Category Archives: flora

Mr. Atomic Red Boots goes to Peñalara

A sunlit day in the forest high on the mountainside, a young boy wearing big red boots walks among the trees..small birds chirp, the breeze stirs the pine-needles, there is no wolf to be seen..but who knows?..above the treeline, in … Continue reading

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Soft snow ski

So..it snowed! Just at the end of January and in the first days of February we got some of the white stuff..not exactly a huge cold dump, but days of snow interspersed with days of rain. And then days of … Continue reading

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Winter’s Wonders..

Winter’s wonders..how often will they come again? The astronomical Winter is upon us once more..and once more there is little sign of the meteorological Winter or anything resembling its traditional aspect. We had an inch or two of fresh snow … Continue reading

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Trees under snow

A surprising quantity of snow fell at October’s end this year thanks to a cold snap produced by a blast of polar air..and even though there was really no accumulation in excess of 20-30cm on the ground – and that … Continue reading

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On logging..

In a moment when there seems to be more urgency than ever to the issue of planting trees and reforestation, i recently found myself reflecting on the antithesis..deforestation and logging. During the Spring ski season of last year i gaily … Continue reading

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From Winter to Summer..

A thing that never ceases to amaze me is the transmogrification of landscapes by snow. Walking on a Summer trail with brush over a meter high in furious yellow bloom all round, i find myself thinking.. but did i really … Continue reading

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Skiing the ‘Electric Piste’ – La Pista Eléktrika!

This one’s been around in my head for a while now..and finally this year it came together. There’s a high-tension line that runs across the mountains of Guadarrama from Puerto Navacerrada to Puerto de los Cotos, dipping down and up … Continue reading

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