The following post came early in the trip round Spain, but I’m going to cheat and pull in photos from the whole time in Spain.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
For one thing, we didn’t really see many live animals at all, though we saw plenty of road signs cautioning us of animals in the vicinity. It was only towards the end of our time in Spain that we saw any decent herds of cows. There seemed to be little birdlife too.
There were plenty of dogs, and we stayed on a horse ranch where there were a dozen or more horses, but otherwise it tended to be small groups of one, two or three animals.
That’s a bit of a shock for a Kiwi girl accustomed to herds of cows, flocks of sheep, paddocks full of deer and so on.
07 September 2015: We haven’t yet seen a lot of wildlife. We’ve glimpsed along the roads horses, cows and donkeys. We’ve heard roosters and chickens. I saw a few geese the other day, and have heard and spotted some crows. Cats have featured a couple of times, including one being walked on a leash, and dogs, of course.
The Osborne Bull is famous and we’ve seen a few of them on the hills around the place.
The Osborne bull (Spanish: Toro de Osborne) is a 14-metre (46 ft) high black silhouetted image of a bull in semi-profile.
It’s an interesting story of an advertising sign that turned into a nationally loved icon.
In fact, we were thinking New Zealand should follow suit and install giant silhouettes of kiwi, takahe, fantails, tuatara and so on throughout the country.
A highlight though was in Tudela where we could see a small flock of birds circling rooftops in the distance. We couldn’t make them out at all. The next morning while I was out walking and had the big zoom lens on my camera I was able to take some photos and look them up: storks. That was quite a thrill.
In retrospect: when we travelled through Don Quixote country, Castilla-La Mancha, we saw a couple of donkey silhouettes that mimicked the Osborne Bull. I saw a similar silhouette of Quixote flash by too.