Capileira

Capileira is the highest of three villages in the gorge of the Poqueira river in Andalusia in Spain. The road up to the villages, and particularly to Capileira, is difficult because of hairpin turns and very poor visibility. It’s not fog, it’s cloud that hangs in the valley, particularly in the mornings before the sun had time to burn off the cloud.

Each morning when we were there in 2017 we could see cloud outside the window of our hotel. Note the chimney stacks that pepper the village.

cloud outside the window of our hotel in Capileira in Spain

Then, as the sun rises it warms up the colours of the roof tiles and burns off the cloud to reveal the the opposite side of the valley.

cloud being burned off by the sun outside the window of our hotel in Capileira in Spain

Parking is at a premium and the narrow, steep streets in the heart of the village are ‘interesting’ to negotiate.

The villagers told us that each year the snow cuts the village off from the outside world. I wonder whether there has been snow this year as I write this on 1 January 2022.

When you walk to the end of the road above the village and continue on the track, you can see how the cloud hangs in the valley and covers the village.

cloud in the valley around Capileira in Spain

The road peters out above the village. At one time it was possible to drive up and into the Sierra Nevada, but now the road is blocked off with boulders and continues as a track.

Here is a man and his horse above Capileira coming down the track towards the village. I turned around an saw the man and the horse and grabbed the shot in an instant. Somehow due to luck rather than judgement, the exposure and the focusing were just right.

a man and his horse above Capileira in the Sierra Nevada coming down the track towards the village.

I took all of these shots with a Fuji X100s. I owned the camera for the best part of seven years and used it as my only camera for nearly all of that time. If you are not familiar with the camera, it has a fixed 23mm lens. I bought an X-E2 when I realised I liked the colour rendition of Fujis, and recently replaced the X100s with an X-E3 with 27mm lens.