Featured Experience – Los Molinos del Río Aguas

Have you ever wanted to be part of something unique and different? Or fancied escaping from your routine and experiencing a more beautiful and fulfilling lifestyle? How about visiting a lush world full of enchantment and wonder?

Los Molinos del Río Aguas

Chumbos y Pitas

Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography together with the Agave School (Pita Escuela) offer you a fantastic value two day experience in the photographer’s paradise of Los Molinos del Río Aguas, a unique oasis of wonder in Paraje Natural Karst en Yesos de Sorbas in the Province of Almería where you can do ALL of the above!

Combining photography with an overnight visit to this picturesque valley, you will not only get to explore and photograph this area of outstanding beauty but will learn about and possibly take part in the activities of the Agave School, our home during this experience.

The Agave School is an environmental and cultural association founded in 2008 by German artist Timbé who first came to Los Molinos del Río Aguas in 1993. Timbé has now adopted the research into the uses of agave plants as a way of life and uniquely specialises in giving new life to the agave wood.

Los Molinos del Río Aguas

Sun Flowers

The Andalucían land-house which is host to the Agave School, is a good model for self-sustainability and comfort. The 2Kw of solar power, river water supply and eco-futons in all the rooms are all adapted to a respectful lifestyle and without compromise. This is a house that is truly “off grid” where you CAN use a hairdryer!

Please click here to see photographs of the house that will be our home for this experience.

For further information, pricing details, itinerary and to make a booking, please visit our Photography Experiences page and then click the “Read more »” link under the heading “Los Molinos del Río Aguas“.

The valley around Los Molinos del Río Aguas is fairly unique; an oasis of wonder in the Paraje Natural Karst en Yesos de Sorbas. Without the spring waters which originate not far up the ravine from the village of Sorbas, Los Molinos del Río Aguas probably wouldn’t have come into being. Rainwater percolates down through the gypsum rock beds into underground pools from which it finds it way to the surface at the lowest point in the ravine. The bamboo cane along with many other species of succulent plant, thrives along the ravine floor where the spring water flows to it’s destination, the sea at Mojacar.

Los Molinos del Río Aguas

Los Molinos del Río Aguas

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Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography | News Letter

I am now starting up a newsletter but don’t worry, you won’t be plagued with communications from me – just one every few months to tell you about new ideas and offers, etc.

So let’s begin…

Los Molinos del Río AguasIn collaboration with the Agave School (Pita Escuela) nr. Sorbas in the Province of Almeria, we offer you a fantastic value two day experience in the oasis of  Los Molinos del Río Aguas. Combining photography with an overnight visit to this picturesque valley, you will not only get to photograph this area of outstanding beauty but will learn about and possibly take part in the activities of the Agave School, our home during this experience.

For full details, please see: http://martynthompson.net/en/los-molinos.html

Coming soon!!

FOUR types of amazing activity breaks using the Cortijo del Sevillano, Cuevas del Almanzora in the province of Almeria as the accommodation base, including photography experiences, mountain biking, triathlon training camp & horse riding.

And…

In response to a number of client suggestions, Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography will be working with a number of people to provide an all-inclusive photography and nature activity week. This will include accommodation, two photography experiences and two wonderful wildlife / geography field trips.

Please keep an eye on http://martynthompson.net/en/photography-experiences.html for up-to-the-minute details.

For further details and enquiries about any of the photography experiences, please do not hesitate to contact martyn@martynthompson.net

We are always looking for ways to improve our offerings and consider interaction with our clients & potential clients an invaluable source of inspiration, in this respect we welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Ethiopian New Year 2004

No doubt you all realised yesterday was New Year 2004 in Ethiopia… yes? Well to tell the truth, I’m not sure I’d have known if I hadn’t received an invite to a New Year’s celebration from Timbé of the Pita Escuela.

Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar and is 8 years behind the more western Gregorian calendar. New Year or Enkutatash is celebrated on 11 September or 1 Meskerem and the day starts at 6.00am unlike ours which starts at midnight.

Enkutatash means the “gift of jewels”. When the Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her bolts by replenishing her treasury with “inku” or jewels. The date traditionally marks the end of the season of heavy rains and is more recently or historically set by the return of the Queen of Sheba. Flowers and cards were traditionally exchanged, nowadays it’s often just cards.

Timbé serving coffee

The festivities at Pita Escuela began with a coffee ceremony; freshly roasted Ethiopian coffee was served in glasses / small cups from a tray decorated with flowers. This was accompanied with a delicious roasted seed mix and cake. After enjoying a few cups of the surprisingly smooth coffee, we were treated to a slide-show and short film about an orphanage, both detailing projects that Pita Escuela are committed to in Ethiopia.

A big part of the Enkutatash celebration is music and dance and Pita Escuela honoured that tradition. There was a nicely chilled musical jam to round of the evening. Saxophone, keyboards, percussion and bass in one harmonious union playing from the soul – Musicá del Alma.

Agavé together with Chumbos (Moon & Sun)

Now, as it was a full moon there was only one thing left to do and Timbé was good enough to show me around for some moonlight photography… without being attacked by wild boars. Yes, wild boars! We could hear them snuffling about as we were walking around.

The valley around Los Molinos del Río Aguas is fairly unique; an oasis of wonder in the Paraje Natural de Karst en Yesos de Sorbas. Without the spring waters which originate not far up the ravine (barranco) from the village of Sorbas, Los Molinos del Río Aguas probably wouldn’t have come into being. Rainwater percolates down through the gypsum rock beds (for which the area is famous) into underground pools from which it finds it way to the surface at the lowest point in the ravine. The bamboo cane along with many other species of succulent plant, thrives along the ravine  floor where the spring water flows to it’s destination, the sea at Mojacar.

Los Molinos del Río Aguas is an absolute photographer’s paradise offering a wide variety of lush vegetation and wild-life. Watch this space for details of Photography Experiences in this haven of beauty.

Please also visit http://www.edget.org for details of the Edget Baandnet Children Center project.