Komorebi (n) sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.
July is my favourite month of the year. I have always loved Summer but for the last 13 years, July has been extra special.
Every year we travel to Galicia, to a village called Xuño, my Mother’s home. Now there is a road that leads to our house and you can drive up but when I was a child you walked for what back then seemed eons. You walked up and up and up through endless woods of Eucalyptus trees. There was a short cut that was extra steep and you had to jump over a stream. I’m not sure if the memory is more scented than visual. When you get to our house you have a view that you will never tire of. The breeze brought the sound of the swaying trees and the smell of Galicia. As every village that has made its way into modern times Xuño is no longer the way it was but fortunately it still maintains its essence and nothing will be able to take away how we can sit and watch the sun set over the sea on long Summer nights – outhouse included.
I borrowed these from Instragram from 2014.
I immediately thought of the eucalyptus trees for this month’s word. The light shines through the trees and you breathe in the fresh eucalyptus air but last year the forest fires destroyed all the woodland and it will take some time to grow back. Hopefully by next year the trees will have started to grow back and I will be able to revisit my idea and get my shot.
In the meantime July carries on and we travel back to Barcelona and then onto the next Spanish village – Navaluenga, my Father’s village. There’s no shortage of trees here so on our daily walk we chose the route up river, away from the crowds to go and find a nice place to swim.
And just because I can’t end July without adding a very special celebration. This is 13 and by the looks of things so far we are going to be celebrating all year.
Happy 13th Birthday Sweet Baby Love, I hope your year is filled with love and laughter and that we can add some high level memories of the “vuit” kind!
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Anna Francken is in Utrecht and she travels the world with her camera and always has delightful posts to share.