Much of the architecture of Menorca has been founded on limestone and the limestone quarry at Santa Ponça was a very important one, though now no longer in use. It was exploited for more than 100 years from the middle of the 19th Century until 1970.
When the quarry was first developed, the stone was extracted manually from the top and quarry men (known locally as "trencadors") worked with hand tools including hammers, mallets, chisels and wedges to split the stone into suitable ashlars for building. And it was not until the late 1960s that electricity was introduced as a source of power.
You can see the extent of the workings here as I estimated the height (i.e. the depth of the excavation) of these walls to be at least 60 metres and you can clearly see the rough steps hewn into the cliff face on the left where the "trencadors" climbed to excavate various levels.
In May, 2000, the Island Council of Menorca named the quarry a Site of Cultural Interest.
And I was lucky when taking this picture that two young ladies wearing red jackets and with two dogs entered the scene!
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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carlo62 (28525) 2014-07-04 17:10
sei stato veramente fortunato ad avere quelle due donne ed il cane, aggiungono un punto visivo molto importante per la foto.
Bella la luce e belli i colori, la composizione è ben fatta e la nota è interessante.
PS grazie per le tue gentili parole
jjcordier (73824) 2014-07-04 21:34
Intéressante photo de cette carrière de pierres de hauteur impressionnante. Les deux femmes en rouge accrochent le regard de belle façon.
emka (73925) 2014-07-04 23:23
Quarry are usually rather scary places, with high and vertical walls. and you were extremely lucky to see there the couple in red jackets and dog. They give sense of scale and colour. Impressive place and superb composition.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (81486) 2014-07-04 23:54
Impressive view with these high cliffs, good light management and perfect these human presence with people in red, perfect to give a scale.
Nicou (117398) 2014-07-05 1:03
Fantastique vue et image superbe quelle falaise et roche quel coupage net les personnages donnent bien l'échelle superbe compo.
jhm (135908) 2014-07-05 1:07
Your pictures are always very nice and excellent made.
We see clear the traces of the stone that extracted manually, the reliefs on the big walls give us a nice view.
You did perfect addition the people this for the scale.
Nice colours and excellent presentation.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture wonderful.
Composition and presentation are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Noel_Byrne (21568) 2014-07-05 2:15
Even something as industrial as a mine can leave a beautiful place behind, these walls look like they were carved with a single swoop of a giant knife. The perfect cuts looks beautiful, and especially now that nature appears to be taking this place back.
In thousands of years, I wonder if they will blame aliens for these unique cuts :)
timecapturer (45737) 2014-07-05 3:12
incredible place and one that I know very little about which is bad as I have been to Menorca a few times. It looks amazing in this shot and the human interaction gives a superb sense of the scale and intrigue of this quarry. Unusual and original imagery, well done!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
holmertz (37793) 2014-07-05 4:58
As we all know, red clothes save any photo. Not that these steep, high rock walls needed to be saved, but the two ladies add a totally different colour and of course make us realize the dimensions. This is an impressive view and it's not hard to imagine the hardship the workers had to endure to make a living and to provide the island with its buildings. A place like this absolutely deserves to be treated as a place of cultural interest. Do you carry a tripod everywhere you go, like some others, or do you trust your steady hands to achieve such perfect sharpness?
photoray (10557) 2014-07-05 7:27
Your view of the Santa Ponca limestone quarry looks like it could be the ancient walls of constructed architecture rather than Nature's.
It would be enjoyable to stroll her just as the people in your scene.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: Thanks for the information about trying 790 pixel size maximum.
And most of our U.S. car collectors at exhibits prefer restoring their machines as much as possible to original equipment. It is not too often we see modern engines at car shows.
saxo042 (36920) 2014-07-05 9:12
A very impressive quarry! Even without the people here, it would have been a good motive. With those persons (in red, no less), the picture is even better.
marabu61 (7481) 2014-07-05 12:12
Impressive man made gorge indeed. The sheer hight and smoothness of the vertical walls is amazing. The couple in red add a nice splash of color and a true sense of scale to the scenery.
have a great weekend
williewhistler (12763) 2014-07-05 12:25
having spent the majority of my working life in a slate quarry I `m fascinated to see the marks left on the sandstone by years of hard labour with the saw marks clearly visible on the rock faces.
It`s also interesting to view those ultra steep steps where the red coated ladies are so well placed, no safety rails here!
It`s nicely composed and very sharp as usual.
Kind regards Les.
macjake (53090) 2014-07-06 7:15
this is certainly one of those times where having a human presence makes all the difference.
I know Gert will approve haha
looks like the lighting was difficult as well, as there's a hint of a halo just above the tree line up along the top.
lovely shot overall though John, the color of the limestone is the winning aspect for me. Its also fun how the two people seem to be looking upwards, in awe of the mighty giants :)
kudos for a unique subject!
you asked about how did I get my staircase shot of the Vatican with a shutter of 1/13 and no tripod?? easy...with many many failed attempts, one or two of them turned out ok lol
enjoy your sunday
Didi (55145) 2014-07-06 8:22
The human presence gives us a good evaluation about the scale
Nice touch of red
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (18958)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-04 16:41