American in Spain

Afternoon by the Rí­a

June 8, 2007

On Tuesday afternoon we went for a walk along the Maritime Walkway, the most picturesque part of Colindres. We got lucky, and the tide was all the way in. High tide enhances the natural beauty of the scenery by several orders of magnitude. The body of water that borders Colindres is called the Rí­a Asón. I just spent thirty minutes laying out the official Spanish definition of rí­a, translating it for you, and concluding that the best English word for it was estuary, when I found this wikipedia page explaining it perfectly in English. Oh well.

The river that empties into the sea here is call the Rí­o Asón. Here's a nice picture of its birthplace.


The water and the sky were a beautiful shade of blue.

Rí­a Asón Panorama

A huge panorama of the entire scene. It's worth clicking on and seeing larger. And if you really love it, the original version of this picture, which is also available on Flickr, is 9.8 MiB.


Here you can see the bird watching cabin. I've never seen any bird watchers there. It's a great hangout spot (sheltered and isolated) for teenagers, though.

I love how the mountains are doing their best to hold back the clouds.


I was going for a textured "desktop background" sort of shot here.


This is my favorite shot in this post. There are these pillars extending out into the water that absolutely must have held some sort of pier at one time. I have so far been unable to find it in any historical photographs.


A little walkway out to a lighthouse. It serves as a levy-like border for a deeper section where the fishing boats are moored in the harbor.