Green Spain

playa-de-toribia-asturias-spainThe Playa de Torimbia, in Asturias, northern Spain. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Thirteen Centuries Later, a Hit Album

silosThe famous Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos dates back to the 7th Century. With its two-story cloisters and intricate, carved stone panels, the monastery is a jewel of Romanesque architecture. It once held a very important library. Many of the manuscripts are now Continue Reading →

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A New Travel Photography Blog

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I came across this accordion player while roaming my own neighborhood in Madrid. The man told me that his grandfather bought the accordion when he was a young man in Romania. “It’s 80-years old,” he told me proudly. Photo ©Mike Randolph

I’ve recently been working on another blog of mine about travel photography. Today’s post is on street photography, and I used images taken in Madrid, so I thought I’d link to it here for those that are interested. I’ll be writing about everything from gear to techniques, with lots of free tips and tutorials. Check out the post here and if you’re a travel-photography aficionado, sign up to my newsletter for lots of exclusive content available to subscribers only. Thanks for having a look and if your friends and family are also in to travel photography, please pass it along. Thank you!

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Tales of a Forgotten Pueblo

Calatañazor, Soria, SpainCalatañazor is one of the least-visited places in the province of Soria, which is itself the least-visited province in all of Spain. Perhaps this hamlet’s most famous visitor was Almanzor, Muslim Spain’s mightiest ruler. He died here in battle, in the year 1002, at a place called the Valley of Blood. Thankfully, it’s quite a bit more peaceful today. Click for larger image. Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

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Taking the High Road

Storm clouds roll in over the Puerto de Pajares in northern Spain. Connecting Asturias with Leon, the road over the mountain pass reaches a 17% gradient, and was once Continue Reading →

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Aerial Armada

Tarifa sits at the very southern tip of Spain, and of continental Europe. Kitesurfers from around the world come here to ride the warm, strong Levante winds, which are accelerated by the Straits of Gibraltar. Africa, seen in the background, is only 14 kilometers away. (Click on image for larger view.) Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Vultures on the Rise

vultureA Griffon Vulture soars over a valley in the Pyrenees foothills of Huesca, Spain. Rare in the rest of Europe, the Griffon Vulture has made a comeback in Spain, where the population is estimated in the tens of thousands. Like all vultures,  Continue Reading →

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White Gold

sheep gallocantaHow to make a village out of living lumps of wool: Sheep graze their way up a small rise outside the village of Gallocanta, in Aragón. The town of Gallocanta may be more famous for its cranes, but sheep  Continue Reading →

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The Places In Between

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I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around Spain over the years, usually to take pictures of a specific destination. But what about the places along the way? Here’s a random selection of eight images taken Continue Reading →

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Following Suit

playing cardsIn the hamlet of Mondrón, Málaga, abuelos gather after lunch in the only bar in town to play Mus, the most popular card game in Spain. It’s played with a Spanish deck, which has 40 cards without eights, nines, tens or jokers (or no aces, it’s hard to say)–plus the cards themselves look like Continue Reading →

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Looking Smoking

cristianosIn Alcoy, in the province of Alicante, Spain, the most important day of the year is the festival of the Moros y Cristianos. Everyone wants to be a moro because the costumes are more outrageous but there has to be some Christians, too, since after all what they’re celebrating is the Reconquist of moorish Spain. So, for those who have to parade as Christians, some artistic license is allowed (as in the ones in the above photo). Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Chapeau

truffle-sarrion-teruel-spainAt 600 euros per kilo, the biggest black truffles at the annual truffle fair in Sarrión earn the respect of hungry onlookers. While tasting them is expensive, smelling them is free, and if you ask me, the best thing about truffles. The tiny town of Sarrión, in Teruel, Aragón, has been known for its truffles for decades, though mostly to the French, who, say locals, Continue Reading →

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Vine Country

rioja vinesA lone scrub oak stands among of sea of vines near Haro, La Rioja. Just below this vineyard, where the vines curve down the hillside, runs the Oja River–in Spanish, Rio Oja–which gives the region, and the wine, its name.  Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Sweet Medicine with a Kick

malaga-wineMalaga wines are sweet, fortified dessert wines. In the old days, some of them also contained quinine. Jesuit missionaries brought the bark of the so-called fever tree to Spain in the 16th Century and it was used to treat a variety of illnesses for centuries. Medicinal wines with quinine were still widely consumed in Spain until the 1970′s. This barrel is from my favorite bar in Malaga, the Casa Guardia. I’ve been visiting it off and on for 20 years, and it hasn’t changed much either. As for whether quinine wines are still being drunk in Spain, I can’t say. Does anybody know? Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Lighting the Way

jaime-king-of-aragonOrnate iron street lamps glow in the backlight of a late winter afternoon on the Carrer Jaume I in Barcelona. Jaime I, King of Aragon, is an important figure in Catalan history, promoting language and culture while ousting the French and expanding the Crown of Aragon across Catalonia and the Mediterranean. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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