Portrait of Los Puertos

When i talk about our local mountains, i often make reference to the high passes known in Spanish as Puertos. Particularly Puerto de los Cotos and Puerto de Navacerrada..two points in the central Sierra de Guadarrama where people have crossed the mountains from one side to the other for centuries.

Puertos de Cotos and Navacerrada on a Winter's evening.

Puertos de Cotos and Navacerrada on a Winter’s evening.

El Puerto de Navacerrada (1860m) can be seen on the upper right. From the obvious mountain pass there is a white slightly descending line leading away from it to the right..this is the road that drops down towards Valsaín and Segovia. You can also just about make out the white artificial ski-slope of El Telégrafo leading downhill to the pass, also on the right. El Puerto de Cotos (1828m) can be seen on the lower left, the clearly marked black road leading to it from the center of the picture is the road coming from Navacerrada. Just below the road and following the same contour is the railway line (in white)..and you can just about see the station of Cotos (click on the photo for a larger version). The road ascending to the left from the pass curves away towards Valdesqui. And the descending road leads to Rascafría, adjacent to which is the car-park of Cotos..visible as a dark enclosure by the road.

The shot was taken from the upper slopes of Hermana Menor.

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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