Since the beginning of January I have been busy organising mock exams and other school work, so have left the blog too long without a new post. Also the high winds have meant little opportunity for donkey walking photos, as they become quite skittish in the wind, and they have instead been running around their field quite a lot during January. So here are a few notes and photographs, in no particular order, before the blog gathers too much dust!
Sometimes, people looking at my photos on this blog ask about the mountain that appears in the background.
Puig Campana is a majestic jurassic mountain that breaks out of the surrounding cretaceous rock, thrust vertically by enormous force of the north-western movement of the African plate. This oceanic crust from the prehistoric Tethys Ocean once formed the seabed now occupied by our Mediterranean Sea.
The complexities of the geology of Puig Campana are explored in his 1978 Ph.D thesis by professor Granier: The Lower Cretaceous of the Costa Blanca. A more accessible guide is published by Finestrat Ayuntamiento, a handy leaflet walks in Puig Campana
Night time donkeys
I always visit the donkeys last thing at night to check fences, make sure they have water, and they are settled for the night. Sometimes, when the weather is warm, I sit down with them and gaze at the moon – which is a constant source of fascination for donkeys. Photographing them at night is always a problem, however, because flash will startle them and without flash – even in moonlight – it is difficult to get good results. I would appreciate advice from any photography enthusiasts. I use a Nikon D80 and a Nikon Coolpix S3300; but the following night photos were taken with my phone for convenience.
And now for something completely different… Blasphemy!
Finally, I want to finish this blogpost by expressing my astonishment at the news from a far away country called England. The land of my birth seems to be increasingly bizarre, but I am alarmed to see that Muslim intolerance has now apparently become part of the Liberal Party.
A prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Party who happens to be Muslim said (on BBC Radio 4 Any Questions) that he had no problem with the Jesus and Mo cartoons. He has since been attacked by other Liberals and they are threatening to drop him as a candidate! At the same time that murderous acts are being committed by Muslims against Christian communities in the Middle East on a daily basis.
Read the story here on the excellent Archbishop Cranmer blog. Give support to LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz by signing the online petition http://tinyurl.com/ndkvgy4 . Also have a look at the Jesus and Mo cartoons, which can only gain more popularity every time the extremists condemn them.
Update on the above story:
Cranmer has added a blogpost reporting that 19,451 signatories to the Muslim petition against the LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz are now vastly overwhelming the 5,348 supporters of free speech on the petition supporting him. Good luck, England… Sharia law awaits you.