Category Archives: Conservation

Summer.. with water!

Water is often on the wane by July in the Sierra de Guadarrama, and in Central Spain generally. It’s weird to read of water restrictions in Ireland this Summer, while the liquid element continues to be relatively abundant locally.. The … Continue reading

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Where’ve i bin? Skiin’!

Not bin bloggin’ much recently..nor anything much else, apart from working, sleeping and skiing. Skiing the soft, skiing the hard, skiing the wet, skiing the cream, skiing the deep, skiing the crust, skiing the sweet, skiing the light. And while … Continue reading

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So who was Puricelli?

Our local Puricelli trail (Camino Puricelli) is named for Piero Puricelli (1883-1951) who was an Italian engineer famed for building the world’s first motorway. Puricelli, a man of his times, was imbued with the futurist thirst for speed. He had … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica VI, Saxifraga – the Stonebreakers!

My last post on this subject is dedicated to a few flowers of the genus Saxifraga, literally translatable from Latin as ‘stone-breaker’ and commonly known in English as Saxifrage or Rockfoil. There is some debate as to the sense of … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica V, Purplish-Pinky-Violet..!

The ‘colour’ of a flower is sometimes not so easy to define, either because it combines two or more colours or because the colour varies across a certain spectrum or because our words to describe colour fall short. For example, … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica IV, White

White flowers some may find a bit less spectacular than others, but they are nonetheless beautiful too. And among their number we have some of the most highly prized of all alpine flowers. Whatever you opine as to the beauty … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica III, Yellow

Yellow, countless wildflowers bloom in this colour..well, surely botanists have counted them, but i haven’t. Just looking thru the lists of Flora Pyrenaica there are hundreds. Here are a few.. Lilium pyrenaicum, known in English as Pyrenean Lily, Yellow Martagon … Continue reading

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