by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")Last year, I took you on a walk up to Colindres de Arriba. Recently I took my camera up there for another stroll. This time, however, I was armed with some close-up lenses to get even closer to the plants and wildlife. Let's go for a photographic stroll, shall we?
A flower. The textures on the petals are really quite nice. Worth viewing large.
I saw several of these guys, who were out soaking up the sun, dart into the shadows as we approached. I waited silently for a minute for this one to come back out.
I'm not sure what this crop is, but there was a whole field of it sprouting up from the earth.
I think this guy didn't make it back to the shade before the heat of the day heated the asphalt and cooked him. What a shiny trail!
Popped the 10x lens on to examine the tree bark.
Depth of field moved back to the tree.
Every tree has an ant.
I didn't change the saturation of this image at all, I swear!
A cool plant, but I don't think it's the same as the one my readers informed me was called Hen and Chicks last year, but I could be mistaken.
They prune all the branches off these trees every winter, and every spring and summer they grow again, so they all have, amongst the full-grown leaves, lots of these little baby leaves. Awwww!
I noticed that they were clearing a bunch of land on the other side of these houses, so I figured I should take a "before" panorama to compare with some future panorama.
Can you imagine trying to find a needle in there? It'd be like finding...oh wait.
My favorite corner of the medieval church that's up there.
Church wall texture.
Hard-working garden gnome.
I like the angle and depth of field on this shot.
Daisies! Or, in Spanish, margaritas!
A delightful place for tea. ...if you can stop working in the garden long enough to sit down.
The medieval church, La Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, in front of Pico Candiano, the mountain that overlooks our little town.
Snail on a stone wall. This one also might be worth viewing large.
Some purple flowers. Man, I love the summer...
A itty bitty snail on a wall next to some moss. This was with a 10x lens, too.
There you have it. A walk up to "upper" Colindres. I'm glad I got these photos published this week because we're leaving on vacation on Saturday, and that always generates a ton of photo blog material.