Picos da Europa national park photo expedition journal


This post is part of a series that briefly describe an inspiring expedition to Picos da Europa, Spain, during the Spring of 2015. The complete series follows:


 

 

9 months ago, I was challenged by Foto-Nature for a photographic expedition to Picos da Europa National park (PENP) in Spain . Heard a lot about these mountains. Not that many photographies of the area, though…

PENP was the first national park of Spain, and has its roots tide back to 1915 when it was born as the  “Parque Nacional de la Montaña de Covadonga”. Its 65.000 Ha are spread through the communities of Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla-León.

I was there for the first time 2 years ago, when I drove with my beautiful family, by the sea side from Lisbon to Santander. At the park we have briefly visited Covadonga and its lagoons. What a feeling… to achieve those lakes, that thin air in a lovely sunshine day. Having the chance to see the eagles flying majestically from above… that’s true, we were above the eagles. A rare opportunity, a rare sight. Being with the family prevented me from exploring, from photographing. But the seed was planted. I’ve recurrently dreamed of going back to those mountains to photograph. Imagine how I felt when that email reached my inbox. I was speechless. Going back with a fantastic team. The answer was immediate: count me in.

Now, 9 months later, I’m here at my laptop writing my checklist as the month of June literally turns the calendar. It is now 00:06, June 1st.

In this series of posts I will try to share the preparation and the actual expedition journal.


This post is part of a series that briefly describe an inspiring expedition to Picos da Europa, Spain, during the Spring of 2015. The complete series follows:
 

 

 


This post is part of a series that briefly describe an inspiring expedition to Picos da Europa, Spain, during the Spring of 2015. The complete series follows:

Planning is at least 50% of the fun. Being a planning freak adds to the joy. Trying to think in
The screening process of what to take, at least for me is a hard one. I don't want to take
Still decisions, Thanks to fabulous contributions and messages in my facebook page, the topic around what equipment to take is
Packing: DONE! this is a late entry in the post series as I was working on the packing till late
No news 🙂 Full days with a lot going on not just around the trip.
A post that considers bot the T-4 and T-3 days. Yesterday, a day mostly dedicated to the family, with a
Getting soooo close I can almost smell it 🙂 (as in the cold air in the high mountains) with hours
As I start writing this new set of posts, less than 24 hours have gone by since arriving from the
The morning started early: after 3 hours of deep and fast sleep, the alarm clock went of at 5:00. And
Day 2 was a long, exhausting day and as a group we decided to sleep a bit more this morning.

 

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