volcanic vineyards

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    wine-making requires a vine to be slightly starved, or grown in harsh conditions. Well you don't get much harsher than this...

    In the valley of La Geria, the volcanic wilderness has been turned into a vineyard. Farmers have dug holes in the volcanic ash, planted a vine in some fertile soil and then covered it with ash again. The plants are fed by dew, which collects overnight in the hollows and drains down to water the vines at the bottom. The semi-circular walls protect them from the constant winds and prevent drying out.

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    1. Carlos Manta Oliveira 97 months ago | reply


      Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

    2. ronet 97 months ago | reply

      Great geometric shapes. The white building makes a nice highlight.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    3. John & Mel Kots 97 months ago | reply

      Incredible! I can hardly believe it! Cool pic. -John

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