Autumn fernfest in Guadarrama

WP_20151011_12_40_07_ProAs i have pointed out in the past, Autumn colour in the Sierra de Guadarrama depends largely on the humble fern. The oaks of the lower valleys sometimes turn a rusty red, but in low rain years they just go quietly brown. At higher elevations the predominance of the wild pines doesn’t make for much colour..but the ferns that grow between the tall trunks – with sufficient humidity – can offer a considerable spectacle.

WP_20151018_12_53_02_Pro (2)And so it is, once more this year. Despite the very dry Summer, the rains of September and October have been enough to bring about a splurge of colour among the pines..the forest floor is tinged with red and gold.

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PS: If we move down another stratum, from the pines to the ferns and then from the ferns to the true floor of the forest, we find another often colourful denizen of the sylvan space..which promises to be abundant again this Autumn – fungi!

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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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2 Responses to Autumn fernfest in Guadarrama

  1. Yes, all are busy in the Sierra Aracena now foraging for mushrooms and chestnuts. Even coach tours to see the Autumn leaves!

  2. I guess that in the Sierra de Aracena you have the fortune of having only about a million people living down the road (i refer to the Seville metropolitan area) and a few other Sierras around and about to disperse them. In Guadarrama we have over six million peeps down the road (Madrid metro area) and the numbers make for some heavy scenes..particularly as regards foraging for mushrooms. Prohibition is, unfortunately, soon to become the norm.

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