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.
Marianne, what beauties! Do you know approximately how old they are?
I don’t know the exact date, Tricia, but these famous windmills were immortalized in Miguel Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, which was published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615.
So – sometime before then. They are certainly very old.
Fabulous old windmills, Marianne. What a a gorgeous blue that sky is. 🙂
Certainly is! Thanks Sylvia 🙂
stunning photo Marianne!
Thanks Christine 😉
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This is such a stunning shot Marianne! Wow! Love those windmills. Great post hon. 😀 *hugs*
Thanks Sophia – it’s a special place to visit 🙂
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
It sure looks like it Marianne. Have a great weekend as well. 😀
This is a stunning pic, Marianne 😀
Thank you, Dianne – very kind of you 🙂
The sky is stunning and the windmills are fabulous! Great shot, Marianne, but are three of those windmills being held up by sticks???? Nooooooo. That can’t be so. What is that?
Those long poles are connected via a mechanism inside, through to the wooden sails, so that the sails can be turned around to face the wind. Efficient, huh?
That it is. Thanks. 😉
This is a wonderful picture – the blue sky is exquisite!
Thank you, Meg. It was a very special place the visit – and the sky seemed to go on for ever 🙂
I have never managed to read Don Q but your photo almost makes me want to give it another go.
Steady now, old girl …. 😉
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Great composition Marianne a really enchanting picture, I am halfway through Don Quixote ( phew) and this picture brings it to life.
OH – I timed that well then, Roberto! 🙂
Thanks for your kind comment – much appreciated.
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I find the name of that place quite funny. I wonder why they named it Consuegra.
I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that, Ana 🙂
So different than the windmills of North America. Beautiful!
Of course, these were originally used to mill grain, rather than the modern-day use of generating power.
Yes, very pretty – and made all the more lovely as they each have a name such as Sancho, Mambrino or Bolero.
You certainly achieved what you set out to do. A wonderful photograph.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
AAwwww …. thanks David 🙂
We see a whole stretch of them when we drive to and from Malaga/England – love them!
I love them too, Tanya – old and new 🙂
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Great job of tilting! We have wind generators new us but they are not nearly as beautiful as these.
Ah yes – the new wind generators are very graceful, but I agree, nowhere near as lovely as these! 🙂
Thanks for your comment – much appreciated.
That is beautiful scenery photo, Marianne!
Thanks Amy. These windmills are iconic within Spain 🙂
We saw windmills in Spain several years ago, and thought of Don Quixote. Fun post and beautiful pics.
Whereabout’s Naomi? Were they these windmills?
Amazing photo – excellent captured… 🙂
Thanks Drake – much appreciated 🙂
J’adore ces moulins à vent, je ne savais pas où on pouvait les voir en vrai !!! Merci! 😉
Merci Louise 🙂
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What a fab photos Marianne, they must be quite a sight.
They’re very special, Gilly … yes 🙂
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Interesting how they’re seen as relics, but in a sense they are the forerunner of the modern wind-power generators that dot the landscape today. Cool post 😉
Yes indeed 🙂