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 and I really hope you like it because I planning to release a few more in the next weeks. For more than a year, I have been shooting photographs like this but I never find 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 zone you would probably recognize this tree, it’s huge, with strong roots, and when you wall around it you can feel how magnificent it is.

If you want to read more about Santa Fe and see more photos, you can check this old entry. You will see, it’s 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 it is from “La Serra dels Bufadors”, a mountain range located near Santa Maria de Besora, in Catalonia.

This is a really unique place with a fragile micro-ecosystem. At some point, the mountain cracked and split apart, creating a corridor between the peaks. When you get into it you can feel like you have been moved to a different place; with different weather; and different vegetation and trees from 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’s a beautiful place, but you have to be careful with holes that can be found in the soil. Passing them, we could feel air escaping the earth and, sometimes, we could feel how 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. In this website you can see the vast inner world that can be found in the 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), it’s located on the historical center of the city of Vic, between the walls of Pere II and the Mèder River. It symbolized one of the most important periods of the Osona capital, and the growth of the tannery industry in the region.

There are documents related to the tannery activity from the XII century, and during the XIV century it become a popular activity in the area. However, it wasn’t till the XVIII century when 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 XX century, all the activity was moved to the outskirts of Vic and the old ones 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 done to prevent further deterioration.


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The Enchanted Rocks II (Catalonia)

Posted on July 12, 2015 Leave a 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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The Wounded Shooting Star (Barcelona)

Posted on July 5, 2015 Leave a comment

The Wounded Shooting Star (Barcelona)
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The sculpture L’Estel Ferit (“The Wounded Shooting Star”) created by the German artist Rebecca Horn pays tribute to Barcelona’s fishing district, the Barceloneta, and has become one of its iconic landmarks. In 1992, the city’s most neglected neighborhoods were in need of a cleanup. These neighborhoods were opened up to the sea and adorned with sculptures, many of which were often innovative. In this case, Horn sought to immortalize the legendary seafront bars and restaurants, called “xiringuitos,” which just a few years before had dotted the Barceloneta coastline.

The sculpture consists of four twisted cubes, stacked seemingly at random. Most people refer to this popular landmark as “the cubes,” and it is a clear reflection of Barcelona’s penchant for groundbreaking art during the Olympic period.

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Lake of Banyoles (Catalonia)

Posted on July 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Lake of Banyoles (Catalonia)
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I recently visited this beautiful lake, named after the nearby town of Banyoles. It’s located in the Province of Girona, and it’s the largest natural lake in Catalonia. Completing an entire lap around it takes some time; the shore is about 9 kilometers long and it has a length of 2.150 meters. The average depth is about 15 meters, with a maximum of 62 meters at some points.

I must say that I have a great time there. I started walking early in the morning with a thin blanket of storm clouds in the sky. However, at some point, the sun started to shine, awarding us this beautiful blue sky.

The lake is well known for rowing, kayaking, and swimming, but there is also a nice trail around it for those who enjoy activities like walking, running, or cycling. It is also the home of many protected vegetative and animal species, so it has a great ecological interest.

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A Narrow Alley in Le Mans (France)

Posted on June 28, 2015 Leave a comment

A Narrow Alley in Le Mans (France)
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I didn’t travel a lot in the past few months, but working for my company provides me the opportunity to visit Le Mans at least once a year for the famous car race ‘The 24 Hours du Mans.” I didn’t have much time to spend with the camera, but I was happy to visit the old town, known as Cité Plantagenet, one more time.

I visited it at night with some friends and it was amazing to see how different it looks compared to when seen in daylight. We ended up visiting a part of the city I hadn’t seen in my previous visits and discovered new hidden places around the old streets, like this narrow alley.

Unlike other medieval quarters in France, the Cité Plantagenet is completely separate from the modern part of the city. Walking through its narrow streets, you can see stone houses with intricate details, timbered buildings, and the lovely slate roofs common to this area of France.

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