Today I’m showing a few of around twenty Espigueiros that form one of the most important nucleus that we still have in the north of Portugal. It’s in Soajo, a village situated in the Peneda-Gêres National Park, in the North, very close to the border with Spain.
Espigueiros are a type of Raccards that are very common in the North of Portugal and Spain. Most part of them are still being used today. They are built in granite and wood - the construction depended a lot on the economic situation of the family and it is the place where the farmers use to place the crops (mainly corn) to keep them safe and far from the rodents. On both sides it usually has narrow openings to let the corn dry. In Portugal we have several well preserved nucleus like this one, in Soajo and a bigger one in Lindoso, a few kms far.
This one has around 24 espigueiros, the oldest one dating from the end of the 18th century. They can be found in the village, on a high granite stone that became the treshing floor .
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carlo62 (28249) 2013-08-27 3:47
bellissima e interessante immagine, un luogo che non conoscevo e che crea curiosità.
Ottima composizione, molto equilibrata e con una piacevole saturazione.
Romano46 (16580) 2013-08-27 4:58
una bella foto dominata da un soggetto particolarmente interessante e da colori eccellenti per tinte ed intensita.
Una bella composizione si somma alla eccellente nitidezza e crea un insieme di grandissimo interesse.
Ciao e buona giornata
Noel_Byrne (21306) 2013-08-27 5:06
Fascinating shot, I have never heard of these type of structures and am really pleased to learn of them through your gallery. Such a photogenic sight as well, kind of surreal, but beautiful. I love your composition on the whole scene.
Thanks for sharing something so unique.
All the best
lousat (72855) 2013-08-27 5:36
Hi Ana,a very interesting pic,i never seen these constructions that remember the pigeons houses of Greece,great capture whit an imposing perspective and a perfect light to create the best contrast whit the blue sky,impressives details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
mirosu (12676) 2013-08-27 7:17
Thanks for your explanatory interesting note. I like your selected low angle viewpoint allowing excellent contrast against clean blue sky. Superb arrangement. Well done. Greetings, Miro
SnapRJW (29318) 2013-08-27 9:26
This is really interesting Ana. I have neither seen nor heard of these structures before. The way they are elevated off the ground makes me think of the Staddle Stones that were used in England for raising grain or hay above the ground in the same way as these and for the same reasons. I love the addition of the crosses on the roofs, they make a strong statement as to the peoples faith and beliefs. Excellent shot. TFS and warm regards Rosemary
dkmurphys (46866) 2013-08-27 10:03
I plan to visit the North of Portugal because I was fascinated by the South and I read that there's a more traditional society. Lovely capture of those old agriculture structures.
Have a nice evening.
holmertz (37537) 2013-08-27 11:12
The crosses made me wonder if these strange structures maybe were some kind of tombs, so I was surprised to learn their purpose from your note. Like several commentators before me I had never seen or even heard of these before, so once again I have learned something from TE.
Your photo is very interesting and a refined composition from a very good low POV. The colours are exceptionally good and the cactus-looking plant adds a change to the brown and blue dominance.
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-08-27 11:27
that´s absolutely unique and amazing constructions!Really magnificent testimony of Portugal´s rich history and culture.
I like your superb capture of it-your slightly upward perspective and presentation of these "Espigueiros" against the blue sky make the shot eye-catching!
pierrefonds (55188) 2013-08-27 16:25
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the Espiqueiros. The good luminosity is making the colours to stand out. Have a nice day.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-08-27 17:01
Very wonderful photo with very good colors and contrasts.Great amount of saturation and great lightning usage.Very good POV and atmosphere.Well done.
All the best
jjcordier (73602) 2013-08-27 22:24
Belle et intéressante photo de ces étonnants greniers à céréales qui ressemblent à des petites chapelles. Le polarisant crée un beau ciel très bleu.
nikkitta (13450) 2013-08-28 17:37
I believe it was Spain and a capture of the Horreos, but after reading your note I understood why there are so similar, close border
I would have cropped the low part to made the pic look like a panoramic, my idea
Good contrast and colors
ourania (26996) 2013-08-29 10:28
a great upward view showing a group of espiguieiros, very intriguing constructions that I see for the first time. I like very much their placement between the golden earth and deep blue sky. The richness of the colours and the impact of the contrast are fascinating and allow for a superb combination of minimalism and intensity. I also love the sense of depth and the textures. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Didi (55145) 2013-08-31 17:13
Un sujet fort original
Si je n'avais pas lu le commentaire j'aurais pensé à un cimetière :)
Bon cadrage et judicieuse utilisation du filtre polarisant
jmdias (52918) 2013-11-20 23:56
já vi estes espeigueiros na beira de uma estrada, mas nunca tive a oportunidade de parar e tirar fotos. é uma linda imagem com ótima luz e detalhes das construções e contraste de cores. belo enquadramento.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (34724)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR, 58mm HAMA Pol cir
- Exposure: f/6.4, 1/160 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-08-27 3:38