Bajada

A swift passage from the mountains at the source of the water catchment system, following the dry fluvial system down to the sea.

Tag: walk

Conclusion

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain. I developed a great respect for walking. Distance was hard earned. There was very little margin for ‘rushing’ to the next landmark which always arrived incredibly slowly. Walking allows you to build a mental picture of the dynamic system of agencies and agents at work in the watercourse. The landscape […]

Day 4: Canal de Pareton

I walked beside the canal, out of the sprawl of industrialised agriculture. After a mile or two the concrete channel joined a wider concrete structure as the watercourse meandered north. I witnessed the curious sight of the grand concrete structure crumbling and sinking into the ground, which exhibited a variety of landslips and sinkholes. New […]

Day 4: Naranja

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.I left the rambla and walked instead on the road with the desire to find some oranges and water. I passed numerous large house with orange and lemon trees, large patio areas with chair and tables, gates, fenced off with dogs, kitsch statues, tall palm trees and other ornamental […]

Day 4: Urban Rambling

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.In the morning it was difficult to walk. At midday the following day I hobbled out of the hotel through the city into the suburbs passing lemon and orange groves in private gardens. I had a feeling that the worst part of the trip would be the areas where […]

Day 3: Lorca

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.At Lorca I sheltered from the sun under a huge road bridge beside a water deposit. There was a peculiar factory-like building next to the water deposit that appeared abandoned. Some kids were throwing stones and playing beside it. In the town itself the wide river area was built […]

Day 3: Water Channel

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.When I reached the dam there were people visiting the lake for leisure. A man in a building near to the dam gave me some (very chlorinated) water and drove me to an outbuilding with shade where I rested and charged my devices. A great flood destroyed the first […]

Day 2: Embalse de Valdeinfierno

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I navigated myriad of paths left by animals and livestock that had walked there dotted with hundreds of sinewy reddish-coloured trees, lined with pined trees. This route reached an impassable rock bank which forced the watercourse into a bottleneck. Here the tree cover parted neatly because the heavily trafficked route […]

Day 1: First sight of water

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.Coming across water was a point of significance because of the contrast amidst the dry landscape. New vegetation such as reeds could be seen. I felt the temptation to swim. Following the water flow, I could feel the change underfoot, hear the sound of water and see the traces of animals. […]

Day 1: From Theory to Reality

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.Over the first few hours, the reality of the physical reality of the trip began to sink in. There was a psychological departure from being inside a shelter. I was faced with a different type of challenge – different from navigating within a human community and human house with familiar objects. […]

Day 1: Emergent Architecture

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.I observed the directional forces, which had been at work on material surfaces. The resultant emergent architecture took the form of carved corners, walls of bedrock, collapsed banks and scree slopes. I observed a meander where it was possible to see the layers of stratification of materials in the bank as […]