Pla de Petracos, Castell de Castells, Alicante Spain

We took a very nice day out, all the family, last Sunday…one of the benefits of this time of the year. We left from our village to Pego,  then headed up to the Vall de Ebo. In Ebo we stopped by a delightful little river and Sophie found a makeshift fishing rod that someone had made, and left,  it consisted of a branch, a piece of twine and a paperclip fashioned into a hook. Now we, being people who don´t believe in animal suffering in the pursuit of so called sport (a human definition i think), we were a little concerned that our daughter should want to do the fishing thing (the hook was bigger than the fish, so no great, chance of hooking one there, thankfully)!

We moved on to a place i know well from a distance, but have never been close up:  Pla de Petracos, a Neolithic historical site. Here´s an extract from some of the blurb from Google:

“The rock paintings of Pla de Petracos are declared “Patrimony of Humanity” by UNESCO. They were discovered 1980 and are one of the most important Neolithic rock paintings on the Iberian Peninsula. They are related with the first farmers who lived in the north of Alicante 8000 years ago..

The site of Pla de Petracos takes its name from its location. This site is made up of a number of sheltered   woods and a cave located on the left strip of the Barranc de Malafí, within a geographical frame demarcated by the sea and the mountain ranges of Aitana, Mariola and Benicadell. It can be accessed through a track that starts on kilometre 7 of the road from Benichembla to Castells de Castells. This track communicates the site with the municipality of La Vall d’Ebo. The site is located 500 metres s/n/m, its mapping coordinates being 38º 45′ 38″ latitude N. and 03º 30′ 19″ longitude East from the meridian of Madrid.

Discovered in 1980, it shows paintings in a perfectly visible vivid red. Four of them are close to each other and show art depictions of Macro schematic art, an artistic expression from the most ancient Neolithic Age. The fifth painting is an artistic expression of the Levante region of Spain, chronologically subsequent to the expressions of Macro schematic Art”.

Google translate  is´nt really at the top of it´s game, but you get  the  general  gist of thing´s i hope!

I took this shot  from within the cave looking out and down to the valley below. Sophie is only included in the shot to give some idea  of size.

On the way down fro the cavern  to the car, Sophie decided she did´nt want to be an Angler anymore,  but an Archaeologist instead, so we looked for fossils…and found some, not strictly allowed, really, they don´t like you taking thing´s from the site, but hey, can´t see no cops around here and i´d rather Sophie took an interest in Geology and Archaeology, than fishing!

Very challenging type of shot this and you really can´t do it with flash-you need powerful but balanced lighting…. and camera assistants! I guess it´s all about knowing your limitations…and you can´t know your limitations until you´ve had a go at it!!!!!

More from Vall de Ebo, Pla de Petracos, and Barranc de Infern in the coming days.

Canon 5D MKII|f/4|1/125 sec|ISO-500|Tamron 10-24mm@24mm|flash|handheld|

N.B the Tamron 10-24mm is probably not the best lens for this type of shot, I think, a Canon 12-28 would probably achieve better results, but being a cavern, anything but a wide- angle is probably not going to work too well, If anyone´s got any suggestions- i´d love to here them!

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