Some were in Andalusia, this super lake with gorgeous mountains and scenery. Miles and miles of unspoilt country side.
Spanish: Andalucía is the most populous and the second largest in area of the autonomous communities in Spain. The Andalusian autonomous community is officially recognized as a nationality of Spain and Andalusians are a Spanish ethnic group. The territory is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Its capital is the city of Seville ( Sevilla).
Andalusia is in the south of the Iberian peninsula, immediately south of the autonomous communities of Extremadura and Castile–La Mancha; west of the autonomous community of Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea; east of Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean; and north of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. The small British overseas territory of Gibraltar shares a three-quarter-mile land border with the Andalusian province of Cádiz at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar.
The main mountain ranges of Andalusia are the Sierra Morena and the Baetic System, consisting of the Subbaetic and Penibaetic Mountains, separated by the Intrabaetic Basin. In the north, the Sierra Morena separates Andalusia from the plains of Extremadura and Castile–La Mancha on Spain's Meseta Central. To the south the geographic subregion of Upper Andalusia lies mostly within the Baetic System, while Lower Andalusia is in the Baetic Depression of the valley of the Guadalquivir.
The name "Andalusia" is derived from the Arabic word Al-Andalus (الأندلس). As well as Muslim and Romani influences, the region's history and culture have been influenced by the earlier Iberians, Carthaginians/Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, all of whom preceded the Muslims, as well as the Castilian and other Christian North Iberian nationalities who regained and repopulated the area in the latter phases of the Reconquista. There was also a relatively large Sephardic Jewish presence.
Andalusia has been an economically poor region in comparison with the rest of Europe. However, the growth of the community especially in the sectors of industry and services was above average in Spain and higher than many communities in the eurozone. The region has, however, a rich culture and a strong cultural identity. Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco, bullfighting, and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles.
Andalusia's interior is the hottest area of Europe, with cities like Córdoba and Seville averaging above 36 °C (97 °F) in summer high temperatures. Late evening temperatures can sometimes stay around 35 °C (95 °F) up close to midnight, with daytime highs of over 40 °C (104 °F) common. Info Wiki.
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jemaflor (103099) 2014-03-28 0:51
Beautiful panorama well presented, beautiful light and colors with this light, interesting for the composition with this road and the curves.
snunney (106501) 2014-03-28 4:39
A richly coloured landscape beautifully presented here. The panoramic frame suits perfectly whilst the rust coloured track helps draw the viewer into the scene. The lovely cloud filled sky contributes much to the mood of the composition. Top class technical presentation. I like it very much indeed. Weather here continues in the same vane partly cloudy with sunny intervals; temperatures slowly rising as we get into the weekend.
tyro (26142) 2014-03-28 6:33
This is a delightful shot but only really appreciated when viewed at its full size of 1600 pixels wide when the full extent of the exquisite details and sharpness can be seen.
The track sweeping across the foreground makes a perfect "lead in" to the picture, taking our eyes toward the snowy peak which is perfectly placed in the frame above the beautiful blue/green lake. And all beneath a gorgeous sky.
Fine composition, perfect exposure, lovely light and colours and technically perfect too.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-28 8:07
great place and nicely shown in this semi panorama view. I like how you included the paths in the foreground which make eye catching pattern through the green hill. Very attractive sky with pretty clouds finishes off the whole image. Good colors, superb sharpness and nice and classic framing.
PaulVDV (32637) 2014-03-29 22:02
This is a very beautiful picture of the Andalusian countryside.
But I regret not to know the exact place where the picture is taken. You write 'Cadiz' but Cadiz isn't in the province of Granada but in an equally named province. Seeing the snowy peak the province will most probably be Granada. A lake like this can be found just about anywhere in Andalucia. The Spanish have constructed quite a lot of reservoirs.
The earth tracks make a good foreground and lead-in to that wonderful nature picture.
A beautiful sky as an attractive backdrop.
I apologize ... my smileys are apparently used up.
Best regards, Paul