Posted by: travelrat | June 30, 2008

Monfragüe and other videos

It seems like I’m just getting the hang of this video caper, and my camcorder decides to throw a hissy-fit. I fear that, as they say in Papua New Guinea, ‘Im bigtaim bagerap’ (I’ll leave you to work out the etymology of this interesting word) 

Like all things technological these days, it could be something that could be fixed in a couple of minutes, but it would cost me more than it’s worth to find out. I have my eye on a fairly inexpensive model, which records to an SD memory card … much less hassle than DV tape … but I’m not going to buy it just yet. We have a sort of agreement that it should be paid for out of my ‘writing money’, most of which is earmarked for other purposes. But,I have one or two cheques due in soon, so it shouldn’t be too long.

Meantime, I can do short clips on my Fuji Finepix, but I need to dub in a sound-track, and the quality won’t be so good. Lorraine can do sound and vision clips on her Pentax Optio, and very good they are, too. But, I can only play the sound on my HP, although sound and vision will play just great on the Asus. Still, as the song says, we can work it out … eventually!

Vaughan Systems were kind enough to mention this video in their latest newsletter, also the slide show at ‘People Pictures from Monfragüe’ ( with links to both. And, the ‘People Pix’ received, as a result, an almost unprecedented number of hits … on Saturday, I only came one hit short of breaking my all-time record.

16th November, 2008

Try as I might, I couldn’t find out the name of the river in the video. Then, the other day, I met Vanesa Palacios, of  TurExtremadura at the World Travel Market. She gave me a booklet about the area, and a road map. I can now not only identify some of the flowers I saw, but also tell you the river is a tributary of the Tagus called Arroyo de la Vid.


  1. I love the stone bridge. It is like something out of a fairytale. Great video!

  2. Funny!

    I was thinking of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as I was filming … and I’ve thought about them so little over the years that I don’t remember the whole story.

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