Looking Down

Our view of familiar things changes when we look at them from a different angle. These three photographs all ‘look down’ from above.

Standing above the waterfall [below], we can’t help but be impressed by the power of the spring rain washing down the river. The spray hits our faces and we are careful not to step too close to the edge.waterfall3 13-3-13The thunder of the waterfall is with us 24/7, to us that sound ‘is’ the valley. In summer it is a little quieter, it is in the winter [this photograph was taken in March 2013] that it truly thunders as the rain which falls on the hills around us drains through the land and into the river. It is not just the noise of the waterfall, a series of rocky rapids adds to the symphony. A visitor once asked us if we tire of the waterfall, but he might as well have asked if we tire of the sound of the wind in the trees.

One of our favourite walks is along the Thyme Track, cutting right up the hillside through the scrub of gorse bushes, abandoned olive trees, and brambles. It is a steep scratchy climb that makes our breath catch in our chests, but once we get to the top and the blue sky opens out above us, the view is worth every gasp. At our feet stands the valley [below] at the point where it kinks right like a bent elbow.hillside above jose antonio's1 26-3-13

The trees around the valley are bare [this photograph was taken in March 2013], the limestone rocks are nude, the pink earth at its dullest. Beneath grey skies, it is still a glorious scene.

We have lived here five years, and the place that has changed the most is the olive grove [below]. olive field 30-5-11This view, looking down at the olive grove from outside the kitchen door, was taken in May 2011. The olive trees were three years old and not yet ready for harvesting; now, we are hoping for our first crop this December.

Today’s post is written in response to East of Malaga’s CONEJO BLANCO BLOG HOP. To read more about Marianne’s Spanish Photo Challenge for November on the theme ‘Looking Down’, and to read other posts on the same theme, click here:-
http://eastofmalaga.net/2013/11/01/cbbh-photo-challenge-looking-down/

Part of the pleasure of this Challenge is visiting new blogs which other bloggers have recommended. These are my two featured blog links this month, so please visit and enjoy!

Dreaming in Arabic at http://dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com/ is written by South African Jolandi Steven who lives in the United Arab Emirates. Her photography is stunning and she writes fondly about her life there. Read about the camel market, Al Jimi Oasis and the Liwa Oasis, and enjoy her beautiful photos of sand, sand, and sand.

Jonas Journeys at http://jonasjourneys.com/ makes me wish I’d gone travelling in my twenties, as Jonas is doing. His latest forays are to Somaliland and Ethiopia. His posts are sometimes challenging, he never shies away from poverty, and his photographs show the truth of where he is. He tells it as he finds it, and goes where tourists don’t.

5 to remember
la vista – view
el ángulo – angle
encima de – above [something]
la cascada – waterfall
el rocío – spray

5 thoughts on “Looking Down

  1. EllaDee

    Funny how other people relate to environments differently. We had friends complain that during a beachside holiday the noise of the waves kept them awake… to us when on holiday similarly, it’s a lullaby as would the sound of your waterfall be. We also like rain on the tin roof, and wind in the trees 🙂

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  2. Marianne

    Sounds and looks like paradise, Sandra. I love the sound of water in whatever form – I find it very soothing.

    Thanks for the links to two blogs you enjoy – I don’t know either of these, so off to investigate 🙂

    Great entry for this month’s CBBH Photo Challenge.

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