Essaouira is a city in the western Morocco on the Atlantic coast. Since the 16th century, the city has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogadore. In 1506, the king of Portugal, D. Manuel I, ordered a fortress to be built there, named Castelo Real de Mogador. Because of this, the Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city. The present city of Essaouira was built during the 18th century by Mohammed III, wishing to reorient his kingdom toward the Atlantic.
Essaouira is protected by a natural bay partially shielded by wave action and strong winds by the Iles Purpuraires. The conditions here are ideal for breathing in the ocean air. The Canary Current is responsible for the generally southward movement of ocean circulation and has led to enhancement of the local fishery. In the waters surrounding Essaouira the most common fish is the red tuna, sardines, swordfish, hake, barracudas and shrimps. The harbor is a delightful diversion, filled with colorful boats that have been carefully decorated by local fishermen. Fish are quite cheap. Fishermen sell their catch through the fish market and you can have it cooked at the small kitchens or restaurants.
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macjake (59954) 2013-02-12 5:03
You have a common theme in many of your photos - strong visual contrasts...such as your Church photo taken in Strasbourg with the people and their colorful clothes contrasting the church in the bg
Here, the blue boats provide a strong visual que. while basically everything else is a tan brown.
lovely composition and strong quality photo!
yquem46 (38750) 2013-02-12 5:14
I'll be there in 2 weeks and I'm glad to !
A good one with vivid naturals colors and nice compo
Maybe I would have moved just a bit to the left so as not to have the small piece of roof (?) (black triangle at the edge of left margin) in the compo
Best regards, have a nice day
DINOZOR (16352) 2013-02-12 6:40
J'aime bien cette photo bien construite et bien cadrée avec soin.
Le bleu des barques du premier plan met bien en valeur la dique et la tour et bien sûr vice versa.
Il y a de la couleur et une belle lumière en même temps qu'une référence à l'activité de pêche.
Bien vu, TFS.
siudzi (34131) 2013-02-12 8:46
These blue wooden boats look extremely attractive and are a superb subject! Very well seen and cropped the scene in the vertical format. Great work, tfs!
jjcordier (78360) 2013-02-12 22:54
Intéressante composition verticale pour cette photo du port d'Essaouira. Belle lumière et jolies couleurs avec un bel effet créé par ces barques bleues au premier plan et le contraste créé par les bouées rouges.
jemaflor (88097) 2013-03-08 2:06
Nice classical view about this harbour, good light, and interesting contrast of colors with blue and red, well framed.