I love Andalucia, particularly in wintertime. The weather is warm, sunny & bright. The tourists have returned to their homes in other places and there is a touch of moisture in the morning and evening air that softens the dry hilly landscape.
A Time to Rest
This is a typical country road looking across a beautiful valley to the hills on the far side, sculpted with the dark lines of olive trees against the red/brown earth. There is a sense of peace, as if the countryside and the little villages are resting after the relentless heat of the summer. The morning / evening mists creep slowly and gently along the valley, blanketing the earth as clouds reflect the rising and setting sun to cast smokey tones of oranges, pinks and greys back to the hills and river valleys below.
The harvest is ending, oranges are just picked and trees are laden with lemons to the point of drop, which they do… along the roadside and elsewhere. Winter is a time of rejuvenation in Andalucia and it’s impossible as a visitor not to be effected by this and to benefit from it.