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Photo of the Jarama Valley, Madrid September 26, 2015

Posted by anagasto in photography, Spain.
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This is the Jarama valley south of Madrid in spring.

There are contrails in the sky, because both Barajas and a military airport are near.

The ground is full of stones.

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Those that look like bird feeders in the center of the picture?

Those almost have to be scarecrows. Maybe they work by sound

Below and around them there are more stones. Farmers  collect them here rather than carry them to the edge of that large field.

Those stones wreck the farming machines.

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The line of sheep.

The shepherd didn’t want to be photographed.

It is an immigrant from North Africa, and very probably he did not plan to become a shepherd when he decided to  leave his country.

Maybe he wanted to be a singer or a painter or at least get a factory job.

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The shepherd is not allowed to take his sheep to the field that you see in the foreground of the picture. It is fallow land, meaning land that has to take a rest and does not get seeded for one or more growing seasons.

But the shepherd and his sheep would be allowed on that brown ridge in the middle of the picture where the ground is semi-desertic. Very few plants can grow there. Maybe there is thyme and genista.

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