Category Archives: Conservation

Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica IV, White

White flowers some may find a bit less spectacular than others..but 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 of the … 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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Flowers of the Pyrenees – Flora Pyrenaica I, Blue

The natural phenomenon that is Pyrenees, tectonic collision by-product, geological immensity, inexhaustible mountain range that separates Iberia from the rest of Europe.. And just that same central chunk that i have already visited so many times.. and still so many … Continue reading

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Sizzling Summer

Summer has arrived. And how? Sweating, sweltering, sizzling,.. superhot. Here in the center of Spain we’ve been suffering a two-week heatwave that started on the 10th of June and is set to continue several days yet. It’s been the hottest … Continue reading

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Natural disaster

Monsters stalk the surface of our planet. And i’m not talking about Jurassic theropods or hungry polar bears or Gothic vampires..or even 21st century serial killers. Sometimes we tend to look upon horror figures of the past century like Stalin, … Continue reading

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Valsaín – traversing the great valley

What is the most beautiful valley of Guadarrama? I love my local Fuenfría Valley like no other. The Rascafría or Lozoya Valley is the vastest, longest, deepest of the Sierra’s valleys. Not long ago i wrote of the delights of … Continue reading

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One more Wonder of Water..from the disappearing Pyrenees

Many and varied are the water wonders of the mountain chain that separates the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe. Beyond surging rivers and crashing falls, you have the most stunningly placid mountain lakes..but you also have the dramatic … Continue reading

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