This is a photo of the small Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Cerveira. As you can see from the angle, I’ve taken the photo from a very high vantage point indeed.
Actually, reality is that I’m standing on the top of a steep hill directly behind the town and I’ve zoomed in with the camera almost as far as I can go.
Near the bottom of the photograph, and at almost centre, you can see the round-a-bout in the road that I mentioned in my last post. The topiary stag in the middle of the round-a-bout would probably be visible if (a) I had had my new SLR camera in the car rather than the point-and-shoot pocket camera and (b) if you had the eyesight of Superman, but believe me, it is there.
For one reason or another e.g. time, laziness, heat, traffic, I didn’t manage to get a decent photo of my next subject, from any good vantage point in Vila Nova de Cerveira itself, instead the next photo was taken already half way up the hill.
You have my word that even from twice the distance away, looking up at this on the hill, it’s an imposing sight.
So… without further ado, here is a photographic tour of the landmark that must surely be one of the biggest stags in the world. It’s stark and imposing, impressionistic, stylized and yet I find it also mesmerising and totally totally beautiful.
I love the lines, the curves, the simplicity and the sheer scale of it.
It’s positioned on the top of the hill, there’s a lookout…but for the moment the view is all about the metal beast in all it’s grandeur.
It’s massive and needs to be, it’s not even what I would have rated as a very windy day, but the wind up here at the top of the hill is beating at the structure with audible force and it’s clear that the 2-3 metre (6-9 feet) high concrete pillars at the base need to be as massively substantial as they are.
Could be interesting coming up here on a stormy might, I bet this thing sings then…
Meantime… cast your eyes skywards and admire a sculptural form that’s easily several stories high that oozes grace….