Galicia, Spain, has a few petroglyphs sites that are amazing in their historical value. On http://www.turismo.gal website, they date these engraved stones as more than 4000 years old and these works of art are done by the Neolithic human. In fact the Neolithic period stops at 2000 BC, so the timeframe sounds about right (limit I might say). It is rather curious that 4500 years ago, the Egyptians finished the Great Pyramids…
But lets start with the beginning of our story.
My hiking started from centre of Baiona and I followed the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela for a bit. My purpose was to get to the lake Baina and perhaps capture some wildlife while there, or on the road. So I wanted to deviate from the asphalt road, and on to the mountains trails.
This is Praia Ladeira in Baiona, a huge beach at which, in one year I have never been. Water is to cold for my taste…
The Santiago Shell. Symbol of the pilgrims.
On the Lugar O Burgo street I found a very beautiful ruin of an old church. I spent a good moment here, in order to capture the beauty in decay.
Nature has taken control of the place, spreading on all the rocks in search of humidity and sunlight. Small blue-turquoise stones can still be seen on the crown.
From here on, I followed the road up on the mountain, passing thru farms and orchards.
Kiwi trees. My very first time I see this in reality, sadly not so up-close as I would like to.
Big fat lemons.
China rose – Chinese hibiscus
Soon I arrived at the bridge over the highway and saw this wonder sign:
I took out my phone and looked up for what Petroglifos means: stone engravings during the Neolithic age. 😳
I was wowed that something like that was so “close” to where I was living. I found it again weird that my Spanish colleagues do not talk about their great jewels hidden in the country.
So I proposed to make a small detour from the original plan (to view the lake) and head instead to see these stones and engravings. In my mind, Lascaux, with their iconic cave paintings, came first. Most of the road I was thinking of what will I find there.
I stopped also to make photos of a bee’s full of a day’s work, but due to lack of sharpness in my photos I choose to publish instead this fern leaf. 😅
The clouds and the mist transformed my mood into a one that was full of mystery. 😧 In fact, my camera was on, and so was my 70-300 Tamron zoom, ready to catch eagles or other birds (but not seagulls…). But for my surprise, nothing was moving in the air. Was like every bird was asleep.
The brown leaves on the ground were making a very soft trail to walk on.
In no time I was at 186 meters altitude above the sea level and looking down this abstract petroglyph.
The main attraction was this “wall” that had various animals engraved in the stone. Most like a hunting ritual …
Sadly there is no english on the boards and my internet connection was very poor.
But, I found this place, a lot more interesting than the Dinosaur footprints saw in Portugal. (click the link)
After about a half an hour I started my descend toward the lake.
The sight was not so wow, now accustomed with big lakes and deep forests around them. In fact there was again zero activity. No birds, no rodents, no dragon-fly, no nothing.
Black soil and an obvious lower water level then some time ago.
It was just water and trees… 😒
So I did not stay too long and started to head back, but by another route. A much bigger route, that would, perhaps, get me the photos I wanted.
But not too far from where I was, I saw a beautiful red dragon-fly sitting on this stick.
The dam, as seen from the auxiliary road. To dim a bit the sky, I used again my only 32mm gradient filter that I had. Brown tint.
Dragon-fly on a metal door. Extreme details, obtained with Canon 24mm 2,8. To do the photo, I put my camera on quiet mode (still noisy but… less than normal) and made shots with every centimeter I was approaching. Of course I started from a reasonable distance. To be fair, after another shot, the majestic insect flew away.
Scary Tibouchina 🙃
A spider attacking.
Someones vineyard; today only stones mark the place.
Now to go pass the highway (that you saw on the map) I had to climb on a huge hill, back through forest and then, once reached 202 meters, climb down to the first bridge.
So I got to see many bees (reading and watching various apocalyptic magazines or documentaries, it is good to see that bees still protect us)
Over the top of the hill, I saw what the lack of trees can do on heavy rain.
Now, the newly planted ones, sustain better the sandy soil.
Clouds moving on top of the mountains of Illas Cies.
Well, right when I was thinking that my luck could not get any better and I had a very good hiking trip, a rabbit ran from one bush to another one. Gently, I put my camera to my eye and framed the moment. And with this, I got home quick and started already working on sorting the photos.
Getting yourself to Galicia is with one more reason a good idea for vacations. While wildlife photographers should go more towards Leon (north of the province) for more action and imppresive shots, casual people, will find Galicia more quiet and accessible. In fact, I find it better to wonder around in these parts, in order to gain trust, experience and know you gear.