Beauty, and the Beast..in the mountains

Beauty is to be found everywhere in the mountains, in all seasons, and when Winter brings its white frozen water crystals that we know as snow, we see yet another variation of highland beauty.

Highland Winter walker, Sierra de Guadarrama.Highland Winter walker

Highland Winter walker, Sierra de Guadarrama.

These last weeks the uplands of Guadarrama have received some snow, not a huge amount..but somewhat more than we are accustomed to in December in recent years. Even enough to ski in some places.

New snow in La Hoya de Peñalara.

New snow in La Hoya de Peñalara.

As always this transformation to white, after the long months of Summer’s yellows, greens, browns and greys, impacts the senses powerfully.

Rock window on La Loma del Noruego..portal to what other world?

Rock window on La Loma del Noruego..portal to what other world?

Of course the wonder of Winter does not depend exclusively on frozen phenomena..the low sun works magic in the sky and with the mountains that rise up toward it.

Almost sunset above Puerto de Navacerrada.

Almost sunset to the West of Siete Picos, above Puerto de Navacerrada.

Unfortunately, the beast that perceives all this beauty, the human animal, has an ugly tendency to spread garbage around the mountains – as s-he does, we might add, everywhere else too, on the flatlands, in the sea, in the sky.

Puerto de Navacerrada..in all its glory. In the background, Venta Arias and Hotel Pasadoiro.

Puerto de Navacerrada..in all its glory. In the background, Venta Arias and Hotel Pasadoiro.

Puerto de Navacerrada is a notorious trashpit, unequalled in all the Sierra. Much of the rubbish to be found in the area is left by visitors, particularly plastics used for sliding and food packaging. But even the trash deposited in the bins doesn’t get properly disposed of..a lot of the garbage that you can see here on the ground eventually ends up in streams and waterways. Later to become Madrid’s drinking water. Why can’t we do this better?

Boxes of plastic containers in the normal rubbish..

Boxes of plastic containers in the normal rubbish..

Recycling doesn’t seem to be much of a priority with local businesses either, as the photo demonstrates..boxes of large plastic bottles deposited in the normal containers when there are two plastics containers (half empty) within a few seconds walk.

Whatever about the Beauty, that’s one pathetic little Beast.

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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3 Responses to Beauty, and the Beast..in the mountains

  1. Love your contrasts. Am in Andalucia most of the year and agree sometimes the litter from the visitors, mainly Sevillians can be bad. But also saw some contrasts when visiting my daughter in Manchester. Did a post similar to yours’ Consider the Lilies but for Manchester!

    • Just read it..yes, striking contrasts, and yes, there is positive and negative..the eternal battle of Good and Evil? Sometimes it’s hard not to feel swamped in the mire, like when reading Monbiot’s take on korporate-politik’s stranglehold on “regulation”..or korporate media generated hate for that nasty baddy “Big Guvvermint” in the US ..we just have to hang in there, i guess!

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