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Granite. Torre de Valdemanco, Sierra de La Cabrera

Granite. Torre de Valdemanco, Sierra de La Cabrera 

Amazingly, my first walk in the Sierra de La Cabrera since December 2015!
And it hasn't changed a bit!

goandgo, Helmer Lortz, ROL/Photo, Falk Weihmann (access falk) and 38 other people have particularly liked this photo


67 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbement rendu +++++
Bon Dimanche.
3 years ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Undoubtedly, it has changed, but your time scale is too short. ;-) Very interesting geology.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ronald Losure club
It was tongue in cheek, Ron. Yes, I love this granite scenery.
3 years ago.
 micritter
micritter club
Beautiful picture of the rugged rocks.
3 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Incredible !
3 years ago.
 raingirl
raingirl club
did you walk up that? please say no...

great perspective and amazing rocks.
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to raingirl club
Up this side and down the other, then round back to here which was not far from my starting point. Just a gentle re-introduction to the area after an 18 month lay-off due to illness - now fully recovered!).
Many safe paths and, if you feel a little bit more adventurous, some exciting scrambles, but nothing too exposed or difficult!. I like the choice and it depends on my mood and energy levels on the day! But, actually this is just the lower western end of a long ridge. I went on to the highest peak on the ridge before returning. A pleasant walk in 22 c, 70 f and a gentle breeze; perfect walking weather!
- but thank you for your concern for my well-being, Laura. :o)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has added
Have just added to your group Naturey Crap - Crappy nature, Laura - thanks for the invite! - still feel very unsure about the group name though!!! :o)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
raingirl club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Thanks for adding - the name is misleading, but it is tongue in cheek really. The group description explains it comes from two points of view: "1) "For those of us that really hate nature photos, but take them anyway. We may even do it well, and that pisses us off even more." ------------- 2) "Many people feel that their nature images are inadequate, or 'crappy'. This group welcomes any nature shots, even if they are crappy!" Maybe you don't fit in either category, but your nature photos are still welcome!!
3 years ago.
raingirl club has replied to Andy Rodker club
So glad you are better - and walking in places you enjoy again!!
3 years ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to raingirl club
Andy is concerned about use of the word "crappy," which is more shocking in the UK than here. Or, something like that. We had a fun discussion about it, but don't remember where...

Now, every time I say, "Oh, crap!" I'll think of Andy! Hehe...
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Diane Putnam club
You say the nicest things, Diane!

But I got to musing ...
We say 'shit' a lot, without thinking (OK, The Times still prints s..t).. But this was anathema to my parents' generation. I learn't this when I was helping my Dad put up some shelving in his wine shop and I hit my thumb with a hammer. ... 'SSSSSHHEEEEEIIIIIIIITT' rang out. (I actually wanted to shout out 'F...........CK!', But because my Dad was nearby, I was just about able to restrain myself).
My Dad's immediate response wasn't 'Are you alright?' but 'ANDREW!!!!! I NEVER want to hear you use such OBSCENE language in my presence EVER AGAIN!!!'
It's just one example of the interesting and wonderful thing about the ever-changing facets of our language.
Still ... c..p is ... well, still c..p!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to raingirl club
Many thanks, Laura. A bit stiff but fine!!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Erhard,
Therese,
Malik,
Ron,
Larry,
micritter,
Pam,
Raingirl,
Many thanks to you all!
Best wishes,
Andy
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, fifi!
3 years ago.
 S Drury
S Drury club
What a great landscape Andy and an inviting shot .. give me a moment to get my boots on !

i see people already starting up this great feature right of centre .. WAIT FOR ME

Best wishes ... Steve
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to S Drury club
That's right Steve. They use these rocks for rock-climbing practice and courses. The climbs here are at the low to medium degree of difficulty so are excellent to train on.
All best wishes,
Andy
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
@ngelique,
Steve,
Many thanks and best wishes, Andy
3 years ago.
 Karl Hartwig Schütz
Karl Hartwig Schütz club
Great shot! Best regards, Karl
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Great POV, Andy ! Good Morning !
3 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Interesting rock formations Andy!
Super shot :-))
3 years ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Hello Andy,

Great POV !! And excellent shot!!

Best wishes
Füsun
3 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Granite takes longer to erode than 1,5 years;-) Great PoV!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Gudrun club
My mistake. I should have written 'My first walk in La Cabrera for 1.5M years. And it has changed a bit!' :o)
3 years ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Amazing shapes ~~~~
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Karl,
Ulrich,
Rosa,
Fusun,
Gudrun,
Nick.
Many thanks to you all!
3 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
impressive granite and erosion traces!
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, pay attention where you put your steps, Andy !!!
3 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet club has added
3 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
formas y tr¿exturas fantasticas, great lookup
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Berny,
Marie-claire,
Mario.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Andy
3 years ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
joli granite
3 years ago.
 Nacer H
Nacer H
Tres beau point de vue de ce granite!!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Kama,
Nacer,
Many thanks!
3 years ago.
 Robert Tuffier
Robert Tuffier
belle mise au point
3 years ago.
 menonfire
menonfire club
Imposante Felsformation, klasse !
3 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
Brilliant pic Andy
3 years ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Planet earth?????????????? Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Gisela,
Cammino,
Robert,
Maik,
Pat,
Nouchet,
Thank you all.
Have a good week!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
I see someone has been kind enough to cut steps for you! But, really, you climbed that? I am impressed, Andy! :-o Dramatic nature-shot!
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Diane Putnam club
Thanks Diane. No need to be impressed. There are some easy routes in there. Yes I have walked up there ( I stress walked - no climbing involved, seriously!) many times. On Saturday I went up by a route to the left of the shot and to a much higher peak than this tiddler before returning. I would have posted from the top but have uploaded many from the top, including ones where the summit ridge is clothed in a sea of fog, that I don't want to overdo it. I didn't recall posting many from down here though which is why it is here.
3 years ago.
 autofantasia
autofantasia club
Terrific shot Andy ... love those rock formations! :)
3 years ago.
 Ron Silvester
Ron Silvester club
Like this shot of the rocks Andy. Makes me feel I want to be there too,

Read your chat with Raingirl also, you've inspired her; certainly. Any in her group who are truly determined to improve their photographic skills, will challenge themselves to improve their techniques, no matter what gear they use and the rocks will hang around long enough for them to practice.

When you fully comprehend how geology works, you will find many locations that don't seem to change from decade to decade. Raingirl and her group will understand that and know that landscape photographs should improve over the years because the geology is somewhat relative to our lifespan - geology, it is persistently long and our span from birth to death is persistently short, so while we cram a lot of activity and learning and photographic practice into our lifespan, geology just hangs around and poses for us to satisfy our whim; muchly without a curl out of place.

Keep up the inspirations, they are challenging many to capture the moment and find they've climbed one more step up the ladder towards, shameless photographic aptitude - thanks to your energetic efforts.

Took a couple of shots on our rocky mounds this arvo (afternoon to you foreigners) will be up on Ipernity soon, I'm right on the rocky edge of a long dead volcano though mostly the rocks have been displaced by grasses and trees; each has its own beauty even with the different perspective. And etc.

Ron
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ron Silvester club
Geology is a long-standing interest, Ron.
Many thanks and all best wishes,
Andy
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Richard,
Chris,
Sonia,
Diane,
Paul,
Ron
Many thanks you all!
3 years ago.
 Karin
Karin
Looks impressive and difficult to climb :)
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Easy to climb ... or walk ...
Many thanks, Karin!!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Richard,
Jenny,
Thank you,
3 years ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Andy,

Fascinating picture, and great respect to you for climbing up there. Looks like a great day out!!

Best Wishes
Peter
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
Thank you, Peter.
Yes it was. And the routes are really no more than walks in many cases! I'd put it on a par with Tryfan! It is the craggy granite scenery that a) makes these look like mighty mountains and b) hides the easy paths from view. Of course you can make it complicated to get up there if you want!!
Best wishes,
Andy
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Andy, what a wonderful perspective ..

Thank you for sharing with us in Virtual EXPLORE ...

www.ipernity.com/group/virtualexplore
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Peggy!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, Colin... and welcome!
3 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Fantastic landscape. Seems to washed out from the water ...
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Percy, thank you! and many thanks for your visit!
Roger, thank you for liking this in my album Virtual Explore.
Best wishes to you both!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Schussentaler!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Very many thanks, Gabriella!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you once more, Bernhart!
3 years ago.
 Falk Weihmann (access falk)
Falk Weihmann (acces…
Cool steps!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Falk ... and for your visit too!
3 years ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Excellent angle sur ces roches découpées
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Rol!
3 years ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Eine Reise wert!*
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Certainly! and it's only 40 km from the centre of Madrid!
Thank you Helmer!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you again, goango!
3 years ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Impressionnant et beau !
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Pleased you like it, Julien!
2 years ago.

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