Wednesday, March 7

Iberians: On the Track of my Ancestors

Iberians: On the Track of my Ancestors
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What do you see? An intense blue, some tiny trees and stones, silent stones. How old can these stones be?...Here I am leaning on a crumbling wall and pointing with my camera at the horizon pretending in vain to see the same my ancestors saw from this very spot at some other time. Maybe, who knows, they were fearing that invaders showed up at any moment behind those walls. My body, a microoscopic drop of water in this weird universe is standing right now in Pre-Roman "Spain". I am touching the foundations of an Iberian town buried here for hundreths of years. These rocks have witnessed so many things!...if only they could tell me. A complete village surrounded by two defensive walls in the middle of a vast valley in the Catalan province of Lleida or Lltirta in early Iberian times. The exact place: El Molí d'Espígol (Tornabous, Lleida)


Blogger Felicia said...

Whenever I have been in an ancient place, I always feel a sense of awe from the knowledge of its history and from imagining or sensing the spirit of ancestors. Your photo captures this feeling very well.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Dsole said...

Love that blue sky!!
y también me gusta ese viaje en el tiempo que nos propones!
Al final el barça ganó pero perdió igualmente... sorry... me he enterado que hay madrid-barça este finde!! o barça-madrid? uhm... ;)

7:39 PM  
Blogger Zsolt72 said...

such a wonderful clean sky. Everything is so calm and peaceful on the photo. Thats what I need nowdays!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks for joining in Felicia. I know I may sound weird but that was the feeling of the moment and I am glad that someone agrees with me that things like this happen sometimes.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Dsole, gracias por el apoyo. To all Liverpool fans: you will have to "walk alone", we Barça fans are just too tired to follow you. Good luck. Bueno me he despistao, donde estábamos. Ah, que jugamos el sábado, ya se me había olvidado. :) Así que te gusta el azul, muchas gracias.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks Zolt, for catching the mood of the image.

8:44 PM  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

What a beautiful postcard photo! How come you can capture the sky so clear and blue? Did you use filter on your camera?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

my screen is pulsating....doing it's best to contain this explosive image.
Wow! what a great shot!!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

-Hi Tanty, thanks, that's very kind of you. I didn't. It was a bright, sunny day, in a valley with no city smog. So it was really splendid. I added a little contrast to the whole picture though and used an unsharp mask on the rocks for sharpness.
-I am completely flattered, thank you C&D

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Nathalie said...

Carlos this is fantastic and I love your comment! Yes indeed you are touching the foundations of what we are....

9:42 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Thanks for link. Such a interesting place.
Great shot and I like how you composed all the element here.

10:50 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Wow! this is a stunning landscape shot!

Thank you for your KLDP birthday wishes. And please thank your lovely wife Joana for me too. :)

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Very beautiful composition, great blue sky.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks Nathalie,Ben and Edwin. I really appreciate your kind comments.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks Frank for your visit too.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

I think the photograph is beautiful, Carolos, and your mind and imagination has answered all your questions about your ancestors for you.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I like the shades and shapes of the stones against the blue sky. As I wander the streets of El Centro in Mazatlan, I yearn to know what it might have been like here during the 18th and 19th centuries. The homes that have been left to crumble and which now are being slowly restored must have many intereting tales to reveal. If only....

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jing said...

mmm....a microscopic drop of water, I like the description very well. You and your photo pulled me out far away of my tiny office...and I did a wonderful cruise: pure blue sky, silent rocks...time just flies as its steady steps.
Nice atmosphere...nice shot for enjoy!!

shanghai daily photo

8:07 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

That's a really lovely post (and great picture) Carlos. Are you a true Cataluyan?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Nick Zegarac said...

This is spectacular. A very visceral and stark embrace of a forgotten place.

5:20 PM  

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