Monks’ Cove – A rocky encounter

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There is an extensive network of long distance hiking trails throughout Europe, In Spain they are known as ‘Grandes Rutas’ (GR) and are marked with two horizontal stripes – one red and the other white – to help keep you on the right track.

The Catalonian part of the GR92 trail, also known as ‘The Mediterranean Trail’ passes along the beach in front of my apartment and is a great route for exploring the rocky coastline of the Costa Brava. This part of the trail has a total distance of about 350 miles (580 kilometres). It starts at the border between Spain and France and continues down past Barcelona heading towards Castellon, 100km north of the city of Valencia. Other stages extend much further travelling through the provinces of Valencia and Andalucia to finish in Cadiz. During the course of its journey it also passes through Cabo de Gata which is a place I’ve visited and talked about before (see Cape Cat).

The Costa Brava in Spain is noted for its rocky coastline. There must be hundreds of coves to discover and the GR92 is a good way of getting to them. Most are small coves, often uninhabited, sometimes with a rocky beach, sometimes with a sandy beach. Many provide scenes that landscape photographers dream about discovering because of their combination of sea, rock formations and extensive skies.

I took this photograph today at Cala dels Frares which is a small cove near Lloret de Mar. Roughly translated from Catalan its name translates to Monks’ Cove. The name apparently comes from someone interpreting the standing rocks in the sea as reminiscent of hooded monks. I’m not sure about that but its name helped to stimulate my imagination as I was trying to work out how to frame the composition.

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  3 comments for “Monks’ Cove – A rocky encounter

  1. June 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    a very surreal landscape with a moody atmosphere

    • David Collins
      June 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Jane. The cove in real life is interesting but the black and white/split toning processing was intended to give it more atmosphere. Your documentary seems like it’s at its end. Hope the assessment goes/has gone well.

      • June 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

        Assessment is in July so I still have fingers crossed. I am moving onto level 3 in September (have given myself a short break) and have set up new blog https://jamafi2017level3.wordpress.com/
        Have just done some work on the Fylde Coast with another local photographer which was very interesting.

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