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San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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El Fraile
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El Fraile, Las Machotas with dry-stone wall.

El Fraile, Las Machotas with dry-stone wall.
Overlooking El Escorial, Las Machotas present a nice, relatively easy hill walk. The old drystone walls are interesting too. El Fraile = The Friar. The rock at the summit seems to represent the cowled figure of a friar!
Best enlarged, at Carol's (Ecobird's) suggestion.

Martine, aNNa schramm, M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj ), Sonia Roosen and 40 other people have particularly liked this photo


60 comments - The latest ones
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Me encanta este caos de bolas graníticas.
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you Marije. I have 1,000 + more shots of granite boulders, weird shapes, rock windows, animals shapes, etc, etc. I can't post them all at once and so will post them gradually! Most of my contacts prefer my Cornwall shots, and I have to keep them happy at all times, seguro!
:o)
2 years ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
attractive view → very nice picture
have a nice Sunday Andy → Marek-Ewjan
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Pleased you like it, Marek-Ewjan. Best wishes,
Andy
2 years ago.
 Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Curious landscape - very good reproduction of the textures.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Larry Drummond
Larry, thank you - typical of the granite landscape, and ruins of granite dry-stone walls found in these parts!
2 years ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Du scheust auch keine Mühe
in dieser kargen Bergwelt
mit diesen besonderen Gesteinsformationen
zu wandern,
und ausgezeichnete Fotos zu schießen, Andy
Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Sonntag
Erich
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Well, this scenery I have known for years and I get granite too when I return home to Cornwall
Many thanks, Erich!!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Beautiful place !
2 years ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
Impressive!
2 years ago.
 Buck Ejitt
Buck Ejitt
Very interesting Andy,i notice how parched the grass is!!!!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Buck Ejitt
I presume you meant grass, Buck!
And yes, this was late October and still waiting for autumn rains to alleviate the aridity. Much of Spain experienced severe drought that year (2011).
2 years ago.
Buck Ejitt has replied to Andy Rodker club
Well spotted Andy.......whooops!!!!!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Buck Ejitt
No worries, Buck. I keep having to edit out sh.t and replace it with shot. Sometimes months after!!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Manfred,
Pam,
Erhard,
Ian,
Doug,
Buck,
Very many thanks to you all!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Judith,
Philippe,
Thank you both.
Have a good Sunday!
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Very well comnposed image !!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Impressive rocks landscape!!!!!!
2 years ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Cette vue est magnifique... merci Andy
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Nora,
Jocelyne,
Nouchet,
Rol.
very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
J'aime beaucoup ces paysages chaotiques ou le regard vagabonde de pierre en pierre !
2 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29 club
Looks wonderful and a Beautiful pic Andy
2 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
It's easy to see how El Fraile came to its name. I would never tire of such granite scenery!
2 years ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
de magnifiques paysages tres rocailleux !!
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Good shot and good info Andy.
2 years ago.
 micritter
micritter club
Beautiful shot. As in most of your photos, lovely to look at, but I'd rather not try walk there :)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Berny,
@ngelique,
Pat,
Gudrun,
Dominique,
Rosa,
miritter,
Thank you all! Have a good Sunday!
2 years ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
superbe paysage
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
amelie,
Kama,
thank you both!
2 years ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
For me it looks like a candle in the wind Andy ;) Have a nice sunday in Madrid!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you very much, Tanja!
2 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Very impressive rock formations, Andy!
2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
An interesting and nice landscape. Like these dry and stony areas very much. And: I like this picture !
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Photo et paysage superbes. Cordialement. Nicole.
2 years ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Rock on Andy ~ It has all been said above :~)
2 years ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Very nicely composed and framed Andy, nicely done. It seems some of the dry stone walls in Spain have suffered the same fate as their counterparts in North Yorkshire.

All the best, Doug
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Doug Shepherd club
Certainly have, Doug. The available young manpower gravitated to the cities, an old and ongoing process.
Best wishes, Andy
2 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Worth the climb although the landscape looks rather barren
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter Castell club
I normally come here in Spring when of course all is lush and green. 2011 was also year of drought so that by October, with no rain for the previous 9 months, things did look a bit arid, to say the least.
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I really like the composition of this shot Andy..............the "friar" is instantly recognisable from your description. Very nice indeed Sir!
2 years ago.
 Martin Humphreys
Martin Humphreys
Nice shot again Andy
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Claudia,
sasi,
Ulrich,
Fred,
Nicole,
Nick,
Doug,
Peter,
Keith,
Martin,
Thank you all!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Ron!
2 years ago.
 tatranka7
tatranka7
Zaujímavé skalné útvary...
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Dmitry,
tatranka.
Many thanks to you both.
Have a good week!
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
It could be the place to make a Western, Andy ******************
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
See my comment to fifi / Philippe, Marie-claire!
Have a good week!
2 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet club has replied to Andy Rodker club
2 years ago.
 Robert Tuffier
Robert Tuffier
belle prise de vue
2 years ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
Great colours and a lovely shot Andy. The detail shows up even better when it is enlarged
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ecobird club
These are August colours, still present in late August - fortunately the rains came in November and the drought was averted. Many thanks Carol!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Schussentaler,
Carol,
Robert - welcome.
Many thanks!
Best wishes.
Andy
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Claude,
Marie-france,
Claude,
Very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Annemarie!
2 years ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Hi Andy,

I agree with Tanja, it looks like a candle on the stone.
Wonderful composition!! I like it very much!

Best wishes
Füsun
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
I can see that too, fusun. From other angles it really does look like a hooded friar! Many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Sonia,
Marj,
Thank you both!
2 years ago.
 Martine
Martine
Un beau paysage minéral.
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
aNNa,
Martine,
Many thanks!!
2 years ago.

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