Nautical Club Banyoles (Catalonia)

Posted on August 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Nautical Club Banyoles (Catalonia)
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I took this photograph early in the morning at Banyoles Lake. It is located near the town of Banyoles, not far from Girona. It’s the biggest lake in Catalonia and with a total length of 2150 meters, it is the perfect location for rowing, kayaking, swimming, and triathlon training.

In 1992, it became famous as the rowing location for the Barcelona Olympic Games. The World Rowing Championships were also held there in 2004.

It has perfect weather to practice water sports all year; and because of that, it has become a popular training location for many foreign rowers. Many renowned English clubs, such as Leander, Vesta, Cambridge, and the English adaptive rowing team, regularly visit the lake as well as distant clubs and federations like the Russian Canoeing Federation.

However, for those like me that prefer to walk, cycle, or run, the lake is surrounded by minor roads and paths perfect for these activities that provide spectacular views. Look at this video on the official lakes website; it is a great place to visit, isn’t it?

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Blurred Worlds Gallery Update

Posted on August 23, 2015 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I promised you that I was going to process and publish more abstract pictures for my “Blurred Worlds Gallery.” The photos in this gallery are not heavily manipulated in Photoshop and are created with a single long exposure photograph. If you want to learn how to capture them, follow this tutorial:

- Panning and Blurring on Trees and Landscape.

As there are so many images to share, I will break them up into two entries. These five are my favorites. The rest of the images will be in the second entry.
 

Eternal WinterEternal Winter
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This photo was taken last winter, during an unexpected snowfall not far from my home. I had a terrific time taking photos!

 

The Flow of LifeThe Flow of Life
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I shot this photo in the Riera of Santa Fe. Images in my “The World in HDR” gallery offer a more conventional look at this place and some extra information about the surroundings.

 

Steps to the Sun
Steps to the Sun
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This photo was taken near Santa Fe del Montseny. I don’t have a static version of this image, but you can read about the area in this old post featuring a nearby reservoir.

 

The Weight of LifeThe Weight of Life
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This giant stone is located in The Enchanted Forest, close to Sant Feliu de Pallerols. It is a beautiful place for trekking and enjoying nature.

 

Bending the LightBending the Light
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This image is from last year’s snowfall. When I saw the arched shape of the left pine tree, I couldn’t resist panning to create an extra surreal effect.

 

Please enjoy the photos, and remember that I welcome your comments!

 

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Rupit’s Hanging Bridge (Catalonia)

Posted on August 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Rupit’s Hanging Bridge (Catalonia)
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This is perhaps one of the most iconic views of Rupit. This hanging bridge was constructed in 1945 to connect the two parts of the village divided by Rupit’s Creek. But nowadays, it has become a tourist attraction for visitors to this picturesque medieval town.

In 1945, the city council did not have many resources, so the bridge was partially financed by Pere Rovira, a local blacksmith that was also the designer. His brother Francesc Rovira (also a blacksmith), the local builder Santi Vila, and the local innkeeper Quim Marsal were also involved in the construction of the bridge.

Walking across this suspension bridge is always an experience. If you want to try it for yourself, it is not far from Barcelona and it is a great option for a day trip.

The town is truly beautiful, with old stone houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, and magnificent views. The zone if full of picturesque routes, making it a perfect spot for those who enjoys activities like trekking, cycling, horse riding, etc.

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Strong Roots

Posted on August 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Strong Roots
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It has been a long time since I published my last abstract piece. I hope you enjoy it, because I am planning to release a few more in the next weeks. For more than a year, I have been shooting photographs like this and now is the right time to publish them.

I took this photograph near the Santa Fe reservoir, close to the dam. If you have been in the area before, you will probably recognize this tree: it is huge, with strong roots, and when you walk around it you can feel how magnificent it is.

If you want to read more about Santa Fe, you can check out this old post. It is a beautiful place to visit: Winter Sunset (Panta de Santa Fe, Catalonia)

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Walking Between Rock Walls (Santa Maria de Besora, Catalonia)

Posted on July 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Walking Between Rock Walls (Santa Maria de Besora, Catalonia)
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This photo is from La Serra dels Bufadors, a mountain range located near Santa Maria de Besora in Catalonia. This is a unique place with a fragile micro-ecosystem. At some point, the mountain cracked and split apart, creating a corridor between the peaks. When you enter the corridor, you feel like you have been transported to a different place, with different weather, different vegetation, and different trees than the ones in the surrounding areas.

In this photograph, you can see the narrowest point in the corridor, no more than three meters wide. It is a beautiful place, but you have to be careful: many holes can be found in the soil. Passing them, we could feel air escaping from the earth and, sometimes, we could hear the air whistles inside. The whistling noise is where the name Bufadors (“blowers” in Catalan) comes from.

Many of the principal holes have been explored by speleologists. However, because of the unstable terrain and the danger that it represents, the interest in studying and exploring them has decreased. On this website, you can see the vast inner world that can be found underground.

Check the next video for more photos and footage from my trip. I welcome your comments!

 

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The Tanneries Neighborhood (Vic, Catalonia)

Posted on July 19, 2015 Leave a comment

The Tanneries Neighborhood (Vic, Catalonia)
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The Tanneries Neighborhood (“Les Adoberies” in Catalan) is located in the historical center of the city of Vic, between the walls of Pere II and the Mèder River. It symbolizes both one of the most important periods of the Osona capital and the growth of the region’s tannery industry.

There are documents related to tannery activity from the 12th century, and during the 14th century it became very popular in the area. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the Guild of Tanners decided to group all the activity and construct the actual Tanneries Neighborhood.

Nowadays, the tannery industry has become more technical. Because of that, during the 20th century, all activity was moved to the outskirts of Vic and the old buildings were abandoned. The good news is that the government declared this neighborhood as a zone of national interest back in 2009. However, because of the recent economic crisis, no action has been taken to prevent further deterioration.


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The Enchanted Rocks II (Catalonia)

Posted on July 12, 2015 1 Comment

The Enchanted Rocks II (Catalonia)
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It has been a while since my last visit to this beautiful beech wood. However, a few days ago, I was reviewing my archive and found this photo. I was drawn in by the composition and light in the scene and decided it would be a great addition to my “Trees and Forest” gallery.

This is a magical forest—always quiet, with huge boulders living in harmony with the beech trees. It’s also a place of many legends; most of them were born during medieval times when the area was shaken by several earthquakes and some of these rocks ended up in to the nearby town of Sant Feliu de Pallerols. Some peasants believe that they had been cursed and others thought it was a demon throwing rocks at them.

If you have the opportunity to visit Catalonia, be sure to stop by this forest. It is one of the hidden places not many people know about, but it is the perfect place for a hike. The forest is located on the Girona province, near the Health Sanctuary in the Collsacabra region: you can find the exact location in this Wikiloc route.

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