Zen landscapes, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Zen gardens are sparse arrangements of rocks, water features, bushes and trees, surrounded by gravel or sand that is raked to represent water ripples. They are aesthetic creations, meant to be viewed meditatively from a single point. The autumnal agricultural landscapes below were all photographed from the roadside, in Castile-La Mancha in central Spain. Although the ploughed grooves and tyre tracks in the landscape were put there intentionally, and rocks and trees deliberately ploughed around, the reasons were practical, rather than aesthetic or meditative. Nonetheless, the aesthetic and meditative effect is there – they are zen landscapes.