Sant Joan Tower

The Sant Joan tower is placed in an small island located inside the “port dels Alfacs”, 50 meters away from the Ebre river delta shore. It was build by king Felip II in 1576 an was the first of four towers targeted to defend the Delta from pirate ships. Finally only two of they were finished.

The path to reach the shore surrounding the tower is a little hard so the spot is normally deserted. When I arrived, before the sunrise, there was no one. To access the island from the shore there is a loose stones path that at that moment was submerged. Luckily my idea was to shoot from the shore so I started to work.

Then it happened a phenomenon that still today astonishes me: the stone path to the tower started to be visible. “The tide is fast”, I thought. But just a few minutes after, the path disappeared again under the water as fast as it had appeared. It was like to be inside a fantasy novel: the tower invited me to get in by showing me the path to the island!

I don’t know the explanation to this sudden change of the bay water level, but I’m sure that it is completely rational. But meanwhile I don’t find why, I happy to think that the tower invited me to get in that day ….

Sant Joan Tower.

Port dels Alfacs. Ebre delta.

This picture belongs to Album Ebre delta

Gull over the mirror

The delta of the Ebre river is a place that landscape photographers should never miss. A place where sea shores are infinite and deserted, where the sea is smooth like a prefect mirror and the land is always flat and looks completely different every season.

The last time I visited the Delta was 15 years ago. This summer I had the opportunity to come back for a few days, just enough to realise that I have to return more often, that I have the need to explore this landscape in depth through the viewfinder of my Nikon.

The next weeks I will post the pictures I shot at the Delta. They are only a small introduction to this land.

Gull in front the mirror

Illa de Mar harbour. Ebre delta.

This picture belongs to Album Ebre delta