Been away so long..

I’ve forgotten how to post.  Hi everybody.  A slightly forced term of absence due to health issues but I’m getting there.  I did get away in February to my favourite island in the sun, Fuerteventura and this is one of the pictures I took whilst I was there.  A large torch, and a couple of exposures mixed using masks in Photoshop made the photograph possible.  I hope you enjoy.

I will be visiting all your blogs in due course but will be using the reader from now on.  My inbox was being inundated with emails every time someone posted and as I always like to comment, the workload overtook me.  WordPress and the WordPress community has been so good to me I certainly didn’t want to abandon you guys completely.  I’ll do my best to keep up with all your amazing work.

This is a picture was taken at an abandoned village I’ve visited before, La Florida, except this time, I was completely in the dark.  Sort of..




80 responses

  1. Stunning picture! And welcome back! ☺

    May 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    • Thank you Sarah, It’s good to be back.

      May 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      • You’re welcome! I look forward to your new pictures! Have a lovely weekend! ☺

        May 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      • Thank you Sarah. I hope the same for you.

        May 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      • Thank you!

        May 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

  2. Nil

    I love it when you get lost in abandoned villages :-)

    May 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    • I rather like it too Nil. Thank you!

      May 5, 2018 at 2:57 pm

  3. amazing

    May 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

  4. A great image, for your return from what sounds like an unexpected hiatus with regards photography & posting on your blog.
    Hope all is good now & you will be back with more.

    May 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    • Thank you very much David. Much appreciated! :)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

  5. That’s a nice composition!

    May 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    • Thank you Simon!

      May 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm

  6. Yes, welcome back, dear Adrian….and what a beautiful heaven you captured.

    May 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott. Yes it’s been a while and it’s nice to be back. People are being very kind but that’s WordPress. :-)

      May 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      • You’re welcome…and I was being genuine. :)

        May 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      • I had no doubt my friend. :)

        May 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      • :)

        May 9, 2018 at 11:40 pm

  7. Fantastic capture of an abandoned village! Best wishes! Peter

    May 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    • Thank you very much Peter!

      May 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

  8. Sue

    Great to see you back, Adrian….I had been wondering what had happened to you, but guessed correctly

    May 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    • Thank you very much Sue. It’s good to be back. I’m off to Cornwall tomorrow and looking forward to plenty of photography. I’ll no doubt be posting again very soon.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      • Sue

        Good to hear!

        May 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      • Thank you Sue!

        May 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      • Sue


        May 21, 2018 at 11:36 am

  9. That’s a great shot, Adrian. Sorry to hear about the health issues but good that you’re getting over them. :) :) I only visit the Reader now, too, and return visits. It’s not possible to keep up otherwise.

    May 5, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    • Thank you Jo. It can be very difficult to keep up and with everything that was going on I did get a bit overwhelmed. I really appreciate your lovely comment.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

  10. Wow, what a picture…that little building away in the snows of the far north under the Milky Way. To think that little building is inside the Milky Way!

    May 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    • It does get you thinking doesn’t it? How small and rather fragile we are in the grand scheme of things. Thank you so much for your comment.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm

  11. Welcome back! Hoping you are feeling well soon!

    May 5, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    • Thank you so much Catherine! :-)

      May 6, 2018 at 2:25 pm

  12. Great to see another one of your marvelous photographs. You’ve been missed. Hope you’re recovering satisfactorily. Take it easy and we’re still here waiting to see more of your unique and wonderful views whenever you’re able.

    May 5, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    • Thank you so much Gunta. I really appreciate that. I’m getting better slowly. but surely and taking things easy and not stressing too much. It’s been great to get such a positive response from people here on Worpress that said, WordPress has been so good to me I couldn’t stay away for ever.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    • I should add it’s so nice to be among friends again Gunta. When you hear about the dreadful things that go on on other social media platforms, WordPress is so different it seems. In the five years I’ve been with WordPress, I’ve never received, or seen, anyone receive a bad word from anybody. Just encouragement.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

  13. what can I say but Wow! Good to have you ‘around’ again.

    May 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    • Thank you very much Paula. It’s good to be ‘around’ again. People have been so kind.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm

  14. Welcome back!

    May 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      May 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm

  15. Welcome back! I really thought you would not blog anymore – this is a wonderful surprise. Great shot as well.

    May 5, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    • Thank you so much Anne Christine. I wasn’t sure myself but so glad I’ve posted again. The warmth of the welcome I’ve received coming back to WordPress has been incredible. This is a wonderful community.

      May 6, 2018 at 2:51 pm

  16. Good to see you posting again Adrian. I was getting a little worried about you I have to say. Enjoy the sunny weekend (if you are not in the sea fret as we are down here). I turned off all my email notifications and only ever use the Reader to check posts. Lovely photo by the way, but when are yours not. Take care xx

    May 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    • Thank you so much Jude and thank you for your concern. Things just got on top of me a bit dealing with an exacerbation of my health issues.
      We’re enjoying some beautiful sunshine but I have been noticing that sea mist around the north Cornish coast. It did look like it was burning off this morning on the satellite imagery so I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine yourself now. :-) xx

      May 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      • Are you no longer living in Cornwall then Adrian? We have had sea fog several times this year when everyone else is enjoying a heatwave! I went inland this morning to the Eden Project and the fog was very thick all along the north coast. Still there when I returned at 4 pm but it had burned back a bit. So lovely to have some sunshine AND without the wind, but that probably is why the fog isn’t moving anywhere fast. As for health issues, I’m sorry to hear about them, had a few aches and pains myself, but nothing like what you have to put up with. MS really does suck :(

        May 6, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      • Thank you Jude. I moved away from Cornwall a little while ago. Mainly for health reasons. I was visiting Poppy in Malvern, saw a nice place and decided I was fed up with waiting 8 months to see my MS Specialist nurse and getting nowhere with issues I was having with my Emphysema. I hadn’t seen a neurologist since my diagnosis. The NHS is stretched in a lot of places but Cornwall really does seem to be struggling.
        I’m now getting physio. I see my MS specialist nurse every 3 months. I now have a cardio pulmonologist looking after my emphysema and currently undergoing a lot of testing as well as checking for a genetic marker for the emphysema as that will dictate how they treat it so it was the right decision.
        I come back regularly as my parents are still here but I have to say, I don’t miss the weather. I do miss the coast so much though which is what draws me back so often, along with visiting with my parents of course.
        We had a taste of the sea mist on Monday as we’re staying in Hayle but checked the satellite and realised a short drive across to the Lizzard and we could enjoy some bright sunshine. It was a beautiful afternoon yesterday in Sennen Cove. We then visited the Cot Valley, one of my favourite places and then drove to Zennor for a drink in the Tinner’s Arms before heading home. It’s been a really nice few days.

        May 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      • I can understand your reasons for the move. Health has to come first. Glad to hear you are getting better treatment. It all helps with MS. Funny how we have sort of swapped places though! I missed not being near the sea living in Ludlow.

        Yes, Hayle has been particularly bad with the sea fog. I went up the hill on Monday (it was clear up here) and saw fog all around both coasts. Cot Valley is beautiful and the Tinner’s Arms a good pub so you went to some great places. I must visit the Cot soon, before the crowds come down.

        May 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      • :-)

        May 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm

  17. Beautiful image: An old structure on planet Earth
    , and the center of the Milky Way galaxy!

    May 6, 2018 at 12:31 am

    • Thank you very much MV. I thought the fragility of man, having to abandon homes because the wells failed, set against the majesty of the Milky Way was interesting. We’re fairly small fry in the grand scheme of things. Powerless and at the mercy of nature, and ourselves of course.

      May 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm

  18. Sorry you’ve been poorly :( Great to have you back! Awesome picture (as always) xx

    May 6, 2018 at 6:10 am

    • Thank you so much Anna! I’m feeling a lot better now. :-)

      May 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm

  19. Wonderful shot Adrian, your magical touch with the camera and lens never ceases to amaze. Beautiful, and so great to hear from you again. Take care, and wish you a great spring ahead.

    May 6, 2018 at 7:36 am

    • Thank you so much Randall. Coming from you that’s quite a compliment. In the last week here, the world around me has turned such a vibrant green with fresh new leaves on the trees. A week ago they were bare. Spring really is such a wonderful season and a good time to come back to WordPress. A fresh start. I too hope you enjoy the season ahead. Thank you

      May 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      • A fresh start ~ great way to see it. The green, longer days, and warmer temperatures always bring an extra surge of energy for these few months. Cheers to your return :-)

        May 7, 2018 at 6:27 am

      • Thank you again Randall! :)

        May 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

  20. janelily7

    Welcome back, I hope you go grom strength to strength. Lovely capture.Take care.

    May 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

    • Thank you very much indeed. My strength is coming back slowly but surely. Your concern is very much appreciated.

      May 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm

  21. Welcome back Adrian, hope you’re back to good health. Beautiful shot

    May 6, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    • Thank you very much Tina, I’m getting there, slowly but surely. It’s lovely to be back to WordPress and to receive such a warm welcome.

      May 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm

  22. I was wondering what happened to you, glad you’re getting there and Welcome back! :)

    May 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    • Thank you so much Camilla! :-)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

  23. That’s a precious dark sky….we don’t have enough of them. I’m glad you were able to photograph it. As for your own dark skies, maybe you’ve had enough. ;-) But hopefully the symptoms are quieter now and you can spend more time making art. I know it nourishes you.
    Having just taken a 12 day road trip in which I didn’t look at any blogs, it’s overwhelming to think how many posts could be waiting for my perusal, if I’d been away for months. Too much. Take it easy, my friend!

    May 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    • Thank you so much Lynne. The dark skies were a bonus. Impossible to come across in the UK unless you find a dark stretch of coast, away from any larger towns and point out to sea. Even then that ubiquitous orange glow of that awful sodium lighting can get in there if it can.
      Things have settled down health wise and I’m enjoying my photography again I’m glad to say. I have a young guy from Kansas staying with me at the moment. He’s very interested in photography. I went to university with his Mum and she decided it might be good for him to spend some time with me learning more and it’s a great incentive to get me out and about. It’s also pretty cool seeing your own back yard through someone else’s eyes. Reminds you of what wealth of photography opportunities you have right there. :-)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

  24. Great to have you back Adrian. Pleased to hear you are feeling a lot better. Superb picture.

    May 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    • Thank you very much Simon on both counts! :)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:21 pm

  25. Terrific photo! Don’t worry about taking a step back now and then because we all do it for a breather. I get overwhelmed by the emails also and it can feel like an endless treadmill. Enjoy nature and the people in your life first.

    May 7, 2018 at 3:52 am

    • Thank you very much. It is indeed good to have a break every now and then. As the lovely comments I’ve received testify, this is a terrific community and the people that matter, will still be there for you when you get back.

      May 9, 2018 at 4:22 pm

  26. Beautiful pic Adrian, quite eerie. Good to have you back!

    May 7, 2018 at 8:23 am

    • Thank you Anna! :)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

  27. A stunning image and looking forward to seeing some more of your work.

    I hope your health issues are improving.

    May 8, 2018 at 1:13 am

    • They are indeed Viki. Thank you on both counts.

      May 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  28. Great image and hope you are doing good now :)

    May 9, 2018 at 6:45 am

    • Thank you Joshi, much appreciated. :)

      May 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  29. So great to see you again, Adrian. Your photo is truly wonderful. I’ve recently decided that as blogging isn’t my full time job, I’ll just dip in and out as the mood takes me. 😃

    May 9, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. There is certainly life beyond blogging. Good to hear you’re not letting blogging take over your life. There comes a point when you have to say, I need a break and get on with other things. Lovely to hear from you. :-)

      May 21, 2018 at 10:58 am

  30. It’s wonderful to have you back, Adrian. And what a fabulous photo you are presenting too! The postprocessing is nothing but superb. Great to see that you are feeling better.
    I only use the reader when I visit other bloggers too. A few years ago I changed the notifications, there was no way to cope with the e-mails pouring in.
    We have had lovely weather the past few days working nonstop in the garden. You must come and see for yourselves. :-) We’ll email you soon. x

    May 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    • Hello Hanne,
      Thank you for your lovely welcome back. As you say, there comes a point where you just can’t keep up with the emails and it’s all too easy to feel absolutely swamped. We’ve been having wonderful weather in Malvern the last week and all set fair for the week to come. Chris is house sitting as Poppy and AJ are in Crete. It would be wonderful to come and see your garden again. Look forward to hearing from you. Chris sends his love as do I. :-) x

      May 21, 2018 at 11:01 am

  31. Hier liep veel mis.Blij dat je teug boven water gekomen bent.Machtig mooie foto ,het wachten meer dan waard

    May 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    • Thank you Lou! Everything is a lot better now. I really appreciate your comment.

      June 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

  32. Sorry to hear about the health issues. I’ve been off line for a while as well, but happily due to an extended holiday in Europe. I didn’t get to Spain but that will be for another day. Lovely photo.

    August 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    • Certainly well worth a visit Mr Dragon. i just wish I spoke Spanish instead of Japanese. It would be so much more useful to me now though it did come in handy when I was living there and researching my PhD so can’t really complain. Learning Japanese was totally immersive for me. I spent 6 months in a room for 6 hours a day with a Japanese tutor who claimed not to understand English. I’m not likely to get that opportunity with Spanish now I’m in my 50s. Just have to make do with the pleasantries but it’s a wonderful country.

      September 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm