Cherry Blossom in Valle del Jerte

My last post was about how difficult is to photograph your home town after spending 18 months on the road through Asia; the familiar surroundings can become a hindrance. A great way to regain my curiosity was to escape from them and to go somewhere new in my own country.

Spain is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. I’ve always divided it in four parts: the Atlantic coast; El Levante, the Mediterranean coast from Catalonia to Murcia; Andalucia and Extremadura; and La Meseta, Spain’s central highlands. Back from Asia, one of my first trips in Spain was to visit few places near my mom’s village of Candeleda, on the foothills of Sierra de Gredos. One of the several highlights in the region is a valley famous each spring for its cherry blossom. I’m talking about Valle del Jerte.

Cherry tree in full blossom in Valle del Jerte (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Cherry trees blossom almost at once and during few days late in March or early April paint the whole valley in white.

Cherry tree in full blossom in Valle del Jerte (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

It has become quite an event and each spring thousands of visitors try to get to Jerte before the white petals fall to the ground or are blown away by the wind on a stormy day.

Cherry tree in full blossom in Valle del Jerte (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

I was lucky to enjoy a sunny and hot day when I went there, and even though I hadn’t prepared much in terms of best spots to photograph this natural wonder I managed to get quite a good shots of the valley, its cherry trees and the flowers.

Cherry tree in full blossom in Valle del Jerte (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Cherry tree in full blossom in Valle del Jerte (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

You can see the full gallery here: Valle del Jerte