I’ve always been a painter. Even before I learned how to use a brush, I was captivated by the beauty that could be created with such a humble tool. So on a trip to Spain last October, I took a couple of my brushes and paints, excited to capture some particularly striking scene during my stay.
Nothing seemed quite right for painting in the first couple of days, when I was spending days shooting photos and eating my way through the city. Then I heard of what is supposedly one of Spain’s best kept wooded areas. And lucky me, I happened to be nearby. Faedo de Cinera is 2 km (11, if you go the whole way; but the paths get trickier) of pure natural beauty. The flat, easy path winds through trees ablaze with autumnal oranges, reds, and yellows, and ends in a staggering collection of beech trees and a quiet stream.
There were a couple of old picnic benches near the stream, which was perfect since I didn’t have the room to pack up an entire easel. I pulled a small canvas and other supplies from my bag, and spent the afternoon feeling privileged to have stumbled on such an incredible experience.
Leon is incredibly temperate in the autumn months. I needed a jacket a lot of the time!