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Rush Hour

cabrasA shepherd leads his flock of goats along a dusty road near the village of Bermejo, in Andalusia, Spain. Just on the other side of the hill, Continue Reading →

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Lonely Landscapes of the Duero

Ribera del Duero countryside, Spain.

The famous Ribera del Duero wine-making region, on the high plains of Castilla y León, has an alluring, if austere, beauty. The Duero River winds through some of the most empty, and historic, landscapes in Spain. For three centuries, the Duero was a kind of no-man’s land, a dangerous frontier between Christian and Muslim Spain. Click the Continue link to see all seven images, and as always, click any image to see a larger view. Photos ©Mike Randolph  Continue Reading →

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Gateway to the Lost Mountain

TorlaThe medieval village of Torla, in Huesca, Aragon, guards the entrance to Spain’s oldest National Park,  Ordesa y Monte Perdido. The immense glacial valley of Ordesa, seen above, is so narrow and deep that Continue Reading →

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A Bridge to the Past

toledoFor centuries the only way in or out of the Imperial City of Toledo was the Alcántara bridge over the Tagus River. Originally built by Continue Reading →

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The Elements of Seville

smoky-sevilleThe smoke from street vendors roasting chestnuts hangs in the air on a rainy winter day in Seville. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Relaxing in the Retiro

retiroA couple sits on a bench admiring the fall colors in Madrid’s Retiro park, in the heart of the city. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Puerta del Wool

trashumancia madrid shepherdNovember 2, 2014: A shepherd helps drive a flock of two-thousand sheep through the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid. Every year since 1994, Continue Reading →

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Yin Yang, Spanish Style

salamancaThe late-evening sun casts a shadow of the Convento de San Esteban onto itself in the elegant Spanish city of Salamanca. Click on image for larger view. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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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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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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