Springtime in the Dehesa

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A moss-covered oak tree in the Dehesa of Extremadura, Spain. Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

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2 Responses to Springtime in the Dehesa

  1. julvic March 26, 2013 at 16:43 #

    The contrast between the green moss covered tree in the foreground and the snow sprinkled trees (is that what it is?) in the background is very effective. When I opened the picture it was like a 3D effect and the detail in the tree bark, I assume is cork, is so crisp that it feels like you are right there. Thanks for the link to the dehesa,. Is this type of agroforestry particular of the Iberian Peninsula? and can one just walk about? It seems so down to earth peaceful.

  2. Mike Randolph March 27, 2013 at 13:42 #

    Thanks julvic. No, it’s not snow but a very light grey lichen. The dehesa is sort of a communal grazing land for local shepherds (among other thing). It’s not the only one in Europe, but it is the biggest, and yes, there are lots of places where you can walk in amongst the trees, including Cañadas Reales, which are ancient paths the shepherds took as they led their flocks to green summer pastures in the north–and back again, of course.

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