Salt Pans

Sea salt pans fed by Esteiro de Maria Nova in Portugal (close to Faro and Parque Natural da Ria Formosa). We visited in mid September, you wouldn’t want to walk far without a hat (if you can keep it on your head in the wind) or without a bottle of water, let alone in the height of the summer – I doubt evaporation is a problem.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—


You know when you do stuff and the instant you do it you know you shouldn’t – well, I bent down to pick up one of the fruits that had fallen – oops! It was just one of things – no real hassle in my case, as my daughter was on hand with a pair of tweezers and quickly pulled the needles from the tips of my fingers, but I can imagine circumstances might be a little different if I had happened to be a little one.

—Stephen G. Hipperson

Stylised Fish

It’s not often I see something which I’ve never noticed before – these stylised representations of fish gave me cause to pause a while. I’m quite sure these are not particularly unusual, but it’s something I’ll keep a look out for in future. I quite like the simplicity.

–Stephen G. Hipperson—

Bathhouse Wall

Section of the Roman bathhouse wall at Ruínas Romanas de Milreu, just a few kilometers from Faro in Portugal. It’s part of a Roman farmhouse complex.

Managed to get some warmth into my bones in the Autumn/Fall last year with a short trip to Portugal. It was supposed to be a unwind/sunbed/read a book vacation, but after the first couple of days I was crawling up the wall. Fortunately, my family had picked an area with ‘things that might interest you’ (they’ve known me long enough to anticipate my inability to relax for long). Anyway, just up the road from where we were staying was this Roman bath house. Some nice fish mosaics as well as some patterned floors.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—