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!

Rosalyn Hilborne, tiabunna, Annemarie, Keith Burton and 37 other people have particularly liked this photo


48 comments - The latest ones
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
Fabulous balancing rock.
5 days 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 days ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Amazing photograph.
5 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to pajmcb
Thank you, Pete!
5 days ago.
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Simmering
5 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Nick Weall
My ears weren't just simmering, Nick; they were positively sizzling!
5 days ago.
Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft
How hot? - when is it too hot to go out ?
5 days 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 days ago. Edited 46 hours 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 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Anton Cruz Carro
Very pleased you like it, Anton. And the same to you!
5 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Can (almost) feel the heat !!
Well comnposed Andy.
5 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
I was trying to keep the sweat off the camera, Jaap!
5 days ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
But what a gorgeous shot you got!!!
5 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Eunice Perkins
The warm colours appealed to me, Eunice!
5 days 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 days ago. Edited 5 days 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 days ago. Edited 5 days ago.
Eric Desjours has replied to Andy Rodker
:D
5 days ago.
Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Belle vue!!
5 days ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Another great granite-find, Andy ! Good Morning ! Have a good Sunday !
5 days ago.
Boro
Boro
Superbe
5 days ago.
sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf
Eine fantastische Felsformation, Andy.
freundliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag
Erich
5 days ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Where is the picture of your ears, Andy ????
5 days ago.
Dominique 60
Dominique 60
marrant ce rocher qui parait en equilibre !!
5 days ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Beautiful capture!

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5 days 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 days 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!!
3 days ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
beautifully poetic
5 days ago.
Karl Hartwig
Karl Hartwig
Excellent!
5 days ago.
Thérèse
Thérèse
2012 etait vraiment une année riche en photos pour toi!
5 days 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!
3 days ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Another one defying gravity!
5 days ago.
Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge
ook iets voor een beeldkunstenaar
5 days ago.
Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo
Muy bonita. Veo que el granito te encanta, a mi también, esas formas redondeadas resultan muy atractivas.
5 days 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 days ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Janet Brien
Wonderful compliments, Janet. Many many thanks!
3 days ago.
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Simply beautiful, Andy!
4 days ago.
polytropos
polytropos
Wow, a balanced rock! Was it not tempting to you to give it a little push? ;-))
4 days 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!
3 days 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.
3 days 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.
46 hours ago. Edited 46 hours 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!
4 days 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(
3 days ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
most beautiful this!
3 days 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! :-)
3 days 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!
46 hours 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.
3 days 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
46 hours ago.