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Sierra de Guadarrama
El Cancho de La Bola
Pico de Miel
La Sierra de La Cabrera


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Griffon vulture on El Cancho de La Bola, Sierra de La Cabrera.
I know I've said this before and I know one or two of you don't like the thought but this granite boulder is only white because of 10,000 years of guano!

Dimas Sequeira, ╰☆☆June☆☆╮, micritter, aNNa schramm and 60 other people have particularly liked this photo


89 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome capture!

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2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, William!
2 years ago.
 Ron Stachowiak
Ron Stachowiak club
Very impressive this fantastic shot

Beste wishes Ron
2 years ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Impressive place can bet 10,000 years of smell as well.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Steve Paxton club
No smell at all except for the lavender wafting around these hills!
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Splendid capture!
2 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
magnifique et étonnante capture
2 years ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Well done Andy... ;-))
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
And Guano is worth money !!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Pam J club
It is, in some parts of the world.
2 years ago.
 Denis Croissant
Denis Croissant club
The lone vulture...
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Denis Croissant club
Often there are up to a dozen convening on this rock (and contributing more guano!)
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Gilloudu95
Gilloudu95
Splendid capture !!!!
2 years ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Bravo pour cette image !
2 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
amazing, great catch!!
2 years ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Must smell delightful ~ I guess the vulture is waiting for you to put a step wrong :~)
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Nick Weall club
No smell, Nick. The guano stains of 10,000 may remain but the high winds of the Sierra dispose of the most recent smells!
2 years ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
Shit happens!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Erhard Bernstein club
Ha Ha Ha, Erhard!!!
I wait ages for a comment from you (apart from HFF!) and then you come up with the pithiest, most apposite comment possible! LOL!!!!!
:o)
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Erhard Bernstein club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Even though I rarely comment, I enjoy you r three fotos a day very much - those from the UK as well as those from Spain. Keep on going!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Erhard Bernstein club
I commented 'tongue in cheek' as English has it, Erhard!
There are days when I am too busy and/or have got too far behind when all I can do is mark a yellow star and move on, even when I would like to add a comment!
But thank you for your support; very much appreciated!
I might have to reduce my shots to two or even one a day as I am running out of archive material and I can't get out to the country to take replacement / new shots at the moment due to a long running foot problem. I am hoping this will improve by May when I want to get some Spring shots from the mountains again!.
Best wishes,
Andy
2 years ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
tres interressante image andy !!
2 years ago.
 Louisa Heylen
Louisa Heylen
Good to know that this is guano Andy, weird that this has built up and not with the rainwater is washed away, it will certainly still be a good destination for the fields there
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Louisa Heylen
I agree, but the fact is that it is the slow accumulation over millennia - it only needs a tiny bit to remain attached to the rock after rain each time - that leads it to build up inexorably!
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Ramon,
Buonacoppi,
KYZ,
Philippe,
Ron S,
Steve,
sasi,
Sione,
Udo,
Pam,
Denis,
Gillou,
Julien,
Berny,
Nick,
Erhard,
Dominique,
Louisa,
Very many thanks to you all!
2 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
It looks to be their favourite rock to sit on;-)
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Gudrun club
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Superbe tir !
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you
Gudrun,
Claudia!
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That's quite a shot Andy!!!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you, Rosa.
Do you remember this from another visit?
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
How beautiful!*******************
2 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A naturally painted rock. Great shot!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Eunice,
Rosa,
Nouchet,
Very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Sami,
Robert,
Thank you both!
2 years ago.
 Boro
Boro
Bien vu ***
2 years ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A remarkable panorama with a magnificent eye-catcher, Andy!
2 years ago.
 Chris10
Chris10 club
Wowww, thaty's great and majestic Andy!

Greetz, Christien.
2 years ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
ik herinner me deze nog uit de pano tijd
klasse
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Fred Fouarge club
Some similar, but not this exact one. Perhaps you are thinking of this.
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
or this
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/45716630/in/album/1022196
I had some others even more similar to this and which were on Pano but I have't uploaded them on ipernity, ... yet!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOWWWWWW, phenomenal capture, Andy ******** Happy Sunday to you !!!!!!
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
2 years ago.
 FarbFormFreude
FarbFormFreude club
so this can be called some Kind of permanence
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to FarbFormFreude club
If ever s..t has permanence, it's here!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Uwe,
Lenke,
Bernd,
Boro,
* ઇઉ * ,
Christien,
Fred,
Marie-claire,
Judith,
Farb,
Thank you all!
2 years ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Un sacré perchoir pour ces oiseaux !
2 years ago.
 Adele
Adele club
An excellent capture, Andy! *********
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Marije,
Jocelyne,
Adele.
Very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Brilliant capture.
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I never, ever thought I'd say this....................but this is a great shot of a sh*t covered rock and a lone vulture)! :-))

"Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" ..............or am I getting mixed up with a Lone Ranger" ??
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
Just 'mixed up', Keith!
:o)
Have a good week!
2 years ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
That;s great Andy, have pleasant week.
2 years ago.
 Lucette
Lucette club
Belle capture Andy ; belle semaine !
2 years ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Bravo Andy
magnifique photo... comme toujours
2 years ago.
 Nacer H
Nacer H
Superbe capture !
2 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
An amazing find and wonderful capture, Andy! You live near such pretty sights!
2 years ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Interessantes Foto! Muss ein besonderer Fels sein, dass sich die Vögel gerade auf diesem niederlassen.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to trester88 club
2 years ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Well, I love the photo and I am at least one person who did not know why the granite was / is white! And in North Carolina, we have a lot of granite!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peggy C club
Thank you, Peggy. Have a look at this!
www.ipernity.com/doc/2247598/43225088/in/album/1022196
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Ulrrich,
Angelika,
Wierd,
John C,
Keith,
Roger,
Lucette,
Larry,
Rol,
Nacer,
Valerie,
Wilhelm,
Peggy,
Very many thanks to you all and have a great week!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
just wow
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Wierd,
Helena,
Mario,
Very many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
John,
Thank you!
2 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
Brilliant capture
2 years ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Absolutely brilliant capture , Andy!
And such a an interesting piece of information!

Next time I'll be more careful about walking on white granite boulder! ;-)
*****************************
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
The white is rock-solid! 10,000 years have ossified the guano, Bea! Very safe to stand on!
2 years ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you for sharing your beautiful picture.
Admired in The 700+ Club (incorporating 50+faves)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Annemarie,
Jenny,
Bernhard,
Chris,
Betty,
Pat,
Bea,
June,
Many thanks to you all!
2 years ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Looks like a giant snowball.The Bass rock in the Forth is white for the same reason.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean club
i'm not all surprised, Jean! :o)
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Chris,
Schussentaler,
Jean,
Many thanks!
2 years ago.
 Martine
Martine
Un beau perchoir.
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, Martine!
2 years ago.
 Eva Lewitus
Eva Lewitus club
Guano is the best fertilizer. Peru got rich with it From Wikipedia: The Guano Era refers to a period of stability and prosperity in Peru during the mid-19th century. It was sustained on the substantial revenues generated by the export of guano and the strong leadership of president Ramón Castilla. The starting date for the guano era is commonly considered to be 1845, the year in which Castilla started his first administration. It ended shortly after the war between Spain and Peru in 1866.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eva Lewitus club
Thank you for that information, Eva!
2 years ago.
Eva Lewitus club has replied to Andy Rodker club
You are welcome!!! Here it seems a bit difficult to harvest...
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eva Lewitus club
Indeed, hardly an economic viability!!
2 years ago.
Eva Lewitus club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Just for your own garden!
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eva Lewitus club
I wish I had a garden!
:o(
25 years of gardening as a major hobby and now 7 years living in flats! To ask; 'Do I miss it?' is like asking; 'Is the Pope catholic?'!!!
2 years ago.
Eva Lewitus club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Oh Andy, I feel with you. I took 50 years care of our garden... Now I take care of my plants on my windowsill, in a small two room apartment.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eva Lewitus club
Not even that! I would appreciate some herbs and flowers in window sill containers but no such luck! I have a flat with interior light and although it's on the 3rd floor of 6, doesn't give enough light for plants with the exception of two spider plants and a few pothos.
2 years ago.
Eva Lewitus club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Yes, Andy, that's a pity. But I do hope you are happy with your new home.
2 years ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eva Lewitus club
New for nearly three years now! And in a variety of flats without a garden before then.
but yes, it's a nice flat, thank you, Eva!
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Sonia!
2 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
guano ein guter Dünger :-)) muß ihn leider teuer kaufen ...
Gänsegeier sah ich in den Picos Europea
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
I can imagine it's expensive due to the difficulty in collecting it!
Griffon Vultures can be found as far north as the Ardennes and certainly in the Bavarian Alps. I don't know about further north; the Harz Mountains perhaps?
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Rashid!
2 years ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
A small silhouette can be eye catching!
3 months ago.

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