silence of Others

The title is already revealing, because that is exactly what has happened since democracy was established almost forty years ago, where silence has been, and continues to be, clamorous with the victims of the Franco dictatorship.
The silence of others tells you, in a simple way, what happened and is happening with the victims of the Franco regime, whose heirs continue to ask for justice in order to rescue their loved ones from the oblivion of ditches, mass graves, wells, chasms, fields and seas and to be able to bury them in a dignified manner. They do not ask for revenge, they ask for justice.
They also demand justice for those who suffered reprisals from the dictatorship, from the hand of the regime's torturers, and who are still at large in our streets.
Many repeat to the point of satiety that we have to turn the page, that past water does not move mills, but in this precise case, one cannot turn the page until all those victims are taken out of the mass graves to be buried with dignity because they were killed with premeditation and treachery and buried at night so that they would never be found.
The silence of others should be seen in the institutes so that the youngest know what happened in Spain with the defeated, those who gave their lives to defend democracy.
This documentary can help us understand the victims and put ourselves in the other's shoes to understand their grief, their helplessness, their anger and their shame.
December 6, 2018 is the fortieth anniversary of democracy, forty years in which we have made great progress as a society, but we have the subject of historical memory pending and we have not been able to erase, forever, every vestige of the bloody Franco dictatorship and we continue to perceive its stink in our streets, in our squares and in some of our politicians. I hope that this will be possible before the frogs grow hair, as María Martín, a victim of the dictatorship, said.
Image source:  The Silence of Others. / BTEAM PICTURES

20 febrero 2019

Nature Drops

The camera of my mobile has its limitations, but there are times when the gods of light join forces and I take photographs such as this flower, in which all the necessary elements are combined to demonstrate, for the millionth time, that nature is wonderful and gives us beauties such as this flower, a hibiscus that was in a garden in Budapest.
In my daily walk I look everywhere, not that I go in search and capture of a photograph, but I recognize that my look is active, waiting to find something worth being photographed.
This time we were walking in the direction of one of Budapest's metro stations, and soon we came across some gardens with a wide variety of flowers, including hibiscus, white and mauve. I took out the mobile phone and activated his camera because I knew I would find some flower that deserved to be photographed. It didn't take long to find it.
I stopped in front of her to contemplate her beauty, which increased with the raindrops that had fallen a few minutes before, a perfect combination. Drops of rainwater, the colors mauve, red, white, yellow and green.
Yes, nature gives us every day part of its incredible beauty, we just have to stop to observe it, have an active look to enjoy what it offers.
Perhaps the daily hustle and bustle pushes us to pass by the wonderful nature, however, we have to stop; our world will not collapse if we stop for a few minutes to enjoy what we have around us.
 Picture taken with an Acer Liquid Z630 mobile phone

19 febrero 2019

Tajinaste blanco

Fuente: propia
No estamos en primavera, ya lo sé, estamos en los comienzos del invierno, pero las Islas Canarias son muy agradecidas y desde que cae un poquito de lluvia y sale un pizco el sol (el sol siempre sale en estas tierras) el campo florece en todo su esplendor y las flores no esperan a la primavera para mostrarnos su hermosura.
Entonces los campos, los barrancos y cualquier lugar en el que haya un cachito de tierra, la vegetación no pierde la oportunidad y se llenan de verdor.
Cierto es que la temperatura ayuda porque en pleno invierno rara vez tenemos temperaturas bajo cero, si acaso en las cumbres se llega a los cero grados, pero en las islas la temperatura oscila entre los 15 y 24 grados.
Así que las plantas tienen primavera también en invierno y florecen cuando las condiciones se lo permiten, como es el caso de los tajinastes blancos, que, en muchos casos, están floreciendo, como este que me encontré junto con otros en el barranco de Tamaraceite.
 Fuente: propia
El tajinaste (Echium decaisnei) es un arbusto endémico de las Islas Canarias, los hay de varios tipos y se puede encontrar en todas las islas y su máxima floración es en primavera, pero, como es el caso, puede florecer en invierno.
En este barranco hay muchísimos tajinastes blancos y todos estaban florecidos o comenzando a florecer; un espectáculo digo de ser fotografiado.

18 febrero 2019


Photograph taken with Acer Liquid Z630 mobile phone
Any time is a good time to relax. Stop the daily activity, stop and breathe.
This dove has it very clear, as the rest of the animals, that live the moment, without worrying neither for the past nor for the future, taking to the practice the so brought and taken "carpe diem", and that only worry about the present.
Many problems would be avoided if we were like that pigeon or at least tried because many of our setbacks arise from there, from our excessive concern for the past and, particularly, for the future, creating an unnecessary anxiety that takes us nowhere because the future will be what it has to be.
For that reason we have to be like this dove, look for a moment of the day to close our eyes, relax, worry only about breathing and see life pass by.

17 febrero 2019

La Gran Canaria Big Band y Paquito D’Rivera

El mes pasado fui al teatro Cuyás a disfrutar de la música. En esta ocasión no fue teatro, sino música y es que no podía perderme los diez años de la Gran Canaria Big Band y a la leyenda del Jazz, Paquito D’Rivera.

La Gran Canaria Big Band

Lo primero hablar de la Gran Canaria Big Band, que estuvo a un gran nivel, perfectamente conjuntados y con todos sus músicos dispuestos a ofrecernos un concierto inolvidable y lo consiguieron, de eso no cabe ninguna duda.
Desde los primeros compases se metieron en el bolsillo al público que abarrotaba al Cuyás, en el que no cabía ni un alma, tanto, que habían agotado todo el papel.
Todos sus componentes eran perfectamente conscientes de que esa noche era una noche importante y lo dieron todo, estando a la altura de un maestro como Paquito D'Rivera. En definitiva, un éxito de música y público.
Me gustaría destacar al pianista Pepe Rivero que nos deleitó con unas piezas memorables y puso sobre el escenario su destreza y su arte tocando el piano, haciendo gala de la maestría que lleva dentro.

Paquito D'Rivera

Lo de Paquito D’Rivera fue espectacular desde principio a fin, con una profesionalidad y, al mismo tiempo, con una sencillez que dice mucho de su personalidad como ser humano y como músico extraordinario.
Su virtuosismo con el clarinete y con el saxofón no tiene límites y nos hizo disfrutar de su arte poniéndolo en bandeja. Nosotros solo teníamos que cogerlo y disfrutarlo. Y no cabe duda de que lo hicimos.
Está claro que su larguísima carrera lo avala, los catorce GRAMMYS son prueba de ello, pero en el escenario, D’Rivera se mueve como pez en el agua y demuestra por qué es una leyenda en el gran firmamento del Jazz.
Sí, salí del Cuyás feliz, sabiendo que había asistido a un concierto memorable, de esos que sabes que te acordarás toda la vida, porque pocas veces uno tiene la oportunidad de disfrutar de la buena música y del arte musical de un virtuoso como Paquito D’Rivera y de la Gran Canaria Big Band.

Miembros la Gran Canaria Big Band

Saxofones: Esteban Ponce, Neftali Robaina, Claudio Marrero, Néstor Ramírez y Diego Frugoni.
Trompetas: Sebastián Gil, Juan Ramón Martín, Marcos Pulido y José Vicente Araña.
Trombones: Juan Bosco Arencibia, Obed García, Javier Navarro y Erick Guerra.
Batería: Javier Montero.
Piano: Rayco León.
Contrabajo: Carlos Meneses.
Guitarra: Yul Ballesteros.
Percusión: Osvaldo Hernández.
Fuente de los vídeos: Yotube.

16 febrero 2019

Moment and perspective

The important thing is to catch the moment, but it is also fundamental to have the capacity to see it, because if you don't have that capacity, you will never be able to take that photograph. Be prepared because you don't know where you'll find something that asks you to be photographed.
I have already commented that I am a dilettante photographer, whose only intention is to photograph what strikes me about the reality in which I live and I know that I have my limitations as a photographer. I also know that mobile cameras have their restrictions, but they are very useful for immortalizing moments that are important to us and that's what I do. I don't pretend any more.
This time I was waiting for the beginning of a course I had enrolled in. I approached the window, pulled out the curtains so that a little light could enter because the room was in darkness and I found this image. The first thing that caught my attention was the backlight of that moment, produced by the incipient sunset that was already beginning to appear. Then I stopped looking at the frame fixed by the limits of the window, which was transformed into a wedge, thanks to the magic of perspective. I loved it. And as a colophon the boat anchored to the bottom of the image that only waited to be photographed and that was what I did.
 Image source: Photograph taken with an Acer Liquid Z630.

15 febrero 2019

Vinca de Madagascar

Fuente: propia
Ayer les comenté que mis hermanas, mi hijo y yo hicimos una visita al Charco Azul y por en camino me encontré con algunas flores, pero sobre todas me llamó la atención esta flor blanca con el centro rosado. ¿A que es hermosa? 
Sí, no cabe duda de que lo es; ese color blanco impoluto que contrasta con el rosado que se encuentra en su centro, como si el rosado, por un proceso mágico, se fuera transformando en el blanco de sus pétalos.
Pues por esas razones, no dude en sacarle una fotografía. Como les dije ayer el día acompañaba, el cielo despejado sin una nube, la temperatura ideal para caminar y, porque no, para sacar mi teléfono móvil e inmortalizar a algunas flores. El cielo despajado contribuyó a que la luz no fuera un problema, sino un colaborador necesario para que la fotografía saliera bien.
Lo bueno es que esta preciosa flor, la Vinca de Madagascar (Catharanthus roseus), se encontraba en un lugar a la sombra, por lo que no le llegaba la luz directa y me permitió sacar un primer plano con la luz necesaria para este menester.