MM 4-15 Seasons Theme: A Spanish Poppy in Ponferrada

The poppies were blooming when we visited northern Spain this last May. I took this shot when we were wandering around the Knights Templar Castle in Ponferrada one day. It will be my entry for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week and her Seasons theme.

The Templar Castle is actually a castle within a castle. The poppy is in the ruins of the old castle that was built in the 12th century and was renovated in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The earliest portions of the rest of the castle date from the 16th century and it has been restored many times since then,  including a major restoration during the last few decades.

Click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo.

I was climbing up some steps to the walkway along the top of the wall when I came across this flower. The shadows that frame and practically bisect the poppy are from a metal railing that prevents kids and senior citizens like me from falling and breaking their necks.  That’s a portion of the railing that frames the bottom of the photo. The dark portion of the top of the photo is the ground about a dozen feet below the poppy.

Here’s the color version of the photo:

The Spanish poppy in color.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by Leanne’s website this Thursday (Wednesday in Europe and North America) to see how other photographers have interpreted Leanne’s Seasons theme.

I’ll have more photos of the Templar Castle in the next couple of postings.

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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