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Gotta start this post with how the day began yesterday… we knew it was going to be a good day…

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Waterfall rainbow at the start of a great spring day in Cantabria

There is something special about starting the day with a  rainbow, especially when there´s not a cloud in the sky.  Always a special treat. Let´s rewind a bit though…

After heavy snows and rains, the rivers and springs in Cantabria tend to give us nice presents, like great waterfalls.  Winter has reared its head a few times over the last few weeks and so I knew the waterfalls around the Soba area of Cantabria would be beautiful.  We spent a few days there recently and were treated by nature.

The mountains in Cantabria can have great plays of light as the sun starts to drop and sneaks through some valleys but not others.

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Play of light in the mountain valleys of Cantabria

After healthy snows, especially toward the end of winter, the Ason river springs from its cave with quite a bit of water creating a beautiful waterfall.  Here are some shots of it on a winter day.

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Upper reaches of the Ason river valley

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Below the falls

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Falls with some other onlookers below (the specks)

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Falls of the Gandara river

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One of our resident roe deer out for an afternoon snack

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Winter sunset treat on the way home

We have had some more late snows and then spring decided to roll into town with full force so we decided to go back and see it on a gorgeous spring day and take a hike around the area.  We did get a treat.  I could go into a long description of  the day but I think the pictures say much more.  Not that I didn´t already know this, but the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow just might be in Cantabria

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Here is the waterfall on a gorgeous spring day

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The spring blues

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High mountain pastures and shepherds cabin in ancient glacial valley

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Forest of flower stalks about to burst with their yellow secrets

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Spring overtaking winter

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Loved this refraction in this mountain brook

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Gacial valley, brook and pond

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This picture does no justice to the real colors... breathtaking

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