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Meandros II / Las Hurdes, Spain

May 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Las Hurdes covers an area of 470sq-km (180sq-mi), bordered with Sierra de Gata to the west, Sierra de Francia (Salamanca Province) of Castile-Leon to the north and Trasierra/Tierras de Granadilla to the south. It is a relatively high mountain region with low population density. There are seven rivers cutting stony valleys in Las Hurdes: The Río Malo or Ladrillar, Batuecas, Hurdano, Malvellido, Esperabán, Ovejuela and the Río de Los Ángeles.
Bellow is the Malvellido river, which has numerous meanders along the convoluted path. The most spectacular are under the viewpoint of El Gasco. A panoramic view, with the spectacular torrent of water from the river.

(N 40 23.705 / W 6 18.791) / Camera data: Three shots, 24mm, 1/100sec, f/11, ISO100

 


Todra I / Tinghir, Morocco

March 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Todra (or Todgha) Gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinghir. Both the Todra and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40 kilometres (25 mi) through the mountains.
The area is no longer as remote as it once was. A well-maintained asphalt road leads up the valley from Tinghir to the gorge. A concrete road continues up the valley, past the hotels at the mouth of the gorge all the way to the villages of Aït Hani, Tamtatouchte, and Imilchil..

Todra ITodra ILandscape view of the Todra Gorge, Tinghir, Morocco

(N 31 35.869 / W 5 35.503) / Camera data: Single shot, 17mm, 1/200sec, f/11, ISO100

 


Cloudscape / Sanabria Natural Park, Spain

February 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Sanabria Lake Natural Park is located around the Sanabria Lake, northwest part of the Zamora Province in Spain. It occupies a surface area of 22,365ha, with heights ranging from 3,270ft (997m) at the lake banks to the 6,968ft (2,124m) of the peak of Peña Trevinca.
The great biodiversity is one of the main features of the ecosystem of the park. Woods of oak coexist with birch, alder, hazel, willow, ash, rowan, chestnut, holly and yews along with large extensions of scrubland (broom). In the highlands, broom is usually replaced by heath. Here, the abundance of little glacial lakes, snowfall, sources and streams allows the existence of peat bogs, a rarity in these latitudes.

(N 42 09.226 / W 6 43.577) / Camera data: Single shot, 17mm, 1/250sec, f/11, ISO100

 


Great Medina / Fez, Morocco

January 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Founded in the 9th century and home to the oldest university in the world, Fez reached its height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Marinids, when it replaced Marrakesh as the capital of the kingdom. The urban fabric and the principal monuments in the medina – madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques and fountains - date from this period. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fez has retained its status as the country's cultural and spiritual centre.

(N 34 04.181 / W 4 58.781) / Camera data: Seven shots, 17mm, 1/200sec, f/11, ISO100

 


R704 / Dadès Valley, Morocco

January 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The R704 road is a spectacular drive winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages and palm groves through the Dadès Valley between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas mountain range, in Morocco. It is also known as the road of "the thousand Kasbahs".
Kasbah refers usually to a type of mud-brick fortress (citadel), and there is many of these building along the road.
This winding road is frequently included in lists of most dangerous roads.

(N 31 31.768 / W 5 55.511) / Camera data: Four shots, 17mm, 1/200sec, f/11, ISO100