Photography – The Dales Pt. 10 – Salmon skies & home for a pint.

Photography – The Dales Pt. 10 – Salmon skies & home for a pint.

We turned for home. The sky was brilliant with those salmon cloud effects. I was very taken.

You really do need to click on the photo to get the full effect.

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Somewhere out there was where my Nanny was born. She died in her fifties when I was fourteen but I remember her well. She was a big jolly lady – full of fun. I wished I had known her as a flighty young girl. She was full of life and rebelliousness. I think I’ve got a bit of her in me.

14 thoughts on “Photography – The Dales Pt. 10 – Salmon skies & home for a pint.

  1. Ah yes, Dali’s meticulously painted interpretation of the Greek myth of Narcissus. It is an incredibly striking, and hypnotic, image. A poem written by Dali was intended to be read alongside the painting…

    in his immobility,
    absorbed by his reflection with the digestive slowness of carnivorous plants,
    becomes invisible.
    There remains of him only the hallucinatingly white oval of his head,
    his head again more tender,
    his head, chrysalis of hidden biological designs,
    his head held up by the tips of the water’s fingers,
    at the tips of the fingers
    of the insensate hand,
    of the terrible hand,
    of the mortal hand
    of his own reflection.
    When that head slits
    when that head splits
    when that head bursts,
    it will be the flower,
    the new Narcissus,
    Gala – my Narcissus.

    I wondered which of his works you would choose and thought, given your passion for Nature and interest in sci-fi if you’d go for ‘Living Still Life’ (Nature Morte Vivante), painted during a period he called “Nuclear Mysticism”. Wiki defines ‘Nuclear Mysticism’ as being ‘composed of different theories that try to show the relationships between quantum physics and the conscious mind.’

    If asked to choose a personal favourite I’d probably select ‘The Hallucinogenic Toreador’. For me it incorporates all of the techniques Dali developed – it all ‘all Dali’ in one image – and is beautifully painted in a similar style to Metamorphosis of Narcissus.


    1. There were just so many. We went round Spain and Italy tracking so down. I think Metamorphosis had such an imact because it was the first I saw. Persistence of time had an impact, St John, Burning Giraffe….……… So well painted and strange. They played with my mind.

      1. Without doubt he was an extraordinary artist. It is no surprise that such a flamboyant character played so large a part in the Surrealist movement. For many he is Surrealism.

        Journeying the globe to view works of art is a superb idea! What a treat for you! 😀

        His paintings play with every viewer’s mind!

        Enjoy your evening,


      2. In Spain we visited Gala’s house, with the giraffe sculptures in the garden, and the museum with a collection of rock paintings that I’d never seen before! Man was a genius.

      3. That sounds an amazing experience Opher. No doubt the visit was impacting on you and enhanced your liking of his work.

        It is suggested Gala was instrumental in Dali becoming an icon of modern art. She was the Muse that became the demon who eventually destroyed him.

        With the Earth growing smaller and transportation more affordable, who knows maybe one day i’ll get to see more of his work.

        How fortunate you’ve been.


      4. Back in the 60s I was smitten with a number of artists – Dali, Magritte, Picasso, Burra, Kandinsky, Bosch, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gaugin and Chagall probably topped the list. It was Liz who really got me into art. We’d tour around galleries everywhere we went. It was a high priority. I remember walking into the impressionist gallery in Paris and gasping at the beauty of the colours.
        Yes – I have been incredibly privileged. As a young guy I travelled, hitched with no money, and travelled in an old van, around Europe and the USA. Then we had our kids and had no money for decades. Then I gained my headship and the kids had left home and once again we could afford to travel. For the past fifteen years we’ve travelled the world on a budget but at a level we could not have dreamed of. It’s a massive privilege.

      5. You’ve always struck me as someone who relishes the opportunity to expand their horizons, to learn and discover – perhaps even rediscover – more about the world they live in. It is an admirable trait.

        That is a great list of iconic artists Opher, to which I would also add Edvard Munch, Max Ernst, Manet, Monet, Degas, Hopper, and Caravaggio.

        I too am drawn to their esteemed work but have had limited direct experience of it: most of my learning stems from books and pursuing personal enquiry, but I have visited many galleries to enhance my appreciation of their art. I often find details of their lives, their influences and motivations as intriguing as their masterly craft. Neither of my parents had much interest in the arts and quite possibly I am the only family with an unrelenting curiosity.

        It does sound like you’ve had a fulfilling life full of adventure and exploration, which has, I’m quite certain has been thoroughly enjoyed. As you so often suggest, life is for living, loving, and learning! 😀

        Enjoy your day. Ciao for now,


      6. I see you are learned and discerning in the world of art – not a surprise given your artistic skills.
        My parents were not given to literature and art – I think that was due to their background – but they did encourage my curiosity and gave me the space and love to develop it.
        You are right – I have been amazingly lucky.

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