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North east spain
« on: June 29, 2008, 10:43:19 AM »
Still in france and posting under odd conditions. This is a little taste of what must be one of the most unspoilt areas in Europe is like. To me it is a new discovery, but to all those who know of it, wow what a great secret. to anone else, dont go there, it is much better it stays the way it is :).


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This is the most estern tip of spain, up by the french border, it is part of one of the many national parks, very windy and barron but very beautifull, when you get down inbetween the clifs you can find many undisturbed beaches that are sheltered and perfect for a little swim in calm lagoon type nooks and crannies that can be accessed with care.



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And looking the other way that evening.



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I slept under the stars here, the cliff is probably 200m streight down, the temperature at the top is great, at the bottom it is too hot to sleep and there are too many mosquitoes and horse flys, up top there was noone around except for birds bats and the guy below, but i didnt know about him untill the day after :)


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I will try and post some more finished shots when i get back to a propper keyboard, some post processing software and civilization, in the mean time i hope these are ok and have to go and hand feed a bird that had fallen from its nest, unfortunatly it looks like it is not going to make it as i think it is just too young and has hypothermia from a night on the  pavement.

hope you enjoy the pictures

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 11:51:25 AM »

Thanks for sharing Tim (tpe) -- looks like great weather. Amazing landscape in that area, isn't it? Easy to see why it inspired Dali so much

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 05:05:20 PM »
Hope youre having a good time Tim [tpe]
Look forward to seeing some more shots





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Re: North east spain
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008, 02:23:54 AM »
Looks nice there. Wicked sunset picture. Artists try to emulate the distance perspective in paintings. Cool stuff.

Scorpions huh? Apparently we have the here on the plains, but I've never seen one. But I don't go looking either.
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008, 04:57:41 AM »
Lovely shots Tim!  I am glad you're enjoying it there!

One word about the scorpions, be very careful as the type you made a 'portrait' of is venomous!  Not lethal mind you, but a painful sting nonetheless!  The trick with scorpions is that the thicker the 'tail' and the smaller the pincers, the stronger the venom.  The least venomous are the ones which have lightweight tails and pincers - usually their venom is just strong enough to kill a cricket or spider!

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008, 09:29:17 AM »

Great shots Tim.

That sunset is amazing, and handheld too!
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008, 02:11:37 PM »

Wow, I didn't see the sunset before - stunning!

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008, 02:13:10 PM »
Thanks for the great pictures Tim!
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2008, 09:36:20 PM »
Stef any time, I didnt take some of your advice for the trip though as i thought i might be taking quite a few macro :).

Err sorry fother no you probably didnt see that before it got edited in somehow :). Glad you like it though :).

Hey there Simon (springtide) yes handheld, i just cant get away from that 2.8 macro :), It was kneeling though with the camera on my knee so kind of cheating.

You are dead (err bad choice of words) right there Chris, i went and checked after you mentioned about the fat tail and it turns out to be a brown variant buthus occitanus, the yellow variant of the same species is supposed to be one of the most dangerous in the world :). cool, bet it was more scared than me though (at the time).

Thanks clive, none of the wide angle landscapes i shot really worked out, these sunrise and sunsets with the macro ended up better, strange really, i will have to take more of  aleaf out of robs book in future but dont want to cart a tripod round much.  I was really lucky with the scorpion, and it turns out i found a true tarantula as well, i will try and post it later if the picture count tallies :) :) :).

Hey there rob (mad minolta man), i got my lifes nature shot there too, well i hope it is not my lifes shot but i dont see it happening again in one life time, and will post it in the thread later, i just got home and it will take a while to get through emails and pp first though, so please look back later :). Btw there were also some fish that were literally trying to get out of the water that were huge and in arms reach, you would have loved it.

In the mean time i will just edit them in in more or less chronological order.



:) This is more or less how the trip went 4 pictures at a time :)

The chance to take this bit of the trip came around because the better half was tied up with friends and other matters in france so i had a week or so on my own and able to take any pictures i wanted.

With only my camera, a small sleeping bag, some string and some tape, the idea was to sleep under the stars with nothing but my wits in the mountains of the pyrenees. You know do the macho man agains nature bit, like the wild, or bumming it, but not really doing anything dangerous or too much like hard work? It turned out that you really do need a tent or a mosquito net though (in that respect nature wone immediatly). I then took the train to a small border town called Portbau just over the Spanish French border.



And after a very short coffee and a couple of croissants what could be better than a quick dip



That night i got into the hills, perhaps not quite high enough though and found out that a tent is usefull but some kind of insect net is a must...



These guys were sooooo agressive....

But so was I  :) It was after trying to tie the sleeping bag up around my mouth to stop them biting me and still finding that now i was just eating them (smaller ones came out later in the evening but they didnt taste any better) that I had to make an emergancy trip to a camping store for an insect net (nature 1 tim 0).


I also found out that even though you might be lying on your back in the middle of nowhere sure that the only company is of the owls and the insects then think again, just when you are nodding off if it is 12pm on the summer solstice then expect fireworks, right there on top of the mountain as close to your ear as makes no difference, as they let off what is their equivilant to the 4th of July, what a shock that was.

I will get to some of my fave pics tomorrow :)

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2008, 10:00:49 PM »
Sounds like an eventfull trip you are having the tim [tpe]
One thing i have learnt from all my years pursuing my hobbies (fishing mainly) is never go anywhere without some insect reppellant and a mosquito net :)


Have fun and be carefull ???



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Re: North east spain
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2008, 08:17:53 AM »
I love the Mosquito shots Tim and I hate the little buggers as well.  I learnt a lesson at the weekend to always make sure you wear insect spray whereever you go as I went over to a conservation area near us for about 30 minutes on Saturday and have two very large painful bites on my legs that have inflamed about an inch in every direction :(
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2008, 08:33:54 AM »
i remember canoeing up in the boundy waters in northern minnesota the first night, i thought it cant be much worse then where my house is (90 miles away) so i put some bug juice on and thought ok no problem, by the time i hiked up the hil to the campsite, i rubbed my hands down my arms and it felt like i was wearing a flanel shirt, you could allmost scrape them off by the handfull, so for the rest of that camping trip as soon as the sun went down i put on a heavy shirt to help.

but hey in Europe and the US we really have nothing to complain about, here in vietnam the day time mosquitos are the dengue mosquitos and the night time ones are the malaria mosquitos, and take it from a guy who has had dengue fever, it is no fun no matter how bad you get it, if you get a light dose like me (12 days out of commission) or a bad dose like a friend of mine (10 weeks in a hospital in thailand) they both really suck
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2008, 09:38:46 AM »
Great shots so far Tim, have a great time time and good luck with the mosquito net...:)
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Re: North east spain
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2008, 09:45:42 AM »
Dear diary... SORRY, I mean Tim [tpe] :lol:

Thanks for sharing theses shots, LOVE the sunset one... and really appreciate your "running comment and photo link" to your trip so far :)

Almost felt as though I was their there with you - except for not having the mozzie bites... had PLENTY of them when I was a youngster and in Hong Kong back in 1957-59 and still have memories of the moz nets and repellents :(

Looking forward to further installments :)

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Re: North east spain
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2008, 06:47:50 PM »
Sounds like an eventfull trip you are having the tim [tpe]
One thing i have learnt from all my years pursuing my hobbies (fishing mainly) is never go anywhere without some insect reppellant and a mosquito net :)


Have fun and be carefull ???



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Check on all that :).

I love the Mosquito shots Tim and I hate the little buggers as well.  I learnt a lesson at the weekend to always make sure you wear insect spray whereever you go as I went over to a conservation area near us for about 30 minutes on Saturday and have two very large painful bites on my legs that have inflamed about an inch in every direction :(

I know exactly how you feel. Why does there always have to be one thing that will always get you in whatever environment?

i remember canoeing up in the boundy waters in northern minnesota the first night, i thought it cant be much worse then where my house is (90 miles away) so i put some bug juice on and thought ok no problem, by the time i hiked up the hil to the campsite, i rubbed my hands down my arms and it felt like i was wearing a flanel shirt, you could allmost scrape them off by the handfull, so for the rest of that camping trip as soon as the sun went down i put on a heavy shirt to help.

but hey in Europe and the US we really have nothing to complain about, here in vietnam the day time mosquitos are the dengue mosquitos and the night time ones are the malaria mosquitos, and take it from a guy who has had dengue fever, it is no fun no matter how bad you get it, if you get a light dose like me (12 days out of commission) or a bad dose like a friend of mine (10 weeks in a hospital in thailand) they both really suck


Eughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was that/those the bites where/when you got dengue?

I know i shouldnt feel sorry for my self but i think my arms look like fuds legs


Great shots so far Tim, have a great time time and good luck with the mosquito net...:)

that and two types of insect repellant seem to be having some effect, well at least they smell of citronella, which is better than it could be :), must wash that sock one day.

Dear diary... SORRY, I mean Tim [tpe] :lol:

Thanks for sharing theses shots, LOVE the sunset one... and really appreciate your "running comment and photo link" to your trip so far :)

Almost felt as though I was their there with you - except for not having the mozzie bites... had PLENTY of them when I was a youngster and in Hong Kong back in 1957-59 and still have memories of the moz nets and repellents :(

Looking forward to further installments :)

Frank

glad you are enjoying it, probably bvetter to keep it reasonably short, just two more installments?!?


:) 4 MORE PICS :)




This place was like a little oasis, full of bird song, if i ever grow up and get a summer house this is where I would want it to be, not a soul spoke english or french. I had the 300/4 with me and as you come in you notice that there are loads of unusual birds so the plan was to sit by the river after breakfast and get some shots. The saussage on toast was great, even if it looked like it had entire organs in cross section throughout and irrispective of whatever animal parts they were derrived from. Alas apparently after breakfast spanish birds take their siesta. Fortunatly on top of the hill where the shot from there were baggs of unusual insects and flowers to choose from.


So it was back to the trusty macro lens again :).


I think this is some kind of caddis fly? Any fly fishers out there that know?

About 20 km down the hill, at the bottom of the clif in the rhs above there was quite a big river. At one of the turns the cliff had fallen in making a kind of beach that with a bit of a climb it was possible to walk over. There were dragonflies everywhere, and while trying to get a snap there was an odd squeeking noise. Normally if you go to a noise like that it stopps as soon as whatever is producing it notices you coming but this time it didn't. When I was about 3 foot away i could finally see what it was. This for me was a shot of a lifetime. I am not sure i will ever get the chance again. I am afraid it is not the clearest, there was lots of plants and grass in the way, and i was having to be very carefull not to scare the cause of all the noise and its captor away. Normally both parties are very shy and the snake would spit up its food and slither quickly away. I managed to get some of the larger bits of undergrowth out of the way but couldnt get any closer or clear more stuff out of the way without frightening the snake into regurgitating its food, and that would have been a waste of one perfectly good frog, so not worth it just to get a better picture.



You can make out the hand of the frog over the snakes neck and the head is cropped out to the bottom right, the poor thing is belly up in the shot. I guess this kind of shot may turn up all the time for dedicated wildlife photographers etc, but i count my self lucky just to see a snake, let alone get this close. It did not have the yellow bands of the british grass snake but it looks like a pretty close relative, probably natrix mura or similar? so probably totally harmless. not that it made the poor things humor any bettter for having been interupted during lunch :).

thanks for looking, thats my 4 shots, I had probably make it the last tomorrow.

tim
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