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The dusty path

The dusty path
And a dangerous path at that!. Best to stick to the vegetation under your feet or the granite. I follow the granite boulders and rock-hop along them, only touching base on the path when absolutely necessary!
Sierra de La Cabrera.

Gudrun, Fred Fouarge, Thorsten Aurin, Ernest CH and 19 other people have particularly liked this photo


23 comments - The latest ones
 Guido Werner
Guido Werner club
What exactly is so dangerous on that path?
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Guido Werner club
Lousy grip; It's like trying to get traction on flour! I wear mountain boots with good Vibram soles or occasionally fell running shoes with excellent tread. Both are useless on this finely ground granite dust. Yes there are stretches where you must use the path and so extra care is needed.
OK, the only danger is a fall and a bruise and a bruised ego! Even so, it is awkward and best avoided. I prefer to scramble up the granite rock directly where possible.
Welcome, Guido!
19 months ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
Excellent composition and depth.
19 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
One can feel the heat and the dryness. Makes a great image.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Jean club
At the end of May, the colours should be in a lush green background but there has been very little rain so far this year and it looks more arid than it should. Drought conditions for central and southern Spain are predicted.
19 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas
beautiful perspective, different textures
19 months ago.
 polytropos
polytropos club
Yes, I don't like it! Steep down and gravel path - great danger of slipping. But the view seems to be worth it.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to polytropos club
Gravel is also bad on a steep path, Poly but this is fine dust - possibly even worse! Yes the walks here and the views are definirely worth it! Many thanks!
19 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
quelle vue imprenable !!
19 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Views
19 months ago.
 Boro
Boro club
Jolie compo
19 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I'm not at all surprised why you visit this place so often, Andy. It's simply breathtaking wherever you look. A wonderful landscape photo
19 months ago.
 volker_hmbg
volker_hmbg club
One can feel the heat of the day from your picture!
19 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
You wouldn't want to break or even sprain an ankle out there! I'm guessing you're not too close to a bus route!

A lovely shot Andy..............the view is breathtaking! Nicely taken sir!
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Well, I start and finish at the same bus stop but at about this point, I'm a long way from any road!
Many thanks, Keith.
I might even get round to having a gander at some of yours before too long!
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
 Bill Robinson / kinderbill
Bill Robinson / kind… club
Does look dry and arid underfoot Andy, us walkers don't mind a challenge with our camera at hand!...Great view...Best Regards, Bill.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Bill Robinson / kind… club
Indeed, thanks, Bill!
19 months ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Quite a stunning landscape Andy. Nicely done. :)
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Clickity Click club
Thank you, Chris.
Something I've been meaning to ask you. You use the expression 'Nicely done', as I do. I plagiarised an old stalwart on Panoramio who didn't join ipernity, sadly. He used the term 'Nicely done' a lot when he wanted to give a quick and friendly pat on the back rather than a longer message, of which he excelled and was very witty. I don't know if you have any connection with Keepclicking but your choice of words, the name similarity and the fact that he emigrated to the US about 5 years ago got my mind racing!!!
19 months ago.
Clickity Click club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Andy, unfortunately I don't have a connection to your Panoramio stalwart.:( As for the "nicely done" I really don't where/when I picked up that term but I do use it a lot as you have noticed. I do remember using it a lot in my classroom with 7 year old children . "Nicely done young man (young lady" just seemed to be a phrase they connected with. (I spent 30 years in a classroom so I know it's been a long time term that has stuck with me. I still use English phrases and words and that is from my mum. As I've gotten older, I find those words coming to the forefront more & more often. :)
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Clickity Click club
Hi Chris! Very interesing!
I knew that any connection with Keepclicking was likely to be a complete long shot, but you never know! I thought it was worth an ask anyway!
I use it with my students too, alongside; "That's more like it!" when the penny drops at long long last!
As I've got older I do the same ... and I find the differences between British English and American English fascinating (gotten / got, etc etc!)
Did you ever see the famous Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson entitled "Does school kill creativity"?. It's getting on a bit now (2006) but just as relevant today and I see that it is the most popular Ted Talk of all time (well it is very funny too!). I'll add a link if I can find it.
www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en You probably know this anyway!
Best wishes,
Andy
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Im glad you did ask Kenny ... it would have been nice if there were a connection really. :) I'll check out the link. I have to agree in many ways that school may kill creativity. With all of the emphasis on "testingl" that is done here, teachers have to make sure the students not only have an understanding of the concepts being tested but they all so have make sure they know how to take a test. (that's awhole different topic in of it's self). That really leaves very little time to let the students creativity flurish with all of the wonderful situations you can provide for that growth, and that is tragic really. I still miss my young students but I do not miss the politics of education. The other phrase I often used was: "I knew you could figure that out, good for you!" As you know already, students can easily see through phony praise . Best wishes Andy. Cheers my friend.
19 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Clickity Click club
I'm sure you will enjoy the video when you can get round to it, Chris.
I only started teaching after the age of 50 and only to adults. I teach Business English on a freelance basis in companies and privately in homes in Madrid. The Spanish tend to be very competitive (in a nice way) and are keen to get on and move up the scale, as it were. One proven way to do this is to have a demonstrably good level of English. Many job interviews are now partly in English!
Best wishes,
Andy
19 months ago.

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