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 have been an important part of the economy in Aragón for centuries. A few hundred years ago it was that and more–sheep weren’t just an important part of the economy, they were the economy. In the Middle Ages the trade in wool was equivalent in importance to the trade in oil, today. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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10 Responses to White Gold

  1. Idoya March 4, 2014 at 08:13 #

    Always love your pictures. Thanks for them.

    • Mike Randolph March 4, 2014 at 08:46 #

      Thanks very much, Idoya.

      • Julvic March 4, 2014 at 09:14 #

        Interesting photo and interesting to know about their commercial traditions. Thanks for the cultural morsel

  2. Sabrina J. March 4, 2014 at 08:19 #

    Cool shot. It’s giant wooly traffic jam!

    • Mike Randolph March 4, 2014 at 08:48 #

      Yeah, it’s about the only kind of traffic jam that pueblo ever sees. :)

  3. Maria Jesus March 13, 2014 at 10:44 #

    Preciosa fotografia y precioso comentario.Efectivamente;la lana en Aragon fue durante siglos la industria,sin olvidarnos de esa deliciosa carne que lleno las mesas de nobles y vasallos.Hoy por hoy el cordero asado sigue siendo un plato estrella en Aragon y en toda España.

    • Mike Randolph March 13, 2014 at 10:49 #

      Gracias, Maria Jesus. Si, si…cordero asado es todo un platazo!

  4. David Ramos April 30, 2014 at 13:39 #

    Muy bonito, parece de otros tiempos.

  5. Mike Randolph April 30, 2014 at 13:40 #

    Gracias, David!

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