I was told that the city of Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct it encapsulated was a must see, so on a rainy day – with no umbrella in hand – I set out to storm the castle. Segovia is a mountain town dating back to the 1st century AD and lies about an hour north of Madrid. From beyond the city the Guadarrama Mountain Range appears to gallantly stand watch. It is amazing to think of all that these mountains and castle walls have witnessed over the past 2000 years. How many power transitions have they seen? How many religions and languages have come and gone? How many hands have helped mold the city into what it is today? The streets of Segovia were quiet and still, and I found myself meandering pillars and halls thinking about one of my favorite quotes.
Since then I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves. I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails. I have seen every edible bush and seedling browsed, first to anaemic desuetude, and then to death. I have seen every edible tree defoliated to the height of a saddlehorn … In the end the starved bones of the hoped-for deer herd, dead of its own too-much, bleach with the bones of the dead sage, or molder under the high-lined junipers … So also with cows. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the change. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dustbowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.
-Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac
Segovia Photo Highlights Include:
- “Was Here” graffiti from 1936!
- Cavernous Moats
- Community Gardens
- Peace and Quiet
- Soaring structures
- Feeling that at every corner I was possibly-maybe-likely to encounter a Shrek attack:)