Promise of Water

(1/100, f18, iso-100, 12mm)

A very famous landmark in the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert in Northern Spain, is this eroded rock called the ´Castildetierra´ which roughly translates to Earth´s castle.

Every year on the 18th of September around 90.000 sheep are herded down from the High Pyrenees thru small canyons to graze on these plains during the winter.
This special event is called La Sanmiguelada.

70 thoughts on “Promise of Water

    • Hello Luke, thanks so much for your interest; it´s always nice to see when something looked like it could work in B&W when shooting does have the contrast and shapes that work 😉
      Have a great week,

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    • Thank you very much, Cybele, although the barren colors in this semi-desert are nice too, i always prefer daylight landscapes in black and white, i think, at least that works for me 😉
      Have a good weekend, Ron.

    • Thank you, Jane, the composition was rather obvious, the B&W choice was more diificutl, as I like the desert colors and Spanish skies too.
      Greetings, Ron.

    • Haha, thanks, Martin, very nice to hear, he was a great artist, but I have to admit he had a pretty nice area to shoot close by as well 😉
      Greetings from KL, Ron

    • Thank you so much, Laurie, when there´s a story to go with it and is interesting enough, I try to add the info; glad to hear you enjoyed it!
      All the best from Malaysia, Ron.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks a lot, it was a difficult choice to go for B&W, cuz there are some nice barren colors in this desert and the Spanish blue sky, but the shapes and contrasts in this made me choose B&W!
      Very happy days to you, my friend.
      Greetz, Ron

    • Hi Noelle,
      Oh, I can totally understand that, only seen a little of the SouthWest of the US, and the Badlands and barren landscapes have so much in common with this area; also not strange to know that lot of ´westerns´ are made in this area in Spain and other semi-deserts down South!
      Thanks so much for stopping by, hope all is great with you!
      All the best from KL, Ron

      • Oh yes, the famous spaghetti westerns, they used to be called. I have been through most of the Nordic countries, but still need to make my way south to southern parts of Europe. I saved the best for last, I guess!

        • Well, the North is extremely pretty, but I would say the climate and people of most of the mediterranean countries I´ve seen and their mountains make them very beautiful as well…

          • The world is a beautiful place and every scene has something to offer to some living thing. The trick is to keep your eyes wide open and let it all in, before judging what you see. The camera helps!

    • Hi Seonaid, thanks for your enthousiasn, it is very properly named, isn´t it? Although there are walls, like the one in the distance, with real old castle ruins on it that are like 20 times higher, its still a castle of the earth in this spot.
      Would have loved to see those sheep come thru the small canyons, did see some movements with cows and goats in other places, very amazing sight!
      Hope all is well, warm greetings from Malaysia to you,

    • Thanks a lot, Mark, although the colors were very interesting I thought the shapes would serve better as a B&W!
      Have a great weekend,

  2. Me he dado cuenta de que quizás prefieras insertar el comentario en inglés, así es que si decides aprobarlo insertar el del idioma que prefieras: “I liked the processing and the focal correction. Great pic. Congrats!

    • Hola Fran, me gusta todo tus comentarios en alguien idioma 😉
      No, pasa nada, mi español no es muy bueno, pero ´i can understand it and i love the language´.
      Muchas gracias, donde vives en España?

    • Thank you very much, Ama!
      Glad to hear the story adds a little to the photo, although I always hope the photo tells a story, it would be ahrd to imagine sheep grazing there 😉
      Have a good week,
      greetings, Ron

    • Merci beaucoup, Danièle! Was hard to choose between B&W and color but loved this one just a little more…
      Warm greetings from Malaysia,

    • Thank you, Carlos, i must admit the color version did give nice colors of the gully and rockformation too with the blue sky, but this emphasizes the forms and contrasts much better, but pretty difficult choice this one 😉
      Hope all is well with your little island getaway?
      Greetings, Ron

    • Gracias, Mick, the colours of the formation and desert was very attractive too, but in B&W the shapes and contrasts worked very well, I hoped!
      Have a great weekend, Ron.

    • Hola Suzanne, ha, thanks, i know I wear my influences on my sleeve 😉
      Although the colors of this desert are pretty as well, I prefer the shapes in B&W!
      Everything is great here, hugs back to you
      Enjoy your weekend, amiga

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