The Windmills of Consuegra

Windmills at Consuegra, Spain

La Mancha‘s windmills were immortalised in Cervantes‘ novel, Don Quixote.  These fine examples of restored Spanish windmills can be found in Consuegra, not far from Toledo in central Spain.   Several mills spike the hill just outside of town and I certainly had some tilting to do, to capture not only the wooden sails, but also the magnificent blue of the wide open sky.

This photo is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition and Travel Theme: Wood.

 

Travel Theme: Still

Gecko through the window“There is no standing still because time is moving forward.” ~ Greg Lake

 

I photographed this little gecko from inside a window.  Unusual angle, isn’t it?   I love how his little toes are sticking to the surface of the glass to give him grip.

He seemed like the perfect subject for this week’s Travel Theme: Still

 

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Usually Hidden and From An Unusual POV

Dama de Noche on a rainy day in Spain

 

We don’t see this beautiful little flower very often because it is usually hidden in the daytime and opens during the hours of darkness to release it’s beautiful perfume.  I’ve written about the Dama de Noche (or night-scented jasmine) before, but it made an appearance today because we had heavy rain for most of the morning, and have had a dismal, cloudy afternoon.  The poor plant must think the evening is upon us already!

Still, we have had a long hot summer and the ground desperately needed the rain.  I know that the sunshine will soon be back :)

Anyway, it gave me the opportunity to photograph raindrops on the flowers from An Unusual POV, which just happens to be this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge!

Have YOU had a Silver Lining, recently?

 

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The Eagle Aqueduct, Maro

Eagle Aqueduct, Maro, Spain

The Eagle Aqueduct (El Puente del Águila) was built in the 19th century as a means of supplying water to the San Joaquín sugar factory on the outskirts of the town of Nerja.

Damaged during the Spanish Civil War, but recently restored, the Eagle Aqueduct comprises four storeys of superimposed brick arcades with 37 arches.   Soaring high above the spire at the central point of the structure is a weather vane in the shape of a double-headed eagle, from which the aqueduct takes its name.  The structure is 40 metres tall and 90 metres wide, with it’s design being typical of the period of construction, when the Mudéjar-style was very popular.

Situated on the Barranco de la Coladilla and spanning a ravine close to the Nerja Caves and the village of Maro, the aqueduct is visible from the old N340 coast road linking Nerja with Maro.   With a backdrop of the Sierra Almijara, it´s easy to see why this is one of the most photographed images of the local area.   There is a lay-by at the side of the road where you can leave the car to get a good view or to take photographs of the monument.  The area surrounding the aqueduct is public land and free to visit.

Strangely, the facade visible from the viewpoint is the rear of the construction, as the aqueduct faces north.   The Eagle Aqueduct was NOT built by the Romans, as many believe, though the remains of a Roman bridge and the old Roman road to Malaca (Málaga), were unearthed nearby.

Despite the closure of the San Joaquín sugar mill many years ago, the aqueduct continues to be used for the irrigation of local farmland.

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Travel theme: Architecture