Andy Rodker

Andy Rodker

Posted on 12/09/2018


Photo taken on June 15, 2012


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A really hot day in the Sierra de La Cabrera

A really hot day in the Sierra de La Cabrera 

A scorching day - the one where I forgot my sun cream and had ears like pork scratchings at the end of it! It also persuaded me that a hat was essential!

Gudrun, micritter, Rosalyn Hilborne, tiabunna and 39 other people have particularly liked this photo


49 comments - The latest ones
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
Fabulous balancing rock.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Jenny McIntyre
I didn't bother mentioning the rocking stone in the title or notes, I knew it would be everyone's focus!
5 months ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Amazing photograph.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to pajmcb
Thank you, Pete!
5 months ago.
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Simmering
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Nick Weall
My ears weren't just simmering, Nick; they were positively sizzling!
5 months ago.
Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft
How hot? - when is it too hot to go out ?
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Colin Ashcroft
A good question, Colin.
It is normally a dry heat here, and even when it is 40ºC + in Madrid centre (which it was on that day,) the surrounding Sierras are generally a little cooler and with a satisfying breeze. Except when they are not! On this day the temperature may have been 'only' in the upper 30s, but it was horribly humid and it was one of those rare days when the flies were having an outdoor party; except for about twice a year - usually a couple of days sometime in May and then in September - Madrid and its environs are mercifully free of flies!.
Sorry, that was the long answer.
The short answer is that 35ºC + when humid, is too hot for an enjoyable walk, especially the long uphill sections!
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Anton Cruz Carro
Anton Cruz Carro
That's a fine and sunny view into a great rocky landscape ! And a nice composition ! Have a nice Sunday Andy.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Anton Cruz Carro
Very pleased you like it, Anton. And the same to you!
5 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Can (almost) feel the heat !!
Well comnposed Andy.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
I was trying to keep the sweat off the camera, Jaap!
5 months ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
But what a gorgeous shot you got!!!
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Eunice Perkins
The warm colours appealed to me, Eunice!
5 months ago.
Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours
I think the picture of your ears would have been more ethnographic than this one, Andy. But perhaps less charming and finely coloured.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Eric Desjours
Well, my ears recovered, Eric, and I didn't make the same mistake again - I grew my hair long instead!!
;o)
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Eric Desjours has replied to Andy Rodker
:D
5 months ago.
Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Belle vue!!
5 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Another great granite-find, Andy ! Good Morning ! Have a good Sunday !
5 months ago.
Boro
Boro
Superbe
5 months ago.
sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf
Eine fantastische Felsformation, Andy.
freundliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag
Erich
5 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Where is the picture of your ears, Andy ????
5 months ago.
Dominique 60
Dominique 60
marrant ce rocher qui parait en equilibre !!
5 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Beautiful capture!

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5 months ago.
David G Johnson
David G Johnson
Andy... I seem to have missed quite a spread of your recent pictures... I took a look back - and all very nice too... /.. Btw. I would have to try that boulder up there ... for movement.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to David G Johnson
I find that happens to me too: I wonder if it is an ipernity flaw, one of those we are told we have to live with because the resolution would be totally off-budget?? if so ... oh well!!
5 months ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
beautifully poetic
5 months ago.
Karl Hartwig
Karl Hartwig
Excellent!
5 months ago.
Thérèse
Thérèse
2012 etait vraiment une année riche en photos pour toi!
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Thérèse
True! Opportunity is the reason, Therese. I spent every weekend in this Sierra and a two month break in Cornwall!
5 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Another one defying gravity!
5 months ago.
Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge
ook iets voor een beeldkunstenaar
5 months ago.
Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo
Muy bonita. Veo que el granito te encanta, a mi también, esas formas redondeadas resultan muy atractivas.
5 months ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
WOW!!! What a picture!! What a view!! You composed this image perfectly to showcase that marvelously balanced boulder and the super shapes of the other rocks around it. Really nice.

Your post made me laugh, but I'm so sorry that you had pork rinds for ears as the end of the day! BEEN THERE! I have long hair but if I pull it back...oh my...I've sunburned my ears and it's not advisable! :D

Thank you for this charming shot. Your pictures really are so wonderful to see! :)
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Janet Brien
Wonderful compliments, Janet. Many many thanks!
5 months ago.
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Simply beautiful, Andy!
5 months ago.
polytropos
polytropos
Wow, a balanced rock! Was it not tempting to you to give it a little push? ;-))
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to polytropos
No. If you see a recent Logan Rock photo of mine, you will see what happened to a young naval officer who tried just such a thing ... all too successfully and was almost lynched by the locals because he had destroyed their tourist earnings. He was forced to put it back. He did with the help of naval winching gear but it never rocked after and the cost crippled him!
5 months ago.
polytropos has replied to Andy Rodker
Of course. I was just kidding :)
I would never do that. In some regions you even will be accused when you take some stones with you.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to polytropos
And quite right too! I even dislike too many stones on a carn and as for that recent fashion of making silly balancing pebble nonsenses on beaches ... well, words fail me. And yet many people who I normally respect on ip (I don't 'do' any other social media - except LinkedIn), leap to the defence of these 'artists'!
I just don't get it.
I visit nature to see nature, not someone's ego-in-stone.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
polytropos has replied to Andy Rodker
Yes, that's right.
Here we use to say: a hiker does not leave any traces.
5 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Perfectly composed...............and the light it just gorgeous. It make the grasses in the foreground fairly glow!

Beautifully captured Andy!
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Keith Burton
Thank you, Keith! A hectic few days. I go on ip for a few minutes to unwind ... will be falling very behind again. :o(
5 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
most beautiful this!
5 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A great summer image, Andy. I see this was taken a few years ago and I'll bet you no longer make that mistake of being toasted! :-)
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to tiabunna
I value my ears too much, George.
Since that unfortunate incident, I haven't dared set foot out of the door!
5 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
That rock looks so precarious Andy....but I am sure you're teasing us with the angle!? An interesting shot.
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne
If truth be told, Rosa there are so many stones like this that I hardly saw it until I looked at the pics I'd taken later that day! So no angles and this was as seen!
Many thanks and best wishes,
Andy
5 months ago.