June Sunset at Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal

© John Magnet Bell

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Once upon a Friday, I was blessed with an exceptional, dramatic sunset.

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Where Life and Love and Shadows Meet

© John Magnet Bell

© John Magnet Bell

From my sojourn in Portugal. There’s a via crucis (Way of the Cross) sanctuary up North, Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Hill), which started out as a hermitage in the fifteenth century. It was almost entirely rebuilt in the 1720s. Numerous wooded pathways surround the main church, and there’s a million little things to discover.

More info on wikipedia

Biker for Hire in São Tomé and Príncipe

Biker for Hire in São Tomé and Príncipe

© John Magnet Bell

São Tomé and Príncipe is a small, Portuguese-speaking island nation on the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Gabon.

Its capital is the city of São Tomé. People can seldom afford regular taxis, so bikers swarm the thoroughfares around the central market (the main trading hub in town) offering their services to market-goers and tourists. I spotted one parked on a quiet side street, and instantly found myself captivated by the tableau of this laidback gentleman taking a moment’s rest by an old, post-colonial building.

© John Magnet Bell

© John Magnet Bell

 

Taxis throng the wide street east of the central market, making it all but impassable. Here, a taxi driver attempts to make a u-turn and causes a huge ruckus, with other drivers jamming their horns impatiently. A young mother and her daughters weave their way out of the mess. Behind the taxis, the streets are lined with shops that cater to thrifty consumers.

A Figment of Holy Week

A Figment of Holy Week

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I don’t have a title for this one. The little town I find myself in happens to be all abuzz with Holy Week festivities, and I spotted these decorations on an evening walk.

Took the picture with my Android phone and did most of the editing on Pixlr Express (I like it better than Photoshop Express, to be honest!) and then transferred the image to the computer to do a little post in Photoshop.