Alpujarras: Soulsearching in Sierra Nevada


In Tony Gatliff's Vengo, duende, the soul of the land can even be heard in the trees, crying for a lost 'companero'. The trees of the species Pinus nigra do really make this singing sound, when the wind flows along their long needles in an autumnstorm carrying the raindfed clouds to the mountains.

1.View on Bubion and Capileaira
2. Cabballero training his horse near Capileira, with Mulhacen on background
3. Desecrated church at Cebadilla. The town near the power station of the river Poqueira is deserted, due to the migration of farmers to the cities
4. City of the dead and gone, taking the catholic faith with them
5 ad 6: the hippies in ecocommunity Beneficio
7. Storm clouds form over the lower Alpujarra near Orgiva
8 and 9: Oselin, the Boeddhist community near Soportujar: claiming Spanish soil for Tibet
10.Castanea sativa forests grow on the humid slopes of the mountains near Trevelez.
11. De Pinetrees are omnipresent in Sierra Nevada, some subspecies make the typical singing sound when wind strikes their long needles
12. Rain in Autumn is essential to drench the barren mountains and thirsty ground after a baking hot summer
13. River Poqeira feeds the valley with the water of life, and drives to hydropower stations
14. Especially the south slopes near the Mediterranian are drie and the Morish peoples already dug channels to divert riverwater to feed their crops
15. Climbing Mulhacen
16. Refugio Poqueira with mountain goat
17. Snow gives the Sierra Nevada it's name
18. Morning has broken
19. Flamenco, a spontaneaos outburst of dancing visitors. The music portrays the soul of the land
20. Here i portrayd singer Rafael in and expressive way, the music is connected to the land and could not have been writte elsewhere.