CBBH Photo Challenge: Full Circle

During March I visited the Sierra Nevada Ski Station in the neighbouring province of Granada, Spain.

The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snowy range”) is Europe’s most southerly and sunniest ski resort with more than 80% of sunny days each year.  There are more than 104 kilometres of trails, 116 ski runs and 22 ski lifts to ensure you enjoy the biggest snow park in Spain!

I thought we could have a bit of fun with the CBBH Photo Challenge during April, so I want you to choose a position to stand and then turn a FULL CIRCLE, taking photos as you go.

My first FULL CIRCLE spin was in the main square, at the lower end of the resort village, Pradollano, which lies 2100 metres above sea level.  The village has a full-range of hotels, restaurants, shops and holiday apartments and caters for every taste and budget.

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

Square in the centre of Pradollano, Sierra Nevada ski village, Spain

From this square I jumped on board the ski-lift to the top station, Borreguiles, situated at 3300 metres above sea level – where I did my second FULL CIRCLE spin!

In the first of the next set of photographs, you can see the village of Pradollano far below.  The highest peak of the Sierra Nevada range is Mulhacén (appearing in the fourth photograph, below), which at 3,481 metres is also the highest point of the Iberian Peninsula. 

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Above the ski village, Sierra Nevada, Spain

So, now it’s YOUR turn.

Don’t forget that the CBBH Photo Challenge is a little different from some other challenges, in two ways. First, it’s only once a month – giving you lots of time to consider your entry before the end of the calendar month. Second, and most important, this is a BLOG HOP (after all, it is the CBBH – Conejo Blanco Blog Hop, conejo blanco means white rabbit in Spanish), so DON’T FORGET that in your post you need to add links to two blogs that you have visited and commented on during the past month.

That way, when we visit each other, we can HOP OVER to your links, connect with others and share a little blog love around!

Conejo Blanco BLOG HOP Photo Challenge

 

My Featured Blog Links for this month:

*** The Barsetshire Diaries follows the everyday adventures of “Lord” David Prosser, an author and retired Local Government Officer from North Wales.  Quite apart from a penchant for car-boot sales, charity and antique shops, David regales us with hilarious tales of his day-to-day life as a member of the landed gentry.   His Blog Cast List is so long that it now has a page of it’s own, so as not to confuse newcomers and non-regular visitors!  After a difficult past year, David’s writing has kept him busy on the straight-and-narrow – and he is one of my most regular commenters.  OOHHH and I nearly forgot …. you MUST pop over and see Reuben’s photo page :)  So cute!

*** Spanish Scribbles is all about Wendy Kate’s journey into sketching and drawing, in and around her adopted hill-top pueblo of Jimena de la Frontera in Andalucía.  Unlike me, who can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, Wendy has produced the most wonderful illustrations of the tower in the main square, and the best cats in Jimena, as well as the cork oak trees in the nearby Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, which are harvested every nine years.  Over the weeks, it will be fascinating to see just how much her drawing comes along.  What a talented lady!

Please HOP over and say HELLO to both of my featured links, and tell them Marianne sent you!

So that´s the CBBH Photo Challenge for April, folks.

Remember, all you have to do is post your entry by the end of the month, tag your entry ‘CBBH Photo Challenge’, link back to this blog and, most importantly, don´t forget to add links to any two blogs that you´ve commented on during the past month, so that we can all HOP OVER and have a look.

Make sure you FOLLOW THIS BLOG so you don´t miss next month’s exciting challenge!

For more information on how the CBBH Photo Challenge works click here.

I hope everyone taking part enjoys the exposure the CBBH Photo Challenge offers to featured blogs and, who knows, you may end up finding a new favourite!

I´m looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

[CBBH logo Image credit: (cc) Mostly Dans]

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.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Sunset on the horizon in Alange, Extremadura

This is the gorgeous sunset view overlooking the reservoir at Alange in Extremadura, Spain.   What a perfect photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon -

I just had to share it!

 

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