May 20, 2013

Summer Cottage, Spain

Photograph by Miguel Parra, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

This shot was taken in Villa Luisita, a 19th-century house on the outskirts of Cortegana near Huelva in southern Spain. We were spending a few days in the countryside. At the end of the day, the summer light changes continuously and the activities around the house get a different significance every minute.

A little before sunset, while there is still light, we always have to collect the geese and the clothes that are drying in the sun. The most difficult thing is to convince the children to stop playing and get into the cottage to have dinner and rest after a long summer day. Their shadows seem to linger a little on the colored walls to make the sunlight last longer. —Miguel Parra

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41 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Looks like the shadow is posing and the geese are such an interesting aspect. Well done Miguel.

Pilar P. Lobo
Pilar P. Lobo

Wonderful shot!!

Congratulations Miguel, You deserve it for your magnificent work

I love it!!!

Cristina Parra
Cristina Parra

Congratulations Miguel for this photo of the day in the NG. I'm glad you can share your shot with people around the world. Your beautiful photo really makes me think of the wonderful time we spend at Manolo and Marta's. The moment you shot and what it means to us all is worth it. Thanks very much for your work. We really like it!!! 

Cristina Parra
Cristina Parra

¡Que buena foto tio!¿Quien es esa chica?¿Soy yo o Maia? soy Reyes. que bonita.

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

Wonderful moment in time caught ! Warm & thought provoking..like it very much :)

Ilya Lychkou
Ilya Lychkou

Good story from childhood with geese and without troubles!

Alina Tarmu
Alina Tarmu

This wonderful picture reminds me of my childhood summers in the countryside, geese and all. The colors there were less exuberant, though, but the emotions transmitted by the photo are the same as those of my memories. This is my first comment on a NG photo ever, which says something about how much I like the picture...

Anubhab Dey
Anubhab Dey

awesome thinking..and very good timing

eugenio tapia
eugenio tapia

Great photograph! not only for its framing and layout of colours, volumes and shadows, also for its disturbing effect: it evokes the arcadian side of childhood, the return to our origins and the loss of innocence but it also suggests a lurking menace, the archetypical fears of children's stories and the unconscious.  

SHYAMAL DAS
SHYAMAL DAS

Appropriate trimming and composition.....

Javier Velasco Acebal
Javier Velasco Acebal

Muchas gracias por colgar tu foto, un acercamiento a través del tiempo. Muy chula, tío.

Thank you very much for sharing your photo. Is like meet you again. Very nice man.

K. Munro
K. Munro

The capture of nature and humanity is beautiful.

Elliott T.
Elliott T.

perfectly placed person shadowing

across colors of time as varied as

the available imperfections within this very moment

miguel molero
miguel molero

 Delicious. For me is not just a photo, it express a lot of feelings and sensitivity behind the camera.

I really like it

Bridget Cameron
Bridget Cameron

Love the shadow of the girl and the geese in the fading light.

juli breeze
juli breeze

How nice this picture is.its amazing. i love it.:)

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra

@Cristina Parra 

Thank you for your warm words, they mean a lot for me, for us. 

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra

@Himanshu Vyas 

Thank you for your comment.

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra

@Alina Tarmu 

 I'm glad that a picture could make so many different people  remmember same feelings and  memories. Beautiful words, thank you Alina

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra

@Mohit Varma 

I don't understand what you mean.. but thank you anyway for taking the time to comment the picture!!!

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra

@juli breeze 

Thank you very much!  It really means something to me

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