Category Archives: flora

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 II, Red

This Summer in the Pyrenees the star of the floral show was almost certainly Sempervivum montanum, in Spanish Siempreviva de montaña and rather quaintly known as Mountain Houseleek in English. I have to say that i much prefer the French … 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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Water Wonders of the Pyrenees

We are the water planet. And we are water beings..even those of us who don’t swim or enjoy getting immersed in h2o, every living thing on Earth..we are made of water, we are totally dependent on water for life. Personally, … Continue reading

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Monte Abantos..and its fox

The blue mountain that i see in the distance when i step out on my balcony looking South, as the crow flies some 15km away, is the mountain that rises above El Escorial, Monte Abantos. When i first started to … Continue reading

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The Shower of the Germans – La Ducha de los Alemanes

The heavy rainfall of recent weeks, combined with the thaw as the snow gradually disappears from the Sierra, has meant that the streams and rivers of Guadarrama bound down from the mountains replete and teeming with water. Water is the … Continue reading

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